During the nine years Sally and I were in Tallahassee, we got to know Katie Yaun, a young adult who attended the church we were privileged to serve, Saint Paul’s. Katie was a dynamic young woman who approached us about making a difference with her life. “What about mission service?” she asked us. Sally talked to her about options in the Presbyterian Church and I lifted up options with the United Methodists. She ended up serving as a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission in the lakeside town of Copacabana, Bolivia alongside mission volunteers, Jeff Wasilevich and Debbie Rissing. Jeff, Deb and our friend, Katie developed projects that embodied the love of Christ with schools, associations, neighbors. When Abby and I were planning our trip and Abby said she wanted to see the Lake, I called Katie for some suggestions and we planned the trip to Copacabana.
We got to meet Jeff and Deb who now have a shop on the main square in town. We got to see the way they created community and belonging with Aymaran Native Americans, Bolivians and Expats. With tender love and care for those around them, they bear witness to the redeeming love of Christ. This “fresh expression,” as Florida now calls these “meeting people where they are” ministries, is a powerful example of making God’s love tangible to people who may not darken the door of a church.
This is a more in depth look into the changes in visa requirements so if you are just coming for the pictures and updates, you may want to skip the intrigue that led to my investigation provoked by what happened to us at the border. When coming from Peru to Bolivia, we crossed the border […] Continue reading →
Our goal was to make it to the lakeside town of Copacabana, Bolivia by nightfall. We awoke in Cusco at Eva’s Airbnb and after a delicious breakfast took a taxi to the airport for the flight to Juliaca, Peru, the largest airport near Lake Titicaca. We had planned to take a bus the rest of […] Continue reading →
We awoke early this morning to get in line for the buses to the entrance of Machu Picchu, an unfinished Incan royal estate built high atop an Andean peak. On this July day, thousands of people had made their way to Aguas Calientes, a staging area for pilgrims headed to the ruins. Many awoke, as […] Continue reading →
We had a leisurely morning in the heart of Miraflores before catching a ride to the airport for our flight to Cusco. We settled in to the Airbnb and our host Eva oriented us to the city. The elevation is quite high, 11,000 feet, and so she prepared us the local natural remedy, Mate de […] Continue reading →
When I was the Area Secretary for the Southern Cone, the Andes and Cuba for Global Ministries, I visited Peru several times but it was during a time when travel outside Lima was riskier for North Americans, so I pretty much spent time in the capital when I was there. So Abby and I are […] Continue reading →
A Florida mud salamander from outside Tallahassee For the last couple of years, I have used this blog to play around with random onscreen references to places I have lived, Tallahassee and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. I did it just for fun and as a way to have a resource when I […] Continue reading →
Back when I started this series of scenes shot at Union Seminary, I mentioned that Sally and I met in a lunch line at the seminary during my last week of classes before I graduated. I promised to show a scene from a movie that included the spot where we met. Alas, I thought the […] Continue reading →
In its second season, The Affair explores the emotional impact on everyone involved following an affair between a struggling novelist and a waitress at the summer resort community of Montauk at the end of Long Island. In this short scene, the spurned wife, played by Maura Tierney is taking her daughter Whitney, played by Julia […] Continue reading →
There have been some great movies about the AIDS pandemic that plagued the gay and IV-using community in the ’80s. Philadelphia was a notable one. I was attending Union Theological Seminary during the years of that outbreak and that crisis wove its way into many, many conversations in the Pit, in the Chapel, in the […] Continue reading →