'Fiesta with Jesus' Hispanic outreach events took place June 6-8 in three communities


Three Fiesta With Jesus events took place in Henry, Tennessee (top photo), McKenzie, Tennessee (bottom photo) and Calloway County, Kentucky. (Submitted photos)

Fiesta With Jesus, a Hispanic outreach initiative of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, was offered in three different locations on June 6, 7 and 8.

The Memphis Conference includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

The guest speaker for all three events that also included food, games and Bible stories, was Pastor Hector Costilla Diaz of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico. He was in the U.S. to attend the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, June 3-5 in Paducah, Kentucky, and extended his stay for the Hispanic outreach events.

Costilla brought greetings to the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference from his Eastern Mexico Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico in recognition of the Memphis Conference’s pacto (covenant) for mission and ministry with the Eastern Mexico Conference.
Costilla visited:

  • Henry United Methodist Church in Henry, Tennessee, on June 6
  • The Farmers Market in McKenzie, Tennessee, on June 7
  • Hispanic farm workers in Calloway County, Kentucky, on June 8
Farm workers were presented with Spanish language Bibles and heard a plan of discipleship presented by Costilla.

Costilla was accompanied to the events by Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries staff, Dr. Joe Geary and Elyse Bell; and area clergy: Tammy Blankenship of Henry United Methodist Church, Tricia Trull of McKenzie First United Methodist Church, Emily Walker of Bethesda and Lebanon United Methodist Churches in Henry, Tennessee, and Don Williams of McLemoresville United Methodist Church in McLemoresville, Tennessee.