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My New Field Work Congregation!!

The Field Work assignment is a mandatory opportunity for the Seminarian to grow in experience as a church worker. This morning I was assigned my Field Work congregation.



And the winner is.... (drums)...  
Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, IN

Today was an important day to my family and I. The Field Work assignment will shape our lives as worshipers, and particularly for me, it will be a great tool to grow in experience as a church worker.

This morning, I met Pastor Shoemaker, one of the three Pastors there at Emanuel. He kindly welcomed me and gave me all the details about the congregation. Emanuel is a congregation where the Preaching and Teaching of God's Holy Word is its dedication. Also, they have several ministries such as the Christian education given by Central Lutheran School (K-8); local and international mission outreach, and many other opportunities to serve. (for more information, please visit their website at http://www.emanuelnh.org). Some activities at Emanuel are adult choir, handbells, the Ladies Society, LWML, LWR Quilters, Bible studies, food bank, quilting circle, among other opportunities to serve and to spiritually grow.
Looks like Emanuel will be a great fit for my family and I!! We are looking forward to go and meet our brothers and sisters there and worship with them next Sunday as well as serve them for the following years!!








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A Special Visitor


Last week we've received a VIP visit!! Lyle M. stayed with us for the weekend. What enjoyable days!

We visited the Seminary (you can see a picture of us before Luther's statue).Also, we've visited Kramer chapel and its organ. The Seminary's website says about the organ that "Well-known Recitalists who have performed at Kramer Chapel" are "Timothy Albrecht, E. Power Biggs (2x), Jeffrey Blersch..." Now they have to add Lyle to the list!


Lyle delighted us with his organ skills and played the organ at the Kramer Chapel! As a good Christian Lutheran Lyle played "Ein Feste Burg is Unser Gott" from J.S. Bach, among other pieces.


We've also toured IPFW. Alex guided us through the facilities and classes.


In the Science building we met IPFW's Mastodont, their mascot.



We are looking forward to see Lyle again, as well as receive you in our home if you ever have to come to Fort Wayne!

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First High Church Experience



Today was one of the lasts Sundays that we have "free" before field work congregation will be assigned to us. I thought it would be interesting to experience a "high church" liturgical style which we've never experienced before, and so we did...

We've attended Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne. What a wonderful experience! It was beautiful to observe the way the service was conducted and how the people participated with chanted responses and hymns, all adorned with organ, trumpets, and violins. An unique and rich experience! 



Some of the highlighted moments of the service were the procession of the cross, kneeling, the reading of the Gospel from the middle of the congregation, or the reverential way to institute the Lord's supper.

Since the head of the procession was a crucifix, it reminded me that we should focus our attention in Christ crucified. I couldn't avoid to think about "And I, when I came to you, brothers,did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

The kneeling was another clear reminder that "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

The reading of the Gospel from the midst of the congregation (liturgist was in the middle of the central aisle) represented [to me] that Christ and his message was at the "heart" of the congregation and that the Gospel message was proclaimed directly to those who were gathered around the bible.

These are some of my thoughts about the "high church" experience. Indeed a very rich one that I would highly recommend to all my brothers and sisters!

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Moved to Help?



Moved to help?


I am glad and grateful to the Lord that you are willing to assist us in our walk of faith! Your provision is important to us. Whether your gift is in form of prayer and/or in form of  financial support, we believe your gift is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit living within you. It's a miracle!

PRAYER

Talking with God is a very important part of the Christian life. "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us." (1 John 5:14) He hear us!

If you would like to pray for us, please contact us by email or just post a comment and we will tell you what are our needs in terms of prayer for that particular moment in time. Thank you!! 


MONETARY GIFT

If you are moved to financially assist us, there are various ways:

Seminary Fund account at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. This account is open to anybody who desires to financially assist the Seminarians of Christ Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE, where my family and I hold our membership. If you are interested in this giving opportunity, please call Tom Grunow for detailed information at (402) 483-7774, ext. 107, or contact Tom by clicking here.
You may also donate online. If you would like to do so, click here, or go to www.christlutheranchurch.org/ and click on the "Donate" button located to the left of the page.


Seminarian Adoption Program of Concordia Theological Seminary.
 "...you can be an active participant in the formation of pastors and deaconesses. Your support will provide moral and spiritual encouragement through prayer and correspondence.
In addition, your financial assistance will help provide for the physical needs of students and their families, from paying the utility bills to buying shoes for the children. An additional benefit of this program is that students form strong relationships with the individuals and congregations that adopt them as they share the seminary experience." (extracted from http://ctsfw.edu/page.aspx?pid=843)

To become a participant in this rewarding program, please complete this form online. If you have any questions, please contact the Seminary by phone at 260-452-2167 or
by email at StudentAdoption@ctsfw.edu


ENCOURAGEMENT

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
We would like to hear from you! Would you like to send us a letter? Become a penpal?
You may write to:

Santi Keinbaum (box 240)
Concordia Theological Seminary

6600 North Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825


T H A N K   Y O U   F O R   Y O U R   S U P P O R T !

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Welcome to my Classroom!



Welcome to my Greek class with Dr. Nordling! Today we've studied the accents: acute, grave, and circumflex. Also practiced the [Greek] pronunciation by reading John 1:1-5.




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CTS Opening Service for the 168th Academic Year

It was great to see all the 2013-2014 new students, and meet some of them. It's good to see how God is sending laborers to the harvest! (Luke 10).


After the service, I had the chance to meet with some students and professors.



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To Whom it May Concern



Time ago Nancy was in Europe, trying to arrange some concerts for the A Capella choir. For some reason some people was not responding to her missionary work in the area. She then, had an idea. She asked me to write a letter in which I would share how A Capella had influenced my life. I thought I would share that letter with you too.

 Lincoln, Nebraska, March 2012



To whom it may concern,


    My name is Alexandra Rojas and I am married to Santiago Keinbaum. We have three children, Maria, Santiago and Salvador. We are former members of the Lutheran Church of Spain.
  
    In 2006 Nancy Middendorf contacted my husband in order to get some help organizing a concert for the A Cappella Choir. She was traveling her husband Lyle and young daughter Ann. After the meeting, my husband was given a a CD with the recordings of A Cappella Choir.  He immediately understood their significance and excellence in music. Both Nancy and my husband started working in the preparation of the concerts, and in 2008 I personally got to know her.

    Now, I have to be completely honest and say that I have never liked choral music. For me it has always been synonymous of antique, obsolete, and above all, boring. I have to be honest and say that I have never listened the CDs Mrs. Middendorf gave to my husband. While my husband was absolutely exited I was simply indifferent. The date of the concert was getting closer and many arrangements had to be done. My husband worked hard with the authorities of our town so that the choir would be received by the Major the day of the concert. Also the local choir prepared a repertoire to sing together with the A Cappella Choir. As for me, I translated the songs into Catalan (the language of Catalonia) and also to Spanish. I was not as excited as my husband, though. But was about to change.

    The date finally arrived. A hot sunny day, July 4th 2009. All preparations had been done well and all the meetings took place as planned. The concert took place at 7:00pm. The auditorium was plenty of people.  The Major and many other authorities were sitting in the first row, altogether with a famous artist and the local choir. I had not idea what was going to happen in the next hours, but that concert changed my life forever.



    The audience was happily chatting and without any preamble the members of the choir played their trumpets and other instruments and the audience remained in silence understanding that this was not “another” concert more.

    My husband and I were sitting also in the first row and that was the first time that I heard those angelic voices singing. What I felt is beyond any possible explanation but I will try to explain.

    I had been baptized the previous year, 2008, into the Christian faith. Even though I had been raised as a Jehovah Witness, now, as a Lutheran, I fully understood that God was not only the ultimate judge to whom we have to fear, but also a loving Father. And yet, even though I understood, I could not “feel” it. The Law was stronger than the Gospel. When the choir started to sing, I fully felt the love of God which is beyond any intellectual understanding. They sang hymns and praises to the Lord and the whole audience (who were mainly Catholic) was being moved in their insight.

    At the end of every son the whole auditorium stood clapping and clapping. I could not believe that those people who were taught not to show their feelings in public, were so deeply impressed to the point of showing their excitement and admiration.

    This concert changed the life of my family forever. We are now living in the United States where my husband is being prepared to become a Lutheran pastor; and I myself, Lord willing, one day I will become a deaconess. Our aim is to come back to Spain where so many people need to listen the Gospel.

    But that concert changed many other things in our town. There are not many Lutherans in Spain and people use to think that we are a kind of cult or sect because they have forgotten the history of the Reformation and the Holy Inquisition. After the concert many people approached my husband and me showing respect for our faith and acknowledging that Lutherans are something else rather than a cult. The authorities asked us when something similar to that concert could take place and they regretted so much for not having planned two or more concerts. The following days many local new papers and broadcast stations talked about “the event”.

    I feel profoundly proud of having been able to participate of such an amazing experience. I would like to express that the A Cappella Choir has something vital. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, A Cappella Choir has the ability to moving and transforming people. They have God by their side. This is a personal observation, but when I listened to them I felt that God was truly using those young girls and boys to reach a population that would have never listened to the message of the Gospel otherwise. Proof of that is that usually only three families attended to the services held in our town, but the day after the concert lots of people attended the service; and they even wanted to participate in the Holy Supper!

    I do not really know who is this letter going to reach, but please do not overlook this wonderful opportunity for you, your church and your community. God is addressing us through the voices of the members of the A Cappella Choir. Please listen to Him.

    Now, the peace of the Lord be with you always.


Sincerely,



Alexandra Keinbaum.




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Children's First Day of School

On August 19th Maria, Santi Jr., and Salva started classes at Concordia Lutheran School. Sending the kids to a Christian Lutheran school is more than a privilege, a huge blessing. This is something that we don't have in Barcelona and that we very much appreciate!! Teachers, staff, pastors, and Principal Rosin make a wonderful team. Thanks to that, our children are having fun and making new friends at school... and of course, they are learning a lot!! We feel very well welcomed to the Concordia family!! 
Thank you CLS!!



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God's Miracles in Action

This is the story of a family who endorsed the words of Isaiah 6:8 "here am I, send me.”
Also the words of Joshua 24: 15 "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” It is a story full of strong emotions, pain and suffering, separation and
abandonment, of tears and open wounds; but it is also a story full of hope and
enthusiasm, faith and patience, received blessings and blessings to receive.

The theses that Dr. Martin Luther hung in the Church in Wittenberg in 1517 were quickly disseminated throughout Europe. They arrived at Spain too, where they were received with interest. Unfortunately, the Holy Inquisition endorsed by Emperor Charles V of Spain and I of Germany, eradicated all traces of Protestantism in the peninsula, burning at the stake anyone who proclaimed to be Lutheran.

More than 400 years later, a joint mission of the LCMS World Mission and IELA (Lutheran Church in Argentina), has made it possible for our family to be baptized in the Christian Lutheran faith and to be able to gather regularly to study the Word of God. Also has made it possible, after so many years, for Spain to be blessed with the first Lutheran Spanish pastor in history! To God be the glory!

A little over 7 years, shortly before the birth of our son Salvador, my husband was moved to be a pastor. That desire to become a pastor was a huge surprise for us due to the plight in which we found ourselves. At that time there were only two missionaries throughout Spain sent by the Argentinian Church. The worship services were given every two months in our home. Then and even today, there are no Lutheran churches in Spain, or research centers, schools, colleges, universities, much less seminaries. How then
could my husband become a pastor? The situation was more complicated given that my husband was the one who had a job and should support the family.

Years passed, three in particular, when I met the Middendorfs. Nancy was in Spain leading the A Cappella Choir of Concordia University Nebraska. Some time ago my husband had helped with certain preparations so that A Cappella could give a concert in our town, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia. It was a hot July 4th, 2009. The Mayor and City Council Department of Culture welcomed Nancy Middendorf, Dr. Kurt von Kampen, Choir Director, and Dr. Brian Friedrich, President of Concordia University, Nebraska, and all
the members of the choir at a reception prepared exclusively for them. I myself had the pleasure of being the interpreter for the Mayor at the welcoming and very pretty ceremony. That same night the A Cappella Choir gave an unforgettable concert for us all. That night and the days after the concert marked our lives forever.

I would like to pause here to explain briefly why I felt so deeply marked by these events. My name is Alexandra and I was raised as a Jehovah's witness. For many other reasons and thanks to God, as a teenager I decided to leave their organization. However, I felt alone and far from God, I thought I had lost Him forever. I had never been baptized so I felt there was no hope for me.

When I met Santiago, my husband, neither of us identified ourselves as Christians. One day, though, my husband got to know that there was a Lutheran Mission in Spain and wanted to make contact with the missionary pastor. I received him in our home with reluctance because I had stopped believing in human institutions. My little daughter, Maria, was baptized at home in a very intimate and personal worship service in which my husband was also confirmed.

My doubts about Lutheranism were great, but I did not want to interpose in my husband's faith. Some time later, my other two children were baptized. And by the grace of God, I myself was baptized in a small worship service on April 27, 2008, at the age of 30. When my husband told me about his desire to be a pastor I had not been baptized yet and still had strong doubts about Lutheranism. I was also wondering how it was going to be possible if he had to work for more than 12 hours a day 6 days a week. I hardly saw him at home, how could he become a pastor? My husband asked that same question for years. He even renounced to his desire to become a pastor given the impossibility (human, not divine) for that to happen.

But as I told you before, there came the day in which, thanks to Nancy Middendorf, thanks to Dr. Kurt von Kampen, thanks to Dr. Brian Friedrich, and thanks to the A Cappella Choir and with the grace of God, everything changed. The night of the concert finally arrived. All the preparations were ready, the brochures translated to the Spanish and the Catalan languages, distributed programs, authorities sitting in the front row of the concert hall... and then the music sounded.

The music sounded accompanying words of the Gospel to praise the Lord. The music
sounded and invaded every corner of the room. The music came out of the open mouths of the students of Concordia University, Nebraska, bringing all of us the most broad sense of the love of God. The music sounded and invaded our hearts and filled our eyes with tears. The music sounded and I understood that God is not only the Law that I had learned, but also the living and strong Gospel.

I was crying all during the concert with short breaks to translate the words of Dr. Kurt von Kampen and Dr. Brian Friedrich to the audience. That night, I believe that I met a God who I had not met before. That beautiful evening ended with a feast for the members of the choir given by the City Council, and there was dancing and laughter.
Two days later, our new life began…

Two days after the concert, the A Cappella Choir was in a hotel on the outskirts of Barcelona, my beautiful hometown. A meeting was going to take place in which I was asked to participate as an interpreter. After the meeting I went to the hotel's swimming pool with my kids where I found Nancy Middendorf. I barely knew her, but she was not a stranger to me. After all she had made it possible to unlock my heart from the chains of the Law. She and the choir’s music brought the Gospel, the Love and the Peace of God in my life! The tears that I shed the night of the concert were old tears, accumulated over many years and that finally were seeing the light.

I opened my heart to Nancy and I told her about our lives as Lutherans in Spain; I spoke of the impossibility for my husband to become a pastor, and I spoke of many more things and she listened. I think that God was there between us that day, opening my heart and moving Nancy to do what she did: to invite us to live in her home and the possibility for my husband to study in the United States.

Now you know the rest of the story. We are here among you, attending your Lutheran schools, universities and Church. We gather with you and we believe that we are carrying out the task that God has for us. What a great blessing! However, as I said before, this story also has tears, pain, separation and anxiety. We left behind our beautiful country, our culture, our languages (Spanish and Catalan), we have left behind our dear friends, our parents and brothers and members of our family that we will never see again in this life because they have died. Also we have left behind all the material belongings which did not fit in five suitcases, our small but cozy home, friends of our children, their beloved teachers and everything they knew.

We know that God does not promise a flat and easy-to-follow road; on the contrary,
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8: 34). We know that everything we left behind are ties that we have to break to serve God in the best way. In God we trust, in His abundant hand, in His power to do all the things although they seem impossible.



Through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Alexandra Keinbaum

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It's all Greek to me!



So far God has helped me to reach this point. In a couple of days I will be starting classes. My first quarter at the "Sem" will be full of weird letters, strange grammatical constructions, lots of declensions and verb conjugations. You have probably guessed that I'm referring to Greek! At Concordia University, Nebraska, I had the privilege of taking Greek classes with Professor Charles Blanco. Thanks to that, today I'm better prepared to face a Greek class at the Seminary. The good thing about having taken some Greek is that I will not be shaking during the first weeks of class as I predict my classmates will do. Let's be honest. Greek is not an easy language at all. The sentence "It's all Greek to me!" makes even more sense when you are in a Greek class trying to decrypt those new strange words that are coming out of the professor's mouth... Nonetheless, Greek is the language God chose to proclaim His message of forgiveness and salvation! Greek is the language of the New Testament. It will be a privilege to continue to learn such a noble language!

Here's an interesting quotation from Martin H. Franzmann regarding learning the biblical languages.
 




"To be able, with a little effort, to move one step closer to the Good Shepherd, and not take that step?  To be able, with a little effort, to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd more distinctly and more fully, and not make the effort?  That is nonsense; and for one who is to be a shepherd of the flock of God, to feed the sheep of Christ—for a man with that privilege and that responsibility not to take the trouble to hear the Chief Shepherd in His own tongue—what shall we call it but ingratitude to the God who has given us both the languages and the means of mastering them?  The languages are not a burden; they are a gift and a privilege.Martin H. Franzmann, Toward a More Excellent Ministry (St. Louis: CPH, 1964) 85.

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Meet the Kids









Maria was born in Sant Sadurni (Barcelona), in June 2nd 2003.
She is her mom's right hand and dad's little princess. She is very caring and loving to her brothers. She likes to draw, to sing and to play flute -at what she is very talented. She is also a great cook! She is in 5th grade this year and already has a lot of new friends at Concordia Lutheran School.

 


Santi Jr. was born in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia (Barcelona), in August 29th 2004. He is a brilliant student with a clear inclination to sciences and math. Santi is an avid reader and a great soccer player. Some days ago we celebrated his 9th birthday. His former teacher at Lincoln Lutheran School wrote some lines about him:

When I think of Santi, I think of a little boy with a very
big and strong Christian faith. (He was so excited when
I gave him a Spanish Bible.) Santi also l-o-v-e-s soccer and
any kind of art with any kind of medium. Santi always tried
to do his best in his work and encouraged his many friends
to do their best also. 
Thank you Mrs. Lorenzen for your beautiful words.



Salva was born in Sant Pere de Riudebitlles (Barcelona), in September 2006. When we arrived in the United States almost three years ago, he was only four. By now he speaks better English than any of us in the family. Nancy and Lyle often call him 'the little Nebraskan' for his Midwest accent. Salva is vital and always joyful. Salva has a great heart and is always ready for a hug. Salva also has a special talent for funny stories and narratives. The other day, after a consistent meal, I asked him 'Salva, what are you going to do with all that food in your tummy?' (he had seconds and thirds...) 'Well, either puke it or poop it', he said in a very serious manner 'many people do that, mom!'

"Salva is one who meets the world around him with a twinkle in his eye and is not afraid to challenge the limits put on him." From Ms. Naber, Salva's former 1st grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran, Lincoln, NE.













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Meet The Keinbaum Family





Hello! My name is Santi, and I am married to Alex. We've been more than blessed with three children: Maria (10), Santi Jr. (9), and Salva (7). Some years ago, when my family and I lived in Barcelona, Spain, I felt deeply moved to become a pastor and serve the people of Spain, particularly, to the people of the region of Catalonia. 

Perhaps you are already aware that in Spain there's a mission church, the "Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Espanola." It's a mission church with about 70 members in a 46 million country! It's fair to say that Spain is like a spiritual desert. A lot of people are completely disconnected from Christianity, others just worship other gods, or simply hangs with any kind of system of beliefs. This is for sure a good topic for a future post... In Spain there's no Lutheran seminary, no Lutheran University or School, not even one church building. Having access to a solid theological training is of tremendous importance if one is willing, with the help of God, to reach the lost and hurting people. However, that solid training was not an option for me; it was impossible...

In spite of that, with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26). In July 4th 2009, the internationally reknown A Capella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, arrived to Sant Sadurni (Barcelona area) to help the Spanish mission church by spreading the Word through the music. There is no doubt for me that God used the A Capella choir in order to deliver a miracle for me, that is to travel  to the US and get that important theological training at Concordia Theological Seminary. The A Capella choir and the way I received the "miracle" that I mentioned before, deserves an exclusive post. Look for it.

As a family, and right before we moved to the US, we've been put through hardships and many challenges to overcome. Our decision to move to the US was not well received by most of our family members and friends. The lack of understanding of what the Christian faith is about plus the assurance in the human reasoning led many people to accuse us of taking the wrong way. Some tried to push us away from what we believe is the way the Lord has prepared to us. However, through hardships come the opportunity to learn and grow. While people were opposing to our plans to move to the US for my pastoral training, Alex and I had the opportunity to deeply think and question things like what it is to be Christan, or what would be the impact in our children if we move to an English speaking country, or theorize about how the family and friend relationship would be at the distance, and so on... To sum up, those hardships brought strength to my family, and in some way, prepared us to take the big step. Jesus said “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matt 16:24), so we did! We took a plane and moved to the US in order to continue our (His) project. 

We arrived on December 10th 2010. Our minds were overflowed with many many questions and insecurities. We were about to experience a huge cultural shock. Different language, different foods, different way to relate to people, different custumes, different everything... Our kids did not speak English at all! It's often said that "kids are like sponges," and that is so true. In less than 6 months Maria,  Santi, and Salva were fluent in English. Even a friend told us that Salva has a perfect Nebraskan accent! The kids attended Trinity Lutheran School where they learned a lot and made a bunch of new friends.

In January of 2011, Alex started classes at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE, where she got her Associates of Arts degree. She graduated with "High Honors" in March of this year (2013). She studied hard while she took care of us all, as a mother and wife. What a blessing she is to us!

As for me, the plans were to attend Concordia, Nebraska, but before doing that I had to have a TOEFL test, a GED diploma, and the ACT test done, and so I did. I submitted all the paper work to Concordia University, Nebraska, in order to be accepted for the Fall semester of 2011. In August of that year, I received an acceptance letter from Concordia University, Nebraska and with it a very precious gift: I was the recipient of a full international scholarship!! God is good!! After I took two years of classes there, I sent an application to Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, where I was fully accepted as a new student starting in the Fall quarter of this year!! I am now at the doors of receiving that solid theological training!! Going to the seminary is the main reason why my family and I came to the US.

Finally, we've moved to Fort Wayne, IN, a little bit over a month ago. The kids are attending Concordia Elementary School. A great Christian school where we met new brothers and sisters who are assisting us in a very loving way. I am grateful to God for the Concordia Elementary School & Church family! Maria is now in 5th, Santi is in 4th, and Salva is in 2nd. Even though classes started on August 19th, they have already made a bunch of new friends!!

Alex is currently attending IPFW University here in Fort Wayne. She is working on her English degree. After we return to Barcelona, my plan is to preach and teach (and chances are that will be an unpaid position), I will probably have time available for a "regular" part-time job. However, Alex's degree in English will be very helpful. She will be prepared to have a good job and therefore our family will have a sufficient income, Lord willing, of course.

As I have told you before, I am about to start classes at Concordia Theological Seminary!! Classes start on September 9th. I'm looking forward to post some pictures during my first week of class!! 

To conclude, my family has nothing special but one thing: We are God's children by faith in Jesus. That's the only thing that make us special. We strive to do our best to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that we all, the Christian people, are being led by the Holy Spirit and that we are working together as members of the same body, to serve the same and only God. You, my Christian friend, you and I are in the same team!! Let's work together so that, by His grace, we can "...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I [Jesus] have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20) 


 

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Watch Live CTS 168th Academic Year Opening Service

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—As summer draws to a close, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., looks forward to the beginning of its 168th academic year on Sunday, September 8. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends will gather for the opening service in Kramer Chapel at 3:00 p.m. Those who cannot be on campus for the service will be able to watch live by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! link.
“The start of another academic year is an exciting time as faculty and students gather for the study of theology, especially the proclamation of Christ crucified and risen for the eternal salvation of sinners,” said Dr. Charles Gieschen, CTS academic dean. “We particularly rejoice that the Holy Spirit continues to draw faithful men and women from congregations across The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and world into our pastoral and deaconess programs so that they may be formed as servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.”
The Rev. Daniel May, president of the Indiana District of the LCMS will participate in the service by installing new members of the faculty and staff. Being installed are the Rev. Brian Crane, advancement officer; the Rev. Lannon Martin, admission counselor; and the Rev. Dr. John Reynolds, assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and director of Vicarage.

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