American Bible Institutes (Texas and California)
foundation in a cultural context
Antoinette Aguirre, 23,
says God has called her to plant a Spanish church. And she credits
her three years at Latin American Bible Institute in San Antonio
for playing a large role in preparing her for a life of ministry.
More than 100 enrolled students each year choose to study for the
ministry at LABI-Texas, not only for the quality of a bilingual
education — students at LABI come from a variety of Spanish-speaking
countries — but for the camaraderie that forges lifelong friendships.
people is what ministry is about,” says Aguirre from her hometown
of Fort Collins, Colo., who recently completed her three-year diploma
at LABI. “But I also got a solid biblical foundation from
Isaac Canales, president
of LABI in La Puente, Calif., agrees.
an education for people from Hispanic heritage in a cultural context
that graduates them with confidence,” Canales says, noting
missions trips to Latin America allow his students to minister in
their native tongue.
Both LABI schools offer
three-year diplomas, with classes offered in Spanish and English.
LABI-California also offers a bachelor of theology degree. Other
Assemblies of God colleges accept credits earned at LABI.
“God wants Hispanics
to succeed,” says Aguirre, who is now attending Southwestern
Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, to obtain her
bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology. “And we
can; it’s up to us.”