Dear IPHC Hispanic Family in the USA,
As the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3, “I thank my God for every remembrance of you.” Whether in the USA, or Central and South America, our Hispanic brethren are a great blessing to the IPHC global family! Your love for Jesus and deep sense of community is an inspiration.
I am writing to express to you the love that the IPHC has for you as our brothers and sisters in Christ. You are a vital part of what the Holy Spirit has called us to be as witnesses to the love, truth, and peace of Jesus Christ.
As you know, the Holy Spirit has called IPHC to be A Place of Hope and A People of Promise (Isaiah 54:2, 3). Now, more than ever, God’s Spirit is calling us to put this vision into practice.
The recent Presidential election has been met with many responses. Some are very happy; others are very sad. Still others are experiencing fear and uncertainty. The policies of both presidential candidates had elements that were concerning and fearful to many people.
Now, in light of comments made during the campaign by President-elect Trump, immigrant communities in the USA are especially concerned about the future
In light of these concerns, I wanted to encourage you with our love for you. Many of us have publicly spoken and written that we believe immigration, the movements of people, is orchestrated by God to advance His Kingdom. We believe that the presence of Holy Spirit anointed Hispanic believers in the USA is part of God’s plan to bring revival and righteousness to this nation.
We join you in: 1) praying for wisdom, righteousness and justice for our elected officials as they make decisions on matters of immigration; 2) praying that we will not have a spirit of fear but rather “of power and of love and of a sound mind” as we respond (2 Timothy 1:7); 3) praying that the Holy Spirit will use us as “ministers of reconciliation” in our sinful world (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19).
These words of Jesus from John’s Gospel give me hope. In John 6:19, 20, the disciples were afraid in a storm-tossed boat when Jesus walked on the stormy waters and said, “It is I; do not be afraid.” In John 20:19, the disciples had locked themselves in a room because of fear and Jesus entered into their presence and announced, “Peace be with you!”
The leadership of the IPHC is praying for you and all in the USA as we love one another in Christ and witness of His grace and truth. I am,
Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.
IPHC General Superintendent