International Ministries

Moving Forward to Serve

January 16, 2007 Journal

Dear loved ones in Christ,

May God be with you in this Christmas season.

This past December 2 at the First Baptist Church of Santa Ana the oldest Baptist Church here that was established by missionaries in 1911 we celebrate the seventh graduation of the Latin American Baptist Seminary (SEBLA).

In the presence of the students families, authorities of the Baptist Churches we graduated 62 students from different churches.Students give a big applause in honor of the academic work of Ismael Rev. Jose Norat is second from the right.Mendoza that serve for 30 years in theological education.

Rev. Dr. Jose Norat the Area Director for Latin-American of International Ministries was the speaker. His presentation was excellent.

We honored the student with the highest scores with an award from Ismael Mendoza as recognition for excellence in academic and integral efforts.

Students of the Baptist Federation from Zacatecoluca and Jucuapa received their title in Pastoral Education.The president of the Baptist Federation Mr. Hugo Martinez was at the honors table.

After that we moved to the facilities at the Seminary for dedicating the Visiting Professors Apartment. The furniture was donated by The Women's Ministry of Puerto Rico.The dining room and living room furniture has a long history of the past missionary Rev. Thomas Dixon in the 1940s. Those pieces were restored for a legacy of mission testimony of faith and services in El Salvador.Rev. Dr. Jose Norat had the honor of cutting the ribbon and first time use of the apartment.

In December with Rev. Norat, Ismael Mendoza and the treasurer of the Baptist Federation Dr. Milagros Figueroa we traveled to Sonsonate and El Refugio on the western side to sign a covenant of theological education to their churches through SEBLA.

This new period of changes at our seminary is a signal of keeping up with the times and updating our skills to better serve God and the Churches.

Rev. Dr. Magda Aguirre

Missionary to El Salvador