Sunday, February 22
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico
The Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico’s primary purpose is the training of pastoral and lay leaders for service in the ministry and mission of God’s people in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. As an ecumenical center for theological education, it represents five Protestant denominations, including the PC(USA), by covenant agreement.
At age 33, Megh Goyal began putting his dreams into action when he flew to Puerto Rico to teach agricultural engineering. An avid and curious learner, Megh found a Christian community and enrolled in a course for lay pastors offered by the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. The course opened his mind to how Christian ministry can be empowered by creative, critical, and careful biblical interpretation. Through this class, Megh understood that there was a place for him at the seminary. “In the faculty, I could see not only people who were well-versed in their respective disciplines but also people who modeled a way of living that was a faithful expression of their call to ministry,” Megh says. With this conviction, he entered the MDiv program even as he continued to learn the Spanish language.
Like Megh, many others have joined this community of learners where calls are discerned and where dreams of what is possible in the world are forged. Whether they are second-career professionals like Megh or recent college graduates, students come, as one says, “with a heart for the church and a heartbeat in the streets.” The seminary stresses contextualization, attending to both the needs of local churches and the larger social reality that congregations are called to engage in order to transform. As the first Spanish-language theological institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada, and the only Protestant Spanish-language institution to have that accreditation, the seminary attracts students from around the world.
In his agriculture classes, Megh teaches ways to improve cultivation methods, because he is convinced this effort will ultimately alleviate starvation. He also has used the tools he acquired at the seminary to pastor a congregation for many years.
Let us pray
Gracious God, give us humble hearts so that we can recognize the gifts of others and encourage the use of those gifts for the edification of your church. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the one who teaches us your ways. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“Save Me, O God; I Sink in Floods”
“Lord, to You My Soul Is Lifted”
GTG 420, PH 178
1 Peter 3:18–22
“Ah, Holy Jesus”
GTG 218, HB 191, PH 93
“O Love, How Deep, How Broad,
GTG 618, PH 83