Many positive events are taking place in America. In just the past month over 350,000 jobs were created, and that was even while the government was shut down! Also, President Donald Trump had another roundtable discussion with Pastors and leaders, this time it is people from the Hispanic community, and the group shows great support of the president and all that he has done and is trying to do in America to protect all citizens.
President Trump begins the conversation. “We have some of the most respected and powerful. Frankly — they have tremendous congregations of pastors and ministers anywhere in this country. And they’ve been talking to me for a long period of time. And you probably saw we went up 19 percent…with the Hispanic population. Part of it is the jobs because they’re doing record-setting jobs right now. But part of it is what we talk about, the wall and security. And these are just tremendous people. Many have been my friends for a long period of time. And I thought we’d go around the table and say a few words…”
Pastor Ramiro Pena, with Christ the King Church shares his remarks. “Mr. President, thank you for having us here today. I have a letter to present to you from 150 Hispanic evangelical leaders, simply saying an expression of gratitude for your good-faith efforts to work with Democrats and try to get everyone to the table to get things moving again. You’ve done a very good job and been the leader we need you to be in extending a hand to them to come to the table. And we want to say thank you for doing that, and we want to say thank you for doing everything you can to get aid, in a humanitarian way, for this crisis where it’s needed most, securing our borders, and providing for law enforcement and the Border Patrol everything they need…One thing you have not done, Mr. President, is manufacture a humanitarian crisis. It’s real, and although many people began to declare repeatedly this is a manufactured crisis, being a pastor from Texas, I can tell you the human suffering that’s been going on for many decades has hit a fever pitch. And I’m grateful that you have shown leadership to recognize it, to call it out, and to actually do something about it. So, thank you, sir, for doing that.”
Pastor Norma Urrabazo, with International Church of Las Vegas, shares her comments next. “Mr. President, I’m Norma from the International Church of Las Vegas. I’m a pastor there in the, not only in the large community but in the Latino community. And about a week ago, I heard a briefing that you were doing where you were talking about border security and also the humanitarian crisis. And I literally just — as I was listening to you share that, I pulled over to the side, and I just started praying. And I was like, do the American people hear the statistics that the President is saying? Do the American people know what our reality is? So, in that moment, I feel like I had like a truth encounter with what you were saying, and I started praying, “Lord, let America have this truth encounter.” I am an immigrant from Mexico and also daughter of an immigrant from Mexico, and I just wanted you to know that you have not only my support, but you have the support of our community. Yes, there’s things that we need to resolve. I feel like you do an amazing job resolving not only the need for security but this crisis that has been going on for many, many years with the security of our nation and also with immigration issues that have been going on for so many years. So, I just wanted to thank you and wanted you to know that you have our support.”
Apostle Guillermo Maldonado, with King Jesus Ministries, speaks next. “I’m Pastor Guillermo Maldonado from King Jesus Ministry in Miami, and we’re here to support you, Mr. President. You know, there’s a misconception in the public, thinking that Spanish community is for illegal immigration. There’s a misconception also that we want open borders and dealing with people every single day; I see that our community support what you’re doing. We don’t want open borders. I’ve been in 70 countries, preaching the Gospel, and every country has laws and order. And every country we go, America has been so gracious, opening the doors and opening the doors for every person that comes. And that misconception that Spanish people want open borders, they want no laws, that’s not true. We’re here to support you, and what you’re doing is great. The lowest unemployment for Spanish people, 4 percent, that’s incredible…And that’s why you have seen an increase of your support, the support of the Spanish people to you. So, we greatly appreciate it…We pray for you. And we want you to know you can count with our support.”
Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo, with International Church of Las Vegas, continues the conversation. “Mr. President Trump, thank you so much for all you’re doing for America. I’m Pastor Pasqual from the International Church of Las Vegas, and I support wholly what you’re doing here, what you’re doing for America, concerning the crisis there at the border. I’m involved a lot with human trafficking and gang violence with the police department in Las Vegas, and we know there’s a crisis. And we want to tell you thank you for everything that you’re doing, and we support all that you’re doing.” He shares how most of the gangs come from south of the border.
“Most of them that come to Las Vegas, they’re trying to fit in somewhere, work things out, and they can’t get anything going, so they start joining groups, the gangs and that’s how that happens. And we, I work alongside the police department. We have our churches that are connected to the police department in different cities, in different areas of the city. And when there’s a crime or violence, we go out with them, and we hit the ground with the police department there to restore order back in certain areas.”
Pastor Marilyn Rivera, First Lady President of the Hispanic Pastors Association in South Florida, speaks next. “Hi, I am Pastor Marilyn Rivera, and I am the first lady president of the Hispanic Pastors Association in South Florida and I just want to tell you that we pray for you, we are behind you, and we want safe borders and where we need to sit with you for immigration reform, whatever, let’s work together.”
Vice President Mike Pence is in attendance and expresses his excitement for the positive things happening in America. “Just, it’s an honor to welcome these wonderful Hispanic pastors here. We’re grateful for their ministries, and we’re grateful for your prayers and the support that you have shown the President; record unemployment for Hispanic Americans, African Americans across the country; and the leadership that you’ve expressed support for; the President has brought to our nation’s engagement in this hemisphere means a great deal to all of us but thank you all for being here.”
Pastor Becky Keenan, President, and Founder of One with Israel remarks as well. “Well, thank you for a strong economy, but also you’re our Commander-in-Chief, and part of these issues is the safety of our country. Our country changed after 9/11, and we’re dealing with issues that we didn’t have to perhaps deal with in the past. But I want to specifically say that, as a woman and a pastor, I deal with victims of human trafficking, which is at an all-time high. And a strong America — when it comes to security and defending women and children, and even some men are trafficked, as well, against their will. The horrific violence and even death of thousands of people across our border is something that no one has addressed. And I’m very grateful for this, and I’m also grateful that we’re here at the table and that we have this dialogue and that you’re open to it. I thank you for that, and I know you have a compassion for women, for children, for families. So, for that, I am very grateful and very hopeful of the future, Mr. President.”
Kirstjen Nielson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, expresses her gratitude next. “I just want to thank everyone for being here. I want to thank you all for your leadership and your compassion for taking such good care of your communities and for working with the Department of Homeland Security. We’d love to continue to strengthen our partnership, to learn from you, to understand what’s happening within our communities so that we can, together, make them safer under the President’s leadership. So, thank you for being here. It’s very important. Thank you.”
Pastor Mario Sandoval, with Maranatha Church, is next. “Hello, Mr. President, thank you for having me here. My name is Mario Sandoval. I’m a pastor in Waco, Texas, a Hispanic community and…where I’m at, we suffer, we see what the people actually go through and we’re not for open borders. We’re for secure borders because we know that it’s going to bring resolution to a lot of the things that people go through and so we’re here to support you for that.”
Next Pastor Mario Bramnick, with New Wine Ministries, speaks. “Thank you very much. My name is Mario Bramnick, a pastor with New Wine Ministries and president of the Latino Coalition for Israel. We’re really amazed by your leadership. What President Trump promises, President Trump delivered, from the movement of the embassy to Jerusalem to the appointments of incredible Supreme Court justices, and now to what you’re doing for border security. As Hispanics with the soar in the poll numbers, you can see that we do want strong border security that you stand for and from the times I’ve had the honor to meet you, I know you have a compassion for the Hispanic people. And it’s true, from your heart, all the times that we were able to be with you, and as evidenced by the historic unemployment rate, as evidenced by your willingness to help with DACA and TPS relief and we’re with you. We’re praying for you, and it’s an honor to be here with you.”
Lourdes R. Aguirre, President of Eres America Media, continues, “Mr. President, as president of Eres America, my task is to bring leadership of the nation as we have sitting here today. I work with every organization and denominations that are in the leadership with the Hispanics. One of the things that I see and resonates today is the fact that there’s a great misconception. The media gives a major misconception of the Hispanic community and the support that we have for you. I can emphatically say your values stand aligned to the Hispanic community and that is what you have seen in the polls is that they have seen, no matter what the media says, they see that your actions speak aligned to their heart’s desire and so they’ve got it all wrong. They’re making my task more interesting, yet the message is getting to our Hispanic community from truck drivers in Los Angeles. You’ve got the Villareal names following you. The Gonzales’s. You’ve got Hispanics that truly supporting and this reality that we’ve had — back to President Calderon in Mexico dealing with the human trafficking — was appalling; the catastrophes that we saw. We worked hand in hand, and we were never able to achieve what you’ve already brought to the table. For that, the Hispanic community and America says thank you.”
President Trump concludes the conversation. “…I will say we’ve made a lot of progress and when we’re given the right ingredients, and we need that; we need the wall, and we need other things; we need other forms of technology, you’ll see numbers that are even better…But if we don’t have that wall, and if we don’t have a very powerful barrier, it’s all just a waste of time. It can’t work. Can’t work. So, we’ll get it.” He continues speaking about getting a deal for the wall. “…I think we have a good chance. We’re going to work with the Democrats. We’re going to see and if we can’t do that…obviously we’re going to do the emergency because that’s what it is, it’s a national emergency. These are Hispanic pastors and reverends and ministers, and they understand better than anybody, it’s an emergency. It’s a humanitarian emergency, and we are going to take care of our border. It’s going to be done, and crime is going to go down throughout our whole country, not just at the border. The border is the least of it. It’s what comes in through the border and permeates throughout the whole country, and you’re going to see drugs drop way down because a big percentage come in through the border. You will see drugs go way down. You’re going to see crime go way down. So, we’re going to do it, and we’re doing well, and I really appreciate you being here. Thank you.”
As expressed by everyone in this discussion that we need safety and security for our country! President Trump sincerely cares about hearing from Christians, and it is great that he shares these meetings with us all. It has been prophesied by Kim Clement that the wall will be put in place by President Trump so we can pray in agreement with that, that it will come to pass! What is God saying to you through this today? We want to hear about it, and you can write to us at Friends@VFNKB.com. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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President Trump Hosts a Roundtable with Hispanic Pastors