so, if you have a mind to pray, i would really appreciate your prayers today.

the spanish division of ys has been exploding in the last few years. really exciting stuff, which i’ve blogged about many times. we have developed some wonderful friends through these years, in the spanish church and youth ministry world. many of these people have spoken at lots of our spanish conventions.

a few guys in particular had become very close friends of ours. even though i ride the coat-tails of the spanish stuff, i consider these guys personal friends. we were together multiple times a year, and have really enjoyed each other and believed in each other.

but some time in the last year or so, things got sideways with them. they had banded together to form an organization, which is absolutely wonderful. but somewhere we all lost sight of the friendship, and things turned into a competition. i don’t think any of us actually intended for this to happen, but it’s become hurtful to the kingdom of god.

recently, when things were spiraling a bit, we all agreed to get face to face and rely on our friendship to work through and past this current nastiness. so today, i’m flying to dallas for a three hour meeting (then home tonite). i’m confident we will embrace and start off well. but i’m praying (and ask you to pray with me) that we are able to stay on the level of, “how can we bless you guys and your ministry?” that’s my real hope. there’s plenty of work to do in the world of spanish youth ministry for these two organizations and twenty more. getting into finger-pointing or “he said, she said” will get us nowhere.

i’ll let you know how it goes.

thanks for praying — the meeting went well. we got caught up on life for a while, and then they shared the vision for their ministry for a while, which was good (both good to hear, and good for them to be heard, i think). then, for a couple more hours, we talked about how we got sideways, and what commitments we can make to each other to speak highly of each other and hope for the best for each ministry. the one thing that surprised me the most was how hurt one of the guys had been – some from things we did, some from things people did that he associated with us, and some from misunderstanding. but being heard, combined with our genuine apologies, seemed to be important.

i’m hopeful for the future.

10 thoughts on “reconciliation”

  1. Everuthing will be alright Marko. Everything will fall in it’s place. I’m praying for that. Thanks for all your pastoral care through this process.

  2. I’m with Eliezer on this one. I’m praying that it will all fall into place. What God is doing with Spanish YS is awesome. There will be peace.

  3. Thanks bro. This is so fundamental. I pray that the Spirit would find ears that want to hear and hearts that are soft and want to love.

  4. Looking forward to hearing how everything went in TX. I’m getting ready to lead a group of youth on a “mission trip of accompaniment” to Mexico City next week. Your post reminded me of the kind of mindset we all need to have in our dealings with those who (A) are different than us and (B) can cause us frustration. Blessings!

  5. Well I know you won’t be blogging for a while, but I wanted to thank you for your support to us. Your presence and pastoral care is very meaningful. I hope things get to its place for a “basilea”.Take care my friend and enjoy this two weeks with your family.

  6. Definately praying! Exciting to see that the ministry is growing. Have a blessed next few weeks!

  7. Hi Marko

    You don’t know me!

    I’ve been reading bits pieces of your bog this morning, which has been helpful. Coming across this reconciliation story, including the comments, is great. This is Kingdom of God stuff and you’re going in the right direction. Be encouraged my friend. May you know God with you in the continuing journey.

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