Archive for November, 2009

Tip Du Jour

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Don’t bite too hard into unfamiliar food. Sometimes what looks like a piece of sausage is actually a piece of bone.

Hola Junior!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Explaining the parable of the sower and the seed.
Explaining the parable of the sower and the seed (note in my hand evidence of how quickly the seeds grow).

Two weekends ago, I got to help out at a children’s ministry called Hola Junior! in the part of Bogotá called Cazucá. For my little part, I did a short skit of the parable of the sower and the seed with a little help from some of the kids. Then I explained the parable to the kids. I reminded them that we must receive the good news of the kingdom like good soil, rather than be distracted by the weed-like cares of this world or give up when trials come like the seed that fell on rocky ground. And what’s the good news we’re supposed to receive? That God has forgiven our sins because Christ died for them; that we should receive the good news of forgiveness and trust the Lord with our life.

I also helped the kids sing some songs. The younger group of kids did their best to make me feel like a rock-star; after every song we sang, they started chanting “Otra, otra…” (another, another…).

Many people who live in Bogotá have never been to Cazucá because it is such a dangerous part of town, and it most definitely is not a place a gringo is supposed to go (so don’t tell anyone I went). I figure that I don’t know when I’ll die: whether of old age, in a car accident in such a tranquil place as Grand Rapids, or being held up in Cazucá or anywhere else. The safest place for me to be is where God wants me, and if that happens to be a “dangerous” place such as Cazucá, then great! God has my future; I might as well trust Him with it.

I hope you’re all doing well. Things are going well here. Always busy, but well.
Mark