sorry Sir, but you may not board the plane yet,
the Lloyd Aero Boliviano stewardess.
when we got off you said we would only be here in Panama for 15
minutes, and that was over an hour ago,
replied a very weary Tim.
15 minutes we will call for re-boarding.
my wife is on the plane
cant I even go on and get my
wallet so I can buy something to drink?
afraid not sir.
we went to Paraguay
to meet with him and the RAICES steering committee to see whether we could
partner to produce on-line training.
Felix and Nahum showing the mark of a good youth
leader. Felix is the author and youth ministry
expert from Spain, and Nahum is our online
course developer and illustrator.
of those meetings is that an introduction to the program will appear on
our web site in October and the first training modules will be available
by January 03. Online students will even be able to get seminary
credit for these courses. Im sure youll hear a lot
more about this project as it develops, but we are thrilled as we watch
God put pieces together that he has been preparing over the years - our
web team in Mexico; a curriculum developer and youth ministry expert
in Spain; a pastor and leadership specialist in Argentina; a visionary
from Costa Rica whose life passion is see Latin American youth leaders
trained and equipped.
So in a 10-day
period we made huge advances in our yearly goals that we shared with you
at the beginning of this year:
- Our contact
with the conference attendees helped us continue learning about the
context and needs of the church throughout Latin America.
- In terms
of networking, we not only are partnering with RAICES
in terms of the Internet training, but they invited us to be on the
RAICES steering committee.
expounding the many virtues of our web site
- Also, two
of the RAICES speakers have agreed
to join Felix as columnists on Paralideres.org so we can continue to
broaden the quality resources we provide.
- We were
also able to publicize the website with the youth leaders at the conference,
so the week after we got home the number of registered users rose by
100 people in a week and those from Paraguay
jumped from 17 to 47, which may sound insignificant, but user has a
the opportunity to impact numerous youth, and their families, and their
friends, and their countries, and so on.
you for accompanying us on this adventure...
story does have a happy ending as an hour later Tim was reunited with
both his wallet and his wife (who slept through the whole Panama delay)
and several hours later we concluded our 26-hour travel odyssey without
napping in the Santa Cruz, Bolivia airport. We
had the "privilege" of spending 10 hours in this
35 by 100 foot area that we affectionately
named the "human corral of Santa Cruz"
Why, you ask,
did we spend 54 hours traveling from Toluca, Mexico to Rancho Alegre (Happy
and back with two of our Mexican colleagues? Believe me we also
asked ourselves that question many times during those long hours.
Even during the planning of the trip we wondered if there werent
an easier or cheaper way to do the same thing, but God has been creating
so many diverse and good things as a result of our trip, that we know
it was His plan.
and Vero, very tired after a night of
little sleep on the airplane
For years we
have been praying and dreaming about providing quality ministry training
via the internet for youth leaders in Latin America. Over the past year
we have produced courses and tutorials towards that end, but we did not
have comprehensive program from which to work. At the *RAICES
conference last year we began talking with Felix Ortiz - a Spaniard who
already publishes monthly articles on our web site and who has developed
college level curriculum for youth ministry - about the possibility of
using his materials as the base for our training.
>>continue to the
of the second column>>
means roots. Its the name of a youth ministry training movement
in Latin America