Newsletter: January 2015
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"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philipians 4:4
What we´ve been up to, what we´re doing, and what we´ll do in 2015

We finished up 2014 with lots of end of the year meetings and activities. In Argentina, December is not only just the end of the calendar year, it is also the end of the academic year for students of all ages.

For the university ministry at our church, we had an informal year-end meeting. With students sitting in a circle, people requested songs to be sung, shared some highlights from the year, and prayed together.  Of course, a time of eating food was also had.

I also had the opportunity to baptize a young man, Emmanuel Alonso, who is enlisted in the Argentine Air Force. 
Preaching:

Our church is currently expanding, with "satellite" branches being started in 4 small towns in the province of Córdoba.  These new congregations are more like small country churches and although future leaders are being trained, each one does not yet have a formal pastor.  So, various individuals (including me) take turns giving a series of sermons at these various sites.  The one we enjoy going to most is in a town called Saldan, just 15 minutes from our house.  Another is in a town about 1 hour away, called Jesús María.  The church there meets in a home and they are hoping to be able to rent a place soon. 

Pictures:  Left: me speaking in Jesús María.  Right: me speaking at the main church in Córdoba.
Seminary Work:

My role as director of academics for William Carey Seminary is mainly to create courses and to tutor online students through those courses.  We film intensive classes live at our site in Córdoba, then upload these courses to our online platform.

Creating a course involves a long series of steps:  1. Choosing the time/date/professor for the class; 2. Working with the professor to choose the best available textbook; 3. Creating all of the work the students must do (essays, quizzes, tests, discussion topics, etc.); 4. Editing video content and uploading them to the online platform; 5. Making the various resources such as the course syllabus, guidelines, etc.; 6. Checking the online platform to make sure everything looks good and is in order.

Over the past few years I have helped create the following classes:
Systematic Theology (1, 2, and 3) 
Overview of the Bible
Introduction to the Old Testament 
Introduction to the New Testament 
Covenant Theology 
Biblical Worldview
World Religions
Secularism.

In 2015 I hope to finish developing the following courses:  
Introduction to Missiology
History and Theology of Missions
Cross-cultural Communication
Expository Preaching

I am also involved in setting up student centers, where groups of students who are in the same geographic location can study together.  We already have a student center in Cuba, and in 2015 will be adding 2, one in Tucuman, Argentina, and another in Valdivia, Chile.
Support level / giving

In 2014 we had for the first time several months where the giving was below the budgeted amount. We are currently looking to add several monthly donors giving around $25 - $50 per month to offset the deficit. One-time gifts are also very helpful to offset months were there is a dip in the total giving.
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Specific needs for the Seminary:

Computer for secretary: $600
Computers for student study center: $1,200
Travel expenses to set up new study centers: $1,000
Printer for office: $150
Miscellaneous office supplies: $150

Please let me know if you would like to supply one of these specific needs.

Thank you!

Scott, Sofía, and Lucy Jackson

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Roque Ferreyra 1050
Barrio Urca
CP 5009
Cordoba Capital, Argentina

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