I just received a really great note of encouragement on our youth ministry blog in Spanish ( The youth ministry resource site has received so many great comments and created so many incredible contacts for us. Here is what the comment said (translated into English):

Hi. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to have access to this space and receive refreshment. I am from the city of Cartagena in Colombia, and I serve with my husband as youth pastors in the youth ministry. It is very interesting and edifying to have the opportunity to receive from you all and to be able to bring renewal to our local church. I pray that God will continue filling you with His grace and presence. Congratulations on your work and dedication.

We also received an email from someone today interested in inviting us to teach our informal youth ministry training conference.

We are excited about the possibilities for 2010 as we plan on investing more time in this valuable tool for training youth workers all over Latin America.

Youth Leaders’ Meeting Downtown

Youth Leaders’ Meeting Downtown

Once a month there is a city-wide youth leaders meeting downtown in a bookstore. Youth workers from all over the city come to be trained and encouraged.

I had the opportunity to speak to the group Saturday morning, and the topic I chose to talk about was “The Key to Leadership Success.” We talked about being a servant, using Mark 10:35-45. I am convinced that leadership doesn’t depend much on abilities, training, connections, or even your position. It depends on your attitude of service. If you are willing to be a servant, you will be a great leader.

I hope to have challenged the youth workers who were at the event. I know it’s something that has been hitting me lately.

I had a great time meeting new friends and seeing some older friends, too.

Youth Ministry Seminar

Youth Ministry Seminar

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.

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Video of Being Led by God

Yesterday, I posted about our discipleship experience we had on Monday.

Here’s the video of what happened. It’s a pretty long video, but it shows the entire experience, which led me to reflect a lot on what it means to allow God to lead me throughout life.

Later, I’ll post my thoughts and what I learned through the entire experience.