At the beginning of the year, the Pacific Union Recorder launched the first ever quarterly edition of the magazine in Spanish.
The Recorder en español features editorials, news from Hispanic ministries in the seven conferences, and information about events of interest to Spanish-speaking members. In January of this year, the Union launched the winter (inverno) edition of the magazine, followed by a spring (primavera) edition in April. The summer (verano) edition is expected to go to press in late June.
“The membership of the Pacific Union includes Spanish-speakers, and we want to acknowledge them as part of our fellowship,” said Alberto Valenzuela, editor of the magazine and associate communication director for the Pacific Union. “A Recorder in Spanish provides a good way to share the news that is coming from a large part of our community here in the Pacific Southwest.”
Prior to producing the Recorder en español, the Pacific Union Hispanic Ministries department produced En Contacto. Following departmental changes, production of En Contacto paused, and ultimately the goals and vision of the publication transitioned into the production of the Recorder en español.
“Since we stopped the old magazine, En Contacto, it is a good time to send this!” shared Jorge P. Soria, vice president of the Pacific Union. “The new magazine includes great articles that can be shared with those who are studying the Bible. It is good for churches to have it on hand to share with visitors.”
The Pacific Union Department of Communication and Community Engagement works with Pacific Press to deliver batches of the magazine directly to the Hispanic members living in the Pacific Southwest. Currently, Recorder en español reaches an estimated 20, 000 Adventist homes in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
According to Alberto Ingleton, director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference, a regularly produced magazine in Spanish shows care and meets an important need in the Pacific Union Conference territory. “We have a large community of first generation Hispanics,” Ingleton explained. “Their native language is Spanish, and a magazine in Spanish will allow for greater understanding and more effective communication. These members hold leadership positions such as elders and departmental directors, and a Spanish magazine helps us connect to the leaders in our Hispanic churches.” Ingleton shared that part of the connection includes being able to share events, news, and projects with members that, through their involvement, help to fulfill the mission of the church.
With an estimated 15 million Spanish and Portuguese-speaking people living in the five states in the Pacific Union region, the Pacific Union recognizes the need to offer more multi-lingual resources.
Read the latest edition of the Recorder en español by visiting: adventistfaith.com/recorder
Alberto Valenzuela, editor of the magazine and associate communication director for the Pacific Union, presents the second quarterly edition of Recorder en español.
Photo by Connie Jeffery