Creating platforms that will empower, train, and disciple compassionate, Christ-like leaders at local, national, and global levels.
In the summer of 2017, as part of West Ohio Hispanic Ministry’s strategy for developing young, multicultural leaders, we offered our first ever summer internship program for some of our Hispanic/Latino and multi-ethnic youth. Our purpose in young leadership development is to create platforms that will empower, train, and disciple compassionate, Christ-like leaders at local, conference, national, and global levels. We selected four youth to participate in this internship opportunity and placed them within multicultural church and community settings in which they were given mentor-based discipleship and offered the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills through serving the diverse body of Christ. We hope to continue this program in order to invest in the faith and leadership formation of the second-generation of our Hispanic/Latino churches and ministries.
Last summer Maria Vazquez and Brian Tapia, two of our youth from Esperanza Viva UMC, served with The Point, a multicultural faith community in Trotwood, OH. Through one-on-one discipleship with ministry mentors, Maria and Brian were given special attention in their faith formation as they spent their summer serving Christ through the local church. They helped with children’s programming, Bible school, and community outreach. “I learned that I can do more than I thought I could,” said Maria, reflecting on her ministry experience. Brian shared that he liked seeing the way the church helps the community: “Helping other people with heart…” After a summer of service, Brian and Maria learned that the church is for the community and that their faith can make a positive difference in the lives of others.