Saturday, March 18, 2006

Pastor's Conference in San Cristobal

I (Warren Lathem) just returned from two weeks in Venezuela. What a great trip. After meeting with our pastor in Caracas, I flew to San Cristobal accompanied by Samuel Rojas, a student in the Wesley Seminary. We went to San Cristobal at the invitaion of the Ministerial Association and Rev. Raul Lavinz, pastor of the San Cristobal First UMC. On Wednesday, March 8, 2005 we were interviewed on a couple of local TV stations. We also met with some of the leaders in the San Cristobal UMC. Thursday was a sightseeing day trip to Cucuta, Columbia and a time to purchase leather purses for my wife and daughter-in-law. Then Thursday we led a Pastor's Conference hosted at a local technical school. About 25 pastors attended. For many of them, this was the first formal training they have ever received. Pray for San Cristobal It is a city of 600,000 people and only about 5-6,000 evangelical Christians. However the evangelical church just celebrated 100 years in San Cristobal. I invited these pastors to take personal responsibility for fulfilling the Great Commision in San Cristobal. What an opportuity for the Gospel in this influential Adean state of Tachira, Venezuela! Especially pray for laborers in this rich harvest field and for pastors to develop a passion for the lost. Also pray for our UMC in San Cristobal. They just lost the lease on their church site and are looking for a permanent home. If you would like ot help provide them with a home, just let us know at Venezuela Now, Inc.

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