By Jacky Tamez
The University will hold its first Spanish worship event April 14 in Mabee Theater at 6 p.m.
“Noche de Alabanza” is sponsored by the Spiritual Life department and organized by junior Nick Bostic. The purpose of the event is to reach out to the Hispanic community on campus.
“Some students’ parents do not understand English and might feel isolated from the University,” Bostic said. “This is a way to make them feel comfortable and invited.”
The event will begin with praise and worship led by junior Monica Gauna singing contemporary Spanish worship songs. Junior Obed Gauna, pastor at Casa de Dios, will give a small sermon. At the end of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with members of a spiritual team if they need prayer or have questions in regards to their spiritual life.
“When I was considered to be a speaker, I was humbled that I was even on the list,” Gauna said.
Graduate student Natalie Arevalo is helping Bostic organize the event.
“When I first got here, all the worship services were in English and unfamiliar,” Arevalo said. “You want people to feel comfortable.”
All students are invited to the event regardless of a Spanish-speaking background. Bostic said he hopes this will encourage students from different cultures to embrace their heritage.
“We are all serving one God,” Bostic said. “There is no language barrier with God.”