IFC, 4 Ave. 9-66, Zona 1, 01001 Guatemala
August 19, 2014
During these past four months I have seen the care and guidance of God after leaving the Panamerican University end of March. Doing numbers with Martha, there are at least 50 who graduated as Licenciados, Maestros or Doctors in Theology during the 15 years I was Dean.
In May we enjoyed the graduation of our grandson Andy from high school. Congratulations, Andy!
Frederick Crowe Institute and Doulos Foundation. The Institute functions under the covering of the Foundation, and has 25 years of serving the Guatemalans, always providing an excellent education in junior and senior high, and providing many scholarships to students from very low income families.
About 40% come from poor families and can study because a sponsor help pay the tuition, giving $35 dollars a month for 10 months. Of the 65 students needing sponsorship in 2014, 25 students still need a sponsor. We are very grateful for the 40 sponsors who make possible that a student pull himself/herself out of poverty through study, giving them dignity and a purpose in life. We invite you to be a sponsor and help one or more students of limited resources.
Conferences and preaching. I have been preaching or teaching about four times a week in different churches and special events, mostly in the capital and surrounding areas, each event with a different topic. In April we were with Martha on a program on Channel 27 (picture top left) and I was again there in August. In July I participated on Canal Antigua and again in August. I spoke several times in youth camps, in several events for Father’s Day, and events for couples with Martha. I gave several hours of class at Haggai Institute, at Santo Tomás Milpas Altas.
Other ministries. Pre-marriage counselling has been an important part of the ministry God has given me, orienting different couple in their relationship and the planning of their wedding. I continue participating as advisor with the Committee of Cooperation between University Librarians. My Sunday column continues to appear in Prensa Libre on page 21, titled “Si me permite” (If you permit me) with a total of 176 columns til now. Recent topics have focused on How to follow instructions, The habit of reading, and another about the situation of Israel with Palestine. You can suggest topics for this column writing to my e-mail.
Academics, new challenges. Since we came to Guatemala in 1977, we have participated in university academics, 12 years at the Mariano Galvez University, 15 years at the Panamerican University, and as professor in other universities. Recently I began colaboration with the Saint Paul University. My dream is to support the pastors and lay leaders to receive an excellent academic preparation so they can function better in their churches.
One of the messages I shared at La Vid church in June was based on Col. 3:9-11 on “Renovation”. Many of us have the habit of doing things half way, of not working in an organized way, and we say “That’s the way I am!” But God wants to renovate our relationship with people, and be obedient to what He has asked us to do, leaving aside our personal interests.
The Word says: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Thanks for supporting our ministry especially in prayer,
Dr. Samuel Berberian My cell phone: (502) 5202 4763
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