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    Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The third thing you can do is… Follow the Encouragements of Your Faith ...
    Part Three: Choose Your Influential Friends Wisely Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The second thing you can do is… Choose Your Influential Friends Wisely You can be an acquaintance and friend with anyone, but not all acquaintances and friends will be influential enough to affect your family’s purpose, principles, morals and values. Influential friends help shape your family. You can and should choose your influential friends wisely. ...
    Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The very first thing you can do is… Continue to Keep Your “Familia” Strong Gregory Nava, Latino film-maker, is clear, "Familia is the very center of Latino culture… the strongest thing about us and the most universal." One of the great gifts Hispanics give humanity is love for strong families. So, here’s a summary of wise advice on “familia” I have learned from Latino brothers and sisters over the years:...
    Part One: HIV&AIDS, A Heartbreaking Challenge for Our Hispanic Community Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. Many of my friends and fellow-worshippers are Hispanic and say with broad, mischievous smiles, “Bill. There are two kinds of people in the world, Hispanics and ‘Wannabe Hispanics’.” The beauty of the Hispanic culture in the United States is that Latinos and Latinas come from many backgrounds, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central and South American, a diverse people group whose common heritage emphasizes family, friends and faith....


     
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