PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring
2014
See more news releases in Religion  | Not For Profit

American Bible Society and NHCLC join forces to combat Biblical illiteracy in Hispanic Communities

Share with Twitter Share with LinkedIn
Translations:
English

NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two ministry heavyweights, American Bible Society and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), are launching a three-year effort to eradicate biblical illiteracy among Hispanics.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120912/CL72800LOGO

According to a recent study conducted by Barna Hispanics, in partnership with American Bible Society, the NHCLC and OneHope, while 87 percent of Hispanics own a Bible, only 8 percent are reading it regularly or allowing it to inform their worldview. In direct response to this staggering reality, American Bible Society and NHCLC will be mobilizing a national initiative aimed to decrease biblical illiteracy by promoting the importance of regular reading of the Bible.

"Hispanics come to the U.S. in search of a better life," said Rev. Dr. Emilio A. Reyes, executive director of Multi-Language Ministries at American Bible Society. "They think a better life will be gained with greater access to the mighty dollar. Through this partnership with the NHCLC, we have the opportunity to motivate Hispanics to engage with the Bible and be confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ, the only one who can provide them with the better life they seek."

With a U.S. Hispanic population of more than 50 million, Hispanics are impacting many areas of American society including expressions of the Christian faith. Through this effort, American Bible Society and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference look forward to seeing a rebirth in the Biblical literacy of the Latino Community, one that has the potential to shape the kind of society America becomes in the 21st century.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC, said, "Hispanics stand recognized as people of faith and family. Yet it behooves us to similarly stand recognized as 'People of the Word.' Without daily engagement of God's word, the Hispanic community cannot advance the lamb's agenda. Accordingly, this collaborative sponsorship serves as the platform for a campaign committed to eradicating biblical illiteracy."

Formally launched at the recent NHCLC Annual Board Convention in Miami, Fla., this initiative will encourage Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders around the country to designate September as Mes de la Biblia (Month of the Bible) and challenge their communities to read scripture daily throughout the year. To that end, American Bible Society and NHCLC will create culturally and linguistically authentic digital resources to be provided to participant churches free of charge.

Pastors and leaders who are interested in participating in Mes de la Biblia, by hosting Bible advocacy events and challenging their communities to return to the practice of daily scripture engagement throughout the year, should visit SaboreaLaBiblia.com to sign up. Once registered, participants can access free resources and materials.

About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 197-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit organizations, today's American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources, enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit AmericanBible.org.

About the NHCLC 
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation's largest Christian Hispanic organization, is the Hispanic Evangelical Association unifying, serving and representing millions in the Hispanic Born Again Community via 40,118 member churches by reconciling the vertical and horizontal of the Christian message through the 7 Directives of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For more information, visit NHCLC.org.

Contact:
Matti Stevenson
719.360.0586
mattistevenson@nhclc.org 

SOURCE National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference



RELATED LINKS
http://www.NHCLC.org

Featured Video

Journalists and Bloggers

Visit PR Newswire for Journalists for releases, photos, ProfNet experts, and customized feeds just for Media.

View and download archived video content distributed by MultiVu on The Digital Center.

Share with Twitter Share with LinkedIn
 

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

 

 
 

PR Newswire Membership

Fill out a PR Newswire membership form or contact us at (888) 776-0942.

 
 

Learn about PR Newswire services

Request more information about PR Newswire products and services or call us at (888) 776-0942.

 
Area to test

Online Member Center

Not a Member?
Click Here to Join
Login
Search News Releases
Advanced Search
Search
  1. PR Newswire Services
  2. Knowledge Center
  3. Browse News Releases
  4. Contact PR Newswire
  5. Send a News Release