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Cayos Cochinos (see pictures)
Kjell chaperoned the 11th grade Humanitarian trip to Cayos Cochinos. In years past, the students have cleaned up the island beaches. This year, the focus was to prepare the beach sand for the protection of the turtle eggs (which are in danger of being destroyed, eaten, or stolen). The students had to dig and sift piles of sand, then refill the holes. They also visited an island school to bring supplies donated by Discovery School. For many, this was a hard trip (no air conditioning, no hot water, etc.). The students’ eyes were opened to how other people live in Honduras.
Kjell was able to share the gospel message with a hand full of students on this trip. Pray that the seed of God’s word will be watered, grown, and be harvested.
Model UN (see pictures)
The trip for Model UN included Katarina. Kjell was new to the Model UN format, but he was able to help the kids with presenting and speech. What he found out was that it’s not as much what you know, but what people think you know. He listened in many sessions and gave the students strategies to improve. Discovery School received 4 best delegates (first place) and 3 honorable mentions (2nd place). That meant that Discovery won an award in each committee. Katarina received an Honorable Mention and the Bazooka award (given to the person who attacks people a lot).
A teacher and a student from another school both approached Kjell at different times to ‘talk’, starting with asking what he thought about gay marriage and touching on different topics as well.
It has long been a desire to connect the wealth of this nation with the ministries within the country. And although Discovery provides a week long volunteer program through Cape Cares (brigades) and Cayos Cochinos (nature reserve), the seed of a new opportunity for ministry was planted. The new idea is to provide ‘humanitarian’ trips for the students on 2-3 Saturdays a semester. This would provide experiences to include on college applications as well as connect students to a part of Honduras that exists, but they have not seen.
Additionally, some are not ready for a week-long trip and/or cannot go due to inability to catch up with a week’s worth of missed work. This will provide a safe experience that will hopefully encourage them to do the other. I will need to rent a van and pay each ministry for lunch. Also, missionaries will need to have a structured time prepared (sharing about their ministry as well as engaging the students when there.
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