By Pastor Ted Krey
We first met Ivon and Marta through our “Amigos de Jesus” outreach in Licey four years ago. “Amigos de Jesus” is a group for children with disabilities and their families, which meets once a month. Ivon and Marta quickly became volunteers teaching Bible studies, doing crafts, and gathering the children with disabilities to meet at the local fire station in Licey where they hold their meetings.
In the winter of 2011, Ivon and Marta were confirmed together, at the first worship service in Licey. They have two young daughters, Ambar and Anel. Marta works as a school psychiatrist, and is also an excellent seamstress. Ivon works in a tobacco factory and is also working at getting is architectural degree from university. As a couple, they are studying a year-long course with Pastor Walter Ries Jr. on Basic Christian Doctrine by Kohler. Ivon is also in his second year of pastoral studies through our on-line theological program with Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Currently, the mission in Licey meets in a member’s home. Ivon’s mother and father attend regularly as well. Lord-willing, we will soon be able to find a property for future building of a church in Licey, where Ivon may one day serve as the pastor! Please keep Ivon and Marta in your prayers as they continue to grow in their witness of Christ and live vocationally to sanctify His Name!