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Hispanic church helps new residents

December 28, 2003

Albany -- Dougherty county has more than twelve hundred Hispanics living and working in the community. Many leaving their families and come to South Georgia looking for migrant work. Life here is often a difficult adjustment. But a church is trying to make these newcomers feel right at home.

The Gonzalez family are the newest members of Living Faith Hispanic Church. Jose Gonzalez is the first in his family to be born in the United States. "There is so much freedom in this country. I know that's is why people move here. More then anything we want to be accepted," says Gonzalez.

The road for acceptance lead Ana Moored to found the Living Faith Church. Her story is not unlike many of her members. She immigrated from El Salvador 19 years ago an has made Albany her home. "Language is the biggest concern,"say Pastor Moored. "They learn and I like to help them to kind of guide them in how to survive in this new atmosphere,"she says. Hispanics currently only makes up one percent of the total population in Dougherty county. But that number is expect to almost double because of the availably of jobs for migrant workers.

Jose comes to the church to pray for a better future for his children. "I did not graduate I did not go to college so that way they can have the chance that I didn't have," he says.

The church plans to expand its ministry and offer English and education classes for the community.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com