hispanicplanlogoThe vision of the National Plan is that Hispanic and Latino people will experience new and abundant life as they experience God through Jesus Christ and that The United Methodist Church, by the very sharing of this message through word and deed, will be energized in new and exciting ways. Click on the logo to the right  for more information.    


Advent Family Night 2015

Outreach ministry to Hispanic/Latino neighbors

New Lenox United Methodist Church is reaching out to their Hispanic/Latino neighbors in new ways while building meaningful relationships. This past December, New Lenox hosted an Advent Family night and invited their sister church Trinity/Cristo es el Camino in Joliet to attend. About 200 people from both churches came out to shop in the Christmas…

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Responding to the Syrian Crisis

By Rev. Michael Mann Over the past two weeks, many congregations throughout the United States have vocalized their deep lament in response what has been called “the biggest refugee crisis since World War II” as nearly 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their country over the past few years. The Northern Illinois Justice For Our…

young missionaries

Youngest lay missioners commissioned

At just 15 years old, Jesús Espinoza understands the power of prayer. Born in Mexico, he came to the United States two years ago with his mother and 11-year-old sister to join their father. Living and going to school in Elgin, he said he would pray over lunch in the school cafeteria. At the beginning the young people around gave him…


Learning Spanish as church hospitality

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 545 students participated in 48 classes held in 42 churches across the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) in the last two years to learn some Spanish and explore ¿Quién es mi vecino? (Who is my neighbor?). The core curriculum behind these Spanish-as-a-second language (SSL) classes was a collaborative effort written around…


NIC Hispanic/Latino Ministry Principles NIC Hispanic/Latino Ministry Principles (en espanol)
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