In 2013, Alejandro Fernandez was like many teenage boys—very rebellious against his parents and cynical about the church. He only went to church because his parents forced him to go. Nothing about God seemed to appeal to him and he simply wanted to do things his way.
That summer he went with his family to RENUEVO (means “renew” in Spanish), a Hispanic family camp. Although he was skeptical, the youth sessions gave him an experience he didn’t expect. Each time he attended, it felt like the messages were getting more personal and his heart became more open. That weekend, much to the surprise of those who knew him, Alejandro committed his life to Christ. His life was transformed. He is now a worship leader at his church and sharing his faith with others.
This year’s RENUEVO will be held June 22 – 23, 2018, at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.
More than a Hispanic family camp, RENUEVO has become a multiethnic bridge event led primarily by Hispanic leaders (all main sessions and some workshops are translated into English).
Under the leadership of Reverends Frankie Rodriguez and Ileana Flores, this year’s RENUEVO is focused on discipleship and multiplication. The theme is “Kingdom” or “Del Reino.” Bonifacio and Cristina Chicas from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will serve as primary speakers for adults. Other speakers include Rev. Sarah Rodriguez and Pastor Jhonn David Arica, both from North Carolina, and Zach Coffin, director of Next Gen Discipleship and Multiplication. Students will be challenged by Southern Wesleyan’s Quest Academy, a new program created to assist students in pursuing their callings. Luis Cordoba from Puerto Rico will serve as adult worship leader and La Roca Youth Worship of Winston-Salem, N.C., will lead student worship.
“Please pray for us as we seek to gather a large number of Wesleyan leaders and families to celebrate every time a disciple makes a disciple and a church multiplies itself until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming presence in every ZIP code,” said Rev. Santes Beatty, director of Multiethnic Ministries for The Wesleyan Church.
To hear more of Alejandro’s story, click here.