Dear family, friends and supporters,
What a wonderful privilege it is to send our greetings to you and your families during this Christmas season. Joy to the world! We pray you will be having a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Advanced School of Ministry in Tijuana
In the month of October, we had the joy of ministering together with Pastor Homero from Monterrey and Pastor Marjorie from Cuernavaca at the Advanced School of Ministry in Tijuana. Our theme in this school was “Covenant Families”, and we taught on many themes that have to do with the family. God loves families, and He established the family as the social foundation of the Church, the ministry, and society.
A group of about 70 students from the general area as well as a small group from Mexico City attended this school. We enjoyed four days of teaching, worship, prayer, and fellowship in the building of a local Bible School. This school was built by a group of Korean missionaries, and the couple in charge are Isaac and Rebeca. Groups from Korean churches came daily to donate their time and money to cook and feed the group, so we also had the experience of trying some Korean meals during the conference.
Marriage Seminar in Mérida
A few weeks ago, we spent several days in Mérida at the Centro Cristiano Church, doing a marriage seminar together with the local pastors. We have know this couple for many years, but had never visited their church. Pastor Oscar and his wife, Paula, have worked very hard on the Yucatan Peninsula evangelizing and raising up churches during the past 20 years. We only ministered at the Mérida church, but they also have churches in several other cities across the state and the neighboring state of Quintana Roo.
A group of about 35 couples dedicated two full days to strengthening their marriages through teaching, workshops and other group activities. Sara and I shared during several sessions, and Pastor Oscar and Paula also ministered. Sara and I enjoyed doing some “team teaching”, where both of us shared our distinct perspectives on areas of marriage, family, and Biblical principles for a healthy home.
At the end of the second day, we celebrated a collective wedding for seven of the couples who had been living together but never taken the step of formalizing a marriage covenant in the presence of the Lord. Most of them had come to know Christ recently and desired to received God’s blessing upon their relationship by putting their marriages in order. It was a joy to participate in the ceremony.
Getting Ready for the Advance School of Ministry Seminar
These last few weeks have been a busy time of the year for us as we have been working on the notes for the seminar. Containing almost complete notes for 17 hours of teaching, the book that we produce each year is usually around 150 pages in length. It is my job to take all the notes, edit them and then do the layout and formatting for the final book.
Anna has also been helping us with the translation of Pastor Dick Iverson’s book called Maintaining Balance. She sends me her translation, and I continue to work on it from there, editing as needed to make the phrases flow as best as possible in Spanish. We hope to have this book ready by New Year’s Day and have it printed the first couple of weeks of January so it will be ready for the students at the seminar.
We are excited that both of our boys will be coming home from college to spend Christmas with us. David will be with us during two weeks, and Daniel will spend almost a month with us before going back to school. It will be great to have Christmas with the whole family!
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each of you who have been praying for us and supporting us financially. It is so much easier to do ministry with a solid financial and prayer backing. May the Lord richly bless you and your family this Christmas and New Year.
David and Sara Lont