One in four Gen Zers identify as Latino/a or Hispanic, says the Pew Research Center.
“That’s not a corner — that’s our mission field.” —Orlando Crespo, Director of InterVarsity’s LaFe (Latino Fellowship)
As two young Latina staff ourselves, we had the opportunity to sit down with the Director of InterVarsity’s LaFe, Orlando Crespo, over a few video calls. In addition to encouraging us and affirming us in our leadership, he shared about how God is using LaFe in this generation of students on campus and what he’s most excited about.
The themes of inclusion and empowerment were ever-present throughout our conversations with him from the moment we started talking. And it is these values of Latino leadership that Orlando sees as great strengths in ministry and make him particularly excited about how God is raising up LaFe to be a critical part of InterVarsity’s movement.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, read our conversation below.