Dear Prayer Partners and E-mail Friends,
“He knows the way that I take and when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 NKJV
Since so many have written, I felt the best way to answer was by a prayer letter. I wish I could answer each individually but often time and energy don’t permit. Computer problems and frequent internet interruptions don’t help either. The computer was repaired but is not 100% and has no magic jack phone connection, which I really miss. I’ve lately had some mechanical problems with the cars and often have to call Mark or Rolando to rescue me and get me back home. We learn patience here in Mexico!
Debbie is learning it with her mother-in-law, who suffers from dementia and also recently fell and broke her hip. After 2 weeks in a public, government-run hospital, she was released and is now in our home for at least the next month. It was hard on the family having to be with her 24 hours a day, and only a plastic chair to sleep on. We are equipped to care for her here.
San Pablo Seminary re-opened mid-August with 10 new theology students and 11 in music. I teach all the 1st year students and also give 2 private lessons on Saturdays. The cataract surgery improved my distance vision somewhat, but near vision to read is about the same, due to the macular degeneration.
My weekend travels sometimes include Debbie and Rolando, or others to drive and/or preach. September 8th (my 51st wedding anniversary) we were in Carrillo Puerto where Dave lived as a child from 1947-1950. They had a wonderful united service in Spanish and Maya, and we sold nearly $500 dollars’ worth of Bibles, hymnbooks and Christian literature (but didn’t get home until 2:30 a.m.)
Debbie and Rolando’s living room/classroom was finished on time so the Merida Christian School is in session there from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The carport is finished so we will no longer hear the pounding of the masons. If we are without rain a few days, the exterior will get painted. After 4 months of construction, we will be happy to be free of workmen!
Aside from teaching the MCS students in the mornings, Debbie is also teaching afternoon and evening courses at an after-school program and at the seminary. We are trying to “mesh” our schedules to accommodate everything: my swimming, choir, cooking, weekend ministry, and her various classes. Now, also, we find time for her mother-in-law’s care. The past 3 weeks I have had stress-related vertigo, so have had to cut back and with rest and medication I am now better.
Daniel was here September 13-16 with 3 members of his church, Covenant PCA Church in St. Louis, to visit 7 possible construction sites to bring a work group next summer. We covered the state of Yucatan and were exhausted but happy for the brief time together. Generally, every weekend finds me in different villages and congregations, sharing and ministering to old and new brothers and sisters in the faith. I really enjoy it but get tired physically. Birthday 73 is coming up in November, so that may be a reason!
Dave was president of the Peninsular Synod of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, and on November 9th it will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It is made up of different geographical groups of churches and pastors. There are now 7 synods in the country. In 1935 there were none, in 1967 there was only 1. We have experienced tremendous church growth, especially in southeast Mexico, in these nearly 50 years! There will be a large choir made up of at least 12 different choirs which are now all practicing the music. They will get together for rehearsals later this month.
Mark will probably be undergoing surgery in December for a thrombosis in one leg which has been kept under control via medication up to now. Daniel will be returning for a week the end of December to help go through the many boxes of Brainerd’s and Dave’s papers which are now in storage. I will probably send my Christmas/New Year letter back with him.
Thanks for praying and giving to the ministry here. In the midst of the ways God may be testing you, may the Lord continue to bless you and grace you to come forth as gold.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean Legters (for the family)
P.S. Any gifts to the seminary or our ministry may be sent to:
P.O. Box 43
Byron Center, MI 49315
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