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Updates 2014: Jan Feb
Honduran Fellowship Missionary Retreat (pictures)
HFMM Retreat Report: 244 missionaries present, 68 ministries represented, and 7 countries (there are actually members that are missionaries from Canada, South Korea, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Spain in addition to the United States). The Transition/Change and Cultural Adjustment Talks went great. I saw some tears in eyes as I spoke. Also, the messages from the guest speaker were timely and right on. Saturday night, we prayed for the nation and then broke into small groups to pray for one another. In addition to the two talks, I met with three missionaries for one on one time (2 about ministry related issues and 1 a vision consultation) and helped with registration.
Embassy Talks (pictures)
Right when I got back from the retreat, after one day of rest and one day to prep, I gave the Change/Transition Talk to US Embassy spouses at their monthly coffee time. It was very well received, people opened up, they took business cards and English church location information slips and I hope to see some new families at church soon. For some it was very timely: they are new to being here or on their way to leaving. For others, the information explained a lot of how they feel moving from place to place and now they have tools to help them in the future and some expressed even helping others with it (which is even better!).
The following Friday was the Cultural Adjustment Talk at the US Embassy. With only 4 in attendance it was very intense. Although missionaries do have some struggle with what churches or supporters or family expect of them being able to get done in a certain amount of time (in a foreign country), the Embassy workers took this to a whole new level. The Embassy is expected to run at the speed of Washington, DC which is near to impossible when in another country. Although the cultural value difference can help at each departmental level, the cultural adjustment skills and expectations teaching need to reach the ‘higher-ups’ so to speak (so that they can lower the goal –task orientation for their workers). It was suggested I take this to Washington and the talks become mandatory online courses. God will have to open that door!
I have been asked to work with the material on more of a department by department level, but for now we are shooting for offering the talks again in August (a high influx time of new Embassy employees).
Model UN (pictures)
Kjell and Katarina and other Discovery School students left for La Ceiba the end of the month for the model UN competition. The different this year, was that they did not have a student’s family beach house to stay in so we tried something new: staying in missionary housing with a missionary family. Not only did they get to interact with the family and enjoy some time on the beach, but they got to see some ministry side of aquaponics. The kids suggested blessing the family and even pitched in some extra money to take them out to Pizza Hut.
From the Discovery School memo: “Team Discovery in their accomplishments during the recent Model UN simulation in La Ceiba. The performance of Discovery students reflected the study and preparation of the past months, under the coaching of Mr. Kjell Fenn. The greatest thing a delegate (team member) can do in Model UN is to write a resolution (called being a sponsor). Every single member of our team sponsored at least two resolutions. Amazing! The highest awarded honor is called Best Delegate, followed by Honorable Mention. Out of a group of 25-30 delegates, there are only 3 official awards (1 Best Delegate and 2 Honorable Mentions) which are chosen by the moderators of the committees. The other awards, such as “Encyclopedia,” “Stuck on You,” “Future UN Delegate” and “Bazooka,” are peer awards, voted on by the delegates themselves.”
Katarina won Best Delegate, Encyclopedia, Future UN Delegate(for overall excellence), and Stuck on You Award.
“To recap, in all of the 5 committees where Discovery School participated, we won either 1st place or 2nd place, and in one case we won both 1st and 2nd! In addition, the peer delegates voted Discovery as excellent (evidenced by the peer awards). Our reputation at the Model UN is that Discovery School is superb. Many students from other schools verbally praised Discovery and were intimidated by us just because of our name. Excellent job, students and coach!”
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