South Georgia's Hispanic United Methodists gather for annual rally
More than 425 worshippers gathered for the annual Hispanic Rally on Sunday, April 27 at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church.
A gathering of all of the South Georgia Conference’s Hispanic congregations, the rally was an important time of worship, teaching and fellowship. What started with just a couple of congregations 15 years ago has now grown into a much-anticipated annual event for the Conference’s 11 Hispanic congregations.
“I hear from people, especially lay people, that they look forward to this every year,” said Rev. Daniel Medina, pastor of Glynn County’s Hispanic ministry and associate director for Hispanic Ministries for New and Revitalized Congregational Development. “They see the larger landscape of The United Methodist Church in the Hispanic community. They may be a part of a smaller congregation, but when they see these hundreds of Hispanic United Methodists in the area, I think they feel motivated and inspired and very special.”
The special time of worship and teaching was followed by fellowship and a shared meal. A band formed by musicians and singers from Warner Robins and Macon led worship. A program was also designed especially for the large group of children and youth.
Rev. Mauricio Orozco, pastor of the Macon Hispanic Ministry and Warner Robins First UMC’s Hispanic Ministries, led the worship service. Rev. Felipe Ricardo, pastor of Cordele First United Methodist Church’s Hispanic Ministry, preached. All pastors assisted in the service, participated in the rally’s altar call and prayed for worshippers.
“I am very pleased,” Rev. Medina said. “It was a real success. The attendance and spirit and the dinner were excellent.
“This is something we really enjoy each year,” he said. “We’ve become friends. We feel like a family and it’s really nice to see brothers and sisters in Christ.”