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Up Pichincha we go again. New students means lots of excitement and a good mixture of fear thrown in.    First stop: the cable car which will take us up into and through the clouds on a 20-minute scenic view of the city before depositing us at 12,900 feet high.      This little guy decided to join me for this adventure. It's his first trip up and he knows he doesn't have the option to be the one to give up. All smiles 20 minutes in. (Actually all smiles til about 4 minut...

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Fall 2018 is a record-breaking semester for us with 34 new students. It's our first semester with our own building, the Ed Center. (Also known as my former childhood home.)  We welcomed them with clear Quito skies, pumpkin bread and quiche and a rooftop worship session before heading out to start a semester of exploring this great big world that the Lord created.     Our first week includes a day at El Refugio on the high and low ropes. This was Canaan's first time doing high rope...

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A new August means new staff. We welcomed 3 new RCs this August (one returning) and one former RC stepping into a new role. August marked lots of training and orientation and then a quick chance to all catch our breath, to get to know one another as people and not just co-workers, before students arrived. We spent two beautiful days and nights at an AirBnB where we soaked in the gorgeous skies and mountain views, did solo time, workshops led by various staff, devotions and meals together. At nig...

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Spring 2018 semester, my 4th semester, came to a close and we said goodbye to another great group of people. I had the privilege of leading a cohort trip to the jungle right before the semester ended. We made some changes to how we do service in the jungle and the changes were excellent. We had our students fully prepare and lead STEM projects and they did a great job. It was a meaningful way to interact with students while valuing their academics. We also were each assigned a student to have re...

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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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