Greetings from Yucatan
Next week is Palm Sunday. How did that happen? There is a lot to bring you up to date about. In February, Pastor Jeff Quintin, director of the Bethel Series, was here for a week to teach the Bethel Series Old Testament course. We all stayed at the Gethsemane Retreat Center for five very full days. It was a lot of work but we were blessed to be able to participate.
Also in February, two great pastors, Jose Pezini from Brazil and Juan Sarmiento from the Outreach Foundation, stayed with us for several days as we made plans for a new ministry. The new ministry will be called the Asociación Reformada para Apoyo Pastoral, or the “Association for Reformed Pastoral Care”. The intention of this new ministry is provide retreats and pastoral care for Hispanic and Brazilian pastors. There has been a serious problem of pastors dropping out of the ministry because of stress. Our hope is to provide mentoring and spiritual renewal for pastors and church leaders.
On another subject, I have been working on a short course called The Authentic Christian Life. I have used a book written by John Calvin to create a retreat or to guide a six week course at church or in small groups. If you are willing to proof read or give me some feedback I can send chapters with email.
Remember we are always open to hosting mission teams – there is a lot of useful work to be done and we like to combine the work with spiritual formation. Teams of any size are welcome. We still need volunteers for English teaching in Colombia the last week of August. Please write if you might be interested joining us.
Also, I just found a web site called Internet Archive (https://archive.org) that has about 20 million books you can read online for free! That should keep everyone busy for a few decades at least. Likewise, the Christian Post is helpful. For example, https://www.christianpost.com/news/isolated-world-pastors-churches-mum-clergy-suicides-220763/
May the Lord bless you and your ministry, may His face shine upon you and may His spirit give you peace.
Donald and Martha Wehmeyer