Nothing Like a
Visit from Friends!!
Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
Greetings to all of our wonderful family, friends and partners. I hope all of you are doing well.
Since our last newsletter, two of my closest friends from the U.S. have visited us. Loy Baird from Vincennes, IN and I taught a series of seminars on ministerial ethics. We traveled from Santiago to Temuco, a city about nine or ten hours south of Santiago for the first seminar. The next was in Santiago where we taught two nights. Later that week, Loy, Sharon (Loy's wife), Debbie and I drove to La Serena where we taught a two day seminar and preached in two churches on Sunday. This was a pretty intense schedule. We taught or preached seventeen times and drove around 3,000 kms in nine days. It was exhausting but fruitful (…I guess that’s what they're payin’ me for). Thank you, Loy and Sharon, for being here. You were both a blessing to the work and to Debbie and I. We value your friendship.
After the Baird's visit, Orville Harmon from Tell City, IN was here for two weeks. He and I traveled to La Serena, Vallenar, Copiapó, San Clemente and Corralones. I was very happy with these meetings as well. The brethren always enjoy having a foreign visitor come to their church and I also enjoyed the time spent with another one of my friends.
In April I attended a regional conference and la the Spanish Summit in Miami. We were able to spend a couple days with our children and grandchildren in Columbia, SC while we were state-side.
As of now, I am trying to finalize details for the use of Zoom (a technology similar to Skype) for online classes for the Bible School. If we can adapt this to GATS (Global Association of Theological Studies) standards and make it work, it will allow us to involve anyone in the country who wants to study. Up to now, because of the length of Chile, those outside of Santiago not been able to enroll. We do have an extension in San Clemente and are looking at opening others.
One of our churches, after a well organized evangelistic push, had over 70 visitors this past Sunday. They have two services and in both services the building was full. I had lunch with this pastor on Monday and he shared with me some of the things he is doing to promote growth. There are other churches here that are experiencing growth as well. I'm looking into ways for our men to share strategies and ideas to foment both church and personal growth. I excited to see what God is doing.