This past month I set up meetings with the Spanish-speaking media in order to familiarize them with Christian Science and to share information about complementary and alternative health. Christian Science Media Manager for Latin America and Europe, Grace Fuller, and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Mexico, Arturo Gudino, and I met with four Spanish language newspapers. Two were in the Los Angeles area and two were in the San Diego area.
In the Los Angeles area, La Opinion, the largest Spanish print newspaper in the United States, was a most informative interview. When we visited Farandula USA/Miniondas, the publisher took the time at our request to relate how he came to Southern California and started the newspaper. His passion for the people in the community and his leadership in local, state, and national programs were shining examples of a publisher who cares about all people.
In San Diego, an editor for Enlace, part of the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper, was so warm and personable that we could have talked and shared information for a much longer time than our appointment schedule allowed. In Chula Vista, the editor shared a great deal of the history of his paper, La Prensa. His father had started the newspaper and when his father passed on, he continued the newspaper. He welcomed our input with grace.
I have found that starting and maintaining relationships in the media, including the Spanish media, helps me keep tabs on attitudes in health and prayer. Making these contacts also gives me an opportunity to share Christian Science and correct impositions.