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It's a good thing we have a big living room because 20 soccer full grown soccer players fill it up quickly.  20 soccer players, one coach, one mini tagalong and a whole bunch of pollo gus chicken.   Nate turned our living room into a movie room using a projector and had his whole team over to watch game footage.  It was our first time having the team over, but will become a more regular thing now that this is the team he plans to work with long-term.         I ...

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A group from Georgetown College arrived last week to help deepen Cumbre Alta’s connections to the local community. San Francisco is the community that we have partnered with, who will allow us to use their field in exchange for helping them maintain and improve the field along with providing additional people resources to the community.     The group was composed of 9 women and 1 gentleman. Our intern, Andrew, and a couple who usually is working with an orphanage in a province 8 hours away w...

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Last week my dad called via FaceTime with an envelope.  An envelope containing my testing results for my national AMFTRB exam.  The exam that needed to be passed as my file waited in Springfield as all approved pending acceptance of exam.  Probably something I would have loved to open in private since I was so nervous about it, but part of living overseas means having other people open my big envelopes.     Thankfully, mercifully I passed!  And last night another en...

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I dream of a day in the not so distant future. The sun is shining. The grass has just been cut. Cumbre Alta has a field of its own. Not just a field, but a stadium. Seats 20,000 people. The stadium is full.   We’ve made our way through the 5 levels of Ecuadorian soccer and we are poised to play in the home leg of the big final to be crowned champions of Ecuador. Along the way we’ve made huge mistakes, but some really smart decisions as well. We’ve maintained our focus. We ...

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Cumbre Alta is going to be allowed to play the lowest level of Ecuadorian soccer. This is a massive step for the club. Though it is the lowest possible rung of the Ecuadorian soccer ladder… you can’t start anywhere else.   Until now we had not been able to participate in the Ecuadorian Futbol Federation’s tournaments. Because of this we had essentially been working with other clubs who were recognized as clubs by the country and who were participating in the very tourname...

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Check out Cumbre Alta's new video.   2 comments...

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There are so few women soccer coaches in Ecuador. Women’s sports in general have not been fully developed here. The truth is there are few opportunities for women in sports in general in Ecuador. Cumbre Alta means to change this.     Last year we worked with a team that was playing at the highest level of Ecuadorian soccer for women. We were able to share Christ with our players. We helped younger players integrate into the highly skilled team. We provided uniforms. What we weren...

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2013 was a great year for Cumbre Alta. It was a learning year and I learned a lot.  I learned a lot of things I need to be doing as a coach. I learned a lot of things that should never be repeated. Being part of the coaching staff for a third tier team and a fourth tier team (that was promoted to the third tier) has opened lots of doors for Cumbre Alta. I have a lot more contacts in the soccer world of Ecuador today then a year ago. All good things to learn.     The biggest things...

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We just started a new school year.  That means lots of seminars, lots of new policies and procedures, lots of new people to be trained.  I commented to a friend that I've been impressed with how excited she is to have new teachers and that she is already reaching out to them and inviting them over.  I find myself less thrilled with the effort to start new friendships, less thrilled at the learning curve that a new culture, new job, etc. requires in being in relationship with someo...

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A few weeks ago we were invited to a cangrejada by a family that Nate has collaborated with.  The man is a basketball fanatic and while, to date, CDCA's main ministry area is soccer, Nate is open to and available to help out with any sport!  So he did some networking for Boris in the US and Boris has some friends within the Ministry (not at all religious, just how they title different departments) of Sports here in Ecuador.   Anyway, back to the cangrejada.  I was really exci...

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