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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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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