The Hispanic Fraternity of the Assemblies of God was recently formed to facilitate evangelization and church growth among Spanish-speaking people worldwide. This new organization came into being out of the realization that current world conditions indicate that we have entered unique opportunity God has provided to reach previously unreached segments of Hispanic society.
Approximately 500 million people in the world share the Spanish language as their mother tongue. They are concentrated in primarily Spain, nineteen nations in Latin America, Puerto Rico, and Equatorial Guinea. During the last quarter century civil wars, political unrest and failing economies forced the outward migration of millions of Latin Americans to every continent. Over fifty-five million Latinos call the United States of America home and there are large concentrations of Latin Americans living in the major cities of Europe.
This migration has destroyed families and decimated rural villages. It has also exponentially increased the difficulty of evangelization.
Postmodernization happened in the United States over a period of fifty to sixty years. But, it has occurred in Latin America in just twenty. The young population majority can be said to be largely unchristian, unchurched and unreached. We no longer preach the gospel message to a population who understands its content. However, it is now possible to envision the greatest harvest we have ever seen for the following reasons.
God has raised up a vibrant Pentecostal Church in Latin America and called it to reach this generation with the gospel of Christ.
The new postmodern worldview presents the best opportunity for the gospel since the first century, but it also drives us back to our roots—the New Testament church.
The goal of the church and the missionary (the church planter) is to create as many communities (venues) as possible that will allow the people of the city to observe and experience the power and presence of the living, resurrected Jesus. In other words multiply the number of churches.