American Bible Society and NHCLC Join Forces to Combat Biblical illiteracy in Latino Community
NEW YORK, N.Y. –Two ministry heavyweights, American Bible Society (ABS) and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), announced the launch of a three-year partnership to eradicate biblical illiteracy in the Hispanic community with the purpose of reaching all with the transformative message of the Gospel. According to the recent study published by Barna Hispanics, in partnership with American Bible Society, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and OneHope, while 87% of Latinos own a Bible, only 8% are reading it regularly or allowing it to inform their worldview. In direct response to this staggering reality, ABS and NHCLC will be mobilizing a national effort that will decrease biblical illiteracy by promoting the importance of regular engagement with the Scriptures. Formally launched at the recent NHCLC Annual Board Convention in Miami, Fla., this initiative will motivate Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders around the country to designate September as Mes de la Biblia (Month of the Bible) by hosting Bible advocacy events and challenging their communities to return to the practice of daily scripture engagement throughout the year. To that end, ABS and NHCLC will create culturally and linguistically authentic resources that will be provided digitally to participant churches free of charge in order to spark a grassroots movement. 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 Latino community cannot advance the Lamb's agenda. Accordingly, this collaborative sponsorship serves as the platform for a campaign committed to eradicating biblical illiteracy." “Latinos come to the United States in search of a better life,” says Rev. Dr. Emilio A. Reyes, executive director of Multi-Language Ministries at American Bible Society. “They think the better life will be gained as they have access to the mighty dollar. Through this historic partnership with the NHCLC, we have the opportunity to motivate Latinos 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,” says Dr. Reyes. With an American population size of more than 50 million, Latinos 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. 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 resource materials. ### Follow On Facebook at Hispanic Evangelicals and on Twitter at @nhclc and @NewEvangelicals About American Bible Society: Headquartered in Manhattan, the 196-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.