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16 Nov / Pastoral training in the South

Author: Matthew
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I just returned from a weekend in the south, where I stayed at the lovely Hotel Renuevo. Aside from the variety of wildlife sightings, the stay was great! I travelled south with Ernesto and Pastor Melvin to spend some time investing in the workers of El Camino de La Vida. In attendance was Pedro Calderón (famous leather artisan!), Luis Ochoa, and Nixon Lopez. This time of teaching was focus on a return to the basics of the Gospel, and looking at some practical pointers on preaching. We shared lists of things to avoid, and practices to employ to clearly present God’s Word to His people. During the time there, I had the opportunity to preach Ezekiel 18 at El Renuevo during the Saturday night service. Then, on Sunday morning I drove Melvin, Nixon, and Nixon’s sister Kenia up to Teguicigalpita for morning service. It was a unique service during which Melvin preached on I Thessalonians 4:1-8 and dealt with the prevalent issue of sexual immorality. Issues like this are all too frequently ignored from the pulpit, and the result is a church with 40 women, 3 times as many children, and practically no men. I prayed the whole time that Melvin preached that the children of that church would understand the call to purity and the need to view marriage as paramount.

 

During this service, Melvin also invited Pastor Nixon and his “friend” Joselyn to come forward to be prayed for. They are now officially beginning a courtship relationship and are praying towards the goal of committing to one another in marriage. Nixon also shared with the congregation that November 16th marked his 3 year anniversary of having moved to the south to begin his pastoral ministry. He has grown a great deal as a preacher, and has learned first hand the challenges of provided pastoral care to Christ’s chosen but broken children.

After this weekend, God has renewed opened my eyes wide to see how He has worked in the lives of Luis and Nixon, and how He has used us (that means you!!!) to be a part of building up His Church. I saw construction projects undertaken by friends, building improvements at El Renuevo made by our church, women who have come to the Lord through evangelistic events organized by sisters in Christ from Ohio, and two faithful men who are able to preach and provide for their families because of offerings of generous friends and churches way north of here. I am thankful to see how this investments are directly related to activities that are producing fruit.