We hope this update finds you well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the work God is doing in Latin America through theological education and academic discipleship. We believe that this year’s courses will be life giving to our students. A lot of the teaching we do is online. Just the other day I overheard David saying, “The reason Pharaoh killed only the baby boys is because he feared one day they would pose a military
threat.” Last week he started teaching a course with Chris Wright, which explores the book of Exodus as a framework for understanding God’s redemption and the life and witness of God’s people. This story of a strong empire threatened by a growing marginalized population helps us understand who God is and how he acts in our circumstances. It is a gift for us to work with students to allow those truths to capture their hearts and imaginations. We are excited by the challenge God has given us of fostering mature discipleship through theological education.
Visit to El Salvador
In January David traveled to El Salvador where he was invited to be the speaker for the National Evangelical Assembly. He spoke on Ephesians: Clues for radical discipleship in Latin America. The conference went well and we are excited to see how CETI Basic is a growing resource for churches in El Salvador and Guatemala.
We continue to grow in our practice and theology of care of God’s creation. The move to Costa Rica has encouraged us in this exploration. We are hoping to open new connections with local churches and in global discipleship around this theme in the coming year.
- Continued and deeper connection to the local church here in Costa Rica.
- Getting our permanent residence visa, we hope to present in these next two weeks!
- CETI faculty, we have undergone restructuring as an institution and hope that our work will be more productive and strategic. David will concentrate primarily in his role of Academic Dean and professor.
- Gratitude that the kids have begun a new school year and are enjoying their friends and routines.
Last year David taught a few new courses which we call open courses. These classes are available to people even if they are not pursuing a master degree, and have helped students receive resources and biblical understanding for their faith. The themes explored were: Theology as Praxis; Ecclesiastes, Latin American popular wisdom and the meaning of life.
For the master level David taught: Church (Canada), and Narrative theology (Columbia, Bolivia and Brazil). Suzannah taught Spiritual theology and discernment (Bolivia). We are excited for this year’s courses.
About David & Suzannah Nacho
David and Suzannah serve with CBM in Latin America. They are based in Costa Rica where they work with CETI (Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies). CETI provides students a missional understanding of the church and tools to live out integral discipleship through work, family and society.