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Dear Friends and Prayer Partners:
It is early for a Christmas letter, but someone is going to the States and can take mail. Then again, it is always time to be thankful for God’s blessings in our lives, our work, our family. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18).
We are thankful for the gift of life and health. In recent days Dave turned 75, and I 72. The music school students brought me a surprise serenade – very touching. It doesn’t seem possible, but after our 50th anniversary, it must be true! We thank the Lord for the times of blessing as well as of hardship. These last have helped us to grow and mature and be strong in our faith, knowing that “…all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Our physical ailments are quite minor. We can continue to serve the Lord with the strength He gives us.
This past October Dave was named president (moderator) for 2 years of the Synod of the Peninsula of Yucatan, which covers 12 presbyteries over a three state area (Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche). Though he will no longer be pastoring a specific congregation, he has more invitations to preach and teach each weekend. He will continue to visit three small mission churches (in Yalcobá and in Chemax in the east, and Temax in the north) to serve communion every month.
I take my keyboard and play it wherever we go. Besides the towns I have mentioned, we have also recently been in the towns of Tahmek, Dzitbalché, Dzoncauich, Hop’elchén, Chunjujub, Tixcacaltuyub, (try to pronounce all those good Maya names!). I also sell Bibles, hymnals and other Christian literature. In all these places there are many brothers and sisters whom we have known over the years, so there is always a mutual joy in seeing each other again. The calendar for the rest of the year is very full as well. My Merida church choir will be presenting a Christmas cantata in different congregations that are sponsored by the Divine Savior church. My eyesight has deteriorated some, and I now carry a special lamp with me in order to see the music I have to play, since the lighting is often so poor.
The Seminary is doing well, we praise the Lord for that. Its president Rev. Amós Cahuich was just appointed for another 4 years. Dave has been teaching a heavy load – 5 subjects this semester. Next semester should be lighter. He is now listening and grading the “senior sermons” of the 9 fourth year students he has.
My first year piano students are all doing exceptionally well … not one is lazy or doesn’t practice! The seminary choir’s Christmas concert will be held December 12. Classes will resume on January 21, after all the presbyteries in the area have had their meetings. Many thanks to those of you who are helping Dan Isaac complete his last year of music training. He is very grateful to each of you.
Our Daniel and his wife are both teaching; their 3 children are now all in school. We enjoy seeing our daughter Debbie nearly every day, after her 18-year absence from Yucatan. She is adjusting well to life in Mexico again, and of course to her new married life. However, she does miss her nephews and niece back in St. Louis, and all the friends she made while in the States. Mark and Altia’s congregation grows, although their personal financial needs are great. We truly thank the Lord for the blessing of Christian families (our own children!) that are teaching their children how to live the Christian life.
We trust you can find many things for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving season; not only the blessings but also the difficulties. As Christmas approaches, may we also be thankful for God’s wonderful gift, and what it meant for Him to give us His only Son. I am ending with a small quote that came to us in a recent email … may we all appreciate Christ’s great sacrifice.
Was ever a gift like the Savior given? He leaves the bosom of the eternal Father, and comes to the bosom of an earthly mother. The Son of God becomes the son of Mary. The Infinite becomes an infant. He who holds the world in His arms is held in the arms of a frail woman. He whose garment is space, whose house is the universe, whose chariots are the clouds and whose diadems are the stars is wrapped in swaddling bands, and laid in a manger. … He leaves the throne of heaven, for the Cross outside the city wall. He who is the Prince of life bows His head in death. He who is without sin becomes the Sin-bearer. The Christ of God becomes the Crucified. He who is the Father’s delight becomes the God-forsaken.
(by the British minister, J. Sidlow Baxter)
Your servants for Jesus’ sake,
Jean (and Dave) Legters
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