Here’s some questions I’ve responded to reflecting on my year here in Argentina. As I live up these last two weeks, I’ve been spending lots of time journaling on all the Lord has done and just some great times I’ve had. Here’s a few of my thoughts…
8. Describe a funny moment you shared with your team.
There are so many and so many ridiculous ones. I think one of the funnest and funniest times I’ve had with my team was September 11th, when we ran the half marathon. JM had the American flag painted across his chest, Cari was the statue of liberty, Ben was Abraham Lincoln and Jessica had an American flag shirt on. Whenever Tiffany was getting ready to finish, we all ran across the finish line with her in our crazy costumes. It was so fun to be able to share that moment together and to cheer Tiff on in such a crazy fashion!
9. What new things have you discovered about yourself?
I think over this past year I’ve realized how comfortable I can really be in America. I rarely share my faith. I always have food on the table and plenty of clothes to wear. I got to see my friends and family pretty much whenever I wanted. There are just so many blessings that I had in my life in the States and I think I’ve realized how 1. I took so many of those things for granted and 2. Many of them are luxuries not necessities. I’m hoping that on my return to the States I learn to appreciate my many blessings and even strip my life of the thousand luxuries I possess.
10. Is there anything that has surprised you within the South American culture?
If there is one thing I admire about the culture here in Argentina it’s their emphasis on sacrifice. All the people I have the privilege of working alongside here in Buenos Aires are men and women of great faith. Many of them sacrifice daily for the ministry here and ultimately, for the sake of the Gospel and the Kingdom. They choose to live in smaller homes in often dangerous neighborhoods to share Christ with the University students instead of taking high-paying jobs as architects, engineers, or whatever else where they could afford other means. Their obedience to God’s call challenges me to check my faith everyday.
11. How have you seen God moving in Argentina?
I think one of the coolest things I can look back and see is how He’s raised up movements on the campuses here in BA. When I first arrived in Argentina, Vida was only on the Agronomy and Ciudad campuses, with a few contacts on Law and Econ. Well, the first semester we moved to Econ full time. Through moving to Econ we met students in Medicine who formed their own movement on the campus there. Then, the next semester, Tiff and Garrett moved to Law full time. We’ve gone from two campus movements to 5!! Not to mention the movements being raised up in UNLAM and the UNQUI.
12. What has God revealed to you through His Word?
See previous blog post. I’ve learned SO much about the Holy Spirit this year!
13. Have you identified any idols in your life?
Every. Single. Day. I think everyday the Lord reveals to me how many things I put before him. But the greatest idol I’ve discovered in my life is myself. My own selfishness gets in the Lord’s way so often. Through prayers, time in the Word, and great community, however, I see the Lord destroying this idol in my life and causing me to yield to His control and His will.
14. Share your favorite memory.
This is probably one of the toughest questions. I’ll share one of my favorite memories from a more recent time. I really love to dance and thankfully, so do two of my best guy friends here in Argentina. They’ve taught me salsa, merengue, bachata, and more dances over the last year and I’ve learned to love them! One night a couple weekends ago, we went out to this bar in San Telmo and danced for hours. I didn’t get home until 5 or so in the morning! It was such a fun night and made discover how far the Lord has brought me in my time here in Argentina. It wasn’t a super-spiritual moment, but still meaningful because I was able to see how the Lord has truly formed a life for me here in Buenos Aires.
15. What attribute of God are you finding most difficult to grasp? Why?
I think I’ve struggled a lot to understand God’s grace. I’m really hard on myself and I struggle a lot with accepting who I am in light of who God is. It’s hard to believe that someone so perfect can love me so much. As a result, it’s hard for me to give grace to others. This is one area I really hope the Lord will start transforming in my life.
16. Describe an embarrassing moment.
German: Che, mira tu brazo! (putting his hand around my arm to demonstrate how small it is)
Me: Tengo huevos chiquitos….
No!!! Huesos! Huesos chiquitos!!!!
For those of you who don’t speak Spanish…. I’m sorry, but some things are just better left unsaid.
17. Has there been a book of the Bible or verses that have encouraged and/or challenged your faith?
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their good with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
18. Describe a time (or times) where you shared your faith and saw God working through you.
Well God has definitely been faithful this year and I have been able to see him moving in such incredible ways. I think the coolest thing has been seeing him work through me to reach Sofia. I had just begun doing surveys on my own, and each time was a struggle for me- not only with the language, but in taking risks and stepping out in faith. So, whenever I met Sofia on Economics I was doubtful that the Lord would move so powerfully! During our conversation, It was so incredible to see that light go off for her in understanding God’s grace. Since that one conversation, we’ve become such good friends, and as I walk with her, this continuous journey has been so fun! I’m constantly encouraged by how God is drawing her into a relationship with Him. Just recently she went on a retreat with us and expressed how the Lord just made everything “click”. Now, she has returned to BA with a heart to not only seek the Lord each and everyday, but to also share Christ with those around her. She recently said at our Vida meeting, “I want to belong to the generation that makes a change in the world.” God is POWERFUL.