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Flying Cars and Youth Ministry

Yesterday the latest edition of “Lider Juvenil“, the Spanish Youth Specialties magazine, came out.

I wrote an article for it called, “Flying Cars and Youth Ministry.” In it, I talk about how it is a little dangerous to predict the future of anything. Just look at the Jetsons (and Back to the Future). I don’t know about you, but I’m a little disappointed that I’m not driving a flying car that packs up into a briefcase.

I also talk about some transitions that I either see happening or think need to happen in youth ministry, specifically in the Latin American context. They might even apply to other contexts.

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Why I Spent 6 Hours in the Car this Weekend

I spent most of Saturday in the car. I was driving to Puebla, a city about 3 hours southeast of where we live in northwest Mexico City.

I was heading to an event in the “Disciples of Christ Bible Institute” at First Baptist Church Puebla. They invited me to participate in an event to promote the Institute and the new Certificate in Youth Ministry program that we are starting there in August.

I taught a sample youth ministry class and also shared a conference about “God’s Call.” The audience was mostly people who are interested in studying at the institute, so the topic of the conference was perfect for them.

The crazy (if not unusual) thing was that as I arrived in Puebla, I got lost.

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Graduation 2012

Last Saturday was graduation at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. We had 9 students graduate from the Certificate in Youth Ministry program (a one year degree) and 2 students graduate from the Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry program (4 years).

Graduation is always bittersweet. In the case of Kareny and Josue, we have been with them for 4 years, and we have seen them grow into incredible youth pastors. It is like watching our own children grow up and move out of the house. They will be heading to Monterrey in a month, and we will miss them.

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Virtual Youth Ministry Hangout

Last night was a first for me. I decided to try to use the Hangout feature on Google+ to get together to talk youth ministry with some youth leaders from around Latin America. I called it a “Virtual Youth Ministry Course.”

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Little Things Count

The other day I read an article about the drug use of Mexican young people, and I shared it on my Spanish twitter account. I didn’t know it was going to have the impact that it did. I simply wrote, “Mexican teenagers lead the way in the use of drugs.” I also included the link to an article supporting that headline.

A few minutes later, Mike, a youth pastor in Monterrey responded, “Impressive and alarming. Can we do something?”

I responded that we have to do something, and I left it at that. But Mike started working on an idea.

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Live the Adventure – Part 1

Thanks for praying for us last weekend. Here are some updates on those prayer requests from our ministry this week.

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We Live because of Mercy

During the last quarter of the Seminary year, the graduating Seniors preach their last sermon as students. It’s always a special time in which they share the things they have learned during their time here. Today it was Josue’s turn to preach in chapel.

He shared about this verse: Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Proverbs 28:13

He said something that I thought was very good. “We often think that by hiding our sins we will prosper, but the reality is the exact opposite.” He also said that we let fear, pride, and shame get in the way of confessing our sins to each other.

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