Dear Praying Friends,
As a teenager, I (Dave) lived in Tennessee. There were many fields of cotton and soybeans where we lived. I was always impressed with the straight lines in which these crops were planted (this was before GPS guided machinery but somewhat later than mule drawn plows and planters). I asked my dad how the farmers made such straight rows. He said that the farmer would keep his eye on a spot at the other end of the field and just go toward it. That is a good illustration for ministry as well.
Paul uses a term in 2 Tim 2:15 to describe a how a servant of the Lord is to handle the Word of God. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(2 Tim 2:15 NKJV) The word has the idea of “cutting along a straight line.” This is how Paul describes the work of pastors and teachers.
Our ministry here in Argentina is to help young men and women to prepare for full time ministry. For those men preparing for the pastorate, missions, or church planting, it is vital that they learn first how to accurately handle the Word of God. The curriculum of our future Bible College reflects a priority of knowing the Bible, studying the original languages and learning how to interpret and apply Scripture truth. We want to help them to “cut a straight line” with the Word of God so that they accurately and powerfully pass, from one generation to the next, God’s revelation to mankind.
Our ministry is moving along steadily. We enjoy participating in the ministry here in Chivilcoy and fellowshipping with the saints. We continue to build relationships and practice our Spanish with others in our congregation and people that we meet in our neighborhood and shops. Though challenging at times, it is a great blessing to be doing this work and preparing for the future ministry in Argentina.
We certainly miss our children in the States, but we stay in touch with them through the marvels of technology that allow us to have face-to-face conversations with them in real time.
Thank you for your interest in and prayers for the future School of Ministry here in Chivilcoy, Argentina.
Faithfully and Gratefully Yours,
Dave, Patti and Mike