I leave tomorrow morning for Bolivia via Panama, Ecuador and Peru finally arriving in La Paz airport at 12:45AM. La Paz airport is at nearly 13,500 feet (Yikes!). I will be joining Dr. Desiree Segura-April and Joanna Kretzer in La Paz, then we head out for Cochabamba to begin our research. Fortunately Cochabamba is only … Continue reading Cochabamba, Bolivia
Just a quick update and some prayer requests from Costa Rica: The trimester at ESEPA seminary finished last week. I finished up two courses required for mission, pastoral and Christian education students. I felt very connected with the students and was able to make some church visits with some of them, encouraging them in their … Continue reading Burch Update
ESEPA and VIVA Latin America (www.redviva.org) held a seminar at ESEPA Seminary recently on the need to work with children. We had a great turn out with nearly 30 Sunday School teachers and church leaders concerned reaching out to children at risk. I shared the morning session with Alexander Cabezas of Viva on looking at … Continue reading Children and the Church
god_s-new-global-force-in-mission Here's the power points from the message at MHC on April 6th.
Partly out of my re-commitment to reduce my carbon footprint I took the bus today. I also took it because it just worked better for our hectic family schedule. I have been a little hesitant to take the bus to the seminary given I often carry my laptop with me. I just can't afford to … Continue reading Reflections from the bus
In thinking through this new year, we are working towards several projects at the seminary. We would appreciate your prayers as we move ahead. In particular, would you be praying that we are given a $15,000 grant for the missions dept in order to move a head with these projects? I worked night and day … Continue reading Ministerial Goals for 2008
Here are some recent pictures of the missions center at ESEPA plus a few extra photos of classes etc. The missions center includes a library for mission research, a meeting area, desks and of course a coffee maker! It has been a great place to mentor and pray with students.
In looking back on some of my previous posts regarding these neighborhood posadas, I seemed to be somewhat critical of them. I am not. I think there is something to be said for annual Christmas traditions focused on the Christmas story. While many are out appeasing the gods of consumerism, these neighbors are gathering together … Continue reading Blogging las Posadas (part 3)
What are las posadas you might be thinking? Good question! I had that same question last night after receiving an invitation from an older lady in our neighborhood to go and participate in an event on our street. She said the kids would really enjoy it as well. So we headed out towards where a … Continue reading Blogging Las Posadas
This past week we had Steve (can't post last name due to security reasons) and his Dad (also Steve) visit for some R&R (couldn't help but be hospitable and hit the surf with them) and for several meetings with ESEPA students and our small Christian community we are forming here in San José. Steve and … Continue reading A Visit from India