May 2011 SETECA Presentation at Calvary Church


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We recently met with Carl Martinsen about the Calvary Church trip to Guatemala coming up Sept 9th-19th. He shared with us some of the ministries that we will be working with as well as a little about SETECA, the largest evangelical seminary in Central America

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  • Majors in Bible/Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Missions, Christian Education, Evangelism Both Latin American and missionary teachers. From countries where Spanish is the national language and from unusual countries like - Germany - Jochen met his wife in Bolivia when he went there to do his 2 years of social service. - Japan - Raul and Hiroko, Bolivians of Japanese descent, came to SETECA to prepare to return to Japan as missionaries. - U.S. and Canada
  • There are various study options: fulltime, night school and Saturday classes. In Guatemala most students work full time and study part time so the seminary has several schedules to meet the needs of the students. Carlos is a full time pastor and also studies at the seminary every Saturday. In order to get to class by 7:30 AM, he rides his bike about 3 miles every Friday afternoon to a friend’s house where he can leave his bike. Then he takes a bus to a town about an hour away where he can spend the night and catch a bus to Guatemala City at 4:30 AM. Another student travels each weekend several hours on a bus from Tapachula, Mexico.
  • In addition to a music major program, private lessons in a variety of musical instruments and voice are also available to the church community.
  • On Wednesday mornings about 165 women come to study a Bible lesson that they will teach to others during the week. There are now extensions of this program in Honduras, El Salvador, and Los Angeles, California. The material for this program is written by Latin American authors, and it is printed inexpensively in Guatemala.
  • The mothers did not come alone! They brought small children with them who couldn’t be left home alone so the Little Soldiers Club was started for boys and girls ages 3-6. About 30 of them gather each week to have a good time together.
  • The vision and goals of the seminary remain the same as they have been for the last 75 years.
  • Optional slide: Possibly use with supporters or work team people.
  • May 2011 SETECA Presentation at Calvary Church

    1. 1. Carl & Karen Martinsen <ul><li>Guatemala, Central America </li></ul>
    2. 2. Central American Theological Seminary-“SETECA”- Guatemala Training Spanish-speaking leaders
    3. 3. Original SETECA building-finished in 1944
    4. 4. Campus – old with the new
    5. 5. <ul><li>Over 1,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>From over 20 countries </li></ul>SETECA
    6. 6. Men & Women being prepared for ministry
    7. 7. M u s i c
    8. 8. “ Gozo de Servir” (Joy of Serving)… Women’s Wednesday Bible Study Program
    9. 9. Bible club program for girls on Thursday afternoons
    10. 10. &quot;Soldaditos&quot; - &quot;Little Soldiers&quot; A kids Bible club on campus
    11. 11. Seminary soccer field….used for boys’ club & seminary students <ul><li>Seminary soccer field….used for boys’ club & seminary students </li></ul>
    12. 13. SETECA degree programs include (similar to study levels in the U.S.) <ul><li>Several basic study programs – for those without a high school degree </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor degree </li></ul><ul><li>Masters degree </li></ul><ul><li>Two Doctoral degree programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD in Theological Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. of Ministry – a Dallas Theological Seminary extension program </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Seminary Chapel project- 2-story annex - construction began fall 2008
    14. 15. Carl-helping supervise Chapel construction project
    15. 16. Chapel annex project – July 2009
    16. 17. Chapel annex project – Dec. 2009
    17. 18. Chapel annex project – Jan. 2010
    18. 19. Chapel annex project – July 2010
    19. 20. Friendship dinner for local donors
    20. 21. Breakfast/seminar for business people
    21. 22. Shoe company - Bazaar
    22. 23. Representing SETECA at shoe bazaar
    23. 24. Providing orientation on promotion for other seminaries
    24. 25. SETECA Missions Conference
    25. 26. SETECA Missions Conference with around 650 people attending
    26. 27. Celebration Tour – “What’s SETECA all about?”
    27. 28. Celebration Tour – graduates sharing about plans to be missionaries
    28. 29. Intern Elizabeth Vaughan
    29. 30. Work teams…. Carpentry projects
    30. 31. Painting projects
    31. 32. Helping with a mailing project
    32. 33. Sewing project at SETECA
    33. 34. Other places to help at SETECA <ul><li>Help in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Enter data on a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Help with a yard or outside maintenance project </li></ul>
    34. 35. Student sharing with a team
    35. 36. Team from North Carolina-ministering in church in Escuintla
    36. 37. Church pastored by SETECA student – David Lara
    37. 38. Work team from Bellingham, WA - helping at a new Christian camp
    38. 39. Carlos & Jennifer-children’s ministry center
    39. 40. Children's ministry center - moving building materials inside
    40. 41. Digging trench for pipe & footings
    41. 42. Preparing Chow Mein for 70 kids
    42. 43. Working on a hand craft
    43. 44. End of drama on Noah’s Ark
    44. 45. Serving children their supper
    45. 46. Casita Benjamin day care ministry
    46. 47. Other possibilities for ministry <ul><li>Do a short service project at SETECA </li></ul><ul><li>Take part in a SETECA community outreach project </li></ul><ul><li>Serve or work with other churches of SETECA graduates or students </li></ul>
    47. 48. SETECA <ul><li>Mission Statement… </li></ul><ul><li>To prepare godly men & women for the effective communication of the Scriptures and leadership of excellence. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision Statement… </li></ul><ul><li>To develop the best Spanish-speaking leadership for the evangelical community worldwide. </li></ul>
    48. 49. Seminary Graduation in local church
    49. 50. Graduation in church auditorium that holds 6,000 people
    50. 51. Lazaro Pascual & family, SETECA graduates, serving as missionaries in Spain with FAM International
    51. 52. <ul><li>Many students choose SETECA because they want a training program where the Bible is seriously studied. </li></ul><ul><li>SETECA grads are serving in 29 countries on all five continents - a number are serving as missionaries in non-Spanish speaking countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Besides training pastors and missionaries, over 50 graduates are serving as teachers, deans, and presidents in other seminaries throughout the Spanish-speaking world. </li></ul>What makes SETECA unique?
    52. 53. Serving the Lord at SETECA in Guatemala - Carl & Karen Martinsen