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.

(image by: phxpma)

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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My Thoughts on Transformers 2

Yesterday I went to see Transformers 2.

It’s cheaper here to go on Wednesday. It cost me 40 pesos (about $3 US) to go to see the show. In fact, thanks to the length of the movie (see below), it almost cost me more to park the car (30 pesos) than it did to enter the movie.

Here are a few quick thoughts on Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

  1. It’s long. Two hours and thirty minutes is a long movie. There were times when I felt like I was just waiting for the action to start again. It seemed long to me. I went into it knowing that it was 150 minutes (thanks to the Internet Movie Database), but I had no idea it would feel as long as it did. This makes it hard for me to think about taking my 4 year old son to see it (even though he LOVES transformers).
  2. Sometimes it’s hard to follow the action. The fight scenes are cool, but sometimes I found myself trying to figure out who was an autobot and who was a decepticon. It all looked like a big heap of metal fighting sometimes.
  3. Is it a family movie or not? It almost felt like they tried to add in some “adult humor” that didn’t really fit. There were times when I was thinking, “Do we really need to watch the mom get high off of marihuana filled brownies?”
  4. The action and graphics are pretty cool. I especially like it when you see one of the transformers actually “transform.”

Overall, it was average. Not great. Not horrible. Just good. But that’s my opinion.

Those are my thoughts. If you’ve seen it, what do you think?

(image by: zonalpony on flickr)

By the way, did you know that the guy who does the voice of Optimus Prime also does the voice of Eeyore on Tigger and Pooh?

United States beats Spain in Soccer

I tweeted something today that is, unfortunately, very true. “Everyone in Spain is upset right now , everyone in America has no clue why.”

It was because the United States upset Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-finals. While that may not seem like a big deal to you, think about it. Spain was going for their 36th straight win. The United States got into the knock-out round by winning against Egype 3-0 and having Brazil beat the latest World Cup champion Italy team 3-0. The odds were certainly against us. But, the USA did it.

Congratulations to the United States. Let’s see what they can do in the final on Sunday. I wonder if they’ll even show it on TV in the United States.

(image by: mattgerlachphotography on flickr)