The second week of Youth Ministry 110 is almost over. This week I started using Powerpoint in class. It seems to help keep us on track, and it also makes it easier for the students to understand (I think). Tomorrow, we are talking about the goal of youth ministry and how it is a Biblical goal. We need our goal to be based on the Bible because it never changes and it can cross cultural barriers. If you have powerpoint or powerpoint viewer(it’s a free download), you can see the presentation for the class. Just click the picture or here.
Our friend Jamie is visiting us from Seattle. He used to be with YMI. We went to pick him up at the airport last night at 6:30, but it turned out that he missed the flight in L.A. So we had to wait until about 11 pm for him to arrive. Luckily we got to spend most of that time with our other good friends Carlos and Sonia and their new baby girl. They had come to the airport to see Jamie, too. We at some pizza and talked about life, so it wasn’t that bad. We’re glad Jamie is here, and we are looking forward to the next week with him.
Today, I (Dennis) spent the entire day at church. It was the first day for our youth ministry majors to officially work in the church. So we went to the church at 10 for Sunday School, the church service was short because of a business meeting we needed to have. This business meeting lasted until 2:30. We then went to the Taqueria to eat some tacos (I had tacos al pastor) and had a planning meeting for the youth ministry. After that, at 5 pm, we had the youth group meeting, which lasted until 6:15. It was raining, so we stayed around, waiting for the rain to stop. I got back home at 7:30 after taking some seminary students back to the seminary. Whew! What a day!
Tomorrow is the first day for Janell at Mexico City Christian Academy. I also have to be there for a parents’ meeting. I’ll be introducing myself to them as the “youth pastor” of the school. Then it’s back to seminary on Tuesday.
This is a picture of me with Huberto, Israel, and Rigoberto, the three youth ministry students at the seminary. I have 9 other students, but these three are the ones who are majoring in youth ministry. A few weeks ago, we didn’t know we’d have any youth ministry students. God is so good! It was also one year ago today that we moved here to Mexico. What a great anniversary!
Today was also the first day of Youth Ministry 110 at the seminary. We have 3 students who are studying youth ministry as a career. Walking to class, I was approached by a group of 9 fourth year students who really want to take the class, too. They were wondering if I could change the time of the class. It wouldn’t accomodate my other students to change, so I have aggreed to give the class to the other students an hour before the other class. So now I will be teaching the class to 12 students in total at two different hours of the day. It will not be too much more work, but I believe it will be worth it.
This is the view from the school (Mexico City Christian Academy) where Janell works. By the way, you can click on the pictures to see them larger in a new window.