One is more apt to live into a new way of thinking
than one is to think into a new way of living.
As I drove for five hours back to Tlapa yesterday, I thought of this phrase, and I wondered if, at least in part, this was what led a couple of Canadian friends of mine to come to Mexico for two weeks with members of their local churches.
I had driven into Cuernavaca to visit with Brenda Curtis, who serves with the United Church of Canada in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. She and Jordan Cantwell, who serves with the United Church of Canada in Delisle, Saskatchewan, had organized a group to go to a wonderful center in Cuernavaca called Quest Mexico. Brenda and her husband, Clarke, had come to my wedding in Mexico many years ago.
|Jordan and Brenda on a beautiful morning at Quest Mexico in Cuernavaca|
|Gerardo Debbink—Quest Mexico|
I can’t think of anyone who might help that to happen more than my friend Gerardo—his Quest Mexico programs really are “life-changing.” In a sense, the program is a response to Jesus’ invitation in John 1:39: “Come, and you will see.”
|Two Saskatchewan farmers—Stan and Duane—who allowed me to sleep in their room|
I will try to describe better in the next two paragraphs what I mean by each statement in the following sentence, but, in a nutshell, here is a thought: In Canada, one of the main concerns of the Church is how to relate to the non-believer; in the mountains of Mexico, one of the main concerns of the Church is how to relate to the non-person.
|Hermelinda and Isauro: "representatives" of the mountains of Mexico|
|The future of the mountains|
|Looking toward new horizons—hopefully|
|Life will continue to change in La Montaña|
PS: I was supposed to meet Bishop Alejo Zavala Castro for lunch today. He is another great friend and undoubtedly the “saintliest” man I know in Mexico—but he has had many health issues in recent years. I just received a phone call that he was hospitalized last night—no lunch today! Please pray for him.
|Alejo Zavala Castro, Bishop of Chilpancingo–Chilapa|