Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

School of Journalism and Broadcasting

Additional Departmental Affiliation

Modern Languages

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

“Cada día por Dios,” which translates to English as “Every Day for God” tells the story of the local congregation of the Hispanic evangelical church Iglesia del Dios Vivo, Columna y Apoyo de la Verdad, La Luz del Mundo. More commonly, the church is referred to as La Luz del Mundo or the Light of the World church. The local congregation of La Luz del Mundo is part of a larger trend of evangelical expansion in the Hispanic population and serves as a microcosm of the international church community.

The doctrine of the Light of the World church hearkens back to the primitive Christian church teachings. In this, followers believe that they can only receive the Word of God from a “living apostle” who is chosen by God. According to doctrine, the living apostle is the leader of the church and maintains a direct connection to God. This belief has led to ridicule of the church, with some going so far as to say the church is a cult. Additionally, church leadership has weathered controversy over the years due to allegations of sexual misconduct by church leaders in the international church. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the church has provided resources such as food, shelter and education to communities in need all over the world.

In Bowling Green, the Light of the World church is a beacon of hope and growth for the Hispanic evangelical community. Though they face discrimination based on their ethnicity, beliefs and dress, the congregation continues to invite the surrounding community to learn about their culture and way of life.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Amanda Crawford, James Kenney, Chris Keller

Disciplines

Journalism Studies | Photography | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature

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