Don and Martha Wehmeyer - June 2017 Update
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus, Savior and Redeemer of God’s elect,
We have had some very busy months here. I have been teaching at both San Pablo and the Mints program. Mints is a non-residence program that has become popular in many countries. Here in Mérida, I had nine students (four pastors and five lay folks) for Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and now with the same group I have just started Patristics (theologians from the first seven or eight centuries of church history). The picture here is a few of the students at Gethsemane.
I was officially installed in the Seguidores de Cristo (Followers of Christ) mission church as pastor for a period of up to three years. In the Mexican Presbyterian church, pastors are installed for one year (pastor oficiante), for three years (pastor comisionado) and up to five years (pastor instalado). It is a little different from the U.S. but it works as a system giving pastors and churches time to get to know each other (one year) or in the case of missions and congregations which do not yet have a session, the pastor comisionado is installed but with the intention of training some leaders to become deacons and elders. They must have four elders and three deacons to be officially designated as a church. A church is different than a mission or congregation because it can send representatives with voice and vote to presbytery meetings. It would be good for the U.S. church to learn how to develop missions and congregations in this way. Over the years I have seen how well it works to get new churches up and running.
We were hosts to the fourth-year music students from the Berea Seminary in Palenque, Chiapas. These young people are committed to serving the church and will go to different congregations. One young lady, Griselda, would like to continue her studies at the San Pablo Seminary’s school of sacred music but needs a scholarship (150 dollars a month). Contact The Outreach Foundation if you would like to help with scholarships at San Pablo Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
We treasure your prayers for Mexico. The security situation in several parts of the country is quite difficult. San Pablo is in a crisis due to too few students to cover costs. In June, we are looking forward to the graduation of San Pablo students.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and give you peace.
Donald and Martha, Mexico
Outreach is seeking gifts totaling $30,000 for support and program funds for the Wehmeyers and $9,600 for student scholarships at San Pablo Presbyterian Theological Seminary.