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First Day of School (pictures)
August was like a whirlwind. School starts very early here with Kjell returning August 2nd and kids on the 8th. We took our before and at school pictures and could not believe we have an 11th, 9th, 7th, and 3rd grader. We attended an open house and met the new teachers. We had some school supplies, but were waiting for notebooks to get here with missionaries whose kids started school a week after ours.
I had a chance to help missionary friends in different ways here and there throughout the month. Friends returned from their summer furlough trip and I picked them up from the airport and drove them to Zambrano and back. I was able to prepare them a meal as well as make some banana bread so they could just focus on unpacking.
Also, we are now renting out the basement to a missionary friend, so when I could, I was loading up the truck and bringing boxes from Tegucigalpa to Santa Lucia for her.
Meetings and Talks (pictures)
Instead of a Run the Race Seminar, this month I had a lot of one on one or one on two meetings with short and long term missionaries concerning vision. Carly and Kasey were eager to share what God was showing them about the call of God on their lives as well as eager to learn whatever they could to help steer them in the right direction and gain clarity. Carly and Cassie began to map out their dreams and fill in their vision organizational charts (personal and ministry). Pray they continue to seek God on the bible verse and vision statements for their lives and ministries.
Two different Friday nights, I attended talks given to Pinares teachers (a bilingual, Christian school in El Hatillo): one was on Transition and the other was on Cultural Adjustment. The Transition Talk covered: locating potential stress level; evaluating changes from a year ago to present; locating what phase of transition you are in (why you react or feel certain ways); and learning how to make a successful transition into Honduras. Cultural Adjustment covered: recognizing the different value systems between Honduras (Latin) culture and North American culture; visualize scenarios through examples; identifying the three most important skills for adjusting; defining culture shock with its views, causes, related frustrations, and results; recognizing what we are feeling and where we are on the cultural adjustment curve (stages of culture shock); and knowing what to do to help ourselves.
This was great information I can keep on file for missionaries that are part of the Honduran Fellowship as well as teachers from other schools.
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