DNA Groups

Sep

29

2013

DNA Groups

angela

Ecuador

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DNA: Discipleship, Nurturing, Accountability. Three vital aspects of ministering to teenagers, of earning the right to speak into their lives, and of living out the call of Christ to love them. DNA that is as vital to mentoring relationships as the biological counterpart that shares its acronym. This...

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Welcome Week

Sep

27

2013

Welcome Week

doug

Ecuador

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At the beginning of September, teachers were busily preparing classrooms, students were nervously awaiting the start of classes, and teachers and students alike were lamenting the fact that summer was coming to an end. I’m sure if you take a moment to think back on your many first days of school,...

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Cheers and Tears

Jun

30

2013

Cheers and Tears

angela

Ecuador, United States

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On June 20, we got to watch as all our seniors graduated. It was such a great feeling to realize that each of them had become so much more than just a name to us. My heart cheered for them, sad to see them go but eager for them to experience all God has in store for them next. We’ve now been back...

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One Year Down

Jun

23

2013

One Year Down

doug

Ecuador

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When the yearbooks arrived on campus a week ago, it really started to feel like the end of the year. Sure, there were still final projects to complete, exams to prepare for, and a host of year-end activities to participate in, but the end was clearly in sight. For Angela and I, reaching the end of our...

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Handmade: Girls’ Retreat

May

26

2013

Handmade: Girls’ Retreat

angela

Ecuador

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I wrote this post several weeks ago but wanted to get photos to include before I posted it!  Here’s a peak into this year’s Girl’s Retreat at AAI… What does it mean to be made in God’s image?  How would our lives be different if we truly believed we were uniquely crafted...

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The Yearbook is Out the Door…

May

20

2013

After months of hard work, including many late nights and weekends, this year’s yearbook has been finalized and sent off to the printer! In just 4 weeks, we should have the printed books in our hands, ready to pass out to students. It’s a good feeling to be done with such a large project,...

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Man Up

Apr

21

2013

Man Up

doug

Ecuador

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I first heard about the Man Up Retreat over a year ago. We were still deciding whether to move to Ecuador, but were getting updates from Brent Becker (our former pastor and fellow AAI teacher) about a retreat that he was putting together for the 9-12th grade guys at Alliance. Even back then, I was really...

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Shooting Easter (For Yearbook)

Mar

29

2013

As you may already know, I’m the yearbook advisor at Alliance Academy this year. I have 11 seniors on my staff and we are all very busy finalizing layouts for our final deadline on May 17th. It’s a great job, but it sure is a lot of work…and there’s still plenty left to be done! Even...

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Home Alone

Mar

17

2013

Home Alone

doug

Ecuador

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This weekend, Angela is on a retreat with many of the high school girls from Alliance and I’m on my own for a couple of days. In recent weeks, it’s been pointed out to me several times that I’ve started to refer to Ecuador as home. I guess that’s true. I do feel like we’re...

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Kitchen Adventures

Mar

12

2013

Kitchen Adventures

angela

Ecuador

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Living in Ecuador is an adventure!  Even when we stay right in our own kitchen.  With far fewer ready-made items available in stores, we’ve gotten creative over the past several months and ended up making things we never thought we ever would!  Many have been new recipes, while others have been...

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