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Documentary: Mexico City

This is a TV documentary series on Megacities, and in this installment, this series examines Mexico City, the city where we minister. This video is by a secular group, but it does give a lot of information about our city. It focuses mainly on earthquakes and a little on the volcanos in close proximity Mexico City.

47 minutes long

My Comments

It is difficult to describe Mexico City to people who have never been there, and even living there, it is difficult to comprehend at times.

Earthquakes – Usually they are less dramatic as presented here (these are simulations). The constant focusing on tremors is very true. The SAS system doesn’t always work though. There are different kinds of earthquakes, and their origins are different, and some seem to come from distances 1000s of miles away and Mexico City is the bowl of jello that shakes when somebody bumps the other end of the table. When somebody bumps the plate of jello, there is no warning. Also quakes are of the type of rolling back and forth, circulating around, or up and down jerking. The last one is deadly.

The second floor or story of the Periferico is now functioning. No matter what assurances any engineer gives, nobody wants to be on the second story when an earthquake hits though. 🙂 The fact that it sways like a palm tree in a strong wind only reinforces what I say here.

Volcanos – I have had my car dusted with volcanic ash that destroy the finish on the car.

 

 

Missionary Attrition (Dropouts)

This blog article is my thoughts on missionary dropouts. I saw an interesting article here, Dropouts-Burnouts-Forceouts-Never-Should-Have-Goneouts, which I will use as an introduction to my thoughts on the subject.

Introduction

Let me begin by saying that it is extremely expensive to get a missionary on the foreign mission field working. Besides the years of personal and educational preparation that the missionary himself has to shoulder, once he “officially begins deputation” the costs are shared or shouldered mainly by local churches and the people of God. This “business of missions” should first of all be understood to “NOT BE A SECULAR BUSINESS”. Although many aspects of missions is like a business (money funds the activity on the foreign field, there are workers, there are acquisition of funds, fund raising, promotion, etc), the basic thrust of missions is spiritual, and cannot be reduced to simple business economics. Continue reading Missionary Attrition (Dropouts)