Great news! I (Alex) have just graduated from college!! We arrived in the States four years ago, as you may know. I started taking classes at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Two years later I graduated with an Associates of Arts. It was then that we moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. I transferred my credits to Indiana University-Purdue University towards a major in English with a concentration in Language. Last week I took my last final in the Psychology of Language. I can now breathe and relax for a little while and awe at God's mercy and all the blessings that He is pouring over us. Graduating from college would have been absolutely impossible for me without His constant support and guidance. I am immensely grateful and honored. To God be the Glory!

The Commencement Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in the Arena of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Please, feel free and most welcome to join me and my family in this very special day!

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Mission Trip to Chicago

A few weeks ago, in early December, we all went to Chicago on a mission trip for the weekend. We visited Saint John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL. We had a most wonderful time with Pastor Bruzek and his wife Kirby and all the saints there. We had the honor to attend one of the services and enjoy amazing choral music, the smell of the incense in the altar, the procession of the Cross and a wonderful sermon.

Later, during Bible Study time, we were invited, altogether with Dr. Just, to speak to the congregation about the mission in Spain. What a joy it is for us to share our experiences and the needs of those who seek the Lord and His mercy in our country!

We could not spend much time with our sisters and brothers at Saint John, for right after Bible Study, Santi was giving the sermon at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Chicago. What a joy! What a privilege! This wonderful neighborhood Church offers services in Spanish for those neighbors who have Spanish as their "heart language"! Pastor Gaede, in perfect Spanish, is able to bring the Gospel to his dear sheep in their own language. I cannot start to tell you how much this impressed Santi and me.

This service was especially touching because it was the second sermon that Santi was offering and the first one that I had the opportunity to attend to. The first one was a funeral ceremony for a Hispanic family who had lost their grandfather. It was a real privilege for Santi to assist this family in their grief in their heart language. You can imagine how important it is to listen to the Word of God in your own language... Martin Luther knew how important this was when he translated the Bible into a language that common people could understand.

After the service the saints at Trinity had a wonderful meal ready for us to enjoy. This included, but was not limited to, Spanish rice, hash browns, delicious fresh fruit, and homemade dinner rolls with butter! We want to thank again all the saints at Trinity Lutheran Church, especially Pastor Gaede and his lovely wife Val, for their hospitality and kindness.

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Deaconess Program at the Seminary

Years ago, when Santi expressed his deep desire to become a pastor, I had the strangest thought.... what if I would become a deaconess? What if Santi could count on me in reaching out to the people in need of the Gospel? What if I would serve the Lord with any talent or gift that I may possess?
It was only a thought, a wild one if you want. For me to become a deaconess was another human impossibility! I would have to have a college degree (the deaconess program is graduate level), and to be admitted at the Seminary. What were the odds?

A few weeks ago, I received a letter in the mail... I had just been conditionally admitted in the Deaconess Program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. If I was able to pass my last four classes at IPFW, I would be definitively accepted for good! I cannot start to tell you how much this means to me and my family. This is a dream come true. I cannot wait to sit in a classroom surrounded by women and men of God who have the same passion about the Scriptures and who have made theirs this verse: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

Lord willing, January 25th will be my first day of classes. I will start with two intensive classes that run Monday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm, for two weeks. I know that it will not be easy, but I also know that I am not alone. We are never alone, none of us. We have a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, our Prince of Peace! And He has promised to be with us until the end of days! What a joy it is to find comfort in His promises!

I would like to thank you all for your constant prayers and support. I have found in you and in my family all the inspiration and help to overcome every single challenge. To God be the Glory!

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Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, in this special time of the year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. We want to thank those  who have been praying for us, those who have been supporting us in our needs, those who have reminded us that we are never alone in His service. To all of you, dear sisters and brothers, Merry Christmas. Let us rejoice in Jesus birth, death, and resurrection! Rejoice for our King has born!

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