You know it's time to look for a new marketing firm when...:-)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday's intensive course lasted 7-hours but in classic youth ministry style we tried to keep it fun and varied.
One of the highlights was Flavio & Andrea Calvo's presentation about Salta de Alegria, an incredibly creative program they founded that has helped hundreds of kids and spawned a growing church, the Gospel according to the Simpsons, a public school sex and sexuality series and a grassroots guerrilla marketing campaign.
We had invited them to talk about Youth and Culture because they are masters at using the language of popular culture to communicate the gospel and other eternal truths. Flavio and Andrea's part was even better than we expected because their stories - besides being inspiring - reinforced the principals we'd been teaching earlier in the day.
After 40 years of seeing God coordinate things like that it continues to amazes me.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
That was the question, but I didn't have a good answer. So now I'm trying to see life here through that lens and it's fun. Here are a few of the different things I've noticed (in no particular order):
- Jacaranda trees (in photo with purple flowers) are all over the city
- sidewalks are dog poop and loose sidewalk tile mine fields (it's dangerous to look up)
- women wear more skirts and dresses (but only a bit more)
- more beards and long hair on men and lots of loafer shoes
- only kids and tourists wear baseball caps
- there is nearly always a breeze; at times it carries the smell of flowers
- orange and tangerine trees line the streets in parts of the city
- tons of sidewalk cafés with people reading or chatting (like Paris in the movies)
- delivery guys are sometimes on rollerblades (usually on scooters or bikes)
- something is often dripping on you...certain trees "cry" a light rain, A/C units drip onto the sidewalks, pigeons drop
- men, women and children who recycle trash as a job pull large carts thru the streets
- it's common to see dog-walkers with 10+ dogs walking down the street (see slideshow)
Friday, November 14, 2008
The three other members of the staff on the EJ Institute launch team grew up in LAGrAm and still volunteer there, several of our faculty members have roots in LAGrAm, and I’m sure many of our students will come from the LAGrAm community as well.
Although we’ve been friends with the directors for years, we’d never participated in one of their events until last weekend when we given five hours to work with the fifty leaders who had brought their jr. high kids to PLAF.quick slideshow and 24 second video that'll give you a feel for the event. What you cannot see however is that the temperature was in the 90s, the humidity index in the 70s and the only thing to cool us all down was one fan and the gracious donation of ice cream bars for everyone.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
A French landscape architect named Carlos Thays helped design the parks and walkways of Buenos Aires. His botanical gardens as well as the 61 acre series of parks called "Palermo Woods" are within walking distance from the apartment we've been loaned. As you can see we're thoroughly enjoying Spring down here.
click here. We also learned that the baked goods from our favorite french bakery aren't called "bread" because here "bread" is what you use for sandwiches or toast. Maybe someday we won't feel chronically ignorant...maybe :-)