June 28, 2009

Busy Beaver Us

We've been working on several different projects in the parish lately, but the one we're most happy with right now is a new family ministry. It evolved as a response to a week long activity we had last October where families from the community came together to share, have fun and pray. It was an unusual approach here in Chile, where the Catholic Church usually breaks ministries up according to age and gender. Catechism for school children, craft groups for adult women, clubs for the elderly and not much for adult men. The adults of the community really enjoyed the opportunity to come together and share their experiences with other parents, while at the same time sharing quality time with their kids. The mundane routine of work, school and housework often don't leave much space for sharing as a family, getting to know each other better or praying together. So, we hope that this ministry answers to that growing need and helps unify families more with Christ as their center.

The Family Ministry's first event of the year was a special Father's Day lunch. We initially planned for about 50 people, since it's a small community. But, when we washed plates at the end of the day, we realized that we had served 85 meals. It was good to see so many families turn out, and especially great to see so many men... who are especially scarce in the Latin American church. We hope it will be a doorway into more church involvement for men, especially fathers.

June 25, 2009

Busy Beaver Joshua

In the past month, little Joshua has transformed from a baby into a little boy. We're not sure how it happened, but it sure did happen fast! He took his first steps, spoke his first word (dog) and grew a few more teeth. He also now has a full repertoire of gestures including waving bye bye, kiss sounds, dancing and clapping. He is officially tons of fun, so now is the time to visit for those of you pondering the idea. All of the big boy advancements came just in time for his first birthday and a special visit from his Aunt Joanna and Cousin Brittany. Here's a video of his first ever piece of birthday cake, baked with love by his cousin. We're sure that his first birthday party will be just the trauma he needed for many therapy sessions to come: