Monday afternoon (Nov. 8th) I flew south to Argentina
for a month-long missions trip. My
friend from Guadalajara, Mauricio Palacio (a gifted artist serving
with Youth With A Mission) asked me to consider joining him and a YWAM team as they pull together a ministry project in Buenos Aires. They're
planning to put on an exposition to present the Gospel
through various mediums like art, music, audio/video, drama, etc. and
they're needing some help setting up the lighting, sound & video equipment,
etc. so I'll be going to volunteer for a few weeks. The
use of a large abandoned factory building has been
we'll be spending a good bit of time fixing it up
for the exposition.
As a young child (3-11)
I lived in Rosario, a city about 3-hour's drive away from Buenos Aires (Dad
worked there), so I'll also be able to go down memory lane after 33+ years.
I'm looking forward to visiting the houses where we lived and the school I
attended. I've been in contact with one of my grade-school teachers and
we're planning to get together too!
I'd appreciate your prayers as I travel and serve in Argentina from Nov. 8th
thru Dec. 8th. Thank you for your prayers & support!
P.S. Check out the website I built for Mauricio Palacio
http://mauriciopalacio.tripod.com which contains a large collection of
his amazing artwork.
Saturday, 20 Nov.
I've been here nearly two weeks now and have stayed super-busy since I
arrived. I've plugged in with the Buenos Aires YWAM base in preparing for
the "Sentires" (the senses) art exposition, beginning with cleaning up the
huge, abandoned two-story building. I had expected to be well underway with
the electrical installations by now, but there have been some delays, but we
expect to begin this coming week. We're in the process now of drawing up the
electrical plans and buying materials.
Since I've been here my
computer graphics skills have been put to use as I've designed a
brochure/booklet for the upcoming exposition, as well as building a website
for the event (www.sentires2004.com),
all in Spanish. It's a good thing I brought my laptop computer with me!
It seems the hours of the
day have been zooming by and it's late in the evening before I know it.
Sticking with the culture of Argentina, we're oftentimes eating supper at
midnight and getting home in the wee hours of the morning. The food here is
wonderful and very affordable since there are three Argentine pesos to the
U.S. dollar. Argentina is comprised of a high percentage of Italians (along
with Spaniards, Germans, indigenous, etc.), so there's a lot of excellent
Italian food here which I've enjoyed a lot. And Argentina is well known for
it's excellent beef.
We've had very little time
off, so I haven't had the chance yet to visit my former hometown of Rosario,
but I hope to be able to next weekend. Being here in Argentina has been
surreal, bringing back floods of memories from my childhood years here. The
people here are warm and friendly. The temperature is also starting to warm
up as it's spring time here below the equator.
Click on the thumbnail images below for larger views
Andes mountains over western Argentina on my flight from Santiago to
staff & students at the Buenos Aires base where I'm staying (me in
the main YWAM base on the outskirts of Buenos Aires (not the one where
of the clean-up crew at the building where the exposition will be held
Mauricio, Diana & me
factory that we're fixing up to use for the exposition (1st floor)
factory that we're fixing up to use for the exposition (2nd floor)
blooming in Buenos Aires (it's spring here in November)
obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires (looks identical to the
Email Updates sent to my
parents & brothers
1 Dec. 2004
Hey y'all, please pray for us. We found
out today that they're requiring us to conform to commercial codes on the
electrical installations. We have been doing temporary wiring (safe, but not
permanent) but they say that's not good enough. We don't have the money or
time to do permanent installations for only a 10 day event. So we need a
miracle. God has already come through on a couple of other "impossible"
situations. One alternative is to rent some generators so the city is not
involved, but that's big bucks...or pesos. Thanks for your prayers.
5 Dec. 2004
Things are going so much better here. What looked daunting last
week is coming together beautifully now. A few days ago I had a "divine
appointment" at a local hardware store where I've been buying wire. I found
out the owner is a Christian and I've been getting to know him over the
weeks. The other day I asked him to pray for us because of the logistical
stuff we're encountering with the electrical installations. He told me he
is friends with a professor who grants licenses to electricians, and
he gave him a call and had him come over to the building to talk with me/us.
He bent over backwards to help us, assuring us
that we'd have no problem getting the electricity hooked up. He said that
since it's a temporary hook-up, our non-commercial wiring wouldn't be a
problem at all. He even said he could come over and make sure the 3-phase
connections were balanced properly if I had any doubts. What an answer to
prayer! Then yesterday a former YWAMer came over and installed the main
breakers for the power company to hook up the electricity. Things are
falling into place. Oh me of little faith!!
I still have plenty to do and my departure is scheduled for Wednesday
evening. I've been praying/thinking about extending my stay, and I sorta put
a fleece before the Lord about it, saying that if the money came in to cover
the cost I'd take that as a sign. Well, yesterday the YWAM team took up a
collection for me, so that's my sign. I'll be
calling Delta in the morning.
10 Dec. 2004
The exposition started this evening. It's been a hectic, busy week as we've
gotten ready for the event. I've worked some really late nights. Last night
I didn't get to bed till almost 4:00 a.m. We were
having problems with the main breakers tripping because we were so
overloaded (LOTS of lights). The electrician that installed the main service
into the building didn't put in a large enough main, so today I worked on
adding additional breakers (in parallel with the existing main), using some
old breakers that we already had. It seems to be doing a lot better today.
There were a lot of people at the opening tonight.
I've still got some things to do, but I'm hoping to get a breather soon. I'm
really tired out.
I'll try to have another update/report uploaded
before too long