Mission+Justice It is clear in Scripture that God desires to use his followers in His mission. Joining God’s mission also includes developing a proper response to injustices faced by those we care deeply about. This often includes righting the wrongs that are committed against those whom God deeply loves. In his important study on urban … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 3)
Kenya trip – Nairobi & Kitale
I think my head is clear enough to try and detail a few experiences from Kenya. This was my first trip to Africa and was in particular a very exciting opportunity to hear how churches and seminaries are engaging with children ministries in the region. The first part of the trip was devoted to the … Continue reading Kenya trip – Nairobi & Kitale
Comic relief? Don’t think so . . .
I often get the question: "How is your dissertation coming along?" Despite absolutely loving my topic on street children, empowerment and Christian reponse in Latin America, the following comic is (thanks to Bill Gardner-fellow doctoral student), while exagerated, not all that far from the truth. Well okay, maybe a little funny. . . I just … Continue reading Comic relief? Don’t think so . . .
I am in comprehensive exams all week for PhD at Fuller. Probably shouldn't do much blogging this week, but prayers are appreciated!!! Topics are: Theology of Mission, Urban Studies and Mission History. You will hear laughter from your corner of the world come Thursday afternoon upon completing my last one....which just prepares the way for … Continue reading COMPS
Holistic Child Development (web site)
I just received an e-mail from Dan Brewster (HCD coordinator) that the Holistic Child Development (HCD) website is now on-line in English and Español. You might remember this is one of the outcomes from several conferences I have participated in over the past couple of years going back to Thailand in May, 2007 (See HCD … Continue reading Holistic Child Development (web site)
Street-living children in pre-independent Quito?
Upon finishing up the consultation at SEMISUD, Steve Bartell and I went treasure hunting. We visited the national archive of history here in Quito. I was tipped off by a journal article describing the possibility that children lived on the streets of the city. This was indeed confirmed! Several historical court cases focus on defending … Continue reading Street-living children in pre-independent Quito?
Bye Bye Cochabamba
It's hard to believe that I completed my research in CBBA. Now comes the fun part...analysis and write up. I learned so much from the Early Encounter team, I don't know where to begin. I suppose focusing on the generosity of the team is a good place to start. Everyone was incredibly generous with their … Continue reading Bye Bye Cochabamba
“Buen Trato” Vaccination Campaign – Cochabamba, Bolivia
Today was an amazing day! After my time in the market spending a last day with the child workers there, I headed over with Maximo (street educator for Early Encounter) to a school where Rosario and Cynthia were awaiting us. We needed to get a stage from the school. Eventually got what we needed and … Continue reading “Buen Trato” Vaccination Campaign – Cochabamba, Bolivia
Research during times of political struggle
A number of alarming events are currently unfolding in Bolivia. Many are grieving the situation and I certainly join them in this. Officially ten people have been killed on the Bolivian/Brazilian border in fighting between opponents and supporters of the president. While the country is officially in mourning, fighting continues and the government has recently … Continue reading Research during times of political struggle
Of all the experiences and discoveries I have been making here in Cochabamba, perhaps the most enlightening has been the place of child ambassadors. Each project that is affiliated with the Early Encounter Project (a city-wide strategy promoted by Viva, Toybox and 180 degrees), elects two children and one or more child leaders to represent … Continue reading Child-Based Leadership