With workshop participants in Cojutepeque, El Salvador
Two celebrations on May 3rd
May 3rd was my 68th birthday. On the first day of the workshop, the participants surprised me with a delicious birthday cake which we all enjoyed together with their locally grown coffee during the second break of the day.
May 3rd was also El Salvador’s annual celebration of “The Day of the Cross,” where the people offer to God the first fruits of the land. A cross is made from the branches of the jiote tree. And the family adorns the cross with paper decorations and fruits.
Teaching practical issues of kingdom living
May 2022. During three days we studied together what the Bible teaches about relationships, social issues and personal issues. After Intern Grady Davidson and I taught the content of each of the 21 lessons, the participants broke into small groups to discuss the topics, then appointed representatives to share a summary of their discussions with the larger group. See photos below.
A Triple Whammy…
1. Food poisoning
During the last day of the workshop, something in the lunch meal gave me and my intern, Grady Davidson, a case of food poisoning. We were both pretty sick for the next 24 hours as we traveled home.
2. Car trouble
Because I was sick, Beth got a ride to the Raleigh-Durham airport so she could drive me home. But just south of Raleigh, the temperature gauge began to read hot so we pulled off the side of the road and discovered a leak in the radiator system. So we called the AAA auto club but had to wait several hours for a wrecker that could transport us and our car. So what began as a 2-1/4 hour drive home ended up being a 7 hour trip.
3. Skin cancer
Before this trip, I noticed an unusual growth on my right temple. So I went to the dermatologist and had it biopsied. During the trip, the biopsy came back and it was determined to be a squamous cell carcinoma. A few days after the trip, I went in to have it surgically removed by the Mohs procedure. Fortunately, the tumor was not very deep so the surgeon was able to take it out and stitch it up in a few hours. For the next couple weeks I had to wear a gauze bandage and was allowed no strenuous activity/exercise, bending or lifting.
We count it all joy
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to uphold us in your prayers. Thanks to you, we are enabled to do as James teaches us: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4). To God be the glory!
Our upcoming workshops in Latin America
- Jun 18: Various Cities, PANAMA (Dan) Youth Leaders’ Wrkshp #1 via Zoom
- Aug 20/27: Various Cities, PANAMA (Dan) Youth Leaders’ Wrkshp #2 via Zoom
- Sep 5: Villa Nueva, GUATEMALA (Beth) Children’s Leaders Workshop
- Sep 5: Villa Nueva, GUATEMALA (Dan) Pastors’ Workshop #4
- Oct 9: Cojutepeque, EL SALVADOR (Dan) Pastors’ Workshop #4
- Nov 3: Cartagena, COLOMBIA (Beth) Children’s Leaders Workshop
- Nov 3: Cartagena, COLOMBIA (Dan) Pastors’ Re-Forma Workshop
- Nov 12: Various Cities, PANAMA (Dan) Youth Leaders’ Wrkshp #3 via Zoom
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