Evangelical Hispanics are convening in Washington, DC, this week
for a time of prayer and worship.
The National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference is June
18-20. At the bi-annual event, Hispanics "join together, we pray
and then we hear from political leaders on issues of the day,"
Pastor Luis Cortes of Esperanza Ministries tells OneNewsNow.
"We also have other Christian leaders come and address us as to
things they want to challenge us to consider and do," he adds.
Musicians include Latin Grammy Awards nominee Daniel Calveti and
Christine D'Clario, a 2012 Dove Award nominee. Marcos Witt, a
five-time Latin Grammy Award winner, will emcee.
The chair of the Republican National Committee and the chair of
the Democratic National Committee are also confirmed as
The prayer breakfast began in 2002 and featured then-President
George W. Bush as speaker. President Obama has been invited to
speak this year.
One issue that has caused a lively debate is immigration, but
another issue for Hispanics is STEM - an acronym for science,
technology, engineering and science.
"One of our concerns is for the future of this country," says
Cortes. "We need to find ways to educate better our young people
and get them involved and more productive in the areas of math and
Afterwards, participants in the conference will spend time with
their congressional representatives discussing issues important to