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?

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

Clash or conform?

Culture clash? Thankfully, I haven’t really experienced culture clash as such. I think having travelled before has helped me adapt to any new situations so that I don’t “feel” cultural differences so markedly. That said, there are certain differences that are mildly inconvenient! The culture here is much more sexual, even from a young age. One example is the tradition of electing reinas (beauty queens), … Continue reading Clash or conform?

Testimony (Part 2) – Current challenges

[Click here for Part 1] Another three issues relating to Christian testimony have come up in the last couple of weeks. Firstly, that old issue about drinking alcohol again. I asked R and G (two guys from church) their thoughts and they both agreed with the comments I’d heard about people testing you to see if you’re really any different. G is my generation and … Continue reading Testimony (Part 2) – Current challenges

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

Yo soy mujer (I am woman*)

In preparation for this Saturday’s pijamada (slumber party), I’ve just started reading Mentiras que las jóvenes creen (Lies Young Women Believe)**, which we’ll be discussing with the chicas. I’ve only read the introduction and chapter one, but it just made me so angry. During the discussion session at our last SIM team meeting (which I facilitated), we looked at the buenaventuranzas (the Beatitudes, Matthew 5) … Continue reading Yo soy mujer (I am woman*)