Thursday, January 03, 2008
a new year... a new start!
At the beginning of every New Year I find myself feeling very enthusiastic about all the possibilities the year may bring. The New Year is a gift from God. It is a new start at anything that we set our minds, hearts and faith to accomplish. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to continue working on any mission or goal that we have already set for ourselves.
No matter what your mission or goals in life might be, I encourage you to do it well! In Romans 12:7-8 it is written: "If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly".
At Esperanza our mission is clear. It is driven by the biblical mandate stated in Mathew 25:40 – to strengthen the Hispanic community while serving and advocating for "the least of these", the marginalized and the underserved.
Through our varied programs and initiatives we are making a difference in the Hispanic community nationwide. We are working on strengthening Hispanic marriages in the cities of Santa Ana, CA; New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. We continue to support Hispanic faith-based service organizations in Florida and Pennsylvania, and respond to the needs of troubled Hispanic youth in Philadelphia. And now we will work with teens in California through our new abstinence training program.
The New Year is just starting and it is filled with much promise, possibilities and endless opportunities to serve and help our Hispanic community. I hope that each one of you feels as enthusiastic about this new start as I do. Do your best to identify what your community’s needs are and commit to becoming actively involved in meeting them.
Wishing you all God's blessing and a Happy New Year,
The Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr.
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