Yesterday’s high: 100˚
Last night’s low: 74˚
March 28th, 2016
Dear Prayer Partners and Email Friends,
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me, to the one who orders his ways rightly, I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23)
“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)
I am so thankful for everything the Lord has brought into my life. Since last writing we have been blessed by the visits of our good friends, Ron and Pam Hale, as well as Julie Newton (who returns March 29-April 5), and Will and Nancy Ackles, here since the end of January. Will is my always-willing chauffeur and weekend preacher both in the villages and in Merida. We have had many great experiences sharing the gospel message and encouraging some far away and neglected congregations. They have been very happy to receive communion as their assigned supervising pastors don’t visit them very frequently.
Will was invited to teach a homiletics workshop March 5 in a small seminary in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, some twelve hours from Merida. The school meets every Saturday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and is designed to help train church leaders who can’t come to a residential seminary. When the pastor who organizes the seminary, a San Pablo graduate, heard that I could come he asked me to do a music workshop too. Then, hearing I would be in the area, San Pablo graduates in Comitán asked me to come play for their worship service Sunday. I had not expected to ever be able to visit again these places where Dave and I had often gone to minister. The mountain scenery was spectacular, and seeing old friends and former students in Ocosingo, Las Margaritas and Comitán was special for me. The Lord has used over forty-nine years of ministry here in SE Mexico in ways we never imagined when we began, and it is a special blessing to see leaders we helped train now training others and planting new churches.
On March 13 we were in a Merida church where three of my former piano students are involved in the music ministry. They have begun a small music school in the church, and then encourage the students to come to San Pablo for further training. Two of my first year students this year are from that church.
Thanks to those of you who gave for the seminary choir tour (promotional tour), there will be one weekend for an octet and a long weekend for the full choir. They are very grateful for the help they received. The tour is a blessing to both the students and the congregations and helps spread word of the training opportunities here.
Diego is now walking, learning to eat by himself, and saying many things we don’t understand. He obviously understands much of what he hears in both English and Spanish and mimics the intonation perfectly. It is a joy for me to be able to help care for him while Debbie is tutoring with the homeschool group that meets in her classroom next door.
The church choir I accompany celebrated its 77th anniversary and as Easter approached sang in some of our mission congregations in the city. My eyes have given me some problems in reading the music. I have had five laser treatments on one eye. The telescopic lenses are helpful for distance while I am teaching, but not practical yet for my needs in reading music while I play.
March 22 marked three years since the Lord called Dave to be with Him and we had a small family service at the graveyard in memory. The adjustments have been many and not always easy, but I can say the Lord has been my helper and my strength. He continues to provide for all my needs, and although I have some physical limitations, I am still able to be useful in His service. I have learned so many things in these three years that the gratitude I feel is beyond description.
May the Lord reveal His immense love for you as you meditate on his death and resurrection in these days.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean Legters (for the family)
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
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