By Alejandro Mejia, Parroquia Nuestro Salavador, Greenville
Last Sunday, the people from Parroquia Nuestro Salvador in Greenville had for the third time their Hispanic heritage celebration. In this occasion, this important celebration started with our traditional worship service at 3:00 p.m. with more than 80 people in attendance and a baptism of a 15 year old girl whom with her family who were new to Christianity. As usual, the youth group actively participated leading the liturgy along with their pastor Alejandro Mejía. Afterwards, there was a fellowship hall full of delicious and authentic Latino food, prepared by the families of the mission congregation, waiting for all attendees to enjoy and celebrate their Latino roots and also to give thanks for the opportunity God has given to them to be in this nation.
The demographics at Nuestro Salvador are very diverse. It has people who are first generation who are people who have immigrated to the United Stated from Central America and Mexico, as well as those fleeing their countries from South America. Most of the youth were born in the country and are second generation.
Parroquia Nuestro Salvador is the first Latino Lutheran mission congregation under development in Greenville and the Upstate that started about 2 years ago. Right now, to God’s glory, Nuestro Salvador is a ministry with more than 20 families actively involved, and many others that participate sporadically. Its pastor has been invited to participate in different important public and civic events as a representative of Nuestro Salvador and on behalf of the Latino community in Greenville.