Friday, February 5, 2010

On Mexico, Joy, and Wholeness.

I really wish there was a more flattering picture of me in the market in Mexico City.

It’s been a few days since returning to Toronto from my five days in Mexico City, and I’m still thinking a lot about the whole experience. Many people have asked me about what was meaningful about the trip – and to be completely honest, to share everything I’m thinking about post-Mexico would fill far too many blog postings. So the highlights:


So I went to Mexico City to be trained on how to lead a Global Partnership in the future (interesting notion, considering I’ve never been on one before), and these were some of the key criteria touched upon that a good director should be pursuing:

-Finding the Teachable Moments

-Planning for the Future

-Inspiring Character Development

-Building Effective Teams

-Developing Cross-Cultural Competency

Each of these areas were discussed at length, and the most exciting part (at least for me), was visioning around what the implications of a vibrant and growing field of Global Partnership means for the future of our ministry. Seriously, it was way too much fun dreaming about the future. All of the content was serious gold, and I’m really excited what this means for the students coming on a GP with me, and for future exec teams at U of T.


We were based out of the Gran Texas Hotel and the Casa de Los Amigos for the five days we were there. My room was on the fourth floor of the hotel, and I had to actually exit the building and walk on the rooftop patio to get to my room (great!). The view was pretty fun too as I looked out on the rough-around-the-edges-but-beautiful neighbourhood. And as always, the people were pretty fun too. Seriously, I love IVCF folks. It’s near-impossible for me to spend a week with 25 Canadian staff and not have an enjoyable time. I think there’s a sense of deep understanding and respect we all share – a common commitment to the gospel – that allows us to all get along famously. It’s like going on an adventure with your best friends (both old and new).

Joy and Wholeness:

I feel like I’m in a season of joy right now. I am so thankful for many of the experiences I’ve had as of late, and have seen nothing but good things happen on campus since returning (which is especially meaningful given the ups and downs of the year thus far). So Mexico = Awesome; Returning home = Awesome; Awesome + Awesome = Joy!

Another reason for my joyful attitude these days stems from this process I seem to be finding myself in where I’m seeing the many formerly-divided parts of myself being reintegrated and contributing to a feeling of wholeness. Consider this: For years I have had three competing desires that never reconciled with each other. 1) the desire to influence and shape lives [which led me to want to be a high school teacher]; 2) the desire to travel and see the world [which almost led me to drop out of university; and 3) the desire to write, film, and create [which still pulls at my attention]. Now, all three of these things are being brought together in my job.

I get to mentor and disciple university students on a daily basis, invite them to travel with me and engage foreign cultures in a way that is far more invested than mere tourism, and I ‘hopefully’ get to document my upcoming summer GP with a camera and microphone. So basically I get to be a Cross-Cultural-Documentary-Filmmaker-Campus-Minister. And I get to be trained in places like Mexico City. I seriously love my job!

There are many, many, MANY more anecdotes to share from this trip that are better shared over a cup of coffee and conversation, so if this post intrigues you, track me down.



Aaron said...

We should get together again

Andrew said...

i question your math here - Awesome + Awesome = Joy

the sum of awesome and awesome is clearly MEGA AWESOME! or some sort of derivative...possibly even a squirrel that can kill cars...or maybe just me

anyways, mexico is one of my favourite places - some great little towns with some amazing people


Anonymous said...

t was way too much fun thinking about the long run. All of the material was serious silver, and I’m really thrilled what this way for the learners arriving on a GP with me, and for upcoming executive groups at U of T.