Hey everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s my latest video blog episode:
And here’s an excerpt from my latest newsletter:
Many afternoons at our Castillo Fuerte Mercy House in La Victoria, I can often find myself juggling multiple things at the same time. One Tuesday afternoon not too far back, shortly after we had our chapel service, I was trying to have some kids practice playing music, since for a while now I’ve been working on raising up worship leaders among the kids so that there will be people to keep playing music after I leave. When I have the kids practice music (especially the keyboard), I usually have been playing along with them on the guitar to help them keep a beat and concentrate on the song. However, I have been letting them play on their own more and more so that they learn how to not be dependent upon me—which is really the whole idea, since my hope is that they won’t need me in order to have music in church.
So, at the exact same time that I was letting kids practice on their own, I also was trying to get some good bonding with the youth groups kids, since they usually get out of school around that time and start showing up at Castillo Fuerte. And, of course, I was also trying to get stuff ready for our youth group meeting later that night…as well as a few other things. While the kids were being watched by the Castillo Fuerte staff, I ran to a nearby fruit vendor to get some food to prepare for theyouth group meeting. After getting some food and then walking back into the Castillo Fuerte building, I soon had a big smile on my face. I saw three or four kids huddled together, playing some of the musical instruments, while at least a couple of other kids were gathering around, singing with them. As they worked together to make music, they were keeping a great beat and were hitting all of the right notes! So I could see that they are already able (at least with that song) to play music without my help.
Of course, in addition to all of my time spent helping them get better at playing music for church, I’ve also still been greatly enjoying the large amount of time that I get to spend teaching the Bible, including the Bible study for our youth group. Probably for at least seven months now (if not more!), the youth group kids have been pleading with me almost every week for us to talk about the book of Revelation (these kids, at least in that way, aren’t that different from kids in the United States!), since they had obviously poked into before and were fascinated by all of the weird things going on inside of the book. However, not wanting them to simply get lost in weird stuff that they weren’t quite ready for, I kept the study on some more basic stuff (like the Gospel of Mark and the book of Acts), even as they kept pleading and pleading with me.
Finally, this past week, I realized that I would really need to get started on Revelation if I wanted to get through it before my internship here in Peru ends in December. Thankfully, I’ve read through Revelation with people on other occasions, so instead of getting lost in all of the weird things going on or getting confused by all of the questions that people ask (e.g. what exactly will the end of the world, and the steps leading up to that, look like?), we were able to stay focused on what (or really, who) the book is all about anyway: Jesus Christ, our risen Savior, who will one day soon come back for us to take us home to be with him for forever. And, as we pulled in different passages from the Bible that are connected with Revelation, the Scriptures began to speak for themselves, and Jesus’ centrality in the book became clearer and clearer.
With my DCE internship here in Peru ending in just a few months, and with all of the pledges and donations that I have received being more than enough, I’m not seeking any new financial support. However, I would definitely appreciate your prayers as I seek discernment and wisdom from God as to where he is calling me after I finish my time here in Peru. Thanks for much for supporting me during my time here in Peru!