viva la revolucion!, or, don’t cry for me argentina

tomorrow morning i’m off to argentina for the convencion internacional liderazgo juvenil (international youth leaders convention). this is a YS event, run by our spanish division, and is our 5th year in a row. the first four were in buenos aires (one of the most beautiful cities in the world, if you ask me). but this year we’re trying something new, and moving the event to mendoza. buenos aires is huge, and is on the eastern edge of the country. mendoza isn’t as big, but is on the western edge of the country, right up against the andes (think: Alive!). we’ve maxed the event out at 1800 the last few years, but really didn’t have a good place to move it in BA. but we have a great place to hold the event in mendoza that allows us to grow it to 2000.

one great advantage is that it’s very close to chile. as a result, we have 400-500 chilean youth workers coming this year, which is just so freakin’ cool. but — huge prayer request — there has been very cold weather and snow in the mountains over the past week; and the mountain pass from chile to argentina is closed. if it doesn’t warm up, and if they can’t re-open the pass, all those chilean youth workers will not be able to attend. please pray for a weather miracle on this one.

i’m speaking five times — three regular seminars, one “super-seminar” (longer), and one general session. karla yaconelli and mike’s father, ernie, will be with me. karla was there last year, but this will be a first for ernie — very cool that he’s coming! our good friends, tony and peggy campolo, will be there also. tony has been a friend of this event from the beginning, and this will be his third time speaking.

on my way home, i’ll stop in buenos aires to see our new (6 mos) office there. we have 2 employees there, and also rent out space to two or three other youth ministry organizations (the office is actually called the Buenos Aires Center for Youth Ministry).

7 thoughts on “viva la revolucion!, or, don’t cry for me argentina”

  1. Marko-
    How do you do all this traveling and keep family life together? I’m sure it’s a juggling act. Does your family get to come with sometimes? Please hear my question as innocent.

  2. no question, it’s a challenge, eddie. this june/july/august has been a bit weird, with 5 international trips. but, i also took all of august as vacation (other than the 5 days i was speaking at soul survivor), so i’ve been home a lot (including this entire last week). and i took my daughter with me to guatemala (i try to take a family member with me as often as i can — that makes a HUGE difference). i’m actually traveling less these days than i did in the past.

  3. Marko-
    Eddie…that’s funny, I haven’t been called that since little league. I kind of miss it. Eddie Edwards was the name. My friends parents didn’t even know that Eddie really wasn’t my name. Any whoo, thanks Mark for being true to both your callings. Thanks for explaning this. It confirms again for me that you guys are smoking what you are selling. thanks Marky.

    Eddie Edwards or appropriate to your location
    Edwardo Devarichio

  4. hey! have a safe trip! and praying for that weather miracle!
    do you have an interpreter when you teach…or do you speak spanish? i am feeling the need to learn spanish in a big way!
    tell carla hi for me!

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