For the past couple of months I’ve had the privilege of worshiping with a Hispanic ministry, Victory Pointe. Led by Pastor Manuel Flores, they meet Fridays and Sunday nights at 7 PM. I’ve gotten to know the pastor and praise team pretty well and have been asked to play drums with them. So far I’ve only played a couple of times, but it has been a fun couple of times.
I never really realized just how different the Hispanic culture was musically. The rhythm is so much different, but in a good way. Arturo, the worship leader, has been gracious in working with me and at least one song during the service will be a Spanish version of an American song and I can relax a little bit, but the rest of them I am learning. But, I’ll have to admit, I’m getting better.
The atmosphere is what I’ve come to enjoy. Their laid back, I’m-just-happy-to-be-here, attitude is refreshing, and I look forward to spending time with them and learning from them. The only draw back so far is the language barrier. I am not by any stretch of the imagination, fluent in Spanish. Heck, I can barely speak English good. But, I am learning the language as I go and am getting considerably better at understanding it. When it comes to playing in a group, body language goes along way, and is the same in any language. I am slowly being able to understand more and more Spanish and can start to follow the vocal directions better.
I think there is a drummer who is Hispanic that they are getting ready to give the reigns to, and that is awesome. I’ve heard him play and he is good. If and when that happens, they’ve asked me to play guitar. Honestly, I can’t wait. Playing the guitar with these guys would be exciting and humbling as well. I just want to help any way I can.
As for listening to the sermons, I’m getting better. I can pick out enough words that I understand the gist of the message. I have to listen very carefully for the Bible verses because he says them so fast, I can’t follow. I have to write them down and look them up as I can. But, I do have a translator on my Blackberry. So, if I hear a word or phrase that I don’t know the meaning of, I can enter it –assuming I spell it right— and figure out what it means. I get looks sometimes from people because I’m sure they think I’m texting during the sermon, but that’s life I guess.
God has blessed me with an incredible opportunity to get know a group of people that many here in Columbia, can’t. I don’t take that opportunity lightly and treasure the time I have with a wonderful group of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Pray for Victory Point (Punta Victoria), that the people in the community will embrace them, that CWOC will continue to be a strong resource for them, and that God will use them to minister to a huge, vastly unreached, people group here in the Midlands of South Carolina.