Boris & Teresa Alfaro
After pastoring an established church for 10 years, Boris Alfaro and his wife Teresa felt called to plant a Hispanic church in the city with a new, fresh vision – to take the Gospel to where the people were. When they began the work in 2011 there were roughly 10,000 Hispanics in Salem, and since then the number has grown to over 45,000 in the Salem / Keizer area. To better reach the communities, Comunidad Cristiana Renuevo is strategically establishing different groups (sites) all over the city. Currently there are six different mission points (including one in the city of Woodburn, called “Little Mexico”), with a plan to plant an additional five new groups in the city and surrounding area. Looking broader, groundwork is being done to start new churches in Monmouth, OR, and Wilsonville, OR. As lay leaders are developed, trained, and deployed, the desire is to see these communities transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Outreach takes many forms in the community, including: translation work, sharing the Gospel and praying over people’s needs in a free clinic in the Northeast of the city and at the Feed Salem food bank. In the summer they have a tent ministry in a local park with kid’s activities like carnivals, assist with celebrations of Children’s Day at a local elementary school, host los Posadas (a Christmas celebration), run a basketball open gym at a local school, host community block parties, and more. All these events and activities are done with the purpose of engaging the community where they are, to love people, and share the good news of the Gospel.
Beyond his own plant, Boris is assisting other Hispanic planters to start new works all over Oregon.