Much of June has been spent preparing for a six-week series of
workshops for parents that are the Sunday night program at our
local church for June and the first half of July. The attendance
surprised us - between 30 and 50 people weekly - as did the amount
of prep time it took.
don't usually accept projects unless they have to do directly
with training youth leaders, but we decided to do this to support
the youth ministry of our local church. We don't yet have a good
sense of how much of what we have taught has actually made a difference
in lives of the families represented, but we have seen enough
fruit to make us think that the investment of time has been worthwhile.
We have been
able to help the family situation of one of the volunteer youth
leaders in our church; we have helped involve an unchurched family
in the community; and we now have lots of resources for parents
in Spanish that we can make available online.
A year and a half of work, hundreds of hours by five people spread
out over 3 countries, on 13 (of 20) animated classes on the foundations
of youth ministry is being wrapped up, as those classes have been
thoroughly polished (checked and double checked for grammatical
errors, layout inconsistencies, etc.) and are being programmed.
text for the 14th class is ready for the storyboarding and animation
process. We hope to have it finished and programmed my mid-July
in time for the RAICES youth leader training conference in Lima,
Peru. And we hope to make the extension course available starting
In a different
but related project we have been working with a graphic designer
on a new layout for the 500 page manual that is the textbook for
training for Mexican youth leaders
Last year wesponsored a month long stay in Argentina for Veronica
a long-term writer for theParaLideres.org web site and the paid
youth leader in our local church. During that time she studied
the youth ministry model in the church pastored by our colleague,
Gerardo Muniello, and she attended a youth retreat called "EJE."
She was greatly impacted by her time there and in June she returned
with seven college students and singles from Mexico so they could
also experience the youth ministry there and the retreat, as part
of a plan to implement the retreat here in Mexico. We trust that
it will end up being significant both in the lives of the individuals
who went and in the landscape of youth ministry here in Mexico.
We were able to introduce to each other some of the only people
we know who are teaching youth ministry
at a seminary level here in Mexico: Edison, a Mexican who is spearheading
a youth ministry track at a non-denominational seminary in Northern
Baja California, and Dennis, an American missionary in charge
of the first every youth ministry "major" at the Baptist
seminary in Mexico City. We have been in touch with both of them
regularly and were pleased that it worked out for them to be able
to spend time getting to know each other.