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Dr. Gus Reyes and Ricardo Luna to take on new roles.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2015 – Amid increased violence towards Christians

worldwide, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian

Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, which has a continued focus on justice and

compassion for all individuals created in the Image of God, has named liaisons to the

White House and the United Nations.

Dr. Gus Reyes, NHCLC/CONEL Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Texas

Baptist’s Christian Life Commission, will serve as the official White House liaison for the

organization and the deputy liaison to the United Nations. Ricardo Luna,

NHCLC/CONEL Executive Director, will serve as the organization’s chief liaison to the

United Nations.

“We have said before that we cannot be complacent when our brothers and sisters in

Christ are being persecuted around the world. It is time to take action and propel

proactivity on behalf of those around the world that should not and cannot do this

alone,” said Rodriguez.

Recent statistics reported by Christianity Today show that worldwide levels of

persecution of the church has increased with 2014 having had the greatest number of

religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory.

“I celebrate the opportunity to create a space of global influence for the Lamb’s agenda

at the United Nations,” said Luna. “As a student of government and economics, and

volunteer for the UNHCR Sham Shui Poh refugee camp in Hong Kong in 1980, I am

excited to continue to work on vital issues affecting believers around the world.”

These new roles will help encourage action to fight poverty, provide religious liberty, and

promote the dignity of life, which are core issues of NHCLC/CONEL.

“We look forward to enhancing working relationships with those both at the United

Nations and the White House to ensure every effort is being made on behalf of those

being persecuted around the world for their Christian faith,” said Reyes. “The

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NHCLC/CONEL is committed to religious freedom, and these two new roles will further

promote that commitment.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a

representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in

over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the

Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit

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