Collaboration grows Hispanic ministry in Fraser Valley

Ruben Zuniga

Ruben Zuniga

An Abbotsford, B.C., church has expanded its ministry to the Fraser Valley’s Hispanic community. With the addition of a Mexico-born pastor/evangelist to its staff, King Road is partnering to bring the gospel to Spanish-speaking migrant farm workers and families who have settled in the valley.

Ruben Zuniga started as Hispanic chaplain with King Road MB Church Mar. 1, 2015. For the past six years, the church has been ministering to Hispanic workers and their families through a twice-weekly drop-in centre. Zuniga says his appointment means the ministry now has “more time, more opportunities to share the gospel.”

Zuniga will also have more time to offer needed support like translation, counsel and encouragement to workers and employers alike.

Commissioning prayer at King Road MB Church for the ministry of Ruben Zuniga and his wife Celia.

Commissioning prayer at King Road MB Church for the ministry of Ruben Zuniga and his wife Celina.

Zuniga has ministered for the past 15 years to the growing numbers of Spanish-speaking agricultural workers in the central Fraser Valley. For many years, he pastored Bakerview Hispanic in Abbotsford, and he continues as pastor of Chilliwack’s Ministerio Cristiano Broadway (MB), initiated with the help of C2C Network church planters.

The Hispanic outreach ministry is now a financial partnership between three area churches, King Road, Broadway and Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship, Coquitlam, B.C. C2C continues to provide help and direction as needed.

“We are doing this, not in a traditional way,” says Chris Douglas of C2C, “but in a way that responds to a unique ministry need.”

Barrie McMaster, B.C. correspondent

 

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