Update and Thank you!

It was wonderful to get to see some of you during our last visit to Lincoln. We do really enjoy attending services at our mother church, Christ Lutheran Church. At our arrival back in Fort Wayne, Santi had to keep working on his studies. He is now taking seven classes: Church History II, Greek Readings, Pastoral Counseling, Field Work Education, Theology of Baptism, Pauline Epistles, and Advanced Greek. Please keep praying for him. His workload is very demanding of his time and talents. He is now getting ready for his finals in a week and a half.

As for me, I took my first two classes at the Seminary. Click here for more information. I am now writing several essays for these two classes. I am really enjoying this new experience. We are really being blessed with a deeper understanding of Scripture and the biblical narrative.

Maria is is growing very fast. She is doing very well in her studies.She is a warrior prayer and keeps both dad and mom and our studies continuously in her beautiful prayers.

Santi Jr. won the Honor's Roll last quarter and the whole family was invited to a nice breakfast at Concordia Lutheran School. We love to see him growing in his faith and his studies.

Salva is our eternal baby. He fills us with joy. He has already decided to follow dad's footsteps in becoming a pastor! What a blessing! (By the way, he has been given a new nickname by her teacher, Mrs. Goeglein: 'Mr. Smellgood'... he has recently discovered the power of good masculine perfume).

We are immensely thankful to all of you, dear sisters and brothers at Christ Lutheran for your continuous support and prayers. You make our journey a happy one in His service. We delight in your faith and we give thanks to the Lord for your missionary heart and your willingness to bring the Gospel to every nation. To God be the Glory!

0 comentaris:

Prayer Request - Bible Commentaries Needed

We are in need of Bible commentaries for our studies at the Seminary. If you, your Church, or someone you know is downsizing their library, please contact us. Thank you for your support and prayers.

0 comentaris:

My Most Sophisticated Outfit

On January 25th I started my classes at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. I took two intensive courses on Theologia Means of Grace with Dr. Bushur and on Diaconal Counseling with Deaconess Amy Rast and guest professors Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Fickensher, and Professor Pulse. At the end of the very intense intensives, I was given the white Cross that distinguishes Deaconesses in training for a picture day with my peer sisters at the Seminary.

There was a time in which I believed that wearing a Cross was some form of idolatry. I was taught that it was very inappropriate to remind Jesus on the Cross for it was the way in which He had been tortured. It is as if someone would wear an electric chair to remember someone who died in this horrific manner, some would say. For many years I rejected wearing a Cross around my neck or having crosses around the house.

I give thanks to the Lord for He is showing me that the Cross is not only the way in which He was tortured. The Cross is the place in which Jesus Christ won victory over sin, over death and over the Devil. On the Cross Jesus reconciles us with the Father. On the Cross our sins are forgiven. On the Cross Jesus is lifted up so that whoever believes in Him does not perish but has eternal life; this is God's gracious Love in action.

Today I am proud to wear a cross around my neck and a white Cross in my left sleeve. This white Cross reminds me that I can serve others in love because God has loved me first. It reminds me that I am a child of God because Jesus died for me. I will wear my white Cross with reverence and pride, in all humility.

To God be the Glory! Amen.

0 comentaris: