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I have just translated many thank you letters from students
for a foundation that gives them scholarship assistance. It
is interesting that they often begin with a blessing to the
receiver, such as "I greet you in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ wishing His richest blessings for each of you".
I took this off of the top letter still on my desk. In a similar
way, I greet all of you, wishing that Christ would bless you
and your lives, filling your hearts with His peace and joy.
These past two months have been varied, especially as I traveled
to see students who are in their year of practical ministry.
I literally went from churches at sea level to others at 3000
meters (over 9000 feet). In many ways the experiences were
just as varied as the elevation and the ministries that our
students are performing for their denomination. I was in a
small Cumberland Presbyterian church plant in the coffee-growing
region, in the second oldest Lutheran church in Colombia and
in an active Four Square charismatic church in the southeastern
plains. Some common denominators were the present of the Holy
Spirit and growth, and the willingness of our students to
work in the ministries where God has called them. Many of
these locations are not easy, and they are not attractive
because they are mega-church or prosperous. In fact, some
are dangerous, very hot, and filled with other difficulties.
It is a joy to share a few days with the students in these
churches. The seminary still forms good pastors who are willing
to serve in the Kingdom.
Ten days ago, I sent you a request for 60 minutes of prayer
(six minutes during ten days) for the seminary and to share
with us God's faithfulness during sixty years here. This has
been a good two weeks, filled with a variety of activities
as we have celebrated together. We had an afternoon of sports
with our small numbers putting together winning teams in basketball
and micro-soccer, and we had demonstrations of a Guinness
world holder and bike trial specialist. I was impressed. We
also had the morning of worship and celebration together with
special messages and a look back at the sixty years of history,
ending with a barbecue that all of you would have enjoyed.
That same evening we had a concert with the seminary choir,
an invited bell choir and a choir with religious chamber music.
The following evening we joined with each regional area represented
in our student body showing off their folklore and food. The
students appreciate each year this "noche de colonias".
This week we had two special workshops that were not specifically
part of the celebration, but gave us more "celebrating"
in God's Word. Wednesday and Thursday over 200 pastors and
leaders were here for a workshop entitled, "The Minister
as Teacher of the Word" where we were reminded that the
Word is the most important element of church growth and strength.
One statement that was good for my present class on the Social
Responsibility of the Church was, "If there is Word in
the church, it is good to have a program of social action
outreach. Without the Word, social action is simple a non-profit
Yesterday, Saturday, we had a study of the book of Ruth,
"Love in time of Hunger". This title is similar
to the title of a popular book of Colombia's Nobel Prize winner
in literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We saw that love is
stronger than hunger, either physical or spiritual, and that
dependence on the Lord can bring us out of hunger as the great
I AM speaks and reaches out to us in grace.
God has been good. I have traveled and returned safely, and
He was with Elizabeth during these days. We celebrated and
had fun together here at the seminary. Thank you for your
prayers for both.
Continue to pray for these items:
- We have six more weeks of classes and then graduation at
the end of this academic year, November 26.
- Elizabeth has continued with a hyper-allergic condition
with elements in the environment setting off coughing and
- Praise the Lord that our mothers have been well, within
limits. Mrs. Sendek celebrates her 83rd birthday on November
6, and Mrs. Paba will celebrate her 80th on December 30. We
hope to see both of these wonderful women in December, even
if for just a few days.
- The finances of students, who must pay bills by the end
of the year, and of the seminary that will have some lean
income months until the students return in late January, although
the expenses are always high with legal wage responsibilities
at the end of each year.
Thank you again for faithfully standing by us as we minister
at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellin. We have
now been here for eleven years. Our desire is to fulfill many
more before we seriously consider the "retirement"
In Christian love and service,
Don and Elizabeth Sendek