GuateMALA was BUENA
Participation is essential to our RAICES workshopAnnette's turn (above), Tim's part (below)
We dropped into bed this morning at 7:50 a.m. after 19 sleepless hours of travel home from Guatemala. But it was well worth it!
The convention was a huge success - 3200 youth leaders from 12 countries, 150 volunteers, and over 50 workshops. When it was all done, the organizing team had a celebration dinner where we read thousands of overwhelmingly positive evaluation forms.
Lots more happened in Guatemala. I'll write about that later... after a good nights sleep.
The theme of this year's international youth leaders convention in Guatemala is Supernatural. And we get to be a part of it!
training in Mexico - Feb. 2001
Ten years ago any of us developing youth leaders in Latin America would have thought it was incredible that 500 youth leaders could be convened anywhere in the region. But this Friday, Saturday and Sunday we get to lead workshops and forums at a training event with 2500 youth leaders, and this is just one of many... not even the largest of them.
youth leaders convention in Guatemala 2006
Remembering how far youth ministry has come in the last 15 years really does highlight the supernatural aspect of what is going on. It also reminds Annette and me how much we can't do this alone. We have chosen a life that requires dependence on God and interdependence with friends who pray for us, are willing to maintain friendships even at a distance and support our work economically. We couldn't do it without you...nor would we want to.
More from Cochabamba
When he met us at the airport River was distracted. The main speaker, an internationally known recording artist, was supposed to arrive on the flight with us but the airline said that he hadn't boarded his flight in Madrid, Spain. River was holding out hope that he had gotten on at the last minute and it hadn't been registered in the system.
If you're interested in more details about what happened in Bolivia, click here
to read Annette's report from Cochabamba.