Spanish club starts bilingual chapel
Friday, September 21, 2007
By Jacey Jacobs
of Oklahoma Christian University now have the opportunity to attend a
different kind of chapel. Under the direction of Tina Ware, chair of
the department of language and literature , the Spanish club, leads
Spanish chapel every Tuesday on the second floor of the library.
“It’s conducted in both Spanish and English. We sing songs, and have a
devotional in Spanish and then translate back into English,” Ware said.
“We are hoping to have some involvement from the native Spanish
speakers on campus. We would like for them to come and tell us about
their countries or culture to make us more aware of Spanish speaking
Juniors, Jared Beverly and Ashleigh Hess are the student leaders of
the Spanish club and are responsible for making Spanish chapel a weekly
event. Beverly leads singing and the devotionals.
“Jared does a good job in using cognate words,” Ware said. “The
students in my Spanish classes will actually understand more than they
think because he uses words that are similar in Spanish and English.”
Beverly joined the Spanish club the beginning of his freshman year and was named the new president by the second semester.
“We started having devotionals on Monday nights, and last year we
noticed that we didn’t get a lot of attendance,” Beverly said. “We
moved it to chapel and had a whole lot more attendance. Last semester
we had one Spanish chapel a month, but this semester we will have it
The addition of regular Spanish chapel brings many exciting emotions.
“Last semester Jared and I and Dr. Ware were talking about the need to
get something started with the Spanish Club that is more affluent on
our campus,” Hess said. For us, Spanish isn’t just about learning it
and graduating with a degree, but about developing it more for your own
Hess believes it is important to have a place not only to learn
Spanish, but also to learn about the culture and bring native and
learning speakers together.
“The purpose is to have a more intimate chapel and something for those
who are interested in the Spanish-speaking culture,” Ware said. “Also,
it is for students who are Spanish students so they can get to have
chapel in their native language.”
Ware, Hess and Beverly have a passion for the Spanish-speaking culture,
and want to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community on campus to
develop a ministry for them.
They also want to create an opportunity for the people who are learning
Spanish to interact with people who already know the language in order
to give them an outlet besides their Spanish classes.
“It’s all about connecting with those who already speak Spanish,”
Beverly said. “Also, America is becoming more and more a
Spanish-speaking country and we are going to need to know the
terminology and the vocabulary to minister and evangelize to
Beverly says students can come to Spanish chapel even if they do not
know the language. By coming they will learn simple words that are
important in ministering to those who speak Spanish. This special
chapel also prepares the people who are learning Spanish to evangelize
to Spanish-speaking non-Christians.
“Anyone outside of Spanish club can participate. It’s not just
about education and finishing your degree, it’s about exploring and
discovering,” Hess said. “It’s important for those outside (of the
Spanish major) to know that, too. This semester Oklahoma Christian is
focusing on every tribe, and this is the same thing, only we are
focusing on this side of the world.”