David talks about Christmas Break

David had the opportunity to travel to Minnesota to celebrate Christmas, the New Year, and his birthday with a family who has traveled to NPH Guatemala many times. He talks about how it was spending his Christmas vacation in Minnesota in his own English here (with a bit of editing from Jacqueline):

Welcome to my second blog, I would like to describe my amazing trip to Minnesota.

In December, I was excited to finish the first quarter of school. We went on retreat with Jacqueline on Whidbey Island and it was really interesting. We talked about topics such as “How to be a Servant as a Leader” and “How can I Make a Difference.”We washed each others’ feet and talked about humility. December reminded me that Jesus came to earth for us to be the true path and life for us. Christmas is a good season to be thankful for Jesus’ birth.

During my time in NPH, I know that the meaning of Christmas is not only that you have gifts under the tree, light in your home, dinner with family and friends, snow around the house, or stockings hanging in the living room. Christmas is about sharing with others, and even if you have very little, you share it with love.

This experience in Minnesota was really fun because I was invited to sit first class in the plane ride–which has never happened in my life! I also went to Mall of America (which is huge), the University of Minnesota, down a giant slide in the mall, and to Minneapolis for New Year’s Eve. There, I danced the whole night with friends! It was a great experience. It was fun spending time with the Munoz family for my birthday, where we just played many board games.

I thank God every day for the people that support NPH and give me these experiences. I will never forget them!16473830_267885516977012_5678709767686175928_n

 

Mariela writes about iLeap

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Mariela comes from NPH Mexico. Here is her reflection on her interaction with iLeap, one of our partner organizations. Her original writing in Spanish follows below:

iLeap continues to play an important role in the NPH Family–a relationship that is nourishing and helpful! I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the leadership program. This experience will encourage my personal and professional growth. I also feel that sharing this with my brothers and sisters from other countries only enriches the experience.

For me, iLeap has ideas to offer to everyone, not only learning, but also helping discover questions about who you are, where you are going, and what you want. We learn how to create goals and objectives, as well as different forms and methods of achieving them.

A strong leader is able to inspire others and openly express their ideas. We have learned to identify which type of leader we now are according to our own personality, and what type of leader we would like to be.

The goal is to share our experiences in order to learn how to support our NPH family. This will allow us to be more human, more humble, and more committed to our environment and society.

We discovered that by working as a team, we complement one another in our skills, commitment, and be more efficient when making choices. A phrase that stuck out to me has been, “If you want to go quickly, walk by yourself. If you want to go far, work as a team.” There are a thousand ways of obtaining results, but we must learn how to ask for help to reach our highest potential.

This stage in life for me is very important, as I want to inspire my younger siblings and share what I have learned. I want to thank all that form part of the iLeap team for opening their doors and sharing their knowledge with us. iLeap really transforms lives!

 

iLEAP se ha vuelto importante dentro de la gran Familia de NPH y formar parte de esta unión me da una gran satisfacción, Agradezco la oportunidad que tengo de poder formar parte del programa de liderazgo , es una experiencia que me permitirá crecer personal y profesionalmente, al mismo tiempo que me brinda la oportunidad de convivir y compartir con mis hermanos de otros países enriqueciendo aún más la experiencia.

iLEAP es para mí como para todos y cada uno de mis hermanos un organismo, que no solo nos brinda enseñanza sino que también ayuda a descubrir realmente quien eres a dónde vas y que quieres ; aprendemos a forjar metas y objetivos, propone las diferentes formas y caminos para así lograrlo.

Un buen líder transmite la sensación de inspirar a los demás, expresar abiertamente sus ideas, y compartirlas, aprendimos a identificar qué tipo de líder somos de acuerdo a nuestros comportamientos y que tipo de líder queremos convertirnos en un futuro inmediato.

El propósito de compartir nuestras experiencias es conocer las diversas formas de aportar un granito de arena a Nuestra familia de NPH, este acercamiento nos permitirá ser más humanos, más humildes, mas compartidos directamente en nuestro entorno y en la sociedad.

Descubrimos que el trabajo en equipo complementamos habilidades compromiso y desarrollo incrementamos la eficiencia en la toma de decisiones, hay una frase en lo particular que a mí me agrada “SI QUIERES LLEGAR RAPIDO CAMINA SOLO, SI QUIERES LLEGAR LEJOS HAZLO EN EQUIPO” hay una y mil maneras de poder obtener los resultados, nada mejor que realizarlo con un poco de ayuda, no solo lo lograremos si no que tendremos óptimos resultados.

Esta etapa para mí es muy importante, quiero inspirar a mis hermanos pequeños y compartir lo que he aprendido, agradezco a todos y cada uno de los que forman parte de iLEAP que nos abrieron sus puertas, nos comparten experiencias y conocimientos , es una oportunidad de aprender cosas nuevas gracias iLEAP verdaderamente transforman vidas!

 

Roxana reflects on Seattle Central College

Roxana comes from NPH El Salvador. She offers a reflection on studying at Seattle Central Community College. The original version in Spanish follows:

Seattle Central College is a place that offers everyone the opportunity to study English–no matter the color of your skin, race or religion. All of us are seen equally by our highly qualified faculty, who are always read to help us when we need it.

Seattle Central is also an incredible opportunity to learn and meet many new people in our classes. We come from many different parts of the world, which means that we learn about different culture, religions, politics and economics from worlds different than our own.

Personally, I’m very happy and thankful for this opportunity to learn English and make new friends. Sometimes I get tired when I have to work in a group, as it is challenging for me to communicate with my classmates. Our English is not very good, but we are able to communicate with a bit of work together and help from our professors. This is truly one of the best opportunities in my life.

Seattle Central es un lugar especializado donde todos tenemos la oportunidad de estudiar ingles no importando el color, religion, ni raza todos somos vistos de igual manera y lo mas importante que este colegio cuenta con los maestros calificados que siempre estan en la dispocicion de ayudarnos cuando lo necesitamos.

Seattle central es una gran oportunidad para aprender y conocer y hacer muchos amigos ya que dentro de nuestros niveles de ingles habemos de diferentes partes del mundo, mediante la convivencia con nuestros companeros aprendemos otras culturas, como por ejemplo: religion, politica, economia todo un modo de vida diferente al nuestro.

 

A reflection on the Gala

Saravia, our student from Honduras, was asked to offer a reflection on the NPH USA Gala that took place on November 5th. Here is the translated version of what she said (the original follows below):

“Charity is a virtue of the heart, not of the hands,” said Joseph Addison.

I want to start with this thought from Joseph, which applies very much to the Gala, where people who both know and don’t know NPH joined together. The event was very successful in raising money for my NPH family. This event was very important in my life, as it as changed much of my way of thinking and how important it is to love without condition, barriers or borders. I was incredibly surprised to see that so many people were so generous with what they have. As Addison said, “Charity is a virtue of the heart,” thus it was good to see that so much money was raised to help kids from other countries and sponsor a child while only seeing their photo. These people are committed to helping and are showing kindness to their neighbor.

I would also like to mention the wonderful work of the NPH USA Northwest office. I was able to see Katie Hultquist (Director of NPH USA Northwest) and her staff work hard every night to make this event possible. As students, we tried to collaborate with them to contribute to this work of love.

To finish, I just want to thank all those who helped make the Gala possible, and thanks to those who, in one way or another, are involved in the growth of NPH. Thanks for being part of our NPH family!

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Quiero empezar con este pensamiento de Joseph, que para mí aplica mucho a la Gala de NPHI un evento en el que acudió mucha gente que ya sabía de NPH como al mismo tiempo mucha gente ajena de lo que NPH significa. Un evento en el que se recaudó dinero para la salud de mi familia de NPH. Este evento a marcado mucho mi vida, ha cambiado mucho mi manera de pensar, me ha enseñado lo que significa amar sin condiciones, sin barreras, sin fronteras. Realmente lo que me sorprendió de todo esto fue ver como hay tanta gente dispuesta a dar de lo que poseen, como dice Addison la caridad es una virtud del corazón, no me sorprende el hecho de el número que se recaudo es ver a la gente dispuesta a ayudar al prójimo, dispuesta a ayudar a los niños de diferentes países, personas que decidieron apadrinar un niño con solo ver una fotografía de ellos, personas que quieren comprometerse a ayudar, personas que se muestran sensibles al prójimo.

Por otra parte me gustaría mencionar el maravilloso trabajo que hace la oficina aquí en Seattle. Vi cada noche trabajando a Katie Hultquist y su Staff para que este evento fuese posible. Al mismo tiempo nosotros como estudiantes del programa colaboramos con esta gran obra de amor.

Para finalizar solamente quiero decir gracias a todos los que asistieron a la gala, gracias a los que de una manera u otra se involucran para que NPH siga creciendo. Gracias por formar parte de nuestra familia.

Jimmy’s reflection on his experience in Seattle

Jimmy was asked to to reflect on what he has learned in the leadership formation meetings. His original reflection was in Spanish (below), which has been translated into English. 

I want to share a bit about my experience in Seattle from the lens of leadership development and spiritual growth. In the time I’ve been here, I’ve realized that God is the the only way of guiding us towards where we want to go and to have peace of mind.

To develop oneself as a leader isn’t as easy as I thought it was. Something that we’ve learned from our formation is that we have to know our deepest selves–which can be difficult because our daily routines distract us, sometimes so much that we forget to spend time with our personal self.

I thought that to be a leader only meant guiding a certain group and have strategies to obtain the highest results from the goals we pose to ourselves. I did not realize that to be a leader is to have high self-awareness. In this way, one can address our own weaknesses and try to be better every day by being better to those who surround us, to love what we do, and to see God in others.

To act and think with integrity is something many look for, and that is often difficult. I cannot ever forget that service and humility must come first in a leader. Padre Wasson wanted all of us to have in mind and practice these values, as he did. To be a pequeño in NPH isn’t easy, but with the help of God, we can be better examples to our brothers and sisters.

In our leadership formation meetings, I have also learned that it is good to know how others look at us because we also have a perception of ourselves. Other people have different views of ourselves. In this way, we have learned that it is important to ask for feedback from those around us so that we can better ourselves and our actions. But before asking for such an opinion, we must be prepared to receive any point of view and be objective with ourselves.

Quiero compartir sobre mi experiencia aquí en Seattle desde el punto de vista de desarrollo de liderazgo y crecimiento espiritual. En el tiempo he estado aquí me he dado cuenta que Dios es el único que nos puede guiar hacia donde queremos ir y es el único que nos da paz interior.

Formarse como líder no ha sido tan facil a como pensé que era. Algo muy importante que se nos ha enseñado en esta formación es a conocernos a nosotros mismo desde el fondo de nuestro ser, lo cual a veces es muy difícil por la rutina que llevamos con el día a día en nuestra vida cotidiana, a veces estamos tan distraídos con lo que pasa a nuestro alrededor que nos olvidamos de pasar tiempo con nosotros mismos .

Pensé que ser un líder solo encerraba la parte de guiar a cierto grupo de personas y tener estrategias para obtener buenos resultados de las metas que nos proponemos, pero me he dado cuenta que ser líder es conocernos a nosotros mismos primero, para así mejorar nuestras debilidades y tratar de ser mejor cada día, y ser mejor con las personas que están a nuestro alrededor, sentir amor por lo que hacemos y por las personas que rodean nuestra vida y ver a Dios en esas personas.

Pensar y actuar de manera íntegra, es algo que muchos buscamos, y que muchas veces se nos hace difícil. Sin olvidarme que el servicio y la humildad es lo primero que un líder, pequeño e hijo del padre Wasson debe practicar y tener en cuenta, porque es el ejemplo que nos dejo nuestro querido padre, ser pequeño no es facil, pero con la ayuda de Dios seremos buenos ejemplos para nuestros hermanos y hermanas .

En las reuniones de formación de liderazgo también he aprendido que es bueno saber como los demás nos miran a nosotros, porque nosotros tenemos una percepción de nosotros mismos, pero los demás tienen diferentes percepciones de nosotros, para eso se nos ha enseñado que es importante pedir la opinión de nuestros superiores o de quienes nos rodean sobre nuestros actos para así mejorar en lo que creemos que estamos haciendo bien, pero que tal vez no es así. Pero antes de pedir esa opinión debemos de estar preparados a recibir cualquier punto de vista de la menare más madura y objetiva con nosotros mismos.

Reflection from Samuel

Samuel was asked to offer his reflection on what his homestay in Seattle has been like thus far. He wrote this in response (written in his own English!):

My name is Samuel Jocelyn. I have one big brother, four big sisters and one little sister with whom I grew up in Sent Elen. Both of my parents passed away when I was young. I don’t really remember their faces, but only their names since they were always working or trying to find supplies for us.
I joined our little brothers and sisters (NPH) in July 2004 after much back and forth, where a new chapter of my life started. At first glance it was an ‘Orphanage.’ Over time the place that I called orphanage has become my home sweet home, NPH

. In Kenscoff, I learned a lot of things: I learned to be a man, I learned that we rise by lifting others, to be thankful to God for everything and that love is the real answer.

I live with with Ben and Julie, and their three beautiful boys. Matteo, Lucas and, the coolest one, Oscar. I came from nowhere and I am integrated with this gorgeous family. Once again another chapter of my life started, and the first thing they had told me “SAMUEL YOU ARE HOME”. They are not just my homestay…they are my family because they will be a part of me forever.
I have spent time with all the homestay families, and I can say that I see God in you all. You are beautiful inside from outside. They all mean so much to me! I am grateful for them all! Thank you to God, to NPH, and to all of you.