By Rev. Glimar “Glem” Melo
Greetings from Dyer, Indiana, U.S.A.!
I am enjoying my time here, visiting and meeting with the professors of Mid-America Reformed Seminary (MARS), as well as with ministers and office-bearers of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA). This is an implementation of an official decision that we made on May 13, 2011 that in our “Theological Training Program… the teachers will be ministers and professors of theology of the Canadian and American Reformed Churches (CANRC), Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA), United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) and other confessional Reformed churches.” We have already been working with FRCA and CANRC professors and ministers since 2011, and we intend to continue doing so. In the same way, we must now begin working more closely and strategically with our brothers in the URCNA.
I have already met with 4 professors and 1 church council. I still have 10 or more church visits and meetings to make during this trip.
So far, the response of our Reformed brothers in this family of churches is very encouraging. In an e-mail, for example, that Dr. Alan Strange, Professor of Church History, Registrar and Theological Librarian at MARS, sent to me after our meeting, he wrote:
“Glem, what a pleasure it was to get to know you a bit and to break bread with you. I thank God for you and the wonderful things that He has done in your life (and in the life of others through you).”
Please pray that the Lord would continue to open doors towards the establishment of strategic partnerships with URCNA congregations in the area of theological training and mentoring for pastors and mission workers in the Philippines and beyond.
For Christ and His Gospel,
P.S. For more pictures of my official visit and meetings with URCNA professors and ministers, please view our mission’s Facebook albums here.