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At the end of January we participated in our second Annual Team Conference that our missions team does.  It's a time to build team community and reconnect with teammates who we don't work closely with, as well as a time for spiritual growth as we listen to speakers and do small group activities.  Knowing we would have a newborn this year, we weren't exactly sure how it would go!   This year it was a 3-day, 2-night event at Youth World's retreat center, about 45 minutes out of the ...

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I didn’t realize that the sports ministry aspect of what I would be doing here in Ecuador would involve chess. Is chess a sport? Kids at this school play chess. Not sure how it started, not sure why it continues, but kids play chess. So now I play chess. I’m not really good, but I play. I run a study hall. The first few weeks nobody would talk to me. I started bringing a chessboard with me. Still nobody wanted to interact with me. As kids started warming up to me, one student would p...

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Just a little sample of some of Nate's work for Spiritual Emphasis Week.  This was the intro video from day one.  (Click link below) McGod     Add new comment...

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Several ex-AAIers, both faculty and staff, were interested in seeing some of the changes and updates that have been done to our campus.  Nate made a little video tour of our campus for anyone interested in where we work.  Since it seems to be having trouble showing up here, I've got a link to the video:   http://youtu.be/Dk-4BSoFtnM       Add new comment...

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When you work with high schoolers, you have to be creative ALL the time.   Sometimes we jump straight into the deep end of conversation and life with a student.  And sometimes it takes a little bit more of a "hook" to get there.   Here's a small sample of what chapel looked like this morning.  Nate had 4 volunteers come to the front for a speed-eating pb&j contest.  The kids got into it, shoving half a sandwich into their mouth and then trying to choke the dry peanut...

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Nate here.  As Kelley mentioned I started a sports club this summer along with a buddy, Dave Gardeen. Right now we only have a soccer team for boys born from 1996 to 1998, basically 7th, 8th and 9th graders. While the school year was finishing up, Dave and I would get together and try to put our ideas together. I had a lot of fun brainstorming what we wanted the club to look like, our goals, vision, etc. I'm a geek for these sort of things. We decided to try and start something this summer,...

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Never having worked in education, this the first time that Nate and I have had the summer "off" from our regular jobs.  It's a strange feeling to have our whole little family of three in the house each day.  But despite not reporting for our regular job assignment, we are keeping plenty busy!   - Nate is running a summer soccer camp.  It is small this year, but has been an excellent way to spend hours pouring into a limited number of kids, most of whom attend the Alliance Aca...

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Our retreat to Otavalo was two-fold.  It was a chance to reflect on this current school year and come together as a team that fell into place pretty quickly.  Half of our team arrived within days or after the start of this school year so we needed some time to step away from that.     The second reason for the retreat is planning for next year.  That's right!  In April we were already starting to think about and plan for next August.  What will chapel speakers ...

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Over the Easter break, the chaplaincy team went on a planning retreat.  We are already thinking about and getting ready for the next school year, even as we finish this one up!  We traveled about two hours out of the city to a retreat center near Otavalo.   We got to our rooms about 9pm, after a rainy, traffic-filled trip and everyone got settled and crashed for the night.  Throughout the night I awoke several times because of the sound of machines.  I kept thinking that...

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Once a year the school counseling department holds a half-day counseling summit.  This year the summit focused on "Taboo Topics," offering the kids a chance to hear information and a Christian perspective on topics not often addressed.  The counseling department asked the chaplaincy office to run the program for the middle schoolers.   Everyone started off the day with a "Pancake Breakfast" for all students, teachers, and seminar presenters.  From there the high schoolers wen...

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