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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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(Written by Nate)   This past week was spent talking with 9th graders, as part of their Bible class projects.  We pretend to be teens that are using drugs, or believe every religion leads to heaven, or have lost a loved one and blame God.  The students are supposed to be prepared to answer our questions about the problem of evil, or hell, or how we know the Bible is truth.  Really interesting conversations.    Inevitably we ask them a question and they get stuck.&nb...

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Every year Youth World (International Teams in Ecuador) brings all its missionaries together to review the last year and dream about the next.  We also have some fun with team building activities, small groups, and different speakers.  It's a chance for the people who work in different areas on different teams to reconnect and for new team members, like us, to get to know the whole team.  We are very thankful that we were able to get to Ecuador in time for this week-long...

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My first assignment as a member of the chaplain's office was to help organize a game time for the middle school students.  It was the last day of the semester and we wanted to help alleviate the stress of final exams. We started with snacks for them.  In the States that would probably mean chips and a coke, but here a good snack if often an "empanada," a savory, crescent shaped pastry filled with chicken, beef, cheese, vegetables or a combination of those. For the game, we altered capt...

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What we've done since we got here ...   - We've looked at 13 different apartments and homes (one twice as two realtors unknowingly took us to the same place), but still haven't found one quite right for our family - We've attended two Youth World meetings where we are just beginning to learn the names of the many people and their ministry areas that we are apart of. - We've hired a nanny for Canaan who will help out during the hours we are both working at the school - We've obtained cell ph...

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This past Sunday our church did a commissioning event for Nate, Canaan and I.  It was perfect and meaningful in every way.     During the first service Kevin (our pastor) had us speak and then the leadership team prayed over us.  During the second service we spoke again and then Kevin had many of the couples who have been apart of our home group and friend circle come up and pray around us.  Many of the couples - and others too - came to Lakeview just for this, as they g...

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On our second attempt, we have successfully secured 3 visas for Ecuador.  Our plane tickets will get us to the country and our visas will get us INTO the country so the essentials are taken care of.   Nate spent the day in the city because we had to turn the paperwork in first thing in the morning and pick it up at 3pm.  It meant almost 5 hours of travel time between the Metra, CTA and walking in 20 degree weather.  Five hours of carting an 8 month old for a 2 minute wave and...

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It's a little hard to believe that we are just one month away from moving our family to Quito, Ecuador.  We'll be starting over with new jobs to learn, new friends to be made, and a new home to put together ... in a different country.  The anticipated transition is still to come, but we've come a long way already:     July '09:  We were on vacation with my sister and brother-in-law in Panama the day we heard we had been accepted to work with International Teams in Ecuador.       April '1...

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