In 1950, Venegas was the Director of Evangelism for the Latin American Provisional Annual Conference of The Methodist Church. The words quoted below reflect the growing concern for Spanish-speaking immigrants to the Southwest and to California in the post-war period. The Latin American Provisional Conference was organized in 1941 from the former Latin American Mission. Conference boundaries extended from southern Arizona to northern California. The Provisional Conference was dissolved in 1956 and members were absorbed into existing annual conferences in their geographical areas.
“The hard truth is this, my brethren, if we do not care about this work of evangelism; if we fail in winning souls for Christ and His Church, we don’t have any right to call ourselves Methodists, and I don’t see any reason for us to be here as a Christian church.”From report to the annual conference, 1950