Ecuador vs Bolivia, and losing the Missionary label

Lately I’ve felt the unspoken question of why I decided to go back to South America but not as a missionary (that is, not as a big ‘M’ conventional Missionary). This post is an attempt to explain this and, at the same time, share with you some of the thinking behind why I went to Ecuador then, and why I’m going to Bolivia now. Why I went to … Continue reading Ecuador vs Bolivia, and losing the Missionary label

Between distraction and devotion

Spiritually and emotionally, this last week for me has been marked by distraction and devotion. I think that’s the perennial question for most believers, but I am particularly conscious of it at the moment. Distraction The other day I was in the car with my sister, the radio was on and it was news hour. Despite my almost total lack of interest in the whole … Continue reading Between distraction and devotion

Okay, you’ve put me in a box

Since I was a teenager, I’ve wrestled with the complicated truth that when you try to be different and stand out from the crowd, you invariably end up being like everybody else who wants to be different and stand out from the crowd. A few articles I’ve stumbled across lately have reminded me of this. The first two follow a currently trendy blog style (“Don’t … Continue reading Okay, you’ve put me in a box

Self-censored

I’ve always valued my education, and I know a significant part of my identity and beliefs are shaped by my schooling. In fact, with each year that passes I am more grateful for the education I received. It was good quality, public education all the way from kindergarten through high school and into university. I was taught to explore and discover, question and analyse, express … Continue reading Self-censored

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

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!

distilling melancholy

Came back to Loja from Quito the day after New Year’s, strangely heavy with melancholy. Similar sensation to coming back to an empty house after touring South America with my sister – though there was no reason that should’ve been the case. Couldn’t quite figure it out, couldn’t quite get to the heart of it, even praying over it. Then last night, an unexpected visit … Continue reading distilling melancholy