ABC in focus - November 2021
Have you heard of the Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos? It’s a traditional celebration in Mexico which coincides with All Saints Day on the Christian calendar. The Mexican celebration is a blend of Aztec customs, such as building altars for the dead and putting out food for them, with the Christian remembrance of the souls who have passed on. It serves as an illustration of the blending of pre-Hispanic and pre-Columbian customs with Christian traditions. October 31st, the day previous to the Day of the Dead, is another celebration. It is Reformation Day, the day we remember Martin Luther’s nailing of his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. The Reformation was a call to return to the Scriptures as the church’s guide. Although cultural customs may be interesting and have value as reflections of human desires and aspirations, it is the Scriptures that must guide our beliefs and practices. Would you join me in praying that many more would come to know the Christ who has conquered death and follow him as he is known through the Scriptures?
ABC Regional Hispanic Ministries is focused on taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to Hispanics outside the walls of the church. From its beginnings in 1992 as an outreach to transient farm workers, ABC has proclaimed the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Hispanics of Allendale, Hampton, Barnwell, Bamberg and Colleton Counties in South Carolina.
Our Purpose: to reach and win the Spanish language/culture people to Jesus Christ, to provide them with discipleship development, and to provide a Christian ministry to the permanent, seasonal, and transient Spanish language/culture people of Allendale-Hampton, Barnwell-Bamberg, and Colleton Associations in cooperation with local Southern Baptist churches.
Our Mission: to establish on-mission Hispanic churches which will reach out to the Hispanic population (transient and permanent) of the ABC area, and to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission among the transient population.