When Jonathan Velasquez attends church with his parents, he wears headphones to hear the sermon translated from Spanish to English. It is one of several steps that Centro Cristiano Internacional in Germantown, one of the largest evangelical Hispanic churches in the Washington region, has taken to keep younger members from leaving the church.
“I feel like Spanish church has more energy,” said Velasquez, 16, who goes to church with his parents and brother. “The translator puts energy to the words the pastor is preaching. The people who sing, they jump around a lot. They run around the stage. It’s way more fun.”