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Kids Preach at Virtual Hispanic Camp Meeting

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The online-only event was broadcast June 10-11.

The Chesapeake Conference Hispanic Ministries Department hosted its annual Hispanic camp meeting last weekend. The event was held virtually and broadcast simultaneously on YouTube and Facebook.

The weekend’s theme was “Redeemed” and featured three sessions with sermons from Jose Esposito, Columbia Union’s assistant to the president for Evangelism.

Each session also featured a homily from a child preacher who’d been selected to speak after a series of preaching competitions in the conference’s Hispanic churches. Each congregation previously chose one child preacher to advance to a district-level round, where one winner was selected from each district. Three winners were later chosen from a conference-level competition to speak at the camp meeting. The winners were Alva Danny (New Castle), Lucy Cabrera-Sarat (La Esperanza), and Estephany Leonela Hernández (Glenn Dale).

According to Orlando Rosales, Hispanic Ministries director for Chesapeake Conference, the child preaching competitions aim to provide ministry training that empowers kids to present the gospel to their peers.

“The plan is that when churches have evangelistic programs, these child preachers can preach to the children,” Rosales says. “When children are more active in the church, it’s a blessing.”

The Hispanic camp meeting weekend also featured musical performances from Grupo Melody, a gospel music group from Venezuela.

“I prefer in-person, but it was still a great experience,” Rosales says. “I feel that the program was a real blessing.”

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