Ruben Cruzate was the longtime head of Latino outreach at a major evangelical church in Smithtown
when a parishioner suggested he become a "missionary" -- not in another
country, but in the immigrant stronghold of Farmingville.
Six years later, Cruzate's bilingual
storefront church, Uno Mas Para Jesus -- One More For Jesus -- is
emerging as a pivotal force in bringing the once strife-ridden hamlet
together. It is attracting hundreds of immigrants, including day
laborers, raised as Catholics and building bridges with longtime
residents and the Suffolk County Police Department, with whom Hispanics in Farmingville often had an uneasy relationship.
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