Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the
As Jesse Miranda, a professor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., and director of the school's Center for Urban Studies and Hispanic Leadership, tells "Charisma" magazine for a March report on the movement, out next week: "I see a revival [in America] coming from south of the border."
At around some 40 million, Hispanics in the
No longer hidden in storefront missions on the "wrong" side of town, Hispanic churches are blossoming into mega-ministries that are bursting at the seams.
"We need larger facilities. We don't
fit," says Daniel de León, pastor of
6,000-member Templo Calvario
Assembly of God in
Iglesia de Restauración, an independent Pentecostal church in Los Angeles, began with three members in 1986 and now has 4,200 members. "They mostly came from the Catholic Church," says René Molina, pastor. "They are tired of tradition. They want to have a real relationship with Jesus. They want to have His love in every part of their lives."
Although most Hispanics live in urban centers,
hordes are pouring into even the unlikeliest of rural towns. Mabel Nieto, a
single Mexican American, planted Fuente de Vida --
affiliated with the Assemblies of God -- in
The immigrants arrive in the area with their families or alone. Transient workers stay for six months and leave by winter. Nieto reports many conversions among this group. "There has been an awakening among these people," she says. "They are witnessing on the job, and young people feel a need to preach."
Elsewhere, across the country, relatively young leaders who carry influence with the Hispanic church nationally are being raised up by God.
"I want to encourage Hispanics in the
Since Frank Almonte, 44, took over as senior pastor of
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