We have big plans. I can only teach a two-hour class once a week because of my
work as an ophthalmologist. We would like to bring in another teacher who could
teach biblical languages and other classes. This would allow us to offer more
classes. Eventually, we would like to have a full-fledged theological seminary
where we could also train pastors from other countries in Latin America.
Finally, we would like to be able to train North American missionaries who
wish to minister in Latin America. We have come across too many missionaries
who are unfamiliar with the local language and culture, and who are also
poorly trained even in Bible. It seems that as Baptists we still think that the
world lives in small villages composed of huts. Some people still live like that,
but much of the world is now composed of high school and college graduates.
For example, Aguadilla is a rural town on a tropical Caribbean island but we
have an international airport, three universities and a Hewlett Packard plant
which builds one of the fastest computers in the world. On the other side of the
island, Aranesp, a form of the cancer drug Epogen, one of the most complex
medications in existence, is manufactured. Educated middle class people need
the Gospel as much as tribal people but they are harder to reach. However,
Aguadilla would be a great place for missionary candidates to come study
Spanish and then take classes in Spanish for a Master's Degree in Bible. That
way he could be as effective as possible when he goes to reach others for Christ
in the more needy countries of Latin America. Please pray for us as we try to
accomplish these big goals for our great Lord.
Islander – No 1, 2013