Last October 2008, Dunamis Fellowship member Larry Selig received a personal invitation to teach on the person and work of the Holy Spirit to a group of Presbyterian pastors in Guatemala.

Larry gave an introductory overview to key elements of the Dunamis Project: the healing ministry of Jesus, the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

That created a spiritual thirst to know more:

  • What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
  • How can the gifts help me grow my church?
  • How can I help the people in my church discover their gifts?

Now, PRMI have received an invitation to return and give about eight hours worth of additional teaching and training on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

This is a wonderful open door.

These pastors, who may not have access to seminary-trained pastors as teachers, will hear from the 3-4 pastors on our team, and then be empowered to use this information in their local congregations.

Much confusion exists about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the evangelical church in Latin America.

Pastor Chris Walker Teaching
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Pastor Chris Walker Teaching

As Mission Faculty for the Americas, I see it myself as I’ve been in nine different countries. The person and work of the Holy Spirit has been subjected to abuses, misinformed teaching, and all sorts of strange interpretations (I’ve got tons of stories). Because there is often a lack of sound biblical teaching and resources, it’s easy for confusion, hurt, and pain to happen.

We have been invited to help bring a biblical perspective, and a solid one that is rooted in the Reformed stream of the Western Church.

These pastors are looking to us to provide solid, rational, biblical training to help interpret and balance some of the experiences that they have had.

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Pastor Chris Walker Teaching A Group Of Church Leaders

Imagine Guatemalan Presbyterian pastors full of the Holy Spirit, sound doctrine, praying for others to receive this empowering work of the Holy Spirit to reach their own harvest fields!

We get to play a part!

B. Details

This retreat will be geared for pastors and their spouses at a retreat center outside of Guatemala City during August 18-20, 2009.

Additional preaching opportunities and connections with Vida Joven, Guatemala will likely occur, building on our relationship with Vida Joven, Nicaragua.

Current team members:

  • Rev. Chris Walker
  • Rev. Samuel Hale
  • Rev. Susan Finck

Rev. Sam Hale and Rev. Susan Finck-Lockhart
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(left) Rev. Susan Finck, (middle) Themla, of Vida Joven Pamana and (right) Rev. Sam Hale

C. Financial Support:

The team is raising support for the trip to cover our international airfares and some translation costs to prepare and ship materials.

Donations to the team through PRMI can be marked “Latin American Missions.”

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