We learned this morning that Nathan doesn’t understand the concept of Daylight Savings Time. The best part of “falling back” is that you get an extra hour to stay in bed and sleep. Nathan didn’t get that memo. He still woke up at the normal time, and he wouldn’t let us sleep. So, we spent some family time together this morning instead of sleepy time. Nathan gets to take naps during the day, though, and we don’t. We’ll be at church this morning, and then there is youth group this evening at 6 pm. So, Sundays are definitely not a day of rest for us. But you already knew that.
Caped Teen Kills Two, then self in California: I am saddened when I read things like this. It reminds me to befriend everyone. It reminds me of why I am doing what I am doing.
I had class today from 8 AM to noon. It was my first day of class of the quarter. I am teaching Youth Culture and Foundations of Youth Ministry 2. I only have class on Wednesdays and Fridays this quarter.
Today, the missionary kids didn’t have school, so Cole and I went to Six Flags after my classes. The park was empty. We got on all of the rides we wanted to get on with very little, practically no waiting. We went on the Boomerang, Batman, Kilahuea, and Superman, among others. We actually rode the Superman ride 6 times. We were only there for 3 and a half hours. You know you’re getting older when you can only go on the ride 4 times before starting to get sick. Just so you know, Superman is 66 meters tall and goes 120 kilometers per hour. As soon as you got off the ride, you could get back on. It was a lot of fun.
For the annual YMI board meeting, I have been asked to send in a report on the Latin American ministry. This includes the state of the ministry right now as well as goals for the next year. Here are some of my goals for next year.
- Recruit at least 5 new students for the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary to start studying in August 2006, preferably from different regions of Mexico.
- Work to approve 2 churches in the Mexico City area
- Develop a once a month informal training seminar and/or youth workers roundtable for interested youth workers in Mexico City
- Mentor and train those seminary students who are not in the youth ministry program but are working with young people in their Christian service work
- Finish translating and adapting the 4 year seminary curriculum
- Continue to research and promote youth ministry in Mexico
- Raise more funds for the ministry in Latin America (wanna help?)
- Strengthen our network with other youth ministry trainers in Latin America
- Conduct a ï¿½Youth Emphasis Weekï¿½ at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2006
If you’d like to see the whole report, send me an email and I will get it to you.
I failed this weekend in posting. I was a little busy. Friday night, I watched on NFL.com the sad results of the Dolphins’ game.
Saturday morning, I went down to Capital City Baptist Church to give a 3 hour youth ministry conference to the youth leadership team there. It is an English speaking church who is looking to jump-start its youth ministry. So, I spent the morning with them, sharing about philosophy of ministry and giving them some ideas as to what they could do. Saturday night, the youth group of Dios Es Amor was supposed to go to a concert, but that got postponed until next week.
Sunday was an all day workday. We went to church in the morning, went out to eat (at the new Sbarro’s), spent the afternoon with Rigo, and went back to church for youth group at night (more about that later).
We took a trip to the World Trade Center today for Expo Cristiana 2005. It’s an annual exposition here in Mexico City where all the bookstores, music stores, and other stores get together and show what they have for sale. They invite lots of musicians and conference speakers (this year John McArthur and Steve Green were there) to share as well. We just went down today to see what books and other youth ministry resources they have. It took us about 2 hours to get back home from downtown. Lesson learned: Don’t go downtown on Friday.
By the way, Hurricane Wilma looks like it is going to be devastating for Cancun and Cozumel and other parts of Mexico, as well as Cuba (and possibly Florida). Please pray for them as they endure this.
Other News: We got a call from Janell’s mom telling us that we received a bill from the hospital for Nathan’s birth. It was a LOT more than what our insurance seems to cover. We are praying for God to provide the money to pay this bill. If you’d like to help, please email us.
All the faculty, staff, students, and administration people from the seminary went to Tepotzotlan today for a spiritual retreat. We were supposed to leave at 7 AM, but really we didn’t leave until 8. We didn’t get home until 7:30 PM. So, I’m tired.
The retreat itself was fun and much needed for the seminary. I think it brought us together as a family. I enjoyed getting to spend time with everyone outside of the usual circumstances. The students seemed to really enjoy themselves, and I feel that they were blessed by the experience. I also had a chance to talk to many of them who are working with young people in their Christian Service. We are going to plan a retreat/camp for the young people of our churches in March. I think it will be good to get together with those guys and plan something.