Yesterday’s high: 104˚ 5802 Bob Bullock Loop 20
Last night’s low: 76˚ Building C 18-102, Laredo TX, 78041
June 6th, 2016
Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
“You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)
As the school year comes to a close, we look back and see all the amazing ways the Lord has brought blessing to our lives the past six months, and how He has supplied our needs. During the months of January to March, we enjoyed the visit of Dr. Will and Nancy Ackles. Their help through teaching, preaching, chauffeuring, and just being part of the family was a blessing to us. “Aunt” Julie Newton also gave us a few days’ vacation on the Caribbean coast, for which we are grateful. It was good to get away for a few days and return rested and strengthened to continue our work.
The Lord has given me the health and strength to continue ministering in the seminary, at church with the choir, and in the villages. We have just completed 10 days of recitals and concerts in which I was privileged to take part, accompanying 2 graduating seniors in their voice recitals. Since I cannot read the music, I played it by memory. The seminary and music school graduation was June 3 with 9 graduating in sacred music and 6 in theology. This is the last group of students whom Dave taught. There will also be 4 graduates from the master’s in theology program and 4 others in youth ministries. May the Lord guide each on to the place of service He has prepared for them. It is a source of blessing to me to see how they have matured and grown in their capabilities after 4 years at San Pablo Seminary. Some of these graduates are recipients of scholarships received through our ministry. Tuition costs for next year will be about $1,000 dollars per semester. If you would like to help make this training possible for other students, there are several who are in need of financial aid to begin or complete their studies.
Thanks to the gifts many of you sent earlier this year, the music school was able to go on two tours this past month. The entire choir traveled throughout the state of Yucatan and part of the state of Quintana Roo on a four-day tour, and the smaller ensemble group was able to go on a weekend tour to churches in the villages surrounding Merida. It was a good experience for our students and also an excellent way to showcase the music school to potential future students.
The village congregations are also a source of blessing as they grow and reach out to others. I would like to have more drivers and preachers to travel with me, but I am grateful for those who serve each weekend. One of the churches we visit, in Yalcobá, has almost doubled in size since the leaders started to reach out to the children in their town. Many of the children have now brought their parents to church and the leaders are teaching the members of the church to visit and disciple the new families. The growth the church has experienced is directly related to the dedication of a group of believers who have been willing to give everything up, including their comfort, time and resources, in order to follow where God leads. Their example is a encouraging to me and I see God’s hand of blessing upon His work in that church.
In the month of July, we will be at camp Porvenir for two weeks: 1 week of children’s camp and another week of youth camp. The camps will have a cost of $50 per person per week. Here too, there is a need for scholarship for those who would like to go but lack the funds to be able to do so. We are expecting many kids for these camps on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, and the camp leaders have been preparing the activities for each week since the start of the year.
Debbie finishes June 24 in Merida Christian School, but will continue teaching English to children and adults in the summer months. Daniel comes July 16 to 23, bringing a group from his church to continue construction of the Sac-Bé presbytery retreat center and a small church. His daughter, Alyssa who is now 14, will be part of the team, and Debbie and the two boys, Caleb (12) and Owen (8), will arrive a week later. Mark’s daughter, Ellie, is working in Pennsylvania and will begin her college studies this fall, probably in nursing. John, Mark’s son, continues studying classical guitar and recently mastered a very difficult piece to play for his mother on Mother’s Day. Baby Diego is growing, growing, growing. He’s now a very active toddler of 17 months who loves music, rhythm, and especially enjoys playing the piano and John’s guitar. He points at what he wants, so we play a guessing game because he still only has a 6-word vocabulary of mixed Spanish and English words.
I leave on June 6 for 3 weeks in the southern U.S., visiting friends and supporting churches in that area. My son Daniel will be my chauffeur for 12 days…
Thank you for your prayers and support of the ministry here. The path of life, joy and eternal pleasures are only found as we commit ourselves completely to Him.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean Legters (for the family)
P.S. If you send me an email address, I will be happy to send my letters electronically. It’s a faster and less expensive way to communicate. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Son Raise Missionary Services
P.O. Box 43
Byron Center, MI 49315
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