Reminder – Highlands County Republican monthly meeting tonight at 6:30 PM at Sebring Elks Lodge – Guest speaker Nilsa AlvarezDecember 8th, 2016
Make plans now to attend tonight! Guests are always welcome! (Optional dinner with service from 5-6:30 PM precedes the meeting)
Following our guest speaker, we will have our very important organizational meeting with the election of officers for the coming two years.
Biography – Nilsa Alvarez
Born in Orlando, Florida on September 5th, 1984, Nilsa Alvarez was raised in a Christian household with her family from Puerto Rico. At an early age, she was proactive in evangelism, youth leadership, ministry training, worship leading, and missions to over 7 countries. At the age of 17, she became the producer and radio host of “Genex”, the first Hispanic Christian Youth Radio Show in South Florida on La Nueva 88.3 FM. She then married Pastor Gerardo Alvarez at 19 and entered the full-time ministry work in both Worship & the Young Adults’ Network of “Comunidad Cristiana Pembroke Pines” and became a licensed minister with ICCM in November of 2007 and continues to serve as such to this day.
As songwriters, Gerardo & Nilsa, who wrote for their congregation, as well as for other local Christian artists, finally launched their own worship album “Todo a Cristo” and “All For King Jesus” (in English) in October of 2012 which is currently streaming in 45 countries. Nilsa is also a volunteer coordinator for Premier Productions every time they come down to South Florida with events such as: Winter Jam, Hillsong Tours, & the Extreme Worship Conferences. While serving the Miami area, she was moved to expand what is called the “Backpack Program” so that children facing hunger over the weekend in South Florida can receive meals and be served by local organizations adopting Title One Schools in their area. This movement is now an organization called My City Alive in which Nilsa is presently the General Manager and Board Member working towards getting this program running in Broward County. She has recently become the Advisory Board member of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition – Youth (HILC Youth) and has united Christian youth from several churches in alliance with Jewish Youth to stand united against antisemitism on college campus. Nilsa has been a guest conference speaker for several Women’s Conferences, Youth Conferences, and recently at the Int’l Summit for Israel with key Ambassadors from Israel, all the leaders of the Jewish Federations in Florida, and Congressmen from both aisles.
In September of 2015, Nilsa came on board as Regional & Faith Director for the Republican Party of Florida in preparation for the Presidential, Senate, & local races for the 2016 Elections. Putting almost everything in ministry and business on hold for a year and 3 months, she set out with politically active pastors of the SFMA as their spokesperson for the #StandWithGod Movement that engaged over 100 churches across the State in voter registration drives, registering 1,700 people within her first 7 months. Her team trained over 300 volunteers and she was the first staffer in the RPOF to assist churches in creating political actions that engaged in canvassing, door-knocking, and voter contact for Republicans down the ballot. The faith team, as they were called by the RNC, hit 107,046 doors in Broward & Miami-Dade County; and had the highest party conversion rate in the nation; switching non-partisan members and Democrats to Republican at doors and events. #StandWithGod went national through her team’s alliance with unitedcry.org & GCM; engaging 13 churches in other battle ground states in voter registration drives right before the registration deadline. Her national alliance team went on to sending “voice drops” to over 200,000 pastors nationwide encouraging them to join the movement and later on to vote with their churches in order to protect the White House, Senate, & Supreme Court. Towards the last 2 months of the Presidential Campaign Trail, Nilsa was assigned to run the RNC Headquarters in Hialeah, FL along with the local Trump Campaign & volunteer team. Their office engaged and impacted the community in such a way that President Elect Donald Trump sent “America’s Mayor”, Rudy Giuliani to thank her office team and encourage volunteers. Congressman Connie Mac also paid a visit along with media from France, Sweden, and Japan, among others to catch a glimpse of the enthusiasm. She now continues to serve the party as liaison to RECs in 8 different counties and continues to serve the different pastors’ associations & networks she had previously worked with throughout the campaign.
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