"Sillas and pastillas" sounds a lot better in Spanish because it rhymes. "Chairs and pills" just doesn’t jingle quite as well! This was the subtitle of a workshop that Julio Domínguez gave at last week's missions conference. He also brought his wife Tamara and small son Isaac the whole way from Veracruz.
Julio and Tamara visited us while we were in Veracruz with my parents recently, giving us all sorts of tips as to good restaurants and good beaches. Julio even brought the kids to boogie boards for the waves! I was thinking about posting a picture of Julio and myself (without a shirt) on the beach, but thought better of it!
Tomorrow I'm headed down to OB Mexico´s big warehouse in Los Reyes, about a half hour drive from here. I'm returning a box nearly full of canisters that contain 500 anti-parasite pills, that OB provides for about $18 a container, a price much less than market value. We appreciated OB's donation of three wheelchairs, one of which is already in Oaxaca.
One of the advantages of a missions conference in Mexico (and anywhere for that matter) is networking. Many of us made contacts with people and organizations that will undoubtedly serve to advance the cause of Christ in Mexico. Tony Vasquez introduced us to a number of his friends. Fernando already is excited about the possibilities of working together with Gaspar and Dave in various projects in Oaxaca.
Soon I'll be letting you know how you can support missions in Mexico via FAMEX. Some exciting projects on the horizon!
Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson said once that the name of Jesus was “not so much written as ploughed into the history of this world.” H. G. Wells marveled that after two millennia, a historian like myself, who doesn’t even call himself a Christian, finds the picture centering irresistibly around the life and character of this most significant man…. The historian’s test of an individual’s greatness is “What did he leave to grow?” Did he start men to thinking along fresh lines with a vigor that persisted after him? By this test Jesus stands first.
Ortberg, John Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus (pp. 19-20).