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January

Updates Archives 2010-2014

 

Marcy's Journal

 

Missionary Care

Dealing with Gringos and Catrachos

Adoption Transitions

Brigade in Guacanaste

Missionary Care (pictures)

January started off really busy.  A missionary in transition stayed at the Care Center.  We worked through a ministry debriefing, assessment of expectations, change and transition help, as well as a vision consultation. 

     While she was here, I had a phone appointment (Skype would not work) with another missionary in transition and we worked through a ministry debriefing.   Due to a lot of hurt, there will be follow up with assessing expectations, walking through the materials for change and transition, as well as a vision consultation.

      I conducted a vision consultation follow up with a missionary who had a change in ministry since last we spoke.  We also worked through an assessment of expectations about the former ministry and expectations for what is to come.  We compiled some good questions to ask before working with and committing to another ministry and created a plan to work alongside someone for a trial period first.  I wrote up an intern application, general job description template, and specific job description for her internship. 

     I conducted a vision consultation with a missionary who is also transitioning in ministry.  We will probably do a ministry debrief in the future so that she can properly close a chapter on one part of her life (processing both the highlights and difficulties) and open a new chapter. 

     I conducted a ministry debriefing with a minister who was on a short term team in country.  She is transitioning from a ministry she was with for 14 years to stepping out on her own.  Pray that she would be able to trust and step out in the direction she is receiving from God.  I sent her home with the vision mapping consultation packet.

     I am working on a missionary care system:  one - to track care given; two – to record or determine what help I have to send or who I need to connect them with; three – to follow up in a week, month, etc.

Dealing with Gringos and Catrachos (pictures)

A Gringo is a North American and a Catracho is a Honduran.  I conducted the Cultural Adjustment talk with the staff at International School in Tegucigalpa (where the kids go).  I reworked the material and created a PowerPoint to include Spanish, and also focused on ‘How to Work Together.’  This was by far the most rewarding time from giving this talk.  I had some great conversations after each day from more examples about the North American or Latin American value, cross-cultural marriages, etc.  I also had someone approach me about helping families in the process of adoption as well as a North American suffering health issues that could be a result of culture shock (we talked about ways to build the immune system in the natural as well as ways to reduce stress – even if she does not feel that stress). 

     Day 2 began with prayers by some teachers.  One asked God’s forgiveness for offending one another by not being sensitive to the cultural values.  There were also prayers of learning to walk in love and for unity among the school staff.  I thought revival was going to break out, I was so excited!

Testimonies include:

  • After 22 years of working at this school, I finally understand gringos!” – Honduran P.E. teacher
  • I want to express my admiration and gratitude for your presentation at our meeting.  It was a great benefit.” – Honduran counselor
  • I have been married to an American and lived in the States for years. You nailed the values between North American and Latin American culture.  Great job!”  - Honduran Bible teacher
  • I was wondering if I could use your PowerPoint in my class.  The presentation was great and I learned a lot.”  - Canadian history and sociology teacher
  • Your talk was excellent.  Thank you for sharing.”  - North American teacher 

 

Adoption Transitions (pictures)

A North American contacted me while in Honduras waiting for the finalization of an adoption of a 6 year old Honduran boy.  She had heard about the Cultural Adjustment class at International School.  I sent her the video links for Culture and Change/Transition videos as well as handouts, but felt that was not enough.  We met at a McDonald’s in between her appointments and I shared with her what God revealed to me that morning.  We assessed the expectations of what the adoption process would look like.  On the one hand, many expectations were met and were realistic.  On the other hand, some were not met and we worked on an action plan to help.  One such expectation was not realizing how hard connecting on an emotional level with the new child would be (despite some language knowledge, this connection was difficult).  Then, we assessed the expectations in returning home.  I asked another missionary to meet us and between the two of us, we helped with some realistic expectations and helps for uniting the family. 

     I also combined the culture curve, transition curve, and the all new adoption curve into one chart, showing what the parent and family will experience as well as the adopted child.   Some of my suggestions for a successful transition had already been carefully thought out (such as making a life book – from birth to adoption – for the child).  This mother was very well read and I believe this transition will be well prepared for. 

     A week later, I met with another couple, who are in the beginning stages of an adoption.  This was their first trip to meet the little girl they are adopting.  They had a very healthy outlook on the whole process, however, we still worked through expectations, I printed a booklet I found online for emotions in Spanish, and we talked a little bit about the transition curves.  They have a great opportunity to create this little girl’s lifebook and properly prepare for the adoption.  Also, they have a strong connection to Honduras through teams, so the little girl will also be able to visit Honduras once adopted.

Brigade in Guacanaste (pictures)

We, 2 Discovery school students and I, met a small Cape Cares team at the airport and took the 3 or so hour drive out to San Lorenzo.  This was a new location in the south where we would stay in San Lorenzo and then drive out to Bertin Umanzor clinic in Guacanaste every day (about 30 minutes one way).  On the very first night, one cultural value came up in conversation and since there was such an interest, I was able to share all 6 cultural values for North and Latin Americans.  It was fun to watch the team not only have an interest, but immediately begin to put some into practice such as greeting Hondurans (from the cooks in the kitchen to helpers and Hondurans arriving at the clinic). 

     We had an unusually slow week which some attributed to many different factors (from melon season, paycheck day, rumors of not having enough medicine, etc.).  Cape Cares will probably reevaluate the location and/or the time of year for future trips.  The girls (Katarina and her classmate) translated for triage and the Pediatrician.  I translated for the dentist (a much easier task) and others as needed.  Two team members got sick at the beginning of the week from dehydration and then the Pediatrician had diarrhea and vomiting at the end of the week.  Thankfully, everyone was feeling a little better by travel day.

     I hadn’t realized that this area of Honduras was under a warning of chikungunya (a mosquito bred disease that has some similar and some worse symptoms than dengue).  Many came in and shared symptoms and although we did get some mosquito bites, no one on our team got it (praise God!). 

     The connection Cape Cares made with this clinic was made through a foundation here in Honduras – Agrolibano.  They shared a presentation of the 5 organizations that are part of the foundation and explained all the areas they help two departments in Honduras (Valle and Choluteca).  They are a non-profit that prepares and promotes change makers within the community to create sustainable changes in health, education, and community development.  I immediately posted to facebook and tagged the missionaries I could think of working in communities in areas such as health, education, and community development.  When I saw what Abrolibano was doing, I keep thinking, “Missionaries are thinking too small.  We need to think bigger.”   I talked with the presenters about the possibility of missionaries learning from them and they are willing to have missionaries come see what they are doing and ask questions.    

Missionary Care  

Creating a follow up plan for care

Dealing with Gringos and Catrachos  

Learning about culutures and values

Cross cultural administration, staff, and teachers

How to work together

Understanding and appreciating a culture

Top 3 skills to adapting to any culture

Moving towards appreciation

Adoption Transitions  

Working through expectations of the adoption process and going home

Preparing for a first visit - making a life story.

Brigade in Guacanaste  

Sorting and bagging medicine (Katarina and Andrea)

Day 1 - Ready to set up and start

Welcome to the brigade

Center of Health, 'Bertin Umanzor'

Translating for triage, doctors, and pharmacy

Dental class

Translating

I translated for the dentist and handed out toothpaste and toothbrushes

Visiting a green house through Agrolibano

As close as we got to the ocean that week

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