Loving the San Francisco Bay Area... Community development, urban ministry, trying to defeat poverty, faith, religion, politics, good music, the quest for the perfect pizza, the Yankees, motorcycles... All in a 'day's life'

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pascal Gomez

Pascal Gomez came by for a visit yesterday. He brought his parents with him. Moses and Melissa are very close, old friends. Melissa was a student in a youth group I led and (my wife) Melissa used to babysit little baby Moses. I was honored to perform their wedding four years ago. 

The Gomez family serves with YWAM Amsterdam. Melissa works with prostitutes and sex slaves in the infamous red light district and Moses is doing innovative ministry through DJing. He goes by the name DJ Osmoses. Sam and he had a great time spinning some wax. They head home on Wednesday after a four month furlough.

A long time ago I wanted to move to the YWAM base in Amsterdam. At least I can live vicariously through them. I've been encouraging them to blog more - hopefully my nagging will take! 

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Not much posting lately

OK - I know I haven't been posting much lately. After the CCDA conference, then a week of vacation I came back to a whirlwind. I hope I still have some readers! Here's a few things that has been going on to catch you up on the randomness of my life:

- Andy Hartwell, founder and former Executive Director of my former employer Bayshore Christian Ministries attended Max Torres' funeral. Here's some of Andy's reflections
"I went to Max' funeral. It was pretty amazing. We got there a little before 10 and still ended up sitting in the gymnasium. The sanctuary and overflow room were already packed. Later, the little passageway between the 2 got packed out as well. I think there were 1000 people there, certainly 800+. Lots of bikers. The speakers were great. They really knew Max and reflected well on his personality and his legacy. It was really positive without being at all shallow. It wasn't happy-happy; it was really moving. His oldest son got up to thank everyone and was crying. His pastor did a great job and then presented a flag to his family, recognizing Max as a Christian hero. The bikers definitely got their salutes in as well...."
Thanks to Andy for the update. Max's death really knocked me for a loop. I've been praying for his wife and kids every day. I truly miss my brother, but I'm also thankful we got to journey together on 'this side' for a decade or so.

- The new Ryan (certainly not Bryan) Adams and the Cardinals record, Cardinology, is growing on me. Best tracks: Fix It, Natural Ghost, Evergreen and Stop. 

- Thanksgiving was great - went to the Bains' house... Great food, good fellowship...

- Next week I'm off to the Twin Cities to teach a CCDA Institute class with Juanita Irizarry on the CCDA core value, 'redistribution'. If you're from the area, please come by. You can get info here. I hope to see Eric Iverson when I'm there.

- Interesting New York Times article on predatory lenders. It's not the typical report, this one shows both sides of the issue. Not sure I agree - but it's great for discussion.

- The Del Rio's had a beautiful baby boy, Cyrus. Congrats to the Del Rio family!

- It's been fun reconnecting with a bunch of folks recently. YWAM friends Suzie (Flanigan) Bukovec and Todd Worlock. Gotta love Facebook. Todd was with me in '87 when I connected with Melissa in LA and Suzie was one of my closest friends when I first went into the organization at 18 years old. Todd and I about split the LA YWAM base over a U2 concert - but that's another story! I attended St. Peter's Catholic School for 8 years. A bunch of the former students are planning a reunion at Christmas this year. I can't attend - but it's been fun to read the emails and see where everyone is at these days.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Missing My Brother

Our beloved friend, lifetime servant of Christ, pastor, respected 'urban' leader and Sam's adopted uncle Max Torres passed last night after a fatal motorcycle accident. Max has been a close friend of mine for well over a decade. I've had lots of wonderful memories flooding back from my times with Max including a retreat on Lake Meade in the 90's, a visit to the White House in the Clinton days and many laughs during his season serving in East Palo Alto with Bayshore Christian Ministries. One of the picures I posted was from a summer intern retreat where he was the speaker.

My thoughts are prayers are with Dalia and their sons.

Max, well done - a life well lived. You are missed...

Every day is a gift.

I'll post more information as I become aware.