Just A Little Catch Up...
I’ve written a new article on short-term missions over at my other blog. In it I talk about dependance, one of the big issues to consider when a church thinks about short-term ministry. You can find it here.
This week I went to church at Dios es Amor [God is Love Church] in Ensenada. In spring of 2008 we built them a new worship facility. In June of that year we installed the electrical system. It has taken this long for them to be ready to get into that building.
One of the things I have learned over the years serving in Mexico is that things rarely happen on our time table. I would have loved for this congregation to have started using the building a long time ago. But they had to live through a few struggles getting it ready.
They have battled all these months to get the government to connect the building to the power grid. Finally, exasperated, they gave up, and went around the system. However, in that struggle, they took ownership of that facility. It is now theirs, not mine, and it was full Sunday.
A real blessing.
I am troubled by the level of rancor over reforming the way we access health care in our country. I understand that people will always have political disagreements, but what happened to agreeing to disagree agreeably?
A good friend of mine is a staunch Republican. He is not happy with the bill the Dems are pushing, but he is firm in this, Barack Obama is his President too! As George Bush was mine.
April is coming and that means the start of baseball season. I will enter the month full of hope for the team of my youth, the Los Angeles, nee California Angels, and most likely, will again be disappointed by their performance.
But let’s face it. A day at the ballpark is better than any day working, no matter how much you love your job.
A friend sent me a list of odd stuff the other day. I really liked one of the questions on that list. Does anyone know how to fold a fitted sheet? I hate just stuffing the things into the closet.
Here’s what I have been thinking about lately. We’ve all heard about who caused the financial meltdown in the United States. The bankers, politicians, greedy businessmen, etc. Has anyone ever thought that, as Pogo once said, it was us?
What if we did not live with an almost pathological desire [need?] to have more things that are bigger and better than our friends and neighbors? Why blame the bankers, or anyone else, when they were just trying to figure out a way to give us what we want and make a buck or two.
Maybe we just refuse to be content with what we have because our self esteem is all wrapped up in stuff.
Just a thought.
Have a great week. I am in Ensenada serving alongside a couple of my favorite ministries, the Asian American Christian Fellowship from U.C.L.A. and Iglesia Shalom, pastored by Martin and Marine Gomez Franco.