Life and ministry in Venezuela was amazing--the people are wonderful, cheerful...in spite of the hardships they must endure. The difficulties there are even greater for foreigners. When we left Barquisimeto in 2008, we were some of the last North Americans in a metro area of almost 2,000,000. While we had to leave Venezuela, we knew that God was not through with us in missions, for that passion to live and serve cross-culturally burned on. Before we left, the invite came--"Hey, we could really use you in Monterrey, Mexico--there's a seminary there that needs teachers...." Of course, we were on that like flies on rice!
The John Wesley Methodist Seminary is an institution of the Methodist Church of Mexico that is presently training some 250+ men and women to serve as pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries and other types of church leaders. The seminary draws students primarily from northern Mexico...and the graduates serve all over Mexico and in many Conferences of the U.S.
Here are some scenes of the seminary and seminary life...:
|The Seminary from the road...and one of our students hamming it up!|
|Here, as there and everywhere: The World is My Parish....|
|Our administrative assistant, Itzeel, helping a student....|
|Our library...actually one of the largest theological libraries in the Latino world!|
|We have three classrooms, a chapel, the library and two offices--small but adequate!|
|Some of the students relaxing after class....|
|Jon, addressing the finer points of deontological ethics...|
|Students receiving a gift of a bilingual NT from a church in the US....|
The Herrins in Monterrey....