A Waco pastor will offer prayer at a general session of the Republican National Convention this week.
"I think it's a real privilege to represent Waco at the RNC. I'm proud of my city, I love my city and I'm proud to represent Waco in Cleveland,” Christ the King Baptist Church Pastor Ramiro Pena said.
When News Channel 25 spoke with Pena on Wednesday afternoon, he did not know yet when he would offer the prayer yet.
However, he had already lead a prayer at a Latino Coalition luncheon where U-S- Congressman Bill Flores spoke.
The topic of his prayer during a general session, will include praying for the safety of the military. In addition, he would pray for leaders of our nation and asking for God’s blessing for leadership of the nation and the future of the country.
"It's a great honor. I'm very humbled for the opportunity to pray over our nation at such a big event. It also tells me the party is reaching out to Hispanic leaders to participate in the event,” Pena said. “It's encouraging that they will pick a small pastor to come and participate at this level. It's very encouraging.”
Pena said he received an invitation last week after Donald Trump’s campaign submitted his name to the Republican National Committee staff.
He said he met with Trump campaign’s staff after being asked his input on immigration policy.
According to Pena, when you’re asked to have a voice and you’re invited to have an influence, it’s very important and humbling. He also said he believes Trump is listening and asking many voices to have input.
"I have stressed that Mr. Trump needs to advocate treating everybody with dignity. I think we're going to see some softening of his rhetoric in the future,” Pena said.
Pena told News Channel 25 he been invited to asked to pray in other events at the RNC.
On Thursday, Pena told News Channel 25 he didn't think he would pray from the platform, but he had been praying in the arena. However, he said it was nice to be invited to be invited by the RNC.
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