Time-Out!

I don’t want anyone to think we aren’t going to keep up our blog posts, but I’m not really ready yet to post stuff for this week.  We continue working on several important projects and I guess I’ll call “time-out!” right here and now to fill you in a little on what’s happening.

Last Saturday and Sunday we welcomed two ladies from the Dallas area who arrived to put on a “science camp” for our junior and senior high level MK homeschoolers.  One lady is a microbiologist, Laura Phipps, and the other lady is a chemist, Anne Griffin.  For the past few months we’ve been working with them to bring into Mexico lots of science supplies and equipment, including microscopes, dissecting tools, chemicals, a shark, frogs, fish, chemistry measurement tools, etc.  Praise God we were able to get it all down here with a lot of help from missionaries traveling down over the past couple months.  Laura and Anne brought a good bit with them as well.

They are teaching each day with about 20 kids up at Camp Koinonia doing a variety of lab experiments as well as some talks on some hot topics.  We took them up to camp on Monday morning to set up, kids started arriving that afternoon and they had their first session in the evening.  Beth stayed with the kids and Laura and Anne at the camp since Monday night and I’ve been home with the boys. 

Today, I took the boys back up there as the elementary kids were invited to join in on the shark, frog and fish dissections and to look into the microscopes at some of the slides the older kids have been working.  They retrieved some water from the pond that they sometimes use for tubing.  I doubt any of these kids will want to get into the pond again after what they saw under the microscope!

Beth has taken a lot of photos and a video clip or two.  I’m anxious to post them but I won’t have access to them until after she gets back.  I go back to pick-up Beth, Laura and Anne tomorrow after lunch.

We plan to take Laura and Anne to see the pyramids, Teotihuacan (i.e. the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, etc) on Friday and then to downtown Queretaro on Saturday before putting them on a bus that takes them directly to the airport.

On another topic, last Sunday morning we welcomed Jenny, Ivan, Chloe and Isaac to our home Bible study.  I don’t think the kids have ever really been in a church before and probably don’t know much about the Bible at all.  Jenny grew up in a Methodist church and she seemed to be taking in the lesson I gave.  She later told Beth that she learned a lot and was anxious to come back.  She hopes she can convince her husband to come too. 

That was a little surprising because we were covering Romans 1:18 on the wrath of God and I wondered how she might respond to this lesson.  She spoke up at the end and read a couple of commentary notes from a Bible she picked up off our coffee table to better follow along with one of the two versions I used throughout the lesson.  She said that she used to always wonder how it was fair for God to “send people to hell when they had never heard the Gospel.”  After the lesson and with the notes she read, she realized that it was because all people have been given at least a little bit of God’s truth and that even those who have never heard about Jesus Christ have rejected the little bit of truth they have been given.  Therefore, God is just in holding them accountable to the truth they’ve rejected. 

That’s a pretty difficult truth for most people to grasp and it seemed to make sense to her.  I take this as a positive step.  We’re not sure where she is at spiritually but we pray for the salvation of the entire family.  Pray for them.  I have never met her husband.  If I recall correctly, his name is Javier.  (I’ll let you know if this is correct.  Beth should remember.)  Pray too for this study in Romans.  I’m quite challenged by it and it takes many hours to prepare for it.  I love doing it but with lots of other ministry and events going on, it requires plenty of discipline.  Thanks for praying!

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2 Responses to Time-Out!

  1. Jim says:

    We're quickly heading toward topics like (God's wrath) that in our Chronological Bible Study.Of course Paul's point is not just that they've rejected the truth they've been given – it's that they're (we're) sinners. Paul doesn't leave anyone with an excuse. We haven't just rejected the little truth we've been given – we've simply lived in constant, unrelenting wicked sin and defiance of God. And we keep busy justifying our behaviour – that's what makes God's wrath "hard to grasp", I think.Anyway, we're hoping that we can give a real "big-picture" view in this Bible study – which is moving along toward the Fall, then God destroying the whole world in the Flood.Anyway, thank God for His mercy – that's even harder to grasp, I think, once we understand sin!Thanks for taking the time to blog! I know what it's like – I've been too busy to blog much too. This comment is longer than any post I've put up lately – but hey, I have to come visit my friend Alan once in a while – especially when he takes a "time out!" just to fill us in on what's happening! 😉

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  2. Thanks for stopping in Jim. We really didn't go beyond the phrases in 1:18 and touched on 1:19 but we're heading in that direction with a deeper and harder-hitting look into sin. "thumos" and "orge" took up most of our time last week. I am just getting started on our passages for this week but I'd love to finish the first chapter. I don't want this study to find us in always looking just at one or two verses or we'll never finish Romans n this decade. We need to move a little more quickly than that. The Chronological Bible Study sounds good. That would be an enjoyable approach I'm sure.

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