Yesterday, my seminary classes gave me a birthday party. They sang to me, gave me presents, and we ate birthday cake. After seminary, I went to MCCA (Janell’s school) for a “non-detention.” This is a once a month event where we just have fun and get to know each other better. We played chubby bunny and chocolate marshmallow drop among other games. Then last night, we had some of our friends over for cake and to watch the presidential debate. It was a great birthday.
Last time we went to the doctor, he told us we’d be surprised at how much the baby would grow in 2 weeks. When we saw the ultrasound today, we were definitely surprised at the growth. We’ve got 3 pictures for you to see. If you click one, it will open up bigger in a new window. The doctor said everything is great. There are no problems with the baby or with Janell. The baby is 22 millimeters now, and the brain is forming normally and the skull and spinal cord also. Praise God!!
This is exciting! It’s always exciting to be part of something bigger than yourself, and that is what we are doing here in Mexico as part of a global alliance of youth trainers through Boyce College in Kentucky and Youth Ministry International. Here’s another news article about the Centers for Youth Ministry that are being established all over the world by Youth Ministry International: Boyce College helps form youth ministry centers in 4 countries – (BP)
One of my seminary students drew a sketch of me during class today. I scanned it and colored it with Photoshop Elements, and here is the finished product. I draw the flower on the board to illustrate spiritual maturity, the goal of youth ministry. The “canon” in the corner is my projector. The Spanish word for projector is the same as for canon. It’s a pretty cool drawing. I was impressed. I’m not sure what it says about my teaching that he was drawing during class, but it turned out okay. Oh…the “di” on everything is new “seminary slang” for “dude.” It’s just something to say after everything.
The busy weekend finally passed. Friday night was a Bible study with the students from Mexico City Christian Academy at our house. Saturday night was a “game night” with the youth group at our church. We played Jenga and taught them Farkle. Sunday morning, I preached at the church in both of the morning services. The topic was “The Revolution of God” in our lives. The text was Acts 9:1-31, the story of the conversion of Paul. Sunday night was our usual youth meeting and a special once a month church-wide Lord’s Supper service. The weekend was pretty packed, and I’m glad it’s over. Now, it’s back to “work.”
This morning we did what is becoming a fun Saturday morning routine. We went out for breakfast at a great restaurant called “Los Bisquets de Obregon.” They have great eggs with chorizo, and have recently been serving them on bisquets. They are delicious. Since we have to park in the new Home Depot parking lot, we go walk around the home depot, enjoying the “Americana” feel to it. Home Depots are popping up all over Mexico. There are now 42 of them in the whole country, which will make Janell’s dad happy!
We had a great time at Bible study tonight for the students of Mexico City Christian Academy. The topic was “Humble Pie.” We had a pie eating contest (my first time making Jello), a game involving different figures of speech, and a really good discussion about the Biblical definition of humility. Some of the questions we answered were: Is there any truth to the statement: “Christianity is a crutch for weak people”? Is there anything wrong with admitting that we use our faith to help us make it in life? Is there such a thing as false humility? Are you proud if you acknowledge your abilities as an artist, musician, or athlete? Was Jesus humble even though He made outrageous claims about Himself? How can we really be humble? We used Romans 12:3 as a point of reference of how we ought to think of ourselves. It was a good time. We had some good fellowship after, too. Even if I (and everyone else) did get trounced at Playstation by a girl.