U L T U R A L
A W A R E N E S S Q
U I Z
1. Yearly event requiring
largest expenditure from youth group treasury
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2. The number one source
of conflict in marriage
a. trip to the beach
b. Mother’s Day brunch
c. summer camp
3. What is understood by
the phrase "service project"?
a. sexual issues
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a. an evangelistic mime
b. sweeping and mopping
the church building
c. fixing up an elderly
Answers: 1: b.
The youth are responsible to put on a brunch for all of the mothers in
the church. There is no summer camp and beach trips are too expensive
for half of the youth. 2: c. A Mexican man’s devotion to his
mother supercedes his allegiance to his wife, causing her to seek self-worth
from the devotion of her male children, continuing the vicious circle.
3:a. One time evangelistic outreaches are fairly common but addressing
physical needs is rare, especially in "mainline" denominations.
Initially we came to Mexico because of the great needs in
the area of youth ministry, but with only a hopeful expectation that
there would be a growing wave of awareness within the churches of this
need and a desire to meet it. Recently we’ve started to see
the wave building.
God has brought us in touch with several youth ministry
training groups who are beginning to focus on Mexico. They all have
a spirit of co-operation and one main goal: to help Mexicans impact
their youth for Christ. We’re excited that what we’ve learned through
our two years and a half years living here and through our research project
can help them understand the situation of youth work and the youth culture
A Mexican youth pastor we’ve been working with here
in Toluca just finished his college thesis titled "Developing Leadership
in Youth Groups" utilizing findings from our survey of people who work
with youth. We hope to use his materials in the future.
In July we’ll be giving our first seminars to youth workers,
but more on that next month.