Last night’s low: 75˚
5802 Bob Bullock Loop 20
Building C 18-102
Laredo TX, 78041
March 16th, 2015
Dear Prayer Partners,
“There is a time for everything… a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh… He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
The Lord has brought happiness and new life into our family with the birth of Diego Andre, Debbie and Rolando’s first child, born January 1. As you can imagine, grandchild #6 has changed life and routines for all of us in this house, but is dearly loved, a gift from the Lord. Nearly all who see him comment on how much he looks like his grandpa Dave. Although Dave has been with the Lord for two years, we now have his “representative” with us!
The seminary opened in January for students in the master’s degree extension program. In February regular classes began and an international group of students working on doctorates in theology met here. My first year piano students are working on their recital pieces and growing both in music skills and in their knowledge of God’s word.
In December I purchased a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo with low mileage, which has now covered many new miles. With the arrival of Dr. Will and Nancy Ackles at the end of January (here to teach at the seminary), I have been able to visit many villages to encourage believers and to sell Bibles and Christian literature. Most of these believers want the resources but have no access to them unless I can go to where they are because the distances and costs of getting to a Bible bookstore are just too great for them. For example, in Carrillo Puerto in the state of Quintana Roo, where Dave lived 1947-1950, Will shared two studies on parables and I sold over $800 worth of books. A lovely Maya couple there shared with us the way they came to faith in Christ. There are now three Christian couples in their nearby town, a community that for the most part practices the old Maya ways. In the town of Señor, a very dear old Maya believer had me play his church’s new keyboard while he sang and then prayed for us.
A visit with the believers in Chemax and Yalcobá was very rewarding for all, but I was saddened to learn that Rodolfo, who recently made his profession of faith, has fallen once again to the temptation of alcohol. Please pray for this dear man. In Chemax, God’s timing was perfect. That week, Samuel Hoil, who pastors the smaller of the two churches, had a conversation with three young men who had never read the Bible before in their lives. They accepted Samuel’s invitation to attend worship, and I was able to give each of them a Bible from the supply I carry. Pray as the word bears fruit.
A youth retreat was held during Mardi Gras. We began the Mardi Gras camp in 1968 to get young people out of the city’s often raucous celebrations and to reflect on a God-honoring way to live. I can no longer get to the campground easily, but Will, Nancy and I were able to visit the camp one day and enjoyed a fresh caught dinner in a nearby fishing village.
March 16-23 my son Daniel and his family will be here. We are hoping to have a complete family reunion on the island of Holbox March 20-22. Even baby Diego will be present! We hope to get an updated family photo for you then, before granddaughter Ellie leaves for the states and college this summer.
April 1-3 the Divino Salvador church choir which I accompany is making a tour to Tabasco, about ten hours away. I am looking forward to it since I have many former students, whom I haven’t seen in years, serving the Lord there.
On June 19 I have an appointment in Raleigh, NC, with a macular degeneration specialist. He has made special glasses enabling some patients to read again! My plans are uncertain at this point but I will more than likely be in the states until mid-July.
I have opened a new gmail e-mail address and will probably close the Prodigy address in June. Please take note of my new address: jeanlegter(at)gmail.com. My fine vision is not clear enough to write e-mails, but my granddaughter and Debbie help me. You may have to wait for a reply. I’m sorry this letter was so long in coming but as you can see, life has been very full. The Lord has blessed us abundantly, we are grateful for your gifts and prayers.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean Legters (for the family)
P.S. Any gifts to the seminary, camp or our ministry may be sent to:
Son Raise Missionary Services*
P.O. Box 43
Byron Center, MI 49315
Please make your check out to Son Raise Missionary Services (or SRMS) and include a note on the memo section indicating the designation of your gift.
*This is the new name for The Magi ministry.