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9-07-11 Hispanic Evangelism Draws Overflow Crowd in NYC
La Voz presented "Siete Palabras de Esperanza" (Seven Words of Hope) from Jesus
While there was damage brought to the city of New York and the surrounding area by Hurricane Irene, it appeared to have been less than expected. There were a number of power outages throughout different pockets of the city and its suburbs, and in a few cases the outages affected large neighborhoods.
The power outages did not, however, hold anyone back as all of the available tickets for the event were given out at the door every night and the event went on to larger, and even an overflowing audience. The support of the membership of the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and visitors alike was enthusiastic and genuine.
"Siete Palabras de Esperanza" (Seven Words of Hope) was the title of the series presented by Frank González, speaker/director of La Voz de la Esperanza (Voice of Hope) television program. Each night one of seven key words, inspired by Christ as he was dying on the cross, was studied. A large component of each evening was musical performances of praise presented by both members of La Voz’ team and of invited musicians.
The effort involved the formation of nearly 400 small groups which Elder Gonzalez, an expert in such groups, helped organize back in October, 2010. The participating 59 congregations of the Greater New York Conference and the 15 congregations of the Northeastern Conference reported to La Voz and all present at the event, that the year-long advance effort for this event has produced more than 900 baptisms out of an original goal of “1011 baptisms in 2011”. That goal is not only well within reach, but will soon be surpassed.
The entire event was recorded for television and will, once edited, be broadcast in the United States on “Galavision” through its television network and throughout the world through the church and other independent satellite systems.
North American Division officers were invited to attend and many saw, first hand, the 8-part series that will soon be available on DVD. That DVD series will eventually be used as an element presented to small Bible study groups formed to seed future similar evangelistic efforts.
This event marks the beginning of the year in which La Voz de la Esperanza is celebrating its 70th anniversary of uninterrupted years of faith-based broadcast messages of salvation, not only to the Spanish-speaking people in the North American Division, but throughout the world. Begun in 1942, it's America's longest-running Spanish-language radio program, broadcast on more than 1,300 radio stations worldwide. In 2004, they recorded their first television series, Descubra (Discover). Descubra is broadcast via Galavision into 216 U.S. markets (52 million available homes), on Esperanza TV throughout North/Inter-America, on Nuevo Tiempo to Inter/South America, on 3ABN Latino throughout all Spanish-speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere, on several satellite systems worldwide, as well as being broadcast independently into select countries.