This quarter I’m teaching an Professional Orientation to Youth Ministry class to the youth ministry students who will be graduating in June. There’s only 2 students in the class, and they had asked me if we could have class at McDonald’s this week. So we did.
We were sitting next to the indoor playground, and there were a few kids playing inside next to us who were starting to get a little loud. As we were finishing up talking about Personality types, Josue said, “It’s shaking. It’s shaking.” I felt it, too, looked around at the flickering lights, looked at him and said, “Yeah, I think it is. Let’s get out of here.” I think it took us about 15 seconds to realize what was happening and get out.
So we picked up our stuff and calmly walked outside. On our way home we saw people outside everywhere who had been evacuated from buildings.
We later found out, as you know by now, that it was an earthquake of about 7.8 on the Richter scale. By the time we got back to the Seminary, everyone was back in class, and my family was fine, but there were aftershocks the rest of the day, and it was certainly the talk of Mexico.
This was the second earthquake we have felt since we’ve been in Mexico City. Please keep praying for our family as we minister in this area, and pray for the people who were really affected by this earthquake. Most of the damage has been minor, with reports of water shortages and electricity being out in areas of the city.
For the last 8 years I’ve had the privilege of teaching at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary, and I’ve learned that ministry is best done together with people who have similar vision and values.
This past week, I traveled with the dean and president of the Seminary to San Francisco to meet with the leadership of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the 6 Southern Baptist Seminaries in the USA. The two presidents of the two Seminaries (pictured above) formally signed an agreement to work together to advance theological education in both countries.
It was a great trip. I had fun spending time with Daniel and Misael and the other missionary that went with us, and it was great to meet so many professors from Golden Gate. I am excited to see what happens in the future with this partnership.
I’m spending a week in California with the director and dean of the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. They asked me to come with them for some meetings with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
So far we’ve had rain everyday since we got here. It’s been a good trip, though. I’ve enjoyed spending time with these guys that I work with everyday at the Seminary and having a chance to see how we can expand and enhance the ministry of the Seminary in Mexico.
My three words for 2012 are: Focus, Discipline, and Document.
In February, I decided I would be disciplined to run at least 2 miles everyday. I did it. I focused on making it a priority everyday, and as a result, I lost about 8.5 pounds simply because I got moving.
I didn’t do very well at documenting our life. I haven’t posted a daily summary picture in a long time. I need to try to do that in March. I also only wrote here 3 times. What? Wow that surprised me.
I have been pretty focused on work and on writing on www.ministeriojuvenil.com, our Spanish youth ministry website.
How did you do in February with your 2012 goals?
This quarter at the Seminary I’m teaching a class called, “Contemporary Youth Missions.” Each of my students is planning a mission trip to a different country.
As part of their project, each student has to give a presentation about the country to which they are planning their trip. Yesterday we heard about Ecuador and Bolivia.