Many people have asked us why we are planning on going to Chile. According to the 2010 US Census Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the US. The current population of the US is 309 million and over 50 million are Hispanic. This group has increased by 15 million people in the last 10 years and will most likely continue to increase. This accounts for more than half of the population growth in the US over that same 10 year period. This is a significant people group that needs to be reached with the gospel and it is our desire to learn more about this culture and to learn their language to better be able to reach this group with the good news of the gospel.
We are at a unique time in our countries history. It is a time of significant change, a change that we may or may not like, a change that we have very little or no control over. Whether or not we agree with the way that this group of people arrived or what we think should be done we still need to understand that each of these individuals are human beings that are create in the image of God giving them value and are also fallen sinful human beings in need of a Savior. And our desire is to be able to more effectively present Jesus to these people and see them repent of sin and experience the love and grace that is only extended from our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
2010 Interactive US Census Map – If you are interested in the demographics of your area check out this interactive map published by the US Census Bureau. This is a tool that I think would be very beneficial for churches. You can look up the demographics for states, congressional districts, counties, cities, neighborhoods and even city blocks.
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