(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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It was a great day in so many unexpected ways.  We went to bed Friday night knowing it was going to be a full-blown schedule and we would end the day tired.  We did end the day tired, but we also ended the day feeling really blessed.   We had a great morning coffee date with someone who I've just gotten to know recently.  Their faith and exposure to worldwide ministry is pretty new.  It was such a delight to sit with them and just have them be genuinely excited about the path Nate & I a...

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Wednesday I started my second support group for teen girls at an alternative high school.  It is literally my favorite part of my job currently.  I love the girls and I love the energy I get from spending an hour trying to manage some pretty fabulous discussions.  This time around the group has grown to 15 girls (too many!).  Word spread after the first round so we also have a waitlist of seven more who will start on the spring semester track.  It’s fun to know the girls are reacting...

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Nate and I are almost halfway through our this first round of training.  As anticipated, days are long, sitting time is long, and there's not a whole lot of room for personal space or time.  Still, it's been a good first half to the week.   I really enjoyed meeting the president of IT and getting to interact with him.  He had some words to say that I needed to hear.  At times I feel overwhelmed and scared with what a major decision this is.  And it often feels like I have too much control ...

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