Because of your faithful support we just finished two retreats for pastors and their wives in Central America.
You know, the life of a pastor and their wives isn't easy. That holds especially true in communities where there is so much crime and despair that it is hard to be hopeful.
That's why we were thrilled to encourage 52 pastor couples in Guatemala during a retreat that was in its 15th year. We shared specifically about building a strong marriage to withstand the pressures of the world.
In Honduras we met with 96 pastors - some couples, some singles - to share about the need for discipleship and the power of leadership.
Pastor Misrain Fernandez from the Theological Seminary of Guatemala also joined us, and surprised Ernesto with two honorary PhD degrees for this long-time service equipping pastors in Latin America.
Both retreats were a special time for those who attended, and for us as well.
We heard so many stories. Some caused us to celebrate; others broke our heart. Would you pray for the pastors we met with who are struggling to stay strong when all the odds in their communities are stacked against them?
Pray that as they go back to leader their churches that they would be empowered with a refreshed spirit, knowing God is walking alongside them every step of the way.
Thank you for investing in pastors through your support of ENCUENTRO. Through you, God is preparing them for the life work He has called them to do.
Ernesto and Marina Pinto.