By Janese Bennett
On July 7-9, 2016, IPHC Hispanic Ministries held the “Conferencia Nacional Hispana” at Northwood Temple in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This year, over 600 attendees gathered for a time of worship, training and fellowship.
Executive Director of EVUSA Bishop Chris Thompson reflects on this biennial conference, “The recent Hispanic National Convention was a phenomenal event. People attended from as far away as California and Hawaii and the manifest presence of the Lord was there. The Hispanic Ministries of the IPHC is moving forward.”
Dr. Edwin Santiago, pastor of “Iglesia Tabernáculo Internacional”, served as the keynote speaker. In the morning and evening sessions, he challenged attendees with the theme “Understanding the Present Times to Impact Generations.” The afternoon workshops provided practical ministry training from church leaders.
According to Rev. Luis Avila, director of IPHC Hispanic Ministries, prayer was a key factor in planning the conference: “I was praying, ‘Lord, we don’t want this event to be just another event, but a time where you come and speak to us, touch and change us to go out with your anointing and grace and impact our areas.’” Avila’s prayers were answered as the
altars were filled with people seeking the face of God for their generation.
The next National Hispanic Conference is scheduled for 2018.