This is the sign I set up, this past weekend, at an intersection less than a mile from the building of my congregation.
Right now, I’m trying to connect with the Target Group I’m hoping to serve, using running as the main activity that would get us together.
Last weekend was the second time I set up this sign, and I think it’s time to change the strategy a little bit.
It’s common knowledge that Hispanics do not have a culture of giving, or sharing. That’s the reason it’s so difficult for a ministry that serves them, to be financially sustainable.
Well, let me tell you that common knowledge is totally wrong here.
With such a cultural diversity among Hispanics in the US (yep, even when we all speak Spanish, it doesn’t mean we are all the same), it’s a real challenge to know if our discipleship efforts are being fruitful.
That’s why it’s important to keep the end result in mind.
That’s why it’s important to look for evidence of Spiritual Transformation.
This ministry year I will be using 25% of my time in personal projects of discipleship. I will be pursuing some of my passions to connect with specific Target Groups, with the idea of creating an environment where Spiritual Transformation could take place.
One of those passions is teaching. Very specifically, I’d like to serve Hispanic American dads by teaching about parenting and cultural engagement.
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It was a difficult conversation to have. That is always the case when the person you are discipling shares with you the reality of the pain, anger, frustration, and doubts she is facing in her family life.
But there was something special about that moment, too.
It was a real test. For her. For me. For the Good News.
Our ministry year is on the go, and I’m facing a good amount of challenges, both personal and in ministry. And it’s exactly because of these challenges that I want, err, that I need to put myself in a place to see His Beauty more clearly.
In other words, for my own sake, for my own heart to be cultivated to follow Him in humility, I must invest in making disciples.
Here is how I’m planning on doing that.