counting the days

I shouldn’t be counting the days. But yes – one month before I fly out of here. I spent the afternoon in, felt myself slipping into poetry, melancholy -mode. A billion words swirling around inside my head but unable to organise themselves into linked phrases. Wondered what life will feel like on the other side of two years of mission in Ecuador. Watched Fast Five … Continue reading counting the days

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

mad about music

Cannot believe how pro I look in this shot! So far from how I feel. This picture was taken at I’s place, in his bedroom studio. He’s a professional sound guy, has worked overseas recording and mixing music. I was there with JA, JT and JM, and some new friends – they’d invited JA and me over to record some of our compositions. I had … Continue reading mad about music

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

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

Singin’

Been unexpectedly immersing myself in music a lot more the last few months. Back home I enjoyed music, I played guitar sporadically and sang for fun, but never at church or anywhere else public; composed occasionally. But I’ve been surprised by how much music has become more a part of my life than before. Think it’s partly being around JN and JA, because they’re both … Continue reading Singin’

Ten things you should know about being a missionary

The very fact that you are foreign is, on its own, a key part of whatever ministry you do. As a foreigner, you generally have more respect, authority and liberty in whatever you do, and people will want to be friends with you. The flipside of that is that being foreign can also be a limiting factor in ministry – especially in terms of language, … Continue reading Ten things you should know about being a missionary

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!

Observations about church

In two months living in Loja, I’ve had the chance to “tour” the various evangelical churches here. A number of things have caught my interest: There are quite a lot of them! Twenty churches is a big number for an extremely Catholic city of only 120 000 -odd people. Praise and worship is generally livelier across the board. P+W teams are largely made up of … Continue reading Observations about church