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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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After getting rain out from high ropes earlier in the semester, we took the students back midway through. I learned a valuable lesson about the teamwork aspect of this being so important. One sweet student asked me to go with her but when she decided to go she just took off, prefering to get something that provoked anxiety over with quickly. It resulted in a lot of being dragged around, falling and some really painful arm bruising though! Of course I still enjoyed doing it but would 100% try for...

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Totally RC led first VBS with the rest of the staff just as back-up supportShadrach, Meschach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace VBS with first gradersCement mixing and laying walkways at the schoolContinued work on the fence we started last trip at the farm, as well as a new driveway spotAmazing attitudes from students where everyone wants to keep working in the same spot on day two because teamwork is going so wellRain, rain, and more rain which cuts the heat and if you just embrace the wet wh...

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Every semester we hike Pichincha with the students. (Of course it's a completely optional activity since we are hiking up so high in altitude.) At the beginning of the trek I'm never totally sure whether I want to go and the hike gets steep pretty much immediately. This time I wasn't planning on doing the whole hike as we typically have to take a group back once they reach the cave (pictured right below) (or even before sometimes) because they know they won't make it to the top.    &nb...

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In January Inca Link celebrated it's 10 year anniversary. We've been with IL about 4 years now. Because of the celebration, a donor gave a significant amount to help IL celebrate by being together in a little luxury. It was definitely a sweet gesture by IL and we felt really cared for throughout the retreat. We got to spend 3 nights in Portoviejo, a beach area we'd never been to, with a whole, small resort rented out for us. It was nice to have it be just IL people at meals and in the pool toget...

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