FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) –The Baptist Convention of Guatemala invited Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to speak during its annual meeting in Guatemala City, Nov. 8-10.
“The work of Daniel Sanchez and Edgar Cajas of our faculty was significantly on display at the Guatemalan Baptist Convention,” Patterson said. “I am so very grateful for the way our faculty interacts with and encourages a convention like the one in Guatemala. The Guatemalans themselves were wonderful inspiration to my soul. God is doing something wonderful in Guatemala, and we are fortunate to be able to be a part of it.”
Patterson preached three sermons to the convention. He also spoke with Baptist pastors about expository preaching and pastoral ethics and later addressed a group of Baptist and evangelical leaders, presenting a message on the impact of expository preaching on the ethics of a nation. During the final day of the convention, Patterson also spoke to presidents, deans and professors from Guatemalan seminaries concerning the 21st-century challenges of theological education.
During the convention, Southwestern Seminary’s first lady Dorothy Patterson addressed the Guatemalan Women’s Missionary Union, encouraging them in their missions and ministry involvement.
“The leaders of the convention were very appreciative of Dr. Patterson’s messages,” Daniel Sanchez, professor of missions at Southwestern Seminary, said. “They also said that Mrs. Patterson’s presentation was very informative and inspiring.”
According to Sanchez, who translated for the Pattersons during the convention, Southwestern Seminary has a history of involvement in Guatemala. Early this year, professors from Guatemala came to Southwestern for further theological training. Sanchez and other Southwestern Seminary faculty members and students have also ministered within Guatemala.
Additionally, Edgar Cajas, a native of Guatemala and associate professor of church music education at Southwestern Seminary, began Guatemala City’s well-respected Escuela Alfredo Colom, a music school now operated by the nation’s Baptist convention. During the meeting of the convention, students from the school performed the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
The Baptist Convention of Guatemala has “a vision for impacting all of central America through theological education,” Sanchez said, adding that Southwestern Seminary is pleased to help them train ministers who will proclaim the Gospel throughout the region.