Otterbein United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has launched a new Hispanic worshipping community under the leadership of Ondina Schrunder. Otterbein has a history of ministry with their Hispanic neighbors. The congregation runs a thrift store next to the church building, and through that mission, the church began establishing relationships with the Spanish-speaking friends in their neighborhood. When Pastor Brad Miller connected with Ms. Schrunder, the idea for a Hispanic worship service was born.
Once plans came together for the new community, it only took one meeting of the Otterbein UMC Administrative Board to positively accept this new ministry. Deb Hall, a church member, stated, “It’s about doing God’s Kingdom work in this place, adopting the philosophy, ‘Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.’” The Otterbein UMC congregation has committed to praying for Ondina Schrunder and the Hispanic ministry each day at noon, and will also be supporting the ministry by being present at their services.
Miller says, “Ondina is as committed and as passionate a leader as I have encountered in recent years.” He continues, “I am encouraged already by the enthusiasm that Ondina has brought to the Otterbein UMC congregation during a time of preparation and delay. I am even more excited about what God is about to do through this commitment to a new Hispanic worshipping community in Indianapolis.” The Hispanic worship services will be held Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Otterbein UMC (5009 E 21st Street, Indianapolis).