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The Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church (FGUMC) is pleased to announce that a new lay minister has been assigned to serve the Hispanic population in our area. Ernesto Aguinogo was the first to start this ministry. His mission was to help the Hispanics adjust to their new surroundings, assist with legal and translation matters, help enroll their children in school and plan for home Bible studies.

Eliud Martinez will continue this lay minister position starting June 15. Eliud and his wife, Janet, have two children, Andrea and Mario. Andrea will be in eighth grade and Mario will be in sixth grade this fall.

The Martinez family is originally from El Salvador. They spent the last three years in Nashville, where Eliud served with the Presbyterian Church in their Hispanic outreach to the community.

Eliud holds a degree in psychology. He worked with the El Salvadorian government in the field of health before relocating to the U.S. Max Mayo, pastor of FGUMC, stated, "Eliud brings a tremendous heart for ministry among the people and we are pleased to welcome him to this community."

There are approximately 800 Hispanics living in Cumberland County with 150 children attending local elementary schools. Monterey has over 1,000 and Cookeville has many more. These people have religious needs that require attention. The Cookeville District of the Methodist Church is the only district in Tennessee that has multiple Mexican churches. Eliud will be working closely with them to provide service.

A reception will be held for the Martinez family on Sunday, June 25, at FGUMC, 231 Westchester Drive, starting at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come welcome this new family to the community.

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