By James Neal
Husband and wife ministerial team Ubaldo and Keila Garcia travel more than 200 miles every Sunday to spread biblical teachings in a language their congregations can understand.
The couple comes from Edmond to minister in Spanish to congregations at Enid and Ringwood Maranatha churches.
Keila said she and Ubaldo were called to found the non-denominational Christian church in Enid five years ago because of a lack of Spanish-language services in the area.
“We were friends with a pastor from another Oklahoma City church that used to preach there in Enid, and when they stopped going there my husband and I knew there was a need that had to be filled,” Keila said.
The Garcias began ministering to about eight people in Enid five years ago. From that small congregation they developed ministerial leaders to recruit more congregants in the Hispanic community.
Wednesday evening services are used to train group leaders, who in turn host social gatherings at their homes to build fellowship and recruit new church members.
“We started with a small group, and we have been working to develop leaders and trying to minister to the Hispanic families there,” Keila said. “We can’t expect people to come to our church if we don’t go out into the community, and that’s a way to be there and be available to help and just bless everybody.
“Our goal is to keep growing and keep having more people come to our church and just be a blessing wherever we are. The mission of our church is to reach Hispanic people there who need God. When they’re in our church we disciple to them and work to improve their quality of life though the principles of the Bible.”
Plans to expand