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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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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Last week at Carmen Bajo I sat in on the women's bible study since my first client hadn't arrived.  I often get to participate in the beginning as timeliness is not next to Godliness in this culture!  Picture a church with rough-hewn benches, a cement floor and a dull, stained carpet piece somewhere between mustard and pea green.  Women arrive in little clusters and we sit near the front of the sanctuary.  When enough have arrived they start the worship time, which is aided b...

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At 8am I blew into my office, unlocking the door just as the first bell rings.  I spent the next hour listening to someone, racking my brain for the best questions to help me figure out what is really going on with this student.  "What are possible differential diagnoses for Dissociative Identity Disorder?  Is this indicative of a psychotic break, are there dissociative factors here?  What about Borderline Personality Disorder?"     The rest of the school day d...

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Lately I've been doing reading and research on a specific type of healing based on Biblical principals.  The literature developed on it promises a lot of BIG results.  From what I've read it seems to come from a solid biblical and counseling foundation, however the big results promises leave me leery.  The more I've read though, the more my stance is that it's worth integrating some of this into my work and testing the waters on it because I believe that a).  it wouldn't be h...

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I didn't imagine myself ...   - Doing what I call "open-air" counseling.  Three cement slab walls, no final wall and no door.  Kids running back and forth in the hall and two wires that have to be sparked together to make the lightbulb go on when the sun dips low.  - Being asked very direct questions such as, "Should I hit my child with my hand or a stick.  I'll do whichever you tell me to do."  Because this culture is so hierarchical many clients WILL do exactly wh...

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