SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, along with NHCLC leaders releases the following statement:
“I welcome the news that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has decided to step aside. He made the right decision for the good of the Puerto Rican people. But let us be clear: this is not yet a new day in our beloved Puerto Rico. We must recognize that the challenges our island faces are not the product of one leader alone — nor will they be resolved by one person. It will require citizens of all types to do their part in ensuring a better and a brighter future for all Puerto Ricans. So the celebrations at today’s news ought to be taken in their appropriate context. There will be no new beginning without a new way forward.
“As an evangelical pastor, I believe our island’s way forward should begin with prayer. As the Bible says, ‘If My people who are called by My name put away their pride and pray, and look for My face, and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14). Let us keep praying for the healing of our people and our island. Puerto Rico’s best days are still to come.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Dr. William Hernandez
Dr. Gilbert Velez
Rev. Gilberto Ramos
Rev. Israel Bermudez
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer of “Breakthrough” with 20th Century Fox and bestselling author of “You Are Next: Destroy What Has Paralyzed You and Never Miss Your Moment Again” (Charisma House Publishing). CNN and FOX News have called him “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by TIME magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, FOX News and CNN as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters in Latin America.