Perspective

Mar

10

2013

Perspective

angela

Ecuador

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February was a tough month.  We’d been told it would be by others who’ve been at the school longer than we have, but I think it was easy to assume it wouldn’t be that bad, especially without the winter doldrums of Washington state to contend with.  Yet we’ve found ourselves...

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Semester #1 Nears an End

Feb

1

2013

Semester #1 Nears an End

doug

Ecuador

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Above: A group of high schoolers relaxing on the field at the end of a long day. It’s been a slow news cycle lately, but we’re nearing the end of our first semester at Alliance Academy and that has made us all a bit more stressed in recent weeks. Today marks the end of our 20th week at school....

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Celebrating the New Year

Jan

2

2013

Celebrating the New Year

doug

Ecuador

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Some of the masks are frighteningly realistic. Holidays in general seem to be more lively here in Ecuador and New Year’s Eve is certainly no exception. It all started a few days before the 31st as we noticed a variety of vendors appearing on street corners and near other high traffic areas. All...

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Oh Christmas Tree…

Dec

8

2012

Oh Christmas Tree…

angela

Ecuador

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Angela preparing ornaments. Happy Holidays!  What a fabulous time of year.  It’s hard to believe it’s already December, especially when our weather here in Ecuador hasn’t changed a bit, and there were no falling leaves or frigid temperatures to remind us of time passing.  A part...

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Extreme Response: A Christmas Party for 2000 People

Dec

6

2012

Until now, most of our ministry work in Ecuador has either been at the school or at our local church, but last Saturday we had the chance to give our time to another worthwhile cause. For most of the day, we partnered with Extreme Response to throw a Christmas party for Ecuadorean families living in...

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Thanksgiving!

Nov

22

2012

Thanksgiving!

angela

Ecuador

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Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of November, and friends and family all over the U.S. are carving pumpkins and slicing into delicious pumpkin pie.  Many Americans are doing that here, too, while the rest of Ecuador carries on with regular work days.  We had...

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New Photos

Nov

21

2012

New Photos

doug

Ecuador

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We’ve been making a few updates to our blog and have finally found time to begin filling our Photos page. Check out the photos from our first night outside of the city. More to come…

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Spiritual Emphasis Week

Nov

1

2012

Spiritual Emphasis Week

doug

Ecuador

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It’s a three day weekend for us and we’re just a few minutes away from leaving for our first overnight trip out of town since arriving in Quito. The director of the school and his wife have invited us (and a few other teachers from Alliance) to go on a little mountain retreat for a few days....

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What I Do: Counseling

Oct

12

2012

What I Do: Counseling

angela

Ecuador

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Above: Angela preparing for a counseling session in her office. With five full weeks of school under our belts, I’m not sure whether it feels like time has flown or like we’ve lived several months in the span of weeks!  Regardless, I was struck the other day by how much more we know now than...

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What I Do: Teaching

Oct

12

2012

What I Do: Teaching

doug

Ecuador

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Above: Half of my yearbook class. It was weird for me to write the title of this post just now. I’m not a teacher, I’m a programmer. A web developer, to be more specific. I’ve dedicated the last decade of my life to writing efficient code and building complex web application. I am more...

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