ALBUQUERQUE – Every spring there is an event that children and adolescents from the Texico Conference highly anticipate. The Gran Convocatoria Infantil “Prediquemos” is a yearly event that gives children ages 4-16 the opportunity to develop a passion to preach.
In its fourth year, this year’s convocation took place on April 28, 2018 at the Albuquerque North Valley Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church and was based on heroes from the Old Testament. This year, the participation by children and youth doubled with 40 participants from several Spanish churches in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. Some even came from as far as Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Each participant was given five minutes to present their topic in Spanish and was judged on several criteria including use of voice, body language, contact with the audience, knowledge of the topic, and conclusion.
A combination of members, pastors, and staff from the Texico Conference served as judges. They did an excellent job in motivating and encouraging the participants by giving them positive feedback and comments. One of the judges was Nelva Chacon from the Texico Conference who said, “It was great to see all the churches working together for the benefit of the children. The judges felt it was important to affirm each participant so that they will want to continue preaching.”
At the end, each participant was recognized with a special gift from the Texico Conference. Overall, organizers were grateful for the support of those who attended and participated. They hope this event will continue to grow and be a blessing to participants and attendees.
By Julio Rueda