More than one in four Hall County residents is Hispanic.  That fact drove our last (2014) strategic planning team to recommend a greater focus on reaching these neighbors.  When we asked what might open a door of opportunity for the Gospel, we knew it would start with meeting their needs.  That began a two-year journey to open an Immigration counseling center.  Last month that journey was completed, as CBA received final certification to open the Hope Immigration Center on the campus of Pozo de Esperanza.  (Special thanks to Ruben Perea for his hard work on this vision!)

We can’t declare anyone “legal.”  Our role is to clear away the obstacles that keep people in limbo.  Sometimes it means overcoming a language barrier, or helping people navigate complicated rules and regulations.  Far too often it means lowering financial barriers that make it impossible even to apply for a decision.  Along the way we’re excited to be able to provide a resource to our Hispanic churches, and (best of all) to share the Gospel with everyone we help.

As we celebrate Independence Day next week, I’m thankful for my freedom.  I’m thankful, too, that we can help others at least pursue the same blessing.  And most of all, I’m thankful we can point them to a freedom greater than anything this world has to offer.

Happy Independence Day!