After the mission field: two months on

It was exactly two months ago that I left Loja. I shed some tears on the plane to Guayaquil, just thinking about how two years in a place is an awful long time, a lot of love given and received. And now that I’m home, I can say I miss some things, my closer friends, things we used to do, the smell of the place … Continue reading After the mission field: two months on

About evangelising

So in the last couple of weeks I have had three great but tough conversations with three great but non-believing guys. G is an atheist. J was raised a Catholic, believes in the value of the Bible and Jesus’ teachings, and God as existing though he leans towards a God as energy type definition. R believes in a loving God, and Jesus and Mary as … Continue reading About evangelising

snatches of encouragement

So things have been really difficult with youth ministry at church lately. Well, it’s always been a complicated, uphill battle; but last month we almost threw in the towel. Numbers were dropping, meetings were badly coordinated in spite of our efforts to organise and plan more, a key leader withdrew, everyone seemed to be getting distracted. Morale was low. I said to the other leaders, … Continue reading snatches of encouragement

words and the Word

I love words. They carry so much WEIGHT. You can say so much more than you actually say. Hebrews 4:12 says For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. You can also say so much more than you actually … Continue reading words and the Word

teaching the Word

I’ve missed solid Bible teaching, both hearing it and teaching. It’s funny how I feel more enseñada (accustomed, at home) here in Loja city than in Gonzanamá, and I’m generally content with how things are going with my ministry (in spite of frustrations I know are a natural part of being in ministry) – but this element has been a little lacking. Out in the … Continue reading teaching the Word

goal-setting!

As promised, here are my goals/commitments for the next few months: Lent No coffee Getting up at 7.30am every weekday, regardless of how late I sleep the previous night (whilst this might be no big deal for most people, this is a challenge for me!) El Sendero ministry – strengthen El Sendero’s reputation as a recognised and trusted youth service Branding. Continue to work on … Continue reading goal-setting!

so easy

… to forget … to be complacent … to slip back into old habits … It’s Lent season again, and I’d wanted to better last year’s effort of going without chocolate and alcohol, but I literally forgot,  because I’d been away the whole carnaval long weekend, got back Ash Wednesday (when Lent officially begins) in the evening and rushed straight to work. And have had … Continue reading so easy

too much of a good thing, not enough of the right thing?

Over the weekend, I came to the realisation that even though I know the Bible well, I am unable to communicate it well. There’s a combination of factors at play here, I’m not sure which is the most influential: I don’t talk enough about what I am reading, what the Holy Spirit is teaching me in my personal reading; I’ve now been out of regular … Continue reading too much of a good thing, not enough of the right thing?

week of intensity!

So there are plenty of other people who work far more ridiculous hours, and 7 days a week too. But for me, 9.30am to 10.00pm, Monday to Friday last week, was pretty intense. Friday night I was working the cash register (which I love doing), and I got so mixed up it wasn’t funny. Orders I didn’t print. Items I forgot to put on split … Continue reading week of intensity!