New Mexico is a culturally diverse state. The Baptist Convention of New Mexico embraces that diversity. To get more information on a people group where the seeds of the gospel are being planted, click on the tabs below.
An estimated 5,000 people in New Mexico make up the Deaf Population. Ministry to the Deaf is carried out through a leadership team. Nine communities in New Mexico have deaf work – most are interpreted services and/or Bible studies. Albuquerque has the only Deaf Baptist Church that is led by a deaf pastor, Bobby J. Graff. The other communities with deaf ministries include Las Cruces, Anthony, Roswell, Hobbs, Clovis, Taos, Santa Fe and Belen.
Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics, including descendants of Spanish colonists who have lived in the area for over 400 years. There are 983,000 Hispanics of multiple generations in the state. We have 57 Hispanic churches, plants, and ministries. However, on a given Sunday no more than 3,000 Hispanic people attend our worship services. New Mexico is a mission field! We are seeking to plant churches in the Spanish, Bilingual, and English languages to reach the multiple generations of lost Hispanics in New Mexico.
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While the Asian population is small when compared to Hispanic and Native American, two communities are planting seeds among Asian peoples. Albuquerque is home to Chinese Baptist Church. This church offers Bible Study in Mandarin, English, and Cantonese.
in 2013 a Russian-speaking family felt led by the Lord to move from Sacramento, CA to Albuquerque. Because there was no evangelical church in Albuquerque in their “heart language”, a new Bible Study was begun at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Services are totally in Russian and are currently reaching people from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
According to the latest census information, New Mexico is home to nearly 2,000 persons of Korean descent New Mexico has two Southern Baptist Korean congregations – one in Albuquerque and the other in Farmington.
New Mexico has one Southern Baptist Vietnamese Baptist Church. It is led by bi-vocational pastor, Rev. Tan Thai. For more information about this growing congregation, visit their web site at http://vietchurchnm.org/