I recently went on a trip to Ecuador for ministry. I was there to meet up with my former students, Edgar and Karyna, and to talk with a local Seminary about the possibility of starting a youth ministry program.
I created a full report of my trip to Cuba and would love it if you’d take a look at it. Please continue to pray for the work there. God is doing many great things, and we are blessed to be a part of it.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the USA than it is in Mexico. It is a regional celebration in Mexico, while all over the United States people are eating “tacos” and guac and listening to mariachi music.
However, since we are focusing on Mexico, I feel it’s a great time for us to pray specifically for our friends and neighbors to the south.
Here’s a list of prayer categories that I’m using for this Cinco de Mayo.
Will you join me and take Cinco Minutos today to pray for Mexico?
This past weekend I was perusing my Facebook feed when I saw a post that reminded me of why I am involved with Youth Ministry International.
One of my former students, Rafa, posted some pictures of a youth ministry event he had recently done in his church north of Mexico City.
I met Rafa in Monterrey years before he decided to come study at Seminary. I was in his city to do an informal, weekend youth ministry seminar, and he was one of the guys who volunteered to take me around town to see the sites on our day off. I went with him downtown and lots of other places. He even took me to eat “cabrito,” one of the traditional dishes in Monterrey. We shared some laughs and talked a lot about ministry and what God was doing in his life. We still talk about our time together that weekend to this day.
Our teammates Edgar and Karyna moved into a new apartment this past weekend. Since I’m pretty experienced at moving, they asked me to help them. So we road around in a friend’s van all day on Friday taking furniture and appliances to their new apartment.
When I posted the following picture on Instagram, my friend Luke commented, saying, “Moving is Evil.” I pretty much agree with him about that, since I’m not much of a fan of lugging heavy stuff up and down narrow stairways (why are stairways always so narrow?).
We had fun while moving them, though, and hopefully the next time they move it will be to Ecuador. It’s interesting because we were saying that all day as we were moving their stuff from the Seminary to an apartment about 15 minutes away.
Moving isn’t evil if it is God who has moved you. I’m praying that God moves Edgar and Karyna again fairly soon (they are raising funds to be in Ecuador by 2015). I pray that they will still have the courage to move because He has moved them.
I recently bought the Audio Adrenaline album, “Kings and Queens” (You should get it…if you do, use our affiliate link), and there is a great song on there called, “He Moves, You Move.” The lyrics are great, and it reminds me of why we do what we do. It reminds me that I must listen to God and see when He is moving. It’s not easy to move, but it’s a whole lot easier to do when you know that He is the one moving you.
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