Please read this story if you have the time and post your thoughts. It's about a little league game where the coach had the pitcher pitch around the other teams slugger to get to a really frail ill kid in order to win the game...
I met these little boys at a photo shoot in Tijuana where I was a photographer's interpreter. They walked up to me and asked me what we were doing. I explained to them that we were taking pictures of families and their homes. I then asked them if they wanted their picture taken. They agreed and smiled the biggest smiles I have ever seen in my life. I had some donations with me so I gave them some food and a warm blanket. They blessed me with their smile and I was able to bless them with a gift. God showed me that it's always good to be prepared to give. You just never know when the need will arise. These two boys left with happy hearts and I left with a beautiful reminder of why I do what I do.
Part of my work as Mexico Ministry Coordinator is to organize our "Back to School" program. I am so excited that this year we were able to give out 420 backpacks this year!
Children are now ready to head back to school this August! Thank you to all our supporters and friends of Amor Ministries
The summer sun can be merciless in the city of Tecate, Mexico, but that didn't stop about 150 people from attending Amor Ministries 1st Annual outreach in Tecate.
Amor Ministries together with the Ministry Planning Board of Tecate hosted a community outreach in the Cerro Azul area. Many children came to have fun winning prizes with our game booths and gave out over 200 hot dogs.
Pastor Hortencio Guerrero gave a wonderful message of God's love to many hungry souls. Many came up for prayer and the tears flowed freely.
I love the way God moves on the hearts of his people!
I've been going to a women's Bible study that has been such a great encouragement for me. The last meeting we talked about the word goodness.
Narrowing it all down what I learned was that goodness is not just a "state of being good", but an "action of goodness".
As Mexico ministry coordinator for Amor Ministries I have many opportunites to work with men and women who demonstrate goodness to others.
For example this past month a group from Anchorage, Alaska and the ministry planning board of Rosarito hosted an outreach for the families in the community of Ames. Amor Ministries coordinates such events where over 100 people were in attendance!
I had an opportunity to even share God's word with everyone and many raised their hand for prayer.
Together we were able to bless many and with the help of the pastors in the community we have also impacted the Mexican church.
I thank God for the opportunity to share His "goodness" with others.
I'm off to Ensenada, Mexico in a couple hours to spend the weekend with some friends. I won't be reachable by email or phone, but I think you can text message me (think, not sure). Anyhow, I wish good weekends to all, and I will have plenty of photos to share when I get back.
Original shot (post crop)
I just got back from lunch at Panda Express. I believe this is the first time in my life that I have ever eaten Chinese (or americanized chinese) without chopsticks. The reason, they were out! How does a chinese restaurant run out of chopsticks? Especially when they aren't in high demand down here in Chula Vista? I somehow doubt that the majority of the patrons would use chopsticks, so they should have a big pile for me to pick from!
After a little discussion with Bob about how it's ironic that Panda Express, a Chinese restaurant, wouldn't have chopsticks, we decided to make up a new word. See, we both thought it was ironic, but that it shouldn't be. So what is a word for something that is ironic, but really shouldn't be? We rattled through a few candidates for the new adjective and came down to quasironic. I think it's a fabulous word and I intend to add it to my daily vocabulary.
Quasironic (kwa zy ron ick) also quas.i.ron.i.cal (kwa zy ron ick uhl)
1. An idea or thing that is ironic, but should not be.
2. The state of being partially ironic, but not completely.
3. Vague or undefined irony.
My goal is to say it at least twice a day until it is natural. What'dya think?
Yesterday marked my one year anniversary of being toxin free, and it feels good. Wootah.
I don't wanna talk details, but if you see me, feel free to tip your hat or something. Or buy me flowers, I've always wanted someone to buy me flowers, ahah.
I got back in San Diego yesterday after a 16 hour drive back. My dad is doing much, much better than the doctors initially expected. He is home now, and is able to sleep in his own bed. God is good! He should continue to improve and recover, it's going to be a long road, but it is already looking a lot better than what it could have been.
Here is a preview of some of the shots I took when I had some free time in Oregon. I think I took a total of 4 rolls of film or something, haven't looked at all of it yet. There will be a bunch of shots up at www.aesthetic-mindset.com over the next few days as well.
Thanks to everyone who was praying for my dad. The improvement from thursday to saturday was amazing.