La Voz de la Esperanza had the privilege to celebrate its 75th anniversary on a tour throughout the North American Division and ending in a historic event from Loma Linda, California. It was an unforgettable day with many surprises. It was broadcasted worldwide through several television channels.
In 1942, when the world was submersed in the most devastating war in its history, God appointed Braulio Pérez Marcio to assume the commendable responsibility of directing a radio ministry for the Spanish-speaking world. It was the radio program that was first called The Voice of Prophecy and that later on - from 1954 - would be announced as The Voice of Hope (La Voz de la Esperanza).The program offered noble and inspiring music interpreted by the quartet The Kings Heralds and the soloist Del Delker. It also presented Bible courses that were the solid foundation for the formation of one of the first Bible Schools by correspondence. In addition, the program preached a message of assurance, peace, and love, expressed in the incomparable voice of Pastor Braulio Pérez Marcio. Over the years, La Voz de la Esperanza extended to all Spanish-speaking countries, inevitably becoming an international ministry.
By 1971, after almost 30 years, the invigorating energy of Braulio Perez started to decline. It was therefore necessary to bring to the ministry the talents and strength of Pastor Milton Peverini García, who first served as associate speaker and by 1974 became the director and speaker of the ministry. It was he who wrote the excellent literary work "Life of Braulio Pérez Marcio" - an outstanding book that contains relevant biographical data of the founder of La Voz de la Esperanza.
Twenty-four years passed and someone of remarkable stature - not only physical but also spiritual - appeared on the stage of La Voz de la Esperanza. I am referring to Pastor Frank Gonzalez, who took the initiative to establish the ministry on the small screen, through the television program “Descubra”. Pastor Gonzalez also added to the ministry a rich musical variety that included violinist Jaime Jorge, international soloist Junior Kelly Marchena, and the outstanding quartet Los Heraldos de Esperanza.
Finally, in February of 2013, La Voz de la Esperanza welcomed two new leaders - Pastor Omar Grieve, as director and his wife Nessy Pittau, as associate director. In addition to radio and television, they decided to share La Voz de la Esperanza on location through evangelism campaigns, Bible Course graduations, and other special events, visiting churches in North, Central, and South America. They were joined by evangelist Angel Rodríguez Medina, who immediately teamed up with the evangelizing mission of La Voz de la Esperanza. The entire staff is dedicated to the important vision of using the ministry resources to proclaim the message of salvation with courage and effectiveness.
God has led La Voz de la Esperanza for 75 years! As we celebrate our 75th anniversary we have been busy with evangelistic campaigns and tours, baptisms, graduations, and seminars. Last March we went to Cuba, where 50 simultaneous campaigns were conducted. In addition, we participated in an evangelistic tour visiting 17 cities in that communist island, graduating 22,000 students from our Bible Courses and baptizing 2,200 souls for the glory of God! There is much more to do this year - we will hold celebrations of thankfulness to God in the 9 Unions of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, concluding with the special anniversary event to be held at the Loma Linda University Church in California, on September 9th, 2017.
Baseball game experts claim that in order to be excellent, a baseball player must have five valuable resources - good batting average, good fielding, good arm to pitch the ball, be able to run with speed and resistance, and hit the ball with strength and productivity. In the same way, La Voz de la Esperanza has five bulwarks to fulfill Christ's mission in the Spanish-speaking world: radio ministry, television programs, radio-correspondence Bible school, evangelism, and internet outreach. It is our fervent prayer on this 75th anniversary that God will continue blessing us enriching our faith, strengthening our energy, and providing the necessary funds to persevere preaching His word with power. La Voz de la Esperanza will carry on the flame of hope so that more souls will accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and be part of the “great multitude, which no man could number”, eagerly awaiting His glorious return.