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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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August 16, 2014
We have only four contacts with the world by which we are evaluated: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it. – Dale Carnegie
God has been good, permitting us to be useful in Guatemala since 1977 when we came with the desire of being a blessing, whereever and however. And we have done a variety of things.
PUBLISHING BOOKS IN GUATEMALA. We have 20 titles in the catalog. The one that has sold more these past 4 months has been Técnicas de Investigación (Techniques of Research), and Cómo Ser Escritor (how to be a writer). Sam’s biography has been popular, Señor, Hazme Útil (Lord, make me useful), and Principios para una Familia Integral (basic principles for the family). Our books are in 5 bookstores in Guatemala (see the picture to the right). There are 8 books available on www.Amazon.com. Maybe you want to order a book to give to a Spanish friend. You can see the complete catalog at www.edicionessaber.wordpress.com Only two books are in English: Mystery of Stained Glass and Majorette to Missionary.
MINISTRY OF TEACHING. On May 3rd I finished 15 years of teaching two classes a week at the Panamerican University of Guatemala, and I thank God for letting me invest in the lives of my students in the Central Campus Zone 16, and also in the Naranjo Campus, always in the School of Theology. In May I had three conferences at the Cumbre de Damas at Iglesia Lluvias de Gracia (picture on left). In May and June I taught an 8 class course on “Preaching” in a Central American church in Colonia Bouganbilias de San Francisco. I preached in Casa Horeb Zone 11 in June (see picture top left) where I used my father’s painting (Phil Saint) to illustrate a point. In July I was assistant professor in the Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in the doctoral course: “Writing for Publication” with Dr. Miriam Adeney (picture to the right). At the end of July I spoke at a ladies special event organized by Hermon Baptist Church.
IGLE-AULA (IFC). In March of 2013 the Ministry of Education gave Fundación Doulos authorization to open a “classroom” (aula) in every evangelical church (Iglesia) in Guatemala, to reinsert students into the educational system to complete elementary or secondary education. At present we have 27 churches participating in the project, located in different parts of the country. There are 900 students enrolled in the 5 levels. We have 130 students in elementary level I, 35 in elementary level II, 510 in junior high level I, and 113 in junior high level II. There are 110 in senior high for adults. Professor Rosa Solano (see picture on left) is the coordinator, backed up by several of the Frederick Crowe Institute staff.
FAMILY. We have spent enjoyable times with the family, especially while Susy and her family were visiting from Haiti, with their 4 children, happy times with the cousins, Lisa’s 4 children. Steve and his family couldn’t come this time (from Houston).
FACEBOOK “Martha Berberian”. We keep in touch with family and friends through FB where I post pictures and brief information each week.
Thanks for helping with our projects,
Martha Saint de Berberián
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March 18, 2014
Great teachers spend time with their students, and point out their skills and talents. – Bruce Larson
PUBLISHING BOOKS IN GUATEMALA. In December we published a new edition of my book: La Mujer y Su Ministerio (the woman and her ministry), and in February a new edition of Cómo Ser Escritor (How to be a writer), just in time to use it in the Writers Seminar I coordinated for Feb. 17-19 with guest speaker Joyce K. Ellis from Minnesota, and about 30 participants (see foto). There are 18 titles in the catalog, and about 160 books are sold each month. Only two are in English: Majorette to Missionary, and Mystery of Stained Glass. Several books are available on www.Amazon.com. You can see the complete catalog on www.edicionessaber.wordpress.com
FREDERICK CROWE INSTITUTE. Exciting things happen in our institute. In the picture are a mother and son graduating from high school in the same ceremony November 2013. Ruben studied in the weekday program while Janneth studied in the Saturday program for adults. A new academic year began mid January, and we find that 15 students from very low income families need a sponsor. We invite you to sponsor a student, giving $35 dollars a month for 10 months, thus helping a student pull himself up out of poverty. As Prov. 3:27 says: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” We are very thankful for the 10 sponsors who signed up in October. Thank you! Another exciting thing is the Ministry of Education has given us approval to open a “classroom” in every evangelical church in Guatemala that requests it, to reinsert students back into the educational system to complete elementary, junior high, and senior high.
FAMILY. Wednesday afternoons is when I pick up Lisa’s four children at school and bring them home for lunch and fun times together for several hours before Lisa picks them up. Table tennis is a favorite. The grandkids are growing up so fast! Love them each one! Four grandkids live in Houston and four in Haiti. We miss them!
PANAMERICAN UNIVERSITY TEACHING: We have 75 new students this year, 35 who study on Thursdays (foto), and 40 who study on Saturdays. My job is to teach them how to write a formal research paper, and I have 13 classes, two hours each, to do it. One student commented that it was the third time she was taking the course but the first time she understood it!
TRIP TO KANSAS AND TEXAS. During the week spent in Topeka, I was able to reconnect with many prayer partners from our sending church, Community Church, where we were members before leaving for Guatemala. I was able to make many visits, and share in several meetings, including Sunday morning worship (see picture with pastor Tommy Scott), with a combination missionary message and a challenge to “Get out of your rut, find a new mountain to climb” using power point for the first time, with pictures of the Saint family, who in some way got out of their routine to follow God in new adventures and challenges. I stayed with Meg Atwood, a dear friend, whose mother (age 94) we visited every day, and I would give her a daily massage which she loved. She passed away Nov. 6. In Houston I spoke at a ladies meeting in Lluvias de Gracia church Oct. 26. Then Steve delighted us by giving us boat rides on Lake Houston, bringing back memories of Word of Life Island where in 1961 I had my first formal job waitressing in the cafeteria, and my definite call to serve the Lord at a campfire meeting. In the foto I am with three sweet granddaughters in Houston.
FACEBOOK. We keep in touch with family and friends via FB where I have posted interesting items, such as when my parents, Phil and Ruth Saint, sang in trio with me years ago. I use the name Martha Berberian in case you want to look it up. The picture is the active vocano Pacaya, taken from our house.
Yours because of faith in Jesus Christ,
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