I keep joking around with my friends here that everyone is going to think that all I did during my trip to Mexico was drink Starbucks and eat tacos.

The reality is that tacos and coffee are just the means by which I can have meaningful conversations with youth workers and other friends that I haven’t seen in a while.

I will admit, I’ve eaten many tacos and drunk a lot of caffeinated beverages during this trip, but the times I’ve had with people during those meals have been well worth the price of admission.

Here are a few things I’ve accomplished either during a meal or a coffee:

  • Josue gave a talk at Starbucks about love and values.
  • Meeting with Josue and David about their church’s worship service and how to make it more efficient.
  • Lunch meeting with youth ministry certificate graduates about starting a network in Monterrey.
  • Tacos with Josue and talk about Seminary and the Family ministry class we are co-teaching.
  • Meeting for coffee with Rafa, one of our graduates who is serving as youth pastor in Ojo de Agua.
  • Lunch meeting with Adolfo, Masters in youth ministry graduate who wants to talk about future training opportunities.
  • Meeting with Claudia, currrent director of the Center for Youth Ministry at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Dinner with my good friend and missionary from Argentina (and youth pastor) Gerardo.

Im sure I will have other meetings while I’m here, and some of them just might be at a Starbucks or a taco place. I might as well take advantage of the time I have in Mexico. 😀