TLI is partnering with First Bilingual Baptist Church (FBBC) in Pico Rivera, California (southeast Los Angeles metro), to lead the first Spanish-speaking workshop for the newly redesigned Diaspora Training. In addition to a high value on expository preaching and teaching, FBBC has a strong heritage of cultural cooperation and unity across language and ethnic challenges. This is evident in the fact that this church has two services distinguished by language and culture, but is united in purpose, meetings, membership, and their worship of Christ.
The Diaspora Training through FBBC hopes to bring together Hispanic and Latino pastors from a variety of denominations and theological backgrounds in the LA metro, in order to strengthen the wider Body of Christ by developing the pastors in their own preaching skills and empowering them to teach and train others in the ministry of the Word. This hope extends beyond the immediate to future generations of pastors and churches. By God’s grace, Diaspora Training will affect a multilingual and multicultural community. Pray with us that this humble effort would produce a hundred-fold to God’s glory.
64.5% of residents are born in California
30% are foreign-born (with 90%+ from Latin America origins)
11.85% are not US citizens (permanent residents or green card holders; with student visas; temp workers, etc.)