Golden Gate

Golden Gate Bridge #2

I’m spending a week in California with the director and dean of the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. They asked me to come with them for some meetings with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

So far we’ve had rain everyday since we got here. It’s been a good trip, though. I’ve enjoyed spending time with these guys that I work with everyday at the Seminary and having a chance to see how we can expand and enhance the ministry of the Seminary in Mexico.

8th Anniversary in Mexico

Yesterday was a busy day! August 27, 2003, we packed up our 7 suitcases and moved to Mexico to begin training youth workers in Latin America. 8 Years have passed so fast! A lot has happened since then–our family has grown and our ministry has seen some great things happen. We also have a lot more stuff.

Yesterday was also the end of the first certificate course of the year. We had the students at the house for lunch. It was also the opening service for the Seminary’s school year. We are looking forward to classes being in session again. It’s been a while since Dennis has taught, and he’s ready to get back into the classroom.

Here’s a quick picture from the service yesterday. The pastor of First Baptist Church of Satelite preached about stepping out of your comfort zone and making history. That is exactly what God called us to do 8 years ago, and it is what He keeps calling us to do today.

Bunko and Hamburgers with the Youth Group

The academic dean of the Seminary asked me to help organize an event with his youth group and another group from another church. I thought it would be fun to teach them how to play Bunko. That proved to be quite a challenge. I think they had more fun playing basketball than playing Bunko, but the purpose was for them to get to know each other better, so I think Bunko worked out well.

2011 Graduation at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary

2011 Graduation at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary

Last Saturday we celebrated the 4th graduation of youth ministry students at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. Juan Roman Jacinto graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in youth ministry. He also received a YMI certification, meaning that he has proven that he can put into practice what he has learned in the classroom. Juan will be opening a diploma in youth ministry extension on the coast of Oaxaca starting in August.

We also graduated our first 3 graduates with a diploma in youth ministry. These three have taken 9 youth ministry courses on Saturday mornings and completed the coursework necessary to receive a certificate, or diploma in youth ministry. They are all very active in their local church youth ministries and in the lives of young people throughout the week. This program was started two years ago to satisfy the needs of those who cannot attend Seminary classes full time but need youth ministry training.

The graduation at the Seminary was a great time for our family. We enjoyed being able to participate in the entire thing, now that we live directly on campus. The boys were able to play with their friends and we stayed for the banquet. We are very proud of all the graduates from the Seminary (there were 6 overall bachelor’s degree students). Many of them have taken youth ministry classes as electives and have become our friends. We will be sad to see them go, but we know that God has great things in store for them in their ministries.