MISSIONARY MOM SUPER HERO?




























Recently my boys had spirit week at their school.  I worked at the school on Super Hero day, so I went dressed as one of my super heroes, Elisabeth Elliot. During the five years that I have lived on the mission field, in Santiago, Chile, with my husband and three children, I have read a couple of Ms. Elliotʼs books, my favorite being “The Savage My Kinsman.”  Towards the end of the book she shares the idea that you must remember who God sent you (as a missionary) to love, because thatʼs how you’re going to survive the harshness of the mission field.  It made me think, “What people has God sent me here to love?”  It was not always clear to me, because as a woman, wife and mother, I found myself being pulled, pushed, forced, or placed in a box, according to what others thought or believed my role should be on the mission field.  I became confused and felt guilty. It was assumed His specific plan and purpose for me was to be wife and mother and why would there be anything else?  I believed there was something else—not something more—just something else, something that was beautifully and spiritually intertwined with all the roles that God has blessed me with to play out for His glory.
For a long time, it was hard to see Godʼs way and plan, but my faith, at the very least, told me He was with me.  So the other day, as I dressed up as my super hero Elisabeth Elliot, who went before me, I was reminded of what God has done and what He has taught me and to what my eyes are now open to and my heart is at peace with.  I am a mother and wife, and I love being both.  But I am also the daughter of a King, who calls us all to love and serve Him and those He sent His Son to die for and how He calls us looks different for each of us.
I remember the day that God reminded me who He sent me here to love.  Four young girl skaters came to our house to watch a girl skate video.  I served pizza.  One of the girls didnʼt eat pizza, so I warmed up leftovers for her.  She was the one who came back to our home a couple of weeks later, and then she came back again and again.  She continues to come over, we chat about God, life, and baking while drinking coffee together.  Then she will go play with my children or have a dance party with us, and chat with Habacuc about photography.  And each time, I am reminded of how Godʼs purpose for me and the roles Heʼs given me are so beautifully and spiritually intertwined.

PRAY FOR



Join us on 12/12/12 as we join together in prayer for the international skate community.

Urban Action will be joining the effort that several skate ministries from the U.S and Brazil have developed to launch an international day of prayer to lift up in prayer and encourage others to pray for the skate community worldwide (skaters, skate ministries, park builders, photographers, videographers, team-managers, entrepreneurs, employees and any and all overall
 skate fans). Remember to set aside some time on 12/12/12 to pray for the skate community worldwide. That God will continue to move through this industry, and work through the organizations reaching out to skateboarders worldwide with the Truth of Jesus Christ and action sports outreach.

LIZ AND THE GIRLS




Maybe you’ve noticed that UA has been posting lots of videos and pics of the girl skaters lately. Ever since our summer intern DJ came and helped us build a new mini-ramp, we’ve started hosting the girls at the church we attend. The girls are surprised to skate in a church, but because of relationships previously established they come. Inviting just girls gives Liz a great chance to shine. She prepares a small meal, chats with all the girls, and even does a little child care for one of the girls who has a baby girl. These are girls that NEVER go to church. We’re so happy to be able to invite them to church in such a relevant way. We pray the Spirit we’ll speak to their hearts and use us to draw them to Jesus. Thank you everyone for your support and prayers! How could you invite someone to church, in a unique way, who never attends?

Get to Know UA Intern DJ

Donal Joseph Waltz chose to spend six weeks of his summer serving with Urban Action. He studies Leadership and Administration at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. He's also a skateboarder and singer in a punk band - perfect for UA! We've enjoyed having him and look forward to our last week with him.

If you haven't already seen the great video he and Habacuc put together check it out below and then read my interview to find out a little more about DJ and his time here.


UA YH NMSI UPDATE 2012 INTERNSHIP from urban action on Vimeo.

John: How did you hear about UA?

DJ: I heard of Urban Action through Kyle Duncan at the National Missionary Convention in Atlanta Georgia.

John: Why did you decide to do an internship with UA?

DJ: Well at first I didn't know what an internship was. I just wanted to go on a mission trip. So, I just wanted to experience what life on the mission field was like. And, I wanted to experience what this ministry was doing in a different country with skateboarders.

John: What should people know about skateboarding?

DJ: Skateboarding is more so an art than a sport. But I guess you can say it's a sport. The main thing about skateboarding is it's freedom and it's what you make of it. There are no rules, there's no referees, there's no teams, there's no points; it's just about having fun, being creative, and pushing the limits that you want to push.

John: What's it like trying to talk to skaters in Spanish?

DJ: It's difficult because they're young, and they use a lot of slang, and they speak very fast just like my friends and I do in the US. But if I say mas lento por favor (slower please), I can usually get a couple words out and figure out the context. But usually our conversations are short sweet and to the point.

John: What's the coolest thing you've seen or experienced so far?

DJ: I've seen a lot of good skateboarding. I've seen people who are beginners and I watch them you know keep trying; they eventually land the tricks they're trying to land. I've seen all ages of skateboarding. Really, you know, a lot older men. And I've seen a lot of really young kids who are really trying. I've seen people ollie over barriers at a bus stop. I've seen people tre-flip down big gaps. There's a lot of good skateboarding here that doesn't really get recognized like it should.

John: What's the hardest thing you've encountered so far?

DJ: Mainly language and mainly with the youth because that's why I'm here mainly is to interact with the youth. So when I already have trouble talking to someone who speaks slow, it's a lot more difficult to speak with the youth who are talking very fast, and like me can't understand that people speak another language than they do. So, that's the hardest thing honestly.
     The culture of course if different than the US, but it's not something that is unbearable, but the language is definitely a thing that's difficult to get over. I usually end up embarrassing myself or playing charades.

John: What's the most important thing you've learned so far?

DJ: That I not only need to be evangelistic in my actions and service, but I also need to be evangelistic in my speech. Because there are certain people in my life that will come and go, and I know that they will come and go, and I never once talk about Christ or God or my faith. I let them know that I'm a Christian but that's as far as it gets. And often times I like to think that hopefully they'll just ask me a questions and I'll open up. But in reality sometimes I need to be the one to ask the questions. I hope this doesn't sound bad but I've learned a lot more about evangelism in America than anything, because there's so many friends I have that don't know Christ and that don't know God; but I've never once talked or had a really deep theological conversation about my faith. And here I am in Chile trying to be an evangelist. So that's one of the most important things that I've learned is my life is ministry my life is evangelism and that everywhere people need to hear the gospel not just skateboarders in Santiago, Chile and not just my friends back at home.

John: What is the biggest surprise about life in Chile?

DJ: In Chile itself one, I did not expect the people don't like spicy food. Two, how close to America it seems like. Just the simplicity of life, I mean maybe I haven't been here long enough but it seems for the most part that Chile is the closest country to American culture out of the rest of the South American countries; go to work, make a living, try to you know buy a house and have a family, and you know live the dream basically. It seems like out of the other Latin American countries Chile is the most closest to that. So, I did not expect that. I thought I was going to be in for a huge ride and for a huge cultural shock. In reality, you know it didn't really phase me at all. I felt very comfortable. Also I did not expect the country to be as safe as it was. I tried not to come with that attitude but me being a white suburban American it's hard not to think that a Latin American country is going to be violent. But Chile has been the most safest place I've ever been in my life.

John: Anything else you would like to tell people reading this?

DJ: If you want to be a missionary, and that is really awesome and cool, but one thing to remember is that evangelism does not start once you guys are at college. Evangelism does not start once you go into the mission field. If you can't do something back at home than how are you going to do it in a different country where they speak a different language and do things differently altogether? Another country is not going to want to do ministry the way an American does ministry, because Americans do ministry the way Americans do. Ultimately, we should all try to do it like Christ, but culture and different types of things are always going to be there. So, for those who want to be future missionaries I'd say be evangelists now, be missionaries now no matter where you are; weather you're in a small rural town in Kentucky, or if you're in a suburban neighborhood in Virginia, or if you're in a big city in New York. Be a missionary now. Prepare now because you know life is short and if you can't do it now than how are you supposed to do it on the mission field. So, that's the main thing that I would want other people to know.

John: How is you're relationship with God right now?

DJ: Well as of right now I'm in the book of 1 Chronicles chapter twelve. It's getting there. It's basically a general view of what I learned in 1 and 2 Kings, but I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it. I'm also reading a book The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. So, that's really good and helps me understand you know my faith better and how to reasonably explain things without starting conflict with those who are not Christians. My prayer life is very good. My reading life is very good. I try to serve everyday and I try to encourage and be helpful to people and not to be selfish. Even though it's always a struggle everyday. So, things are going very well for me and it's not because I'm doing all these things. It's mainly because I'm a Christian and God loves me and blesses me. And even if I was only reading one little Psalm a day and that was it, not even praying, I know that I would still be a very blessed Child of God. On my part, I feel like I'm doing very well, but overall things are always going to be very well because I'm a Christian and God is very gracious like that.


XFEM MAGAZINE COLLABORATION

























While I was learning about digital photography at the local University last year I meet Javiera a professional roller-blade rider that was finishing her degree as a professional photographer. When I meet her she dreamed about starting a magazine with the purpose of sharing and promoting girls among the x-sports in our city. When she shared this with me I told her let me know when you get this thing going, I love to collaborate. July is here and the first e-issue of X-FEM magazine is out. Sure thing Javiera invitated me to collaborate in this first e-issue and I been able to share my photography work with the Girl Skate Crew.
I feel very blessed to know that with my photography I have an opportunity to be an encouragement and share Christ with people like Javiera she is a local trendsetter with the ability to influence our youth culture with here work and passion and we get to share Christ with her.




OUR FRIENDS FROM CINDER



Having friends is great, having friends that love God and have a rocking skate ministry is just awesome.

This is a blog made by our friend David Tolentino founder of THE CINDER PROJECT!!!


About 2 years ago, while the park was still in operation, a young man walked into the shop and introduced himself as “Habacuc.”  After a couple back and forths of making sure I got the pronunciation correct, a conversation about skateboarding went down.  It eventually morphed itself into a conversation about God.  Low and behold, Habacuc and his wife Liz were missionaries to Chile, sharing the love of Christ to the hundreds of street kids that were outside in the plaza near their home.  Part of this street culture was skateboarding, and this guy has a passion for these lost street kids.   I instantly was moved and wanted to help in any way that I could.  We started taking donations for Habacuc’s ministry: boards, wheels, trucks, whatever our customers didn’t want anymore that was still usable. We sorted, boxed, and shipped to Chile boxes of gear to Habacuc so he could distribute and bless his skaters.  Now as things look different for us here in the States,  the seeds of giving can still be seen, as they are being watered by Habacuc and Liz. You can check out their ministry at Urban Action.  Maybe we will see some Cinders as a result of a trip to Chile with our team in the future!
It is the stories that we hear back from the people around us that keep the fires of Cinder going.  If you have a story, we would love to hear it.  Just drop us a line on our contact page.
These are just a handful of the girl skaters to which Habacuc and Liz minister.  It is amazing stuff. I think there are more skate girls in this picture than there are in the entire state of North Carolina! Keep up the great work Habacuc and Liz!


























CHECK OUT OUR FRIENDS FROM CINDER - THEY ROCK!



SCA Skate Demo 2012

Recently we put on a skate demo for Santiago Christian Academy. The kids were blown away by how awesome Habacuc and I skated!


HA! HA!

We asked two good skaters to come skate for the students.

We weren't sure how it would go, but it turned out great.

The skaters had fun, the kids had fun, the teachers had fun, and we had fun.

We shared about how mission work can take on many different forms. Going to the jungle, eating bugs, and wearing a loincloth isn't the only type of mission work. Using your passion is a great way to reach out to those who don't yet know Jesus!

What is your passion? Have you ever thought about how you could use it to build meaningful relationships and share the good news with others?

No Skating in The Rain

It rained almost non-stop this weekend. A preview of the winter months here in Santiago. It means no skating and a lot of bored youth with pent up energy. That's just one of the reasons why UA continues to seek an indoor skatepark / youth center.































UA and the local church are currently working on an MOU together with the hope that in the end the church will see the youth center / skatepark as one of their projects. We believe if the church takes this type of ministry on, the way it has in the US, then it could reach way more people for many years to come!

What did you do during rainy seasons as a youth?