Wasco Reaching Out to Hispanic/Latino Community
November 22, 2013
By Gabriela Perla, pastor serving Trinity UMC, Bakersfield
My name is Gabriela Perla and I am the pastor serving Trinity UMC in Bakersfield, CA. Last year, I felt a call from God to minister to the Hispanic people in the town of Wasco, CA. During our circuit meeting, the pastor who was serving Wasco UMC at the moment, expressed his concern about reaching out to the Hispanic/Latino community in the area. I took it as a confirmation from God and I offered to help to do the task. At the same time, I took a lay person from my congregation, Gloria Torres, to be trained for Modules one and two of The Hispanic National Plan. She became a Lay Missionary and together we started walking the streets of Wasco every Friday. We prayed for people, listened to their problems, shared the word of God with them on the streets, but we did not have anyone to come to our cell on Fridays at the church. A plethora of times I felt I wanted to give up, but the love that I have for God, and for God’s people was reason enough to go on. In January 2013, Gloria and I came to Pastor Alexis A. Cambe with the idea of giving food to the community once a month. It was through that need that God connected us with people in the Wasco Hispanic community. We have four people coming every Friday to share concerns, testimony, and Bible study.
PHOTO: Wasco UMC New Cell with Gloria Torres, Superintendent Rev. Mariellen Yoshino, Marta Pérez, Pastora Gabriela Perla, Leticia, and Hector. Rev. Alexis was taking the picture.