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ABCUSA Leaders Visit Puerto Rico


A delegation of American Baptists and partners led by American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) traveled to Puerto Rico January 26-29, 2018, to meet with pastoral and lay leaders to survey damage and devastation caused by last year’s hurricanes Irma and Maria. The delegation, invited by ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer, brought together members of a Puerto Rico Roundtable on the pastoral and mission fact-finding trip.

Leaders of the region Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico met with the delegation throughout the four-day visit, coordinated by Victoria Goff, ABHMS associate director of Mission Advancement and Passionary Movement and director of Disaster Recovery for Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico, and Salvador Orellana, ABHMS national coordinator of Latino Ministries and deputy director of Logistics and Relationships for the Puerto Rico initiative.

In a reflection shared with leadership of the region along with 59 pastors and lay leaders, Spitzer thanked God for their “work produced by faith, their labor prompted by love, and their endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:2). On behalf of all American Baptists, he underscored ABCUSA’s support for ABHMS’ efforts to revitalize and restore damaged buildings and to strengthen the friendship between the island’s churches and American Baptist congregations on the mainland. 

Along with Spitzer, the delegation included Rev. Mark Mahserjian-Smith, American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

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