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HERC Newsletter : September 2008

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September 2008 The Boston HERC News
They Go (To College) Because You Give

Greetings!

"I love working at HERC," writes Patricia Lee, one of the two volunteers interviewed in this, the Boston HERC's first electronic Newsletter. "I'm so inspired by the students. I've also brushed up on my Spanish. I've learned how to teach and how to relate to people. I've grown in patience and faith . . . it's an awesome place to be." The Boston HERC would not exist - kids would not be going to college; recent immigrants would not be learning English, or learning computer skills, or escaping poverty - were it not for people like Patricia and Sam Edminston. And you. Over 100 souls lent a hand this fiscal year, serving as Mentors to at-risk high school students, or as coaches in the LetsGetReady! SAT prep classes, or as ESOL or basic computer literacy instructors. When you give generously of your time, your energy, and your treasure, lives are transformed. This June, the Passport Program sent 15 high school graduates to college - our largest class ever. Another 30 students visited college campuses in Providence, RI, most for the first time. And our summer SAT program finished with a near perfect student completion rate - 99%! Over 90% of Boston HERC's students will be the first in their families to go to college. There are good things ahead this year. Twenty-three (23) Passport Program Seniors are preparing to go to college. And mark your calendars! The Fifth Annual Community Gems fund-raiser is scheduled for December 6th, and we would welcome your support. To all of you who invested your prayers, your time, and your support to make these miracles possible, thank you. This Newsletter is dedicated to you.


Sincerely,

Samuel Acevedo
Executive Director
Over 30 students attend Providence college tour
by Sonia Miranda-Lopez

HERC hosts visit to Brown University and Providence College
Providence College Tour Group Photo This past April vacation, we hosted a college visit to Brown University and Providence College for 31 students from our Passport, Mentoring, and SAT-Prep programs. At Providence College, the students attended a special info session with admissions officers and college students that educated them about the college application and financial aid process and the factors that should be considered when choosing a school. Students also participated in a campus tour. At Brown, our students met with 5 current Brown students, who shared their real-life college and graduate school experiences and answered the students' questions about campus life, career plans, and other important matters connected to the college decision-making process. They also attended a Brown campus tour. The trip was a great opportunity for students to experience college life first-hand and to get more information about the college application process.
George's Island Trip
by Erin McNally
ESOL Students, Friends, and Family Spend a Day at the Beach!
George's Island '08This past June, over 70 students, volunteers, and their families from our adult education programs enjoyed a day of relaxing and socializing with each other, barbecuing, and sports. Students also practiced their English and learned more about Boston's history, as a park ranger gave us a tour of the island's fort and explained its story. The ferry trip and the beautiful views it provided of Boston's harbor and skyline were highlight for many, as well. As one child exclaimed, "I'm so excited for my first boat ride!" For many, it was a welcome break from intense work and class schedules and a great time of fellowship. In the words of one student, "I'm so glad we went on this trip. I don't know what I can do around here with my kids. But this gives me a good idea. It's not expensive, and we can come again as a family."
Passport to College '08 Graduation Celebration
by Sonia Miranda-Lopez

HERC sends 15 Passport Graduates Off to College!
Passport '08 Graduates














On June 20, HERC celebrated the accomplishments of 15 Boston-area high school students, who completed our 2-year Passport to College program. Through weekly workshops focusing on the college application process, character and leadership development, and life skills, these students learned about time management strategies, conflict resolution, and goal setting, among many other related topics. They also attended our annual Career Forum, which, this past year, brought 16 minority young professionals to our site to share their experience and facilitate workshops around the topic of transferable skills and success in the workplace. This fall, our 2008 graduates will be enrolling in 4-year schools, such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Boston College, Gordon College, and Trinity College, among others. Two of our graduating seniors received full tuition scholarships to Northeastern and Gordon, respectively, and all received generous financial aid packages. We are now recruiting rising juniors for the Class of 2010. To find out more, please contact Sonia Miranda-Lopez at smiranda@bostonherc.org or (617) 606-4271.

HERC Hosts Computer Literacy Classes
by Erin McNally


Students Gain Skills Needed for 'The Age of Technology'
Computer ClassThis year, HERC offered three basic Spanish-language computer literacy classes. Students learned the basics of Microsoft Office, Windows, and the Internet. Students all set up email accounts, and many have used these to communicate with family and others in their home countries. Some who are studying in college and training programs have acquired the computer skills necessary to complete their academic work. Another student, Tulio Ballesteros, was awarded a free computer for his dedication and perfect attendance in our program. Like many students in our computer classes, he is cross-enrolled in the ESOL program, and is working on practicing English through free websites at his new home computer. Over time, we hope to offer more comprehensive Spanish-language computer training. Currently, HERC is compiling and creating more advanced Spanish-language materials in order to launch several new offerings in the fall class session.
Summer SAT-Prep Program
by Sonia Miranda-Lopez
99% of students finish program successfully!
We kicked off our summer session of SAT-prep classes on June 25 with 46 high school students and 15 college student volunteers. For 8 weeks, the students in the program attended Math, Critical Reading, and Writing classes, went on college visits, and worked on their college applications together. Our SAT-prep program provides free classes for local high school juniors and seniors and prepares them to apply to college and receive financial aid. Classes are offered three times a year, in the spring, summer, and fall. On average, our students raise their scores by 150 points. Our fall session will start in October of 2008. For more information about the program, please contact Sonia Miranda-Lopez @ (617) 606-4271. We hope to hear from you!

Spring and Summer ESOL Sessions
by Erin McNally

Over 100 students participate in ESOL classes this year!
Spring ESOL Graduation Sixty-three students enrolled in the Spring '08 session of the English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) program!

HERC congratulates all who participated in the ESOL program this year. We celebrate with the students who entered college, students who are going places without interpreters for the first time, students who found jobs or received promotions at their work, students who became U.S. citizens, and students who are getting closer and closer to their visions for their life in this country. In addition to offering our regular adult classes, we also had 15 children of adult participants enrolled in our children's program. With a record number of 20 members on our volunteer teaching team, we were also able to offer individual tutoring to twelve of the students enrolled in our program. These students were able to gain more confidence and be especially encouraged in their English speaking skills. One student, who made the transition this session from speaking to everyone at HERC in Spanish to only speaking English, says, "My tutor helps me so much. Now, I'm not afraid to speak with anyone in English. I had to miss some classes because of some family problems, but I still meet with my tutor every week. She's a good friend."

Thanks to Our Donors!



INDIVIDUAL DONORS
Samuel Acevedo
Mynor Acevedo
Ana Andujar
Garitza Antonietti
Tulio Ballesteros
Christopher Barker
Ramy Barrett
Gregory and Kennis Bishop
Iris Bonilla-Yoon
Lawrence Brown
Elizabeth Canali
Shirley Cardona
Steve Casey
Myra Castro
Delmy Chacon-Martinez
Mallory Cherry
Joan Christel
Aida Corredor
Raquel De Leon
Miguelina Del Rosario
Ernst and Esmeralda Dhiel
David Diaz
Myriam Diaz
Kenneth Dupuis
Matt Dyer
Dave Dzagunis
Iris Figueroa
Carmen Florentino
Mario Flores
Crystal Gaikwad
Martha Garzon
Bonnie Gillespie
Sylvia Gonzalez
Erik and Karin Hernandez
Patricia Lee
Roberto and Mercedes
Miranda
Nikiesha Marshall
Rebecca Mautner
Evelyn Maya
Kevin and Joanne McNally
Oscar Mendoza
Timothy Miller
Tulio Molina
Trish Montenegro
Oliria Munoz
Elias Ortiz
Andres Paredes
Miguel Perez
Jean Peteet
Miguel and Stella Preciado
Michael and Madeline Prendergast
Miguel Prieto
Yoxmar Rodriguez
Jabes Rojas
Victor Roman
Graciela Rosario
Sadel Sano
Omar and Aidymaris Soto
Jenny Styers
Diana Thompson
Mario Ulloa
Tania and Arnolt Ramos
Velez
Tracy Wemett
Claudia Zelada

GRANTS AND FOUNDATION DONORS
Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation
Roxbury Trust Fund
BALF Foundation
Barr Foundation
Community Development Block Grant
Community Gems
Hyams Foundation
United Way
Yawkey Foundation
The Clipper Ship Foundation
U.S. Department of Education
Interview with a HERC Mentor
by Alphonso Westley
Sam Edminston shares some thoughts about mentoring.

1. What made you decide to sign-up for the Boston HERC Mentor Program?

I signed up for the HERC Mentor Program in the spring of 2004 after reading a three-line notice in a bulletin at the church where I was attending at the time. The notice merely stated that mentors were needed to assist Boston area Latino students in college preparation. I boasted no lofty or noble reasons when I decided to volunteer. Mainly, I wondered with fear and doubt whether I would be a good role model. My own life as a beginning attorney was so busy, 'how could I possibly find time?' I was almost 30 at the time, too old? Surely the SAT and admissions processes had changed since the 90's. Will I possess the wisdom and strength to help guide a young man into adulthood? By grace, these and other doubts were confronted and I joined with my wife in HERC's mentor training and pairing process, the first step in a wonderful journey that's now over four years long but seems now like a blink of the eye.


2. What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?

The most enjoyable part of the HERC mentor program is just the sense of community. Mutual support pervades HERC's activities. The staff is tremendously encouraging. Parents are enthusiastic. If there are "issues" or "drama," the program promotes an open culture where everyone feels comfortable approaching each other for solutions, possible approaches and prayer. The sense of being a part of positive development, everyone focused, determined and working constructively together to achieve the same high standards in the face of innumerable obstacles is immensely satisfying. Also, there's intrinsic joy in being involved in the life of my mentee, Sam, his family, education, sharing in his goals and struggles. By the way, the Red Sox games, socials and pot-lucks are a blast too!


3. What surprised you most about being a mentor or what surprised you most about your student mentee?

The most surprising part about being a mentor was the constant surprises. In general, I knew that HERC held itself out as offering an opportunity to hold students to high standards using holistic approaches. I did not expect the extent to which staff, fellow mentors and other mentees opened themselves to one another on a personal level. Another refreshing surprise was the diversity. I encountered not just Latino Christians, but also a broad range of individuals from various races, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status and different religions. HERC's genuine culture of equality was surprising just because I've been involved in many charities where despite everyone's best intentions, pernicious paternalism or dependency sets in, but at HERC the relational culture of mutual respect remained consistently high so that I never sensed that anyone felt on the giving or receiving end of "charity" at least in the negative hierarchical sense of that term.


4. Is there anything that you would like to say to alumni/perspective volunteers who are thinking about becoming mentors?

To people considering this opportunity, I would simply say "do it." Consider it with all your heart. HERC is among those precious organizations that doesn't just urge the realization of potential but assumes it, working collectively toward high standards while embodying them. You can be a part of that! What an opportunity! Like I had, you may be having doubts wondering if you're "qualified." Don't worry. It is enough if you have a seed of interest. Your motives need be neither "pure" nor "noble" so long as their foundation rests upon humility and their trajectory point toward service. Apply yourself and you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Interview with HERC ESOL and Computer Literacy Volunteer
by Erin McNally
Learning from Patricia Lee's volunteering experience

Patricia Lee began volunteering at the Boston HERC in the summer of 2007 as an assistant computer literacy teacher. She has since taught computer literacy classes, ESOL classes, and has been a constant source of support for HERC's staff.

Q. What has your experience been like?

A. I love working at HERC. I've been blessed with the opportunity to give back to the community, to share in community building, and to learn about other Hispanic cultures. I've made friendships as well with students; I feel very encouraged by them. No matter what age group they're part of, they're really open to learning. This has fostered my idea of returning to school and motivated me to put it into action. I'm going back in the fall to study Community Economic Development. I'm so inspired by the students. I've also brushed up on my Spanish. I've learned how to teach and how to relate to people. I've grown in patience and faith. I love the classroom setting; I've gotten to know different people, and with everything that everyone brings to the table, it's an awesome place to be.


Q. How have you seen transformation happen in your students?

A. Each student helps one another. They've made friendships with one another and organize their own get-togethers. I've seen them gain a sense of security and motivation to further their education. We had 'A Night to Dream' event, where the students and teachers focused on vision-casting. We focused on visions that we may have put on the back burner because of life (working, taking care of kids, etc.) We left those dreams and visions behind and let them get dusty. But now, people are starting to look at the possibilities of working towards visions and dreams with God on their side, praying and encouraging one another.

Q. What motivates you to keep volunteering?

A. I've just been so blessed by HERC, by staff, by the students, by the teachers, and by giving. It's something that when you give, you get back. I'm a giver, and being able to serve is a blessing. Like the Scriptures say, "Give, and it will be given to you." What comes to mind is 'Give and it will be given to you.' I've been blessed in any every area: with my family, with starting school in the fall to continue to reach out to God's destiny for me.
Welcome, Jasiel!


Jasiel Fernandez Joins the Boston HERC as the Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator
We are very excited to welcome Jasiel to the HERC team. Prior to joining us full-time, she served as a teacher in our ESOL program for 4 semesters. In her current capacity, she will be coordinating the ESOL and Computer Education programs, and providing career and educational counseling to program participants. She joins us from the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnerships, where she served as Program Manager. Welcome, Jasiel!
Mark Your Calendar for Community Gems!

Community Gems logoThis fundraising event celebrates the work of the Boston HERC and 6 other community-based organizations in Boston area. Thanks to HERC's friends, who supported the event last year, we received a $33,500 grant. Please join us again this year, on Saturday, December 6th, from 6-9 PM, for a wonderful evening of great music, food, and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are $50 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call the HERC office at (617) 442-5608. We hope you can make it!

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Buenas Nuevas | Good News : February 2006

February 2006 Congregación León de Judá
Boletín: Buenas Nuevas | Good News February 2006

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La Palabra en Linea | God's Word on Line
Valorizamos la Palabra que Dios da a la Congregación León de Judá. Hacemos un esfuerzo cada semana de transcribir la prédica y de poner el texto en linea. Aprovéchate de este recurso y visita el archivo de sermones. We value God's Word that is preached every week at Congregation Lion of Juda. In addition to the Sunday sermons, we now also transcribe all the English sermons given on Saturdays. Make use of this great resource. Archivo de prédicas | Sermon Archive





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Urgent message for New England
On Jan.19-20, 2006 Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce proclaimed an urgent message for New England at Gateway Fellowship Church in West Haven CT. Dr. Miranda urges you to listen to the prophetic words as he believes them highly relevant for the revival that has started in New England.


Dr. Miranda (Feb.12, 2006) Los valientes de David
El pueblo de Dios, el 80% yo diría del pueblo de Dios es gente más bien que, pueden servir al Señor, y pueden hacer ciertas cosas buenas, pero llegan hasta cierto punto y se desaniman o dejan de hacer esto o lo otro, si las circunstancias no están bien. La mayoría de los seres humanos es así. Y no se puede esperar más, porque eso ha sido así y así será, yo creo. Pero hay un 20%, yo diría, en todo ejército, que esos son los que reciben las medallas, ellos son los que reciben las decoraciones, esos son los que entran a cierto nivel de liderazgo en la vida, porque tienen un corazón diferente. ‘Padre, yo quisiera ser uno de esos 20%. Yo no quiero ser del 80%.’ Y yo le digo al Señor ‘Padre, ayuda a mi corazón a que yo te pueda amar como ese 20, o ese 10 ó ese 5 ó ese 3%.


Dr. Miranda (Feb.11, 2006) : Humble your intellect and be filled with the spirit
Do not fight so much against the bad in life. Fill yourself with the goodness of God to the point that it will push out the evil inside of us. You see, when we come into a dark room, we don’t start saying, ‘ah, this darkness, how much I hate it! It’s so terrible, it makes me stumble.’ So, what do we do? We turn the light on. What happens? When the light turns on the darkness flees. Darkness is simply the absence of light. So if we fill ourselves with the power of the spirit, if we fill ourselves with the vitality of God’s spirit, that vitality, that fullness of God within us will naturally push out all the bad things in us.



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Buenas Nuevas | Good News : January 2006


January 2006 Congregación León de Judá
Boletín: Buenas Nuevas | Good News January 2006

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Proclamación Apostólica 2006
Hermanos, Dios me ha dicho que este es un año en que El va a hacer morar y habitar entre nosotros. Hay dos elementos que Dios quiere que nosotros hagamos céntricos en nuestra vida. Esos dos elementos son la unción de Dios y el gozo de Dios. Yo te propongo un programa de vida en este año, para el resto de tu vida. Cultiva el gozo del Señor. Entiende que el gozo del Señor es un concepto espiritual, como te decía. Así como tu no puedes entender lo que hace la unción, así tampoco tu puedes entender lo que hace el gozo, pero el gozo es casi una sustancia que tu puedes tocar. Es una arma espiritual que Dios ha dado. Leer más...





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LIVE | Cultos en Vivo
Ahora puedes ser participe de la bendición aún a la distancia; estamos transmitiendo los cultos en vivo y en directo vía Internet. Puedes participar de la alabanza, predicación y ministración de la palabra de Dios desde cualquier parte del mundo donde te encuentres. Away from Boston on Sunday? No problem. Now you can watch the service live via internet. All the services are also archived for on-demand viewing.


Transformation | La verdad os hará libres
¿Cuántos de ustedes han notado que la vida generalmente nunca termina siendo lo que nosotros queremos que sea? Yo diría que eso es parte del plan de Dios porque entonces tenemos la oportunidad de descubrir qué es lo que El tiene para nosotros verdaderamente y Jesús dice que esa realidad será entonces experimentada en términos de mi compromiso de amar a los demás genuinamente. Yo diría, es más, lo siguiente: yo diría que si yo estoy genuinamente comprometido a vivir la realidad auténticamente yo tengo que mantenerme en relación con los demás. How many of you have noticed that life rarely turns out the way we think it should? That’s part of God’s plan, I would say, because then we’ve got to find out what He has for us and Jesus said that that reality could be experienced in my commitment of love with others. I would go as far as to say that if I am committed to authentic reality I must be in relationship with others.


Dr. Miranda: Los viajes de Dios
El Padre es infinitamente creativo y le gusta cuando nosotros somos creativos también e inventamos nuevas cosas y experimentamos. A El le encanta ese juego y El se sienta con nosotros en el piso y dice: adelante, me gusta lo que estás haciendo. Porque Dios es un Dios de procesos y a El le encantan más que los resultados. A El le encanta más el viaje que el lugar de llegada. ¡Qué interesante! Pero nosotros muchas veces estamos más pensando en el destino que en el viaje y Dios dice: yo se ya cuál es el destino, a mi lo que me interesa es el viaje.

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Buenas Nuevas | Good News : December 2005


December 2005 Congregación León de Judá
Boletín: Buenas Nuevas | Good News December 2005

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Domingo en Video | Video of Sunday Services
Ahora puedes ver por internet lo que pasa en nuestros servicios cada domingo. Were you out of town on a recent Sunday? No problem. Now you can watch via internet what happened during the service. Enjoy the worship and be enriched by the word of God. Ver videos| Watch videos....





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Basil Yarde, 590am WEZE
Ustedes se llaman la Congregación León de Judá, ese nombre es muy importante. Ese nombre es quiénes ustedes son. El León de Judá está dentro de ustedes. Ustedes necesitan permitir que el León de Judá que está dentro de ustedes ruja aún más altamente todavía. Hay muchas cosas en la ciudad de Boston que no deberían estar en esta ciudad. El León de Judá no necesita necesariamente ir hacia fuera y hacer algo para que esas cosas sean expulsadas. Cuando el león ruge, el temor penetra en el corazón de aquellos que están siendo intrusos, penetrando ilegítimamente. Y el Señor me dijo según el León de Judá ruja a través de su pueblo en la ciudad de Boston, cadenas van a ser quebrantadas, los poderes del infierno van a huir, los demonios van a temblar y van a comenzar a salir y a huir de la ciudad de Boston. ¡Aleluya! You call yourself the Congregation Lion of Judah, that name is very important. The Lion de Judah is within you. You need to allow the Lion de Judah within you to roar even louder. There are a lot of things in Boston that should not be in Boston. The Lion of Judah does not necessarily have to go out to do anything to get them out. When the lion roars, fear comes in to those who are intruding. And the Lord said to me “As the Lion of Judah roars through his people in Boston, the chains are going to be broken, the powers of hell will flee, the demons are going to tremble and they begin to get out of Boston.”


Perdonar
Dicen que la venganza es dulce, ¿verdad? Ustedes han oído eso, la venganza es dulce, pero no se crean, son una mentira del diablo. La venganza no es dulce. La venganza es amarga y causa amargura. Quizás en el momento te de alivio, te hace sentir mejor, pero a la larga va a crear daño y caos en tu vida. Y venganza no es solamente herir físicamente, no es sacar una pistola y ponérsela en la sien a alguien, no es empujar, gritarle, es hablar bruscamente, es usar palabras que no son respetuosas, es el no hacer un favor pudiendo hacerlo, es murmurar acerca del ofensor.


Dr. Miranda: Engagement, anointing, prophetic discernment, visibility and proclamation
La iglesia necesita ponerse en una posición de visibilidad en esta ciudad y en esta nación. Gedeón se puso en posiciones, él y sus hombres, donde el enemigo lo pudiera escuchar y ver cuando llegara el momento de la confrontación. Tenemos que usar lo que recibimos aquí para ir allá, a la calle, y hacer lo que Dios quiere que hagamos en nuestras vidas. Si tu recibes aquí y saltas mucho y el moño se te cae, pero después regresas a tu casa y te olvidas de todo lo que pasó aquí, de nada sirve. Tu tienes que testificarle al mundo allá afuera. Tu tienes que vivir una vida de victoria, de autenticidad. El mundo tiene que ver a Cristo reflejado en ti y eso tiene que darse allá afuera, es allá donde se define verdaderamente si el poder de Dios está aquí o no. The church needs to confront the enemy. We need to adopt attitudes that will be unpopular at the beginning, but in the end, what did the people do? They joined Gideon, you see. When there is definition and that definition has the seal of approval of God, the timid will then come and engage, they will take energy and courage from the decided ones. But unless we confront and we don’t have to do this in a hateful, self-righteous, accusatory sort of way, we can confront in the loving spirit of Jesus Christ, with the one of the most confrontative beings that I have ever seen, who said “ I have come not to bring peace but to bring the sword.”

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Newsletter : November 2004

November 2004 Congregación León de Judá
Boletín: Buenas Nuevas | Good News November 2004

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Una Cultura de Liderazgo | New course on Leadership Culture
Participa en nuestro primer curso de larga distancia y aprende las siete razones porque los lideres fallan, las catorce cualidades de un líder exitoso, y mucho más. Take part in Lion of Judah's first long-distance course and strengthen your leadership skills. Share Dr. Samuel Chand's excitement and become a leader's leader. Más | Read more....





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Esperamos que disfrutes las Buenas Nuevas de la Congregación León de Judá. El tema de este mes es Educación. We hope you enjoy Congregation Lion of Judah's Good News. Education is this month's special focus.

La importancia de educación | Education - a core value
Congregación León de Juda tiene una amplia historia en el area de educación. Cada domingo se ofrecen varios cursos de discipulado con una participación de más de 100 personas. El boletín de este mes explora como el internet puede expander el terreno educacional que Dios ha dado a la congregación. Congregation Lion of Judah has a strong track record in the area of education exemplified by the congregation's well established discipleship program and the work of the Higher Education Resource Center. This month we explore how Lion of Judah is using the internet to expand the educational frontier.


Cursos de larga distancia - Pedimos tu ayuda
Queremos mejorar nuestro sitio en el internet para poder ofrecer cursos de larga distancia. No podemos hacerlo sin tu ayuda. Te pedimos que participes en el primer curso y contestes las siguientes 3 preguntas.


An experiment in long-distance education - We need your help
We are exploring ways to offer long-distance education over the internet. We offer Sam Chand's leadership course as an experiment. Please help us, participate, and answer the 3 questions we have.


Reflexión - Pedro o Juan? | 2 Leadership Models
Jesus mira a Juan y le dice: "Lleva a mamá a casa. Te voy a confiar a mi mamá, pero no a mi iglesia. Porque necesito a alguien que pueda hacer más que solamente amarme. Necesito a alguien que esté más allá de ponerse de acuerdo conmigo todo el tiempo. Necesito alguien que sea efectivo en su liderazgo." Jesus is saying: I will trust my mamma to you John, but not my church. Because the job that I need to see get done needs somebody who can do more than just love me. I need somebody who is more than just in agreement with me. I need somebody who is effective in their leadership. Yes, Peter has embarrassed me, yes, Peter denied me, yes Peter has a short temper, gets angry easily. Yes, Peter does not know a lot of different things, but I'm not going to leave my church to people that I love, I'm going to leave my church to somebody who can get the job done.

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Boletín : August 2004

August 2004 Congregación León de Judá
Boletín: Buenas Nuevas | Good News August 2004

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Consejo para los padres | Dr. Miranda's advice to parents
1 Compromiso para toda la vida + 1000 Intervenciones = 1 Niño Sano Being a parent is a full time, labor intensive commitment. It is not something that can be done cheaply, on the run, whenever we have time. It is a mission that defines our life, that governs the way we live and the way we spend our time and order our priorities. Being a parent is a gift from God and has to be taken with utter seriousness. Ver Video | Read more....

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Video Entrevista Dr. Miranda: CLJ en 5 años
Una de las cosas que me encantaría ver si alguien se fuera de aquí de Boston y regresara en 5 años, y este es un gran sueño que tengo ante el Señor, me gustaría que encontraran donde está nuestro estacionamiento actualmente en la parte de atrás de nuestro edificio, encontraran un hermoso santuario con un gran balcón y una fachada muy moderna que hablara de la vigencia de la iglesia en el mundo moderno.


Video Interview Dr. Miranda: CLJ in 5 years from now
I think it's so crucial, so important that our church, in the next few years learns to do good media ministry, high quality with good equipment, good facilities, good message and ability to discern the sensibility of the world out there and how to impact them for the Kingdom of God, how to do it in the most effective sort of way in a way that we'll be able to compete, let's put it that way, with any other secular resource that is out there. That's something that could bring great honor to the Lord and also would be of great impact to the larger community. So I hope that we can learn to navigate the whole media a lot more.


Reflexión I: Ver no es Creer
El Señor ha pegado esta iglesia a un tremendo tanque de energía, el poder de Dios, la misma energía que dio vida al universo, que puso las estrellas en su lugar, que con su palabra nada más creó El el cielo y la tierra. Ese es el poder a disposición de la iglesia. Pero el Señor ha enchufado este poder a un filtro muy finito llamado la fe. Y ese filtro no está limpio, si ese filtro no funciona, ese poder no será transferido a nuestras vidas y a nuestra realidad. El Dios Todopoderoso, el Dios soberano, El mismo se limita. El Señor dice: si puedes creer, al que cree todo es posible. Es al que cree todo es posible. Pero la llave, el filtro, es el creer.


Reflections II: Free indeed!
Are you free? Yes, you are free to pursuit freedom. But that doesn't mean that you're going to obtain freedom. You're free to pursuit it, which means you're just as free to fail as you are to succeed. You're just as free to end your days in despair and loneliness, as you are to end your days in the warmth of your home surrounded by your friends and family. You're just as free to be haunted by your nightmares, as you are to live your dreams in this country. People are free to live well in this country, and people are free to live broken lives. You're free to pursuit freedom in this country. But no nation, no law, no political platform, no party, no program, the most benign government that this country can concoct, no one can guarantee you freedom. No nation, no law can guarantee that you'll be free.

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