Youth Specialties Convention in Orlando

This weekend I’ll be at the Youth Leadership Convention in Orlando. It is a yearly gathering of youth workers from all over Latin America hosted by Especialidades Juveniles, the Spanish arm of Youth Specialties.

We have been working together with team from Especialidades Juveniles in Mexico for the last 2 years. I’ve spoken at some of their events, written for their magazine, and they have helped organize youth leaders’ networking events throughout the country. They also asked me to contribute to a new study Bible for youth workers that is coming out this January.

I’m looking forward to going to the event and networking with leaders from all over Latin America. It will be good to meet up with people who I have met through our website I’m also hoping to make contacts with key people who will be able to help carry out the vision for future of Youth Ministry International in Latin America.

I’m hoping to tell you all about my adventures on Monday (and even as they happen, if possible). Stay tuned…

Going Back to Grace

We spent last Sunday at two services at Grace Bible Church. Grace has a special place in our hearts. I went to school there from second grade to graduation. I played basketball, soccer, and volleyball there. It’s where I learned most of what I know. We have some very good friends there.

One summer while I was in college I did an internship at Grace. Janell and I worked with the youth group during the summer, and it’s where we got one of our first chances to do ministry.

Janell and I also got married at Grace. I remember staring down the aisle from the front of the church to see my bride meet me at the altar.

Our oldest son went to Kindergarten at Grace, too. As we got out of the van this Sunday, he whispered in my ear, “It’s weird to go back to where you used to go to school.” I replied, “I know exactly how you feel.”

Grace has also been a supporting church for many years. It is great to have them as part of our team.

It’s fun to go back and relive memories while sharing about what we are trusting God for in the future. God has used the people of Grace for many years to influence our lives, and we are happy to have had the chance to see many of them this past week.

Ministry Video for 2012

As we go to churches this fall we are sharing this video of our ministry for 2012. Here’s what we do in Latin America:

Shiloh’s Car

Since we’re in Florida for a few months, Janell’s dad got Shiloh and her cousin Kinsley a Barbie Jeep. It’s pretty stinking cool, and she loves it.

Check out the video on Youtube

Florida Trip 2012

Although our normal life is in Mexico City, we will be spending the rest of 2012 in Florida.

The purpose of our trip is to share about the ministry with people who don’t know what we do and to share the vision for the future with our current support team.

We’ll be sharing in churches all throughout Florida, and we’ll also be taking time to talk with people on an individual basis. We are going to be busy!

Continue Reading…

A Great Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday! Janell and the kids made me a cake and sang to me. Then we devoured the delicious funfetti cake and ice cream.

I’m blessed.

Youth Ministry Workshop this Weekend

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing at a youth ministry workshop in Mexico City.

I was invited by some youth workers I met at a Youth Specialties conference here, and I’m looking forward to being with them.

They asked me to come to their church and do a 2 hour conference on youth ministry. So, I’ll head over to the other side of the city and teach some youth ministry basics. I’ll be teaching on some topics I’ve been blogging about over at

It should be lots of fun.

I’d appreciate it if you’d pray for me.

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