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In Which I Recount My Experiences Abroad

In the immortal words of Samwise Gamgee, “Well, I’m back.”

On June 5th, I packed my bags and boarded a plane to Mexico City, where I was blessed to spend three wonderful weeks with the Pliego family. Blogging and e-mail interaction was enough to assure me that they would be amazing; now that I’ve actually met them in the flesh, I’m convinced that amazing is a woefully inadequate description. It’s like saying the Atlantic Ocean is wet.

To begin with, Mr. Pliego and Mrs. Pliego are quite easily the most welcoming hosts I have ever met (which is saying something). There was no awkwardness, no sense of being out-of-place – from the moment I stepped into their home, I felt like one of the family. The hospitality they demonstrated was so warm, so gracious, so sincere, it was nearly overwhelming. That’s not gushing on my part, either – I’m simply giving you the facts.

Then there’s the rest of the family, starting with Santiago, who is currently a student at New Saint Andrews College. He’s smart, he’s funny, and he’s passionate about engaging secular culture with biblical truth. A two-word description of him would be simple: he’s bloody awesome.

Next up is Annie, who is as lovely a girl as you could hope you meet. She has a knack for anything related to photography, and her love for God and family is the most evident thing about her. She also plays the guitar, sings beautifully, and has a terrific sense of humor.

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In Which I Explain My Forthcoming Absence

Dear Reader,

By this time tomorrow, I will be well on my way out of the country. Destination? Mexico City, where I will have the privilege of spending most of June with the Pliego family. Awesome.

In preparation for the trip, I’ve been gathering supplies from all over creation (not really) and pondering the way time flies. It must be driving one of these, and there aren’t any policemen to bust it with a speeding ticket.

Your prayers are coveted for safe, healthy, and hassle-free travel. I’ve never flown solo before (much less out of country), so this ought to be an interesting experience. You should pray for the Pliego family, too – they’ll be putting up with me for three whole weeks.

Luggage is being packed, however slowly, and is beginning to have some semblance of ordered chaos. Clothes? Check. Shoes? Check. Books? Check. Inflatable rubber ducky? Now wait just a bleeding minute…

I’ll be taking Denzel Washington with me. He’s been to Mexico City before and has the requisite “street smarts.” Plus, if we run into any trouble… well, let’s just say he’s capable of reacting in a very memorable (read: unpleasant) way. Think of him as a WMD with sunglasses and a cool suit.

Destination: Orlando, FL

Well, today I’m off to Orlando, FL, where I will have the privilege of attending Ligonier Ministries’ 2011 National Conference. This year’s theme is “Light and Heat: A Passion for the Holiness of God.” The conference spans March 24-26, and the speakers will include R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Sinclair B. Ferguson, R.C. Sproul, Jr., Robert Godfrey, and Steven Lawson. A pretty cool lineup, to be sure.

I would appreciate prayer for three things in particular:

  • that Dad and I would have safe travel, both to and from Orlando.
  • that much spiritual edification would result from this conference.
  • that I will be able to take clear, accurate notes at the speed of light.