Sorry, what do you mean?

I’ve been considering whether National Sorry Day would be more or less controversial if we spoke Spanish. There are a couple of ways to say “sorry” in Spanish: Disculpa/Perdóname Literally “Excuse (me)” and “Pardon/Forgive me”. This form conveys an element of fault on the part of the speaker. A sincere apology and plea for forgiveness would use these verb forms. At the same time, perdón and disculpa are sometimes also … Continue reading Sorry, what do you mean?

Reflections on four months on the the field

I can hardly believe it’s already been four months, or one whole third of my mission trip. Though I’m feeling very much settled in Gonzanamá, a number of things have been running through my mind particularly in this last month. 1. Europe. For some reason – possibly random items coming up on my Facebook feed or Christmas approaching, and also comparing this experience with my … Continue reading Reflections on four months on the the field

Breakfast and English

Two important ministry beginnings at the Colegio Técnico Aguapecuario – a government technical college/high school, conveniently located around the corner from where I live. Club de desayuno (breakfast club) This idea is totally a rip-off from the wonderful people at Fusion, with whom I’ve been privileged to work over the last 5-6 years! But everyone thinks it’s fabulous, so I have a good feeling that … Continue reading Breakfast and English

Initial thoughts on (youth) ministry

So I’ve spent the last week just tagging along with C, and being introduced to her contacts here. This is a crucial introductory phase, forming positive relationships with the people here. I didn’t/don’t even want to start planning ministry programmes until after maybe a month. That said, there are so many opportunities. Partly this is because there is such a great need. The handful of … Continue reading Initial thoughts on (youth) ministry