Isa Torres | Hispanic Beat Reporter – – Courtesy Photo.

Alicia Laurel and children from her class pose in front of the first brick building constructed by Primera Iglesia Bautista in Laredo. The church traces its beginning to 1883.

Geographic distance separates three Hispanic Texas Baptist churches established in the 19th century, but a shared commitment to making necessary adjustments to reach people for Christ unites the congregations in Laredo, San Antonio and El Paso. Churches must “move with the times without watering down the gospel,” said Dorso Maciel, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista de Laredo.

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