I rolled onto my side,
fluffed the pillow up under my head and stared at the wall. Every
part of me wanted to sleep, except my mind. It was spinning at 10,000
rpm trying to figure out how to make the most out of the youth ministry
materials we are developing.
can I get this information into the hands of other people? I hate
the idea of doing all this work and then having it just sit here,
never to be used again.
The solution popped into
my mind. I crawled out of bed, groped in the dark for a pen and
paper, and wrote:
the Internet. We can publish our materials on the Internet for free
and then youth leaders all over Latin America could use them.
Domínguez, 26 year old seminary graduate, full-time youth
pastor, and published author who will be writing a monthly youth ministry
Olivares - owner of a successful poling and market research
firm - will contribute a column as well. Each month he will analyze
one statistic from our massive poll, which his firm conducted, about
Mexican youth's values and religious beliefs.
Contributing writer, Jorge
Bernaldez, is a dynamo of a youth leader in his mid 20's who
travels all over the country motivating young people to put their
faith into practice.
Then there's our wunderkinder
Leon Casasola who, at just 16 years of age, shows an artistic
talent that we hope to help develop into something great.
And last, but not least,
our translator and cultural assistant, Dora Luz Flores, who not only
makes sure Annette and I don't embarrass ourselves in print, but helps
us effectively communicate the strategic importance of ministry to
the more than 50% of Mexicans who are youth.
As a team,
we will be meeting both a real and a felt need in the Mexican church.
According to our survey of Mexican youth workers (a separate but complimentary
study to the values poll) their #1 and #2 greatest needs for their ministry
are Resources and Training. Besides the regular columns on the web site,
we will also publish a monthly youth meeting curriculum and a discipleship
curriculum that anyone can freely download and print off for use in
their church. And slated for early spring is a discussion forum where
youth ministers from all over Latin America can exchange ideas, ask
questions and get answers.
As for the
many who don't have Internet access, we have plans to mail a printed
version of the monthly youth ministry curriculum. And believe it or
not, we already have more than 400 youth ministers or churches on our
mailing list who have requested the material.
Peter Drucker, said in the October 1998 issue of Forbes magazine that
progress has rarely ever happened in isolation. It is so easy as a foreigner
to want to pull away and inward from the cultural stress I experience
regularly in Mexico. But thank God (literally) that He has not allowed
us to isolate ourselves, but rather has linked us with other talented
members of His body with whom we hope to make a lot of progress in youth
ministry for His sake.
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