“If they have material needs, there’s a very good chance they have spiritual needs as well,” said The Rev. Angelica Regalado of the Hispanic population she serves in North Carolina. The Rev. Regalado is under call by the Southern Province to develop a new and emerging ministry serving Spanish-speaking immigrants in Forsyth County, N.C. She believes that God has been preparing her for this ministry, reaching out to immigrants, for a long time. “Being an immigrant myself, I can identify with those people I am serving. I am grateful that the Moravian Church is presenting the possibility of reaching out in love to our Hispanic neighbors through this new ministry,” she said. Regalado was born and raised in Peru and came to the United States in 2006 to later prepare for ministry at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Moravian Theological Seminary. Today she is here under a religious worker visa. As part of developing her new ministry, she serves as chaplain at Novant Hospital in Winston-Salem two days a week, working mostly with Spanish-speaking patients. On the other days, she works with Spanish-speaking immigrants at Sunnyside Ministries. She helps meet their needs for food, emotional support, spiritual guidance, and she hopes to soon start with educational programs, such as learning English as a Second Language, and learning about priorities and resources. Many need help to navigate the customs and processes they find in America. The Rev. Angelica Regalado is the second of six children. She is married and has an 11-year-old daughter, Hilda. We lift up sister Angelica and a new ministry on this Cinco de Mayo.
Author: Vince Holbrook
Vince Holbrook began as Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He's a career communications professional who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication at Forsyth Technical Community College. He also spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Texas Instruments and American Tire. A graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC.