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Work to be Done

By Anna on March 12, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

"Anka is a six-year-old Roma girl, whose whimsical smile and toothless grin immediately win you over. But Anka is at a disadvantage- she does not attend preschool and will be starting first grade this fall. She doesn’t know how to hold a pencil; when asked to color, she produces a scribbled page. She only speaks Roma, unable to understand more than basic Bulgarian sentences.” Anka’s situation is not unique- many Roma families lack resources to send their children to preschool. But what if there was a play group Anka could attend, led by other Roma women, who could introduce her to Bulgarian,... Read more

Some Stories and Lessons Learned Thus Far…

By Rosie on March 2, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            In my most recent newsletter, I mentioned how it seems impossible to truly keep you informed about all the happenings I am getting to be a part of over here in Costa Rica. This blog will feature a small compilation of stories and lessons learned from my time in the country thus far. Hope you enjoy!   Never put all your chili in one pot…             I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’d never heard someone say you should never put all of your chili in one pot…I mean, I still haven’t heard it really, since it’s a saying I just came up... Read more

UNO: The Minority Game

By Diamond on February 9, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Ignorance. Lack of knowledge or information. Cultural Appropriation.The unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of elements - customs, practices, ideas - of a minority culture by members of a more dominant culture.  Frustration. A common emotion that results from the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. In other words: a result of the above. Situations like these are inevitable. For all minorities - both men and women. It’s something that we’re used to dealing with. It’s something we’re used to seeing in our daily lives, whether that’s... Read more

¡Yo soy eligida!

By Rosie on January 22, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            Today is day 13 for me here in Costa Rica. I am alive and glad to be here!! Thanks to everyone’s generous support, and God’s supreme goodness, my financial needs were met in the last hours as I packed, and boarded the plane. Thank you, God! And thank you all for helping me get here.             The past almost 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of many things. One of my first priorities was getting settled into my new room, getting to know my host family, and I’m still working on getting to know the area around my house.             Here is a picture of me with my host (grand)parents... Read more

The FINAL COUNTDOWN! (dana-naa-nuhh… dana-na-na-nuuuh…)

By Rosie on January 3, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

  6 Days left!!               This has been a season of waiting. And being completely honest with you, now that my departure date is less than a week away, I’m nervous for the metaphorical labor pains of transition, and the sleep depravity that comes with parenting a metaphorical newborn. I’m thankful to be encouraged every day, and I’m working on recognizing the gift of life in metaphorical motherhood. (Any mothers out there who have metaphorical tips relating to this metaphor of waiting, childbirth, and newborns? Would love to be encouraged by them :))   So much to do in so little time!... Read more

"And I was the Lion"

By Anna on December 12, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

One of my favorite passages in all of literature is the scene in “The Horse and His Boy” where Shasta is going over the mountains between Archenland and Narnia. He’s weary, he’s alone, he feels like he has been left behind. And as he travels through the fog and clouds something begins to walk alongside him. The reader, of course, knows this is Aslan. Shasta begins to talk to him and tell all his troubles. Finally he says, “Don’t you think it was bad luck to meet so many lions?” (158). Aslan goes on to tell Shasta that there was only one lion. One lion throughout all his life and every... Read more

*Bonus: Thanksgiving Special*

By Rosie on December 5, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            Something that really stuck out to me from a sermon quite a few years ago was the importance of being grateful. Our pastor said an attitude of gratitude, or a thankful heart, fights fear (and many other things) because they can’t exist in the same place at the same time.             I’ve always considered myself a fairly agreeable person, pretty thankful for most things, but practicing gratitude takes a conscious effort. At training in North Carolina, someone shared that, (by some way of research- I’m sorry I can’t remember the official details) when asked about how missionaries... Read more

Half-Way There - Being Faithfully Active

By Anni on November 12, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This process of support raising has been such a crazy and amazing adventure. Little did I realize just how much of a wild ride it would be - a roller coaster of emotions. It has been so incredibly good and stretching in my life already and it is only half-way over. One big way that it has been stretching me is spiritually as God has been teaching me what this new season entails.  For the last 4-6 years, I have felt like I have been in a "waiting" and preparing period. I felt like I was being told to actively wait and prepare for an opportunity that the Lord had for me in the future. Today as... Read more

My Life is Just a Cacophony of Colors...

By Rosie on November 8, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            Growing up moving back and forth between different parts of Texas and Washington, I learned quickly how hard goodbyes can be. I would always leave the state grappling for my friendships, saying things like, “Write me! Email me! We’ll keep in touch! We can call every Friday!” Those solutions would work for a few weeks, but most of the time, a few months into the transition I would be discouraged from a text or email that was left unanswered. (No matter which side it was on… keeping in touch can be hard work.)             Maybe around the time I got to high school, I realized that... Read more

Active Resilience

By Anna on October 15, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

As I enter my fifth week of support raising, I find myself struggling to stay motivated. This is a long and tough process so I must be consistently reminding myself to be patient and wait upon the Lord’s timing. On Sunday, my pastor was preaching on patience. His sermon hit me right between the eyes. He described patience as “active resilience.” Our patience and waiting upon the Lord is not sitting by and doing nothing. My pastor talked through a cycle that helps us learn patience. Memory leads us into reflection and our reflection leads us into this active resilience. Meaning, that by... Read more