An Old Friend

When we first came to Mexico, we worked very closely with a pastor who soon became a good friend. His name was Josue Santos. He was one of the people who were inviting us to do youth ministry training in this country. About 6 years ago, he moved to Houston.

Today, we had the great opportunity to see him again and eat breakfast with him. It was great to catch up with the present, remember old times, and let him meet our kids. I’m glad he took the time to come see us today.

I wonder if there’s someone from your past you could get back in touch with this weekend. Wouldn’t that be pretty cool?

A long week Apart

[The boys on Sunday ready to get mommy]

Last week Janell and Shiloh went to Florida to visit family, leaving me alone with the two boys. It was a fun (and difficult) week, and we were all excited for them to come home last night.

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Kind Words

I skyped into the board meeting of Youth Ministry International in order to give a little report on what is happening in Latin America, and I received such an encouragement from David Adams, the director of the Center for Youth Ministry at Southern Seminary in Kentucky. Check the video to hear what he said.

His words were just what I needed to hear, and they reminded me of Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

Our Neighborhood

I took this picture from the balcony of our house and gave it a little tilt shift effect.

Check out my other tilt shift photos on Flickr.

Being a Dad is…

Being a Dad is a lot of things. This week, I’ve spent a lot of time with my two boys. Janell is out of town, and I’m alone with my two big guys. It’s been fun, challenging, funny, exhausting, and many other things.

Last night it was time to go to bed, and they wanted candy. I told them no because it was time to go to bed. They had already stayed up later than normal, and I was ready for them to go to sleep. Well, Ben had a tantrum. I pulled out my phone and recorded it. I hope one day he will watch this and laugh, too.

Lessons for Youth Month

The Youth Department of the Mexican Baptist Convention approached our Center for Youth Ministry asking for help to plan a series of Bible studies for “youth month”, which will take place in January of 2012.

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When I was a kid, we used to sing, “Oh be careful little hands what you do; oh be careful, little hands what you do. For the Father up above is looking down with love; oh be careful little hands what you do.”

That song was to remind us that God is always watching what we do, but yesterday, I noticed something that reminded me of the song.

Nathan was sitting on the couch playing on the computer. His little brother watched him playing the computer, went into his bedroom, and got out the toy computer that they have so he could play on it, too. He copied everything Nathan did, using the computer to do “work.”

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