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.
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 ministeriojuvenil.com.
It should be lots of fun.
I’d appreciate it if you’d pray for me.
September is my favorite month to live in Mexico. Since Independence Day is in September, there are vendors everywhere selling Mexican flags, and the red, white, and green is all over. It’s a very patriotic time.
This past weekend we celebrated Independence Day by going to a party with the director of the Seminary’s church, and our baby girl dressed up in her Mexican dress. She doesn’t look much like a little Mexican girl, but she is pretty cute.
The last week I was quiet on Facebook, Twitter, and here mostly because we were extremely busy.
Earlier this year, the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary made an agreement with the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California which, among other things, brings in visiting professors to Mexico every once in a while to teach intensive courses.
Last week was the first time we had some professors visit, and guess who got to be the host? That’s right: yours truly. It was great to have the two visiting professors here, and it was nice to meet them both. The students had a great week with them, too.
I was also teaching a youth ministry course last week. Each day from 8 AM until 2 PM I had “Principles of Youth Ministry” class with the freshmen and a few visiting (hopefully soon to be freshmen) students.
We had a great, yet exhausting week.
This week we start the official course schedules at the Seminary. I’ll be teaching “Ministry to Troubled Youth” and “Youth Culture.
Since I was going for the graduation of the Certificate program, I asked the Seminary to make my reservation for my recent trip to Puerto Escondido. I told them the exact dates that I wanted to fly out and when I needed to return to Mexico City. They confirmed the reservation, printed out my confirmation, and handed it to me. Without thinking much about it, I took it from the dean, put it in my bag, and went back to work.
Thursday came, and, after an interesting taxi ride, I made it to the coast. I had to spend Thursday night and Friday during the day at the beach (the family I was staying with wanted to show me the beach, so I had to oblige). Friday night and Saturday was a youth leaders’ conference, and Saturday night we finished with the graduation. But Sunday was really the most interesting day.
The goal of Youth Ministry International is to train local church youth workers for the people groups of the world. We have developed a strategy in recent years to train people who can train others, and we have been blessed to see God use that strategy to minister to more and more young people.
Last week I had the chance to go to Puerto Escondido, on the coast of Oaxaca, to participate in a youth leader’s training event for the Baptist Convention there. We also planned a graduation ceremony for the people you see in the photo above.
The Certificate level program that we have at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary has expanded to other parts of Mexico, multiplying the ministry. The students in the photo graduated from the extension in Puerto Escondido, which has been taught 100% by Juan Roman, a graduate from the Bachelor’s degree program in Mexico City.
It was a privilege to be a part of the graduation ceremony and see the results of ministry multiplication.