How you can see grace abounding to Hispanics this year
The Catalysta Gift
Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated in the United Sates from September 15 to October 15. During that month, many PCA churches collect a special gift, which we call Catalysta, to help recruit new Hispanics leaders for our denomination. Our goal for 2018 is to collect $6,000. We use the gift money to identify godly Hispanic men with leadership potential, help pay for internships, and get them started on their journey for vibrant ministry within the PCA.
Throughout Scripture we watch God move people for His purposes. He brings those who do not know Him to locations where they can hear the gospel. For decades, Latin Americans have flooded into the United States. By the year 2050 an estimated 1 in 3 Americans will be Hispanic. Our passion is to fulfill the Great Commission by starting a movement of PCA churches committed to reaching Hispanics in the United States with the gospel.
Only 20% of Hispanics are born-again followers of Jesus Christ.
92% of Hispanics are biblically illiterate.
Hispanics will make up 30% of the North American population by the year 2050.
An astonishing 60% of Hispanics are under the age of 33.
In the last seven years we have tripled the number of Hispanic candidates for ministry. This drives us to expect more. To fulfill the Great Commission among Hispanics requires an army of trained church planters and qualified dynamic leaders.
All gifts are greatly appreciated!
Past Catalysta gift recipients
Jose Martinez is a second generation Mexican American who is attending El Paso Community College (EPCC). Pastor Jeff White is the Hispanic Ministry Developer for Las Tierras Community Church. Jeff met Jose Martinez at the college campus; their friendship naturally turned into an intentional mentoring relationship. Jeff and I were looking for ways to invest more deeply into Jose’s life. Every year during Hispanic heritage month I collect a special gift for leadership development called Catalysta. Jeff found a sensational summer internship program at CrossTown, a parachurch ministry led by PCA pastor John Pickett. We used part of the money from the Catalysta special gift to help pay for Jose’s internship. Jose participated in community service projects and was mentored by a CrossTown staff member. Upon completion of the internship, Jose said, “I am thankful to God because this experience helped my view of the world grow. God called us to serve others. Since He has called us to serve others I want to find ways to improve my community”.