Iglesia la Esperanza, a Hispanic church in Valrico, Fla. (east of Tampa), closed on 3.8 acres of property this week and the congregation has plans to eventually build on the site. They met on the property on January 11 to give thanks to God for his provision. At right, Pastor Jesus Munoz (in center) prays. Also in the photo is Javier Forero (yellow shirt at left), co-pastor of the church.
The purchase, made at a cost of $212,000, was made possible due to a gift from another church.
Iglesia la Esperanza is a Spanish-speaking church made up of individuals from countries such as Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, and El Salvador, in addition to a number of Anglos who attend. They are already planting other Spanish-speaking churches in the cities of Sebring and Bradenton, Fla.