Just two news items today, both concerning (mainly) Rev. Pennings:
1) Rev. Pennings spoke at the Spring Missions Rally at Trinity URC, Thursday, May 15. He informed us of his mission work, but also exhorted us from 2 Timothy 2, reminding us that our task as church leaders and as Christians in general is to make disciples--"commit [the things you have heard] to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
A short presentation was also given to inform of the progress made by the mission teams sent to Costa Rica earlier this year.
Hispanic Christian Ministry Supporters:
On Friday [April 18] I leave for another ministry trip. I will be travelling to Belize and Guatemala from April 18 to 28. Please pray for:
1) Safety in my travels
2) Effectiveness in teaching a course on Apologetics during this trip
3) Thanksgiving for the MINTS Centre in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala which has recently started two “daughter” Centres.
Put this on your calendar! The next West Michigan missions rally is scheduled for May 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm, and will take place at Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia, Michigant. Rev. Pennings will be speaking on his ministry and encouraging us to share the gospel. Please join us!
(Here is a map for Trinity: 7350 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Dutton, MI 49316)
TRIP REPORT – EL SALVADOR – FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 3, 2008
The words of Paul to the Philippians in the third and fourth verse of his letter reflect my gratitude to you as supporters, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel…”
Testimony of the MINTS “Mission Seminary” Approach – On this trip José Jesús Ramirez accompanied me throughout the 11 days of travel. José is a student of MINTS in Toronto who is from El Salvador. He has graduated from MINTS with his Bachelor’s in Theology and is six courses shy of his Masters in Theology. He has already begun to teach some courses at the Toronto MINTS Centre. When he heard that I was planning a trip to El Salvador, he offered to accompany me in my travels. He asked me to join him in visiting with his family in a mountain village on the West end of El Salvador, near the Guatemalan border. It has become the focus of one of the new MINTS Centres that were established on the trip. During the trip José was instrumental in being a spokesperson for MINTS and shared in the presentation of the conferences that were taught on eight different occasions throughout the trip. His testimony about his leadership development through MINTS and his participation in the conferences we taught were an encouragement to me, and a blessing to his fellow El Salvadoran countrymen. It was a testimony of the “mission seminary” approach of MINTS in which students are encouraged to teach the courses they have been taught under the supervision of formal professors and in which they are tutored to write courses and teach them in different MINTS Centres. I am thankful to the Lord for students like José who have committed themselves to bless others with leadership training in the same way they have been blessed.
With the Pennings