Saturday, April 18, 2009

Day 5 of the Bible Institute Classes

What a great closing day we had! Each of the classes offered concluded that day: Expositional, Textual, and Topical Preaching, Church Planting, First Aid, Christian Stewardship, Leadership and English. Our pastors and lay people expressed appreciation for each topic covered and we thank God for the wonderful team of visiting professors who came to minister to us during this week of the Bible Institute. As they shared their hearts with us, the Lord's presence was near and our pastors and people were challenged to return to their churches and places of ministry with a fresh vision for the lost around us.
Bro. Redman talking with Pastor Alejandro from Jayacatlan (Oaxaca)

Marc teaching one of his classes on Expository preaching.

Tamra, Beth and I put together the Pastors' Wives Ministry Care Packages with the wonderful items that so many of you donated. You can see pictured here the boxes that arrived with gifts for the pastors' wives...the pastors' wives that were present were so very happy to receive their special package. Their cards included names of 14 of you ladies from the US who chose our pastors' wives to be your Sisters in Ministry - so special. Thanks to those of you who gave money to this project - your contribution made this project possible.
Tamra and Jillian helping to put together the packages.
Writing the cards to the pastors' wives...
The things included in the packages were items like: a Bible study book: Como Llegar Ser una Mujer de Oracion/How to Become a Woman of Prayer, dish towels and dish cloths, Bath and Body Works Lotion, doilies, note pads, journals, sets of note cards, and several other wonderful items! Your response to this project warmed my heart and I know will bless the hearts of our precious pastors' wives. Thank you.
The pastors' wives packages lined up on the pew waiting to be picked up.
Sister Adalia receiving her gift.

Sister Macedonia with her gift

Sister Isela receiving her gift.

Sister Sylvia receiving her package.

One of our new converts from the Cuchicuato church...such a sweet lady.

When the classes concluded, all the students pitched in to help clean the church and property before they headed home.

Thank You....
Special thanks to host Pastors Dolores and Sylvia Hernandez who were in charge of so many details including housing, food prepation/meals, cleaning, table and chair rental...and more.

Special thanks to President and wife Eli and Isela Balderas, in charge of administration of the Bible Institute, class schedule, record keeping for each student, chairing each class session...and more.

Special thanks to Professors Redman and Craycraft for coming and teaching in the Bible Institute - their clear, Biblical teaching was so important for our pastors and lay people.

Special thanks to our coworkers, the Stetlers - to have them sharing the load with us is a special blessing.

Special thanks to each of you who give financially to Student Aid/Mexico Bible Institute, who prayed for us this past week - without your support we could not be ministering to our pastors and lay people in this way. May God bless you.


collette said...

Beautiful closing to all your hard work....and what a great group of students! I know you all certainly worked sooo hard to do what you you need a REST!

Take care, see you this week sometime, Lord willing!

Melanie C. said...

The gifts turned out so pretty, Melodie!