Palma Ceia has a long tradition of supporting the farm-working community in southwest Florida. Beth-el Farmworker Ministry was founded in part by the Presbyterian Church in 1976. The mission began as a place of worship for the Hispanic farm working community who traveled every year to Tampa to pick the crops during the winter growing season and quickly grew to provide basic food necessities for those in extreme poverty attending worship services. At its core Beth-el believes that we are called into service of those less fortunate through Christ.
Unlike many areas in Florida, Wimauma is unique. Seventy percent of the population is Hispanic and over half are under 30. Young adults and older teens have expressed a sense of disenfranchisement. They no longer feel connected to the traditional Spanish worship services of their parents. As such, the mission is attempting to add a staff position that will help create a new intergenerational ministry specifically for youth and young adults. The position will work as a mission evangelist within the farm working and Wimauma community in the development of a new worshipping service. This year’s Joy Offering, to be collected on December 11th, will be used to assist in the funding of that position. For over 40 years, Beth-El has provided opportunities for farmworkers and their families to move toward financial and spiritual well-being and hopes to continue that legacy with the children of those in extreme poverty through this new mission service.
Please prayerfully consider contributing to the Joy Offering this year to continue that legacy.
-By Bill Lewis on behalf of the Witness and Service Committee