Benjamin graduated to a forward facing car seat

And Nathan now uses a booster seat. They’re growing up fast.

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Seminary Choir Concert last night

Besides graduation, every year’s school activities conclude with the choir concert. Last night was this year’s concert. Here’s a quick clip I recorded on my phone.

Youth Ministry graduates in Cuba 2009

I feel like a grandfather, almost. The students we trained in the Cuba project who graduated last June have seen their first generation of students graduate from the Seminary in Havana.

It’s exciting to see how the ministry is multiplying. Here are some pictures from their graduation. Click one to see a larger version and a description.

See the set of photos on Flickr.

Here are some more posts that have to do with the program in Cuba:
Interview with Pancho
Interview with Giancarlos
Memorable Moment (Graduation in Cuba)
The Last Three Years – Part 1
The Last Three Years – Part 2
The Last Three Years – Part 3
Thanks to You

“La Santa Muerte” and the Elections

Sunday is election day here in Mexico. It’s a mid-term election. They aren’t voting for president, but the outcome of the election is very important. You can tell it’s election time because of all of the signs everywhere, but that’s another post.

I saw this article today and posted a translation here.

Here is some of it that I think is interesting:

The Mexican cult of Santa Muerte today asked its followers to go to the polls on July 5, but that they vote for “candidates for the next generation,” that have a democratic vision and respect cultural, social, and religious diversity.

The leader of this religious group, of which it is calculated has more than 5 million members in Mexico, David Romo, read a declaration in the temple in Tepito that exhorted the faithful to vote for those who respect ecology, for those who want to toughen laws, and those who offer equal justice.

Please pray for the elections this Sunday. It’s important the political situation of this country and for the religious situation.

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There’s Always Room for…

Seth Godin wrote today about the slogan, “There’s always room for Jello.” He says…

Think about your schedule… is there room for an emergency, an SEC investigation, a server crash? If you took a day off because of the flu, is your business going to go bankrupt? Probably not.

So, if there’s time for an emergency (Jello), why isn’t there time for brilliance, generosity or learning?

In ministry, I think we ought to pose the question…”If there’s time for an emergency, why isn’t there time for intimacy with God?” The one thing that will make your ministry, family, or church better is prayer and time with God.

So let’s make time for it.

Outward Thinking

You can become so involved with simply "pastoring" that you forget your mission in life very quickly. Instead of really preparing people for the work of the ministry, we are prone to focus in on ourselves. For instance, at the average prayer meeting, how many are really praying for those who need their eyes opened? How many are really praying for the masses who so desperately need a Savior?

You know, the amazing thing is, the Apostle Paul never asks for his own personal welfare. He prays that the gospel may speed on in triumph. What was his mission? He said, "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain." Thus he says, "I am going to stay here so I can get the gospel out."

Our focus is so introspective. It does not take long, even in mission activity, believe it or not, to get introspective. Here, too, I stand as guilty as the next fellow. But we must be aware of it, and , by God's grace, keep our sense of mission ever before us.

– Dr. Philip Steyne

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An unexpected visitor

This afternoon I was sitting in the living room of my house, and the next thing I know, there’s a bird flying in and perching on our couch. We don’t own a pet bird.

I don’t like birds or any other wild animals. I jump if I see a lizard in the house. Imagine my reaction when I saw a bird. I didn’t know what to do. I froze. I knew I had to get him out of the house, but I already told you I don’t like birds.

Well, he flew straight for the window. But the window was closed. He got caught between the vertical blinds, the curtain, and the huge floor to ceiling window. He was trapped. And he had the poop scared out of him, literally.

I opened the front door, but by now he was hiding under the entertainment center. So, I got a tennis ball and rolled it under there to shoo him out of his hiding spot. He flew up to a candle holder we have above our fireplace. That’s when I went after him.

I tried to get him to move with the broom, and luckily, he flew out the door instead of at my head. Whew! These are the things I do when Janell is away.

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