Over the summer, Gabriel and Cecilia attended the 5-week summer session at Ellerslie Discipleship Training. They came back EXPLODING with excitement, passionate to be closer to Jesus.
Their excitement was contagious and inspired Samuel and I to register for the 1-week session, the first week of February. Vonda is registered for the fall session. (I COULD NOT RECOMMEND ELLERSLIE MORE!)
This is from our first lecture. (You don’t want to skip this!)
‘After the ascension of Christ, it was often noted by the saints that the Apostle Peter would cry. When a cock would crow, it would often move the Apostle to tears. But, there were other times, too, when, for no apparent reason, the big-framed fisherman would sob. One day, a young believer dared to approach the mighty man of God and ask the question that was on everyone’s heart. “Peter, why do you cry?” The Apostle looked at the young man and said, “Desiderio Domini.” Peter’s actual words were not Latin, but this is how history has preserved his famed utterance – this is the grief-strained words that have passed down through Christian history and have moved so many that have read them. For, in English, the phrase Desiderio Domini means, because, I dearly long for my lord.’ – Ellerslie Discipleship Training from The Return of Majesty lecture.
I don’t know about you, but THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE I WANT TO BE.
The El Rosario Christian Academy went on without me!
Classes started on January 30th and Sam and I boarded a plane for Colorado on January 31st. After the week at Ellerslie, Sam stayed with my parents and snowboarded for a few days. This is a BIG DEAL for a kid who basically grew up in Guatemala. The extra 5 days gave me a rare chance to meet with ministry partners, to look them directly in the eyes and thank them, to give them updates and to cast vision.
Our time in Colorado summed up in 3 photos, taken of the same lake, over 48 hours.
Vonda and I have never wanted to be “the guy” in this ministry. We’ve always wanted Jesus to be “the Guy” and we’ve always wanted the ministry to be run by Guatemalans. Being gone for the first two weeks of classes was a great opportunity to watch our team STEP UP. And they did! I AM SO PROUD!
This year I fully expect to turn over 90% of the administrative work to Adalis Tacatic, who has been with me for SEVEN YEARS! This year I’m turning over 100% of the English classes to Adalis and Luis Pedro. If you’ve met Luis you know that he speaks 5 languages fluently and is currently learning German. He’s traveled the world, he’s Guatemalan and he’s one of the teachers at the academy. I’ll be introducing both to you SOON!
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