Summer 2017 President’s Letter
I had no trouble deciding on the subject for this letter. My most touching and inspiring times this past year have been my visits to Tres Dias communities, and this letter gives me the opportunity to write about the experience. I was blessed to visit more than fourteen communities, some well-established, others in the final steps of meeting their chartering requirements. And for an additional blessing, I met with groups that were just beginning to talk about forming a community.
For many of the visits, I owe a big “thank you” to the policy on Essential training for providing a connection to the communities. I am a certified trainer, and that policy states that all communities must provide Essentials training by a TDI-appointed, certified trainer every two years to maintain their charter. Emerging communities must conduct the training within two years of initial chartering. But most of the communities that extended invitations requested that I come not just to teach the Essentials, but to clarify various TDI policies that were of a concern and were causing issues to some in the community.
So, I came to teach the Essentials, but I was able to do more than that. I was able to meet face to face with the community leaders. I usually had the opportunity to stay with the president or chairman instead of in a hotel. This helped me relate to the issues, the struggles, or the successes that the community was having. I got to know the leader of the community on a personal level and hear his or her vision and goals for the community. But most of all, I got to hear their testimony and their personal witness of their love for our Lord.
In some cases, I heard about the struggles a community was having and made suggestions that might help them. On other visits, I heard the opposite–how great the community was doing. In that case, I asked questions that helped me learn what that community had done to thrive. I try to learn from the communities I visit so that I might offer suggestions to communities that are having some of those same struggles that another community had already overcome.
The communities usually had a secuela in conjunction with the Essentials training. I was able to hear personal stories and testimonies of how God had touched their lives and blessed them through Tres Dias. When it came time for the praise and worship part of the secuela, it didn’t matter if I was in Peru, Toronto, Washington, Georgia or any other part of the country or world. It didn’t matter if I was in a Spanish, Korean or English speaking community; what mattered was the love that those attending had for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To be able to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, to see it on the faces of those around, and to share communion with fellow pescadores is awesome.
The highlight of my year was seeing the Love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every Tres Dias community I visited. I have been so blessed to have met so many Godly people and to have heard so many personal stories and testimonies.
To everyone I visited, I want to say I loved every minute we shared together. May God continue to bless each of you and may God continue to bless the ministry of Tres Dias.
President, Tres Dias International Secretariat