Monday, October 20, 2014

Focusing on the kids.

Come the end of the month and the beginning of next month, the community will be celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead.  We wanted to offer an alternative for our families, so we’ll be sponsoring a Kids Festival with games and prizes.  The youth are in charge of the event and are putting together games for the kids to play. 
We could really use your help in buying candies.  The youth only have their lives as resources.   
Would you be willing to donate 
so that we can purchase an abundance of candies 
for the kids that day?  Please let us know. Thanks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Having fun, just us.

The youth group has been doing well studying 1 John and grasping John’s concepts of what our life should look like as believers.  We studied hard, sang some good songs and just had fun playing.  I can count on different members of the youth group leading a certain part of the program each week.  That takes a load off of my shoulders.  And it is fun watching them just have fun.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Starting afresh…

The men’s Bible study on Thursday evenings has just finished studying several chapters of a book on leadership by Maxwell entitled “21 Minutes…”  There have been some good discussions about leadership on the job and in the home.  I think that we often miss out on our responsibilities at home with so much going on at work.  I trust that God will help us change that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Stretching Day…

With a little more time on my hands, I invested in our worship team.  I’ve been stretching them to create an environment that helps the congregation to focus on God.  It’s been a hard process with little success so far.  I tell them, “Don’t worry.  If things don’t work out, blame it on me.  I just want us to be the best we can for God and his people.”

Now comes the hard part.  Encouraging them in the light of little success.

I sent them this photo with the caption “When the youth are scared of their leader…”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Great Week!

This week with another member in the church preaching, it opened up the time to visit those in the church who needed some encouragement or a listening ear.  I thoroughly enjoyed the week and was able to renew some Bible studies that had been left undone.

At times, the work of motivating the church feels like this picture I took on Saturday.   
Each had his style of helping to push a car that was out of gas.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Home grown preachers

This month begins a series of messages on Sundays about the family.  I’ve got a different speaker set up each Sunday to share.  I’m pleased to see that each one that will be preaching comes from our congregation.  Aside from getting some great instruction and insights, I’ll get a short break from preaching.  Maria our Mexican partner in church planting started off the series speaking about dealing with problems in the family.

Friday, October 10, 2014

More “quince años” (15th birthday) fiestas

Our pastor friends in La Presa celebrated the birthday of their oldest daughter this last weekend.  We arrived to help and to be with the family during this very special fiesta.  Our girls and their girls are great friends and have kept in contact (visiting each other’s homes) over the years.  
Congratulations Andrea!