Yesterday’s high: 90˚ 5802 Bob Bullock Loop 20
Last night’s low: 72˚ Building C 18-102
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December 18, 2015 U.S. Magic Jack Phone: (314) 774-0853
Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6
As I look back over the year, I realize how difficult it is to communicate well all the Lord is doing here. It has truly been a year full of blessings and there is much for which to be grateful.
My 75th birthday in November did not go by unobserved. To my amazement there were 9 celebrations with different people, most of them surprise! I thank the Lord for all the friends and students He has brought into my life in this “adopted” country for over 48 years. It is now my home, and I love it here. I praise Him every day for providing for us the way He has all these years.
A piano recital and a beautiful Christmas concert from the music school choir concluded the semester last week, and we have now begun our Christmas break. The church choir, which I accompany, will have four presentations during the holiday season. In between these activities I will also be making my regular weekend trips to visit village congregations in some of the most rural areas of the state of Yucatan.
Yalcoba’s church has an impressive group of 60 children in their AWANA club, which meets for 4 hours every Saturday afternoon. Rodolfo, for whom I have often requested prayer, is very involved and has remained alcohol-free since March. His wife seems to also be drawing close to the Lord, which is a big answer to prayer.
The Chemax church building has most of its doors and windows in place, but they lack the funds for electricity to be installed. Please pray for Israel, the son of the elder who leads that church. He is a strong, dedicated Christian whose wife left him and took their two children to live with someone else. He is heart-broken over the situation and also because she seldom lets him see their children. I will be there on December 26th to play for his brother’s wedding.
The Temax congregation recently went through a difficult experience with an interim pastor. They are currently without a pastor and struggling to regain the members they once had. The church now has about 20 children in attendance at Sunday School on Sunday mornings and about 20-25 adults regularly attend the evening service.
Tekom, another small group of believers, is also in need of a pastor. They recently expressed an interest in joining our Presbytery, and are awaiting the assignment of a pastor to provide some very needed guidance. Please continue to pray for the growth of this congregation.
I often visit the Followers of Christ church here in Merida. They are the last church where Dave served as pastor, and are very dear to me and our family. When I go, I usually take my keyboard in order to play during the worship service. After the services, I spend time counseling some of the women who are experiencing great family problems. They were one of the groups that surprised me on my birthday with a dinner, cake and a beautiful 24-rose floral arrangement.
On the home-front, we are grateful for God’s goodness toward our family as we celebrate Mark and Altia’s 25th and Daniel and Debbie’s 15th wedding anniversaries, both in December. Each of their families is doing well as they serve the Lord in the places where He has called them. The grandkids are all growing so fast! Ellie will be returning home on Christmas Break from PA where she has been living and studying since August. John is now a freshman in high school and interested in mission work with immigrants from central and South America along the Mexico-Guatemala border. Alyssa is an 8th grader and hoping to join Daniel on their church’s next summer mission trip to Yucatan. She and her brother Caleb, who is in 5th grade, are busy with piano lessons, school, and playing all kinds of sports; especially soccer. Owen, a 2nd grader, also enjoys sports, but baseball is his favorite. Little Diego will be 1 year old on January 1st. His 27 lbs. show that he is definitely part Legters! We are looking forward to next summer when the whole family will once again be together for a week. In the meantime, we praise God for Skype and internet for the times when we are not all close by!
I want to thank you for your many prayers for my health. I have been feeling fair lately. The special glasses I received this summer do help for distance and study of music, but they are not so practical yet for reading music when I play the piano or for reading print. My neck and shoulder nerves are still being pressed by the cervical vertebrae, causing general discomfort and at times severe pain. My hope and prayer is that “when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10. I am thankful for all the activities I can still enjoy. Some of my favorite times each day are helping Debbie care for Diego while she teaches in the mornings. I feed him breakfast and also rock him in his hammock when its time for his morning nap. The rest of my time is spent on the day-to-day work of being a housewife, planning and cooking meals, swimming for arthritis therapy, teaching every afternoon, going to choir practice twice a week, and ministering in the village churches on the weekends.
On January 5-8, I will be in the village of Libre Union attending Presbytery meetings and doing my usual selling of books and Bibles. January 18-29 the music school will be offering a 2 week very intensive program of studies for those who are unable to study the full course during the school year. The master’s program will also be in progress then for theology graduates, and a 2 year Biblical counseling program of studies will begin. Just last week, 15 graduated in Biblical counseling. Another group focusing on youth ministry will graduate next year. Dave would have been very proud, and humbled, to see the growth the San Pablo Seminary has been experiencing.
Each of you means much to me and my family. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and gifts. With 2016 just around the corner, let us place our lives in the hands of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace- the best place to be.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean (for the family)
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