This month, we begin a new feature in the newsletter: “5 Questions With…”. This feature will offer brief profiles of FPC Elders, Deacons, staff, and, most importantly, members like you! So if you receive an e-mail from Director of Community Life Peter Brown with five questions for you, jump right in. We’re not looking for your deep, dark secrets—as sinners saved by grace, we already know the worst about each other! Just a few basic things that can serve as conversational appetizers.
1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian? I have a very good friend who has been living just around the corner near church. I had shared with her that I had been looking for an English-speaking church for a while but hadn’t been able to find one I felt could be my home church. She suggested Friendship since she would see many “white people” gathering at the entrance every Sunday! After attending the first few Sundays, an opportunity came up to participate in the 2015, “Waking up to Wonder” retreat. It was a great chance to know the church better and engage in community groups. I’ve been attending FPC regularly ever since.
2. What do you do when you're not working for the church? For the most part, I work in foreign market development for a company that manufactures industrial SSDs (Solid State Disks). If you’re interested in knowing what SSDs are, you can come find me for more details. I also spend a lot of time with my dog.
3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you? I get a lot of perplexed and confused looks when I tell people I grew up in Bolivia, mostly because they don’t know where Bolivia is, and it is not every day they meet someone from this country. If you’re interested in knowing more about Bolivia, you can also come find me.
4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today? With the continuous growth and widespread use of gadgets, it is becoming increasingly difficult to disconnect and to get away from distractions. This poses a challenge for my growth as a Christian, as I can easily overlook what God is trying to communicate to me.
5. What is your favorite book of the Bible? It depends on the circumstances I’m in, but I often find encouragement in Philippians. Because it so simply and clearly reminds me of who I am and the reason why I push onward in the moments when I feel discouraged, overwhelmed, and lost in life. I am united with Christ and should take on his attitude (Phil. 2:5-7). And when it gets tough, I know that God will not give me more than I can handle (Phil. 4:13) because in everything He works for His good purpose (Phil. 2:13).