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Each Spring we take our students to a Good Friday Processional downtown that is done by the Roman Catholic church. This processional is full of people who believe they need to do some kind of penance for their sins. The majority are men but there are also women and kids. Most dress in purple and some wear the hood so that they won't be recognized. We prepare the students ahead of time, knowing it can be a deeply impactful experience. This year I really wanted to take the kids with, knowing that ...

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In January we had a great work team on the ground, helping out Cumbre Alta. The school that has an agreement with Cumbre Alta for field use allowed them to also brand it, which was exciting. The crew repainted walls, pulled out weeds that are pulling down the walls and fixed up the bathrooms that are used by the teams. Our kids were able to spend a few afternoons helping, which we love because we want them to be apart of serving others and exposed to people who choose to do that with their time....

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The team had a great year ... falling one game short of being promoted to the next level. After a looong ten months of hard work and showing up to practie regularly we wanted to honor the guys. I told Nate that after 3 semesters of cooking meals for 45 students and staff I thought I could pull off a "catered" meal for his team. Thanks to this crazy layout, spacious house that we have, we were able to fit 8 tables with 50 people around our living and dining room. My friend Mandi donated some wint...

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End of Semester banquet is pretty much the last thing we do, other than to encourage the students to pack up their stuff, clean their houses and say goodbye before they board the bus to the aiport. It's a festive night with oh so many cameras out snapping pictures as wte all dress up. It's a chance to laugh together, eat together and remember the semester together. One of the most meaningful parts is a time where the staff get just a few minutes to speak into students lives. We divide up all the...

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I had the delightful opportunity to lead a cohort of students to the Galapagos this semester. The trip started off with a bang when we unloaded 17 people and bags at the airport, only to be told our flight had a 7 hour delay. I coordinated another bus pick-up, dropped the students off at their apartments and headed home for an hour. Because the students were expected to be traveling at this point they had no food so Nate and the kids graciously followed me on a search for restaurants open at 10a...

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I love my co-workers! It's a big enough group that we don't all see eachother every day (and we also work in different locations) but it's small enough that we love to be intentional and have meaningful relationships with each other. At the beginning of this semester we proposed doing a 10k night trail race, headlamp necessary as a staff. Impressively, out of the 11 of us, 8 did the race. We all ran at our own paces and trained in different ways but it was super fun to stand at the finish line a...

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In October Nate was able to attend the graduation of two of his coaches. It was an honor to see these young men complete their education and move forward with their desire not just to coach but to train up young players with integrity.   Add new comment...

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Up Pichincha we went again. Bryan and I didn't quite make it to the top because we had a student get some pretty severe leg cramps so we hiked her back down a bit early. It was a sweet time of getting to know her as we *slowly* made our way back down, stopping frequently to stretch out her legs. We laughed and she did an amazing job of keeping a good attitude despite being in pain and falling frequently ... one time starting to roll so much that Bryan and I both jumped on top of her to stop the ...

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In September we welcomed a new crew of Resident Coordinators to Living & Learning. Bryan, EBB and I spent about ten days training them in everything from what to do when there is no hot water in the apartment to what to do if a student expresses suicidal thoughts ... all while introducing them to some great coffee shops around the city. It was a fun time of getting to know the personalities behind these faces we interviewed via FaceTime way back in February. They are all passionate about Ecu...

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Another semester has ended and have said goodbye to students. After four months together it's hard for the kids to imagine Wednesday chapel dinners without them.     Some of these girls really stole Canaan's heart and I'm thankful for young adults who are willing to show my kids love. It's been hard, though, for Canaan to say goodbye to them .... along with goodbyes to Lauren, Steph, Justin and Lauren.   My family wasn't planning on coming on the final trip to the beach because Na...

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