Sunday, 1 May 2016

Academic Forum

Funny what you get asked to do when you´re a missionary in another country!.

 Last week, a friend of mine, who is studying for a degree in Education management, asked if I could participate in a forum for her course about interculturality (not sure if that´s a word in english).
So that´s what I did this afternoon, - I was part of a forum panel, discussing interculturality (multiculturalism) in education.

I don´t know an aweful lot about education or mutliculturalism in education here in Guatemala but I shared a few models for understanding culture itself, which have been very useful to me as I support new volunteers adapting to a different culture. That seems to add a different perspective to the discussion.
And I was very well looked after.... with food, and a traditional basket of sweets, and flowers to bring home.

(almost got my name right!)

New growth in the garden!

 I love things that grow by themselves!!!! So bananas are doing well in the garden.
 Peppers and roses too.
 And even better, a while crop of peppers that grew from the home-made compost, so I didn´t even plant them! I´ve tested a couple... and they tastes great too.

Kairos course

This last week, I´ve had the opportunity to complete the Kairos course (God, the church and the world).

It´s a course that´s used in many different countries and different languages around the world, and helps Christians to understand God´s purposes for the world, and how we can play a part in it.
 It was great to share the experience with a few others,

 as we learned more of God´s purposes for us,

as we prayed for the world..
 in various different ways

I´m hoping to get more involved and see how the course could be offered to more Christians in Guatemala.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

New haircut

By popular demand, here´s some photos of my new haircut.

As you can see, I´m rubbish at taking selfies ... but I´m not sorry!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Team developments

On Saturday we also had one of our monthly Latin Link prayer meetings. It´s always good to get toegther, and catch up on each others news, as we support each other in various ways. This week, we´ll be saying goodbye to a family of Striders who have been with us for a year.
 Although there´s always a fair bit of change within the team, we love being able to support and encourage each one in their journey with God and in missions. And we love an excuse to have cake too!

And as we invest and celebrate in the short termers who serve with us in Guatemala, we also want to plan for the future in a way that is strategic and meets needs within the Guatemalan church. So on Saturday morning, the long term team here in Guatemala spent some time together dreaming and discussing what a 5 year strategic plan might look like. 2 weeks ago, I had a similar discussion with our National Advisory Board (of local leaders and pastors). We don´t want to rush things so will be continuing to discuss and horne the process over the next year or so.

Missions breakfast

I´ve had a busy weekend. It started off with a great breakfast conference with these guys....

 Sadoc and Vivi are assistant pastors in their church here in Guatemala, but are preparing to serve with another church in Dalry, Scotland. One of the ways in which they are informing people of their plans was a special breakfast conference on Saturday....
 It was a time to hear more about Latin Link, and how Europe has become a new mission field. We also heard from Sadoc and Vivi about the specific church they will be supporting in Scotland, and a reflection on the book of Acts, as a blueprint for mission-sending churches.
We also had a great breakfast!
The process of raising personal support in Guatemala is a bit different to my experience in the UK. Here, although some people are interested and passionate about missions, the employment situation makes it quite difficult to plan ahead. Very few people have job security. Even those who are professionals, may not have long term contracts, so people are reluctant to make an ongoing commitment to support mission workers (or anything else!). Thankfully some do, inspite of the risk.
It´s great to be a part of Sadoc and Vivi´s journey to Scotland!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Team conference

Here´s a few pictures of our annual team conference (Latin Link Central America and Mexico team), which we held last week here in Guatemala.

 Good times of hanging out together

 A early morning swim for me every day.

 Getting up to date on what everyone is doing.

 Theological Discussions over dinner

 Worship together.
 A day out to Panajachel

 Attempting to get a team photo!
 Praying for one another
 Mexico team (and extras!)