Monday, February 23, 2015

TV episode of Puerto Rican food.

"Bizarre Foods" Puerto Rico
A lot of people ask about the food here. About a year ago, the food channel did a "Bizarre Foods Puerto Rico" episode.

These foods are common here, so they don't seem bizarre to me any more.

I never did try the salt-cod ice cream. I think I will let that one pass.

Anyway, below is show if you want to see it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Strange Product Advertising in Puerto Rico

Some product sell well here in Puerto Rico, but it is hard for me to imagine my friends in the States getting too excited about them.

This is a product called 

Yep. Snail slime.

I hope I have an enlightened mind and am not too much a victim of culture shock, but some products down here just lack a certain appeal to me.

Another product that makes me wonder is a famous cookie brand here on the island...

The negative associations that some words have in English does not carry over into Spanish, so it makes for some interesting shopping experiences.

The Day When We Didn't Just Watch the News, We WERE the News....

Monday, we marched on the capitol. Here are some pictures and videos (below) of the event.

Why did we do it?

The Government of Puerto Rico recently, and quietly, eliminated a law that protects Christian schools from government control over their curricula. This was done just in time to push a pro-homosexual curriculum into all the public and private schools.

Not only were they going to require us to use a specific book, but the control was to be "trans-curriculum."

The idea behind this is to integrate homosexuality into ALL the subjects, in ALL the grades, even down to Kindergarten. This would mean that even the word problems in a math book would become "integrated." Expect to see math questions like this "Suzy's father has a new boyfriend. They are planning their wedding. If they saved 15% ...etc."

Well, we decided we didn't want to be forced to teach this agenda or use these books. Even if they were good books teaching good things, we don't approve of the Government's attempt to control our Christian schools.

So we made plans to go to the capitol and make our voices heard.

Fortunately, we weren't alone. We marched on the capitol and had over 100 thousand concerned citizens march with us. Most were Christians. But even the non-Christian groups didn't appreciate the Government forcing them to teach someone else's agenda.

After the protest the governor backed down on the church control issue, but actually increased his rhetoric on the materials they will be acquiring for the public schools.

Even though the protest was a greater success than we expected, we will have to keep an eye on the government. They made a law before to protect our Church schools and then decided to not keep it. It appears that that saying "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." is a true one.

1. A lot more people came than we expected. Here is a short video clip I took of our efforts to get there.

2. I ask people why they are going.

3. The Protest was loud and very Puerto Rican. This is just a raw, unedited clip I took, but it will give you an idea of the crowd size and energy of the protest.

4. We were in good company. In this picture, Tina and I were among the 100 thousand that gathered in front of our capitol building and stood against the governments incursion on our religious liberty.

Where we heard? Yes. The governor is trying to spin the event by saying that church people were told by their pastors to come to a rally and that the church members really didn't know why they were there. All I can say is, I know why I was there. Everyone I talked to knew why they were there. I walked with those who stood against the government forcing church schools to carry out its political and social agenda.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Why I am Marching in a Protest Tomorrow

The government of Puerto Rico has decided it is no longer bound by a law that has protected Christian schools from government intrusion for many years. They also have decided to push a curriculum that is pro homosexual, under the guise of "anti-bullying,"into every school on the island.

What else can we do but protest against this? If the government is successful in its agenda, the Christian schools will be required to present a specific curriculum and a particular book. 

WARNING: offensive picture below, included only as an example of what we are up against. 

If you are offended by the pictures below, remember, they are being distributed to schools to be taught in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and will be required to be taught in ALL schools here, even CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Making it Work

Hustling to get ready for a Pastor's Fellowship at our home today, we had the challenge of moving 12
chairs and 2 six foot tables from the Bible College to our home.

We had available our 4'10" intern Cynthia and our 2010 Honda Fit to make it happen.

I had my doubts.

I said, "I don't think we can do it. But if we can do it all in one trip, I am so going to take a picture of this and post it on Facebook."

Being a man of my word, here it is.

We appreciate Cynthia and the rest of you that help us in our missionary work down here in Puerto Rico.