Here’s something we thought was funny. Everywhere you go here, you have to pay to park, so the Baby Mart put a great ad on one of the bars that closes and opens when you take your ticket.
This article by an atheist about how Christian missions changes people in Africa really made me think.
The author of the article grew up in Africa and recently returned, saying that “Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem – the crushing passivity of the people’s mindset.”
Some of his observations are:
The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.
Isn’t that the way it should be? Shouldn’t Christians be different? Shouldn’t we stand out and do things differently?
He goes on to talk about some people he met while he was just there who worked for an NGO but were Christians.
It would suit me to believe that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith. Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were. What they were was, in turn, influenced by a conception of man’s place in the Universe that Christianity had taught.
Our work should be affected by who we are. The teachings of Christ are liberating to a mindset that is oppressed and held captive by sin. His influence in our lives should be noticeable. We should stand out, whether our work is secular or not.
Check out the whole article by clicking here. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
(Image by: Edu-tourist on flickr)
There has been a little change to my reading plan. I’m taking a class at Columbia Biblical Seminary called Biblical Theology of Missions, so I have a few other books I’ll be reading (and writing reports on) in the next few weeks.
I haven’t received my other books yet, so I’ve started reading “Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions
” by John Piper. I had read part of this book before, but now I have to pay even more attention so I can write a report on it.
The other two books that I’m reading for my class are: The Bible and Other Faiths: Christian Responsibility in a World of Religions and In Step With the God of the Nations.
I’m looking forward to the class. I think it’s going to be beneficial. I’m sure I’ll be posting some of my thoughts on the topics.
(photo by bies on flickr)
This past Saturday, the Seminary had a big publicity event. My participation in the event was to help the youth ministry students with our information booth, teach a youth ministry seminar, and organize a skit for one of the worship times. The event was a huge success.
There were more than 300 people at the event (which was our attendance goal), and during the two seminar times, my youth ministry workshop was packed. I spoke about the goal of youth ministry to more than 100 prospective students. We handed out fliers and collected names at our booth. I even ran out of business cards.
There is a great thirst for youth ministry training in Latin America. I believe that we are living in a time where youth ministry training is about to explode both in Mexico and other places in the world. It is humbling and exciting to be a part of what God is doing.
If you would like to support the work of our family in Mexico, click here to find out how to join our team.
Here’s a quick video I put together for Saturday’s event at the Seminary.
It highlights the purpose of the Center for youth ministry, which is to Recruit, Train, Network, and Support youth workers in Mexico (and Latin America).
The video starts off with “There are many young people in the world.” Then it goes on to talk about the fourfold purpose of the Center for Youth Ministry.
If you would like to support the work of the Center for Youth Ministry, click here to find out how to join our team.