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Ministry makes changes after turning away Spanish speakers for toy drive

Posted: 7:14 PM, Dec 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-19 20:14:55-05

TULSA, Okla. — A local ministry has implemented changes in order to better reach the Hispanic community.

Last month, we reported when Loaves and Fishes turned away Spanish speakers from their toy drive registration because it lacked interpreters and higher demand than usual.

However, as the demographics continue to change and more Hispanic families live in the area of 21st and Garnett, the ministry is trying to be more inclusive and embrace the change.

Pastor Al Poncel says they will start a Spanish service every third Friday of the month starting in February of 2019. He has partnered up with local bilingual leaders who are stepping up to help the ministry. One of them is a pastor at The Bridge Church in Bixby who says he's excited to collaborate and help Latinos in the area.

Today, the ministry helped more than 120 people receive food baskets before Christmas. The faith-based organization will be closed for the holidays until January 7.