In my Note from the Editor in the April issue of Reason & Revelation, I introduced to you Tommy Hatfield, our new general manager. Now, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Moisés Pinedo, a young man whom I have hired to begin translating our materials into Spanish.
I have discussed with you previously in this space the fact that every year in December, my male professional and support staff and I spend some time away from the office in a two-day-long meeting in order to: (a) constructively criticize our efforts over the past twelve months; (b) assess our progress; and (c) lay out our plans for the upcoming new year. Each of us views these two days as perhaps the most valuable and rewarding time that we spend together throughout the entire year.
One of the goals that we set out in our 2003 year-end meeting was to locate someone who could assist us in getting all of our productseverything from books, tracts, and audio/video items, to the content of our immensely popular Web sitetranslated into the Spanish language. Spanish-speaking people represent the fastest-growing minority in the United States. I therefore felt it was time for us to address this pressing need. For several years, Christians in the Hispanic communityin this country and abroadhave asked us if we had anything available in Spanish, and weve always had to say not yet. Now, with the addition of our first translator, that is about to change.
Some time ago, my wife Rhonda (who speaks fluent Spanish herself), Kyle Butt (the Director of Biblical Research at Apologetics Press), and his wife Bethany, were on a mission trip to Peru. While there, they met a native Peruvian young man by the name of Moisés Pinedo. Moisés, who just turned 27 years old in April, has been married for the past three years to Kimberley Jordan, an American from Tennessee (who also speaks fluent Spanish). Moisés, who was reared by faithful Christian parents (his late father was a Gospel preacher), is a graduate of the preacher-training school in Panama City, Panama, and preached for a number of years for a congregation in Lima, Peru. Doctrinally speaking, he is as sound a young man as I have ever met. Lionel Cortez, a good friend of our work and the present director of the school in Panama, knows Moises quite well, and speaks highly of him.
I learned in late 2003 that the Pinedos were planning to move to the States, and that they would be in the U.S. in January for a brief visit as they prepared for that move. I invited them to come by our offices so we could discuss the possibility of Moisés assisting us in our new Spanish-translation project. They arrived in Montgomery on January 10, stayed several days with Rhonda and me, met my staff, and then sat down with several of us for an interview.
By the time that interview was over, we were convinced that Moisés was the person we needed to serve as our first full-time Spanish translator. I offered him the joband he accepted. He, Kimberley, and their baby daughter Melanie, joined us in early April, and Moisés immediately began his translation work. So far, he already has completed translating our introductory-level Christian Evidences Correspondence Course, and has started translating the intermediate-level course (after which he will translate the final, advanced-level course). As soon as he completes the translation of these materials, he will begin working on various others, which eventually will include a complete Spanish-language mirror-image of our Web site (which had 250,000 page-hits in March!). I also would like to add that Moisés is available for speaking engagements at Spanish-speaking congregations of the churches of Christ. If he can be of service to you in any way, please call on him. He is an extremely talented young man. Expect great things from him!
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