On June 24th, friends and family gathered with us at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West Seattle. We were there to celebrate the first graduates of the NPH International Leadership Institute in Seattle. We were honored by the presence of so many people who contributed to making this year possible by giving of themselves.
Throughout the year, people have offered their help at just the right moment, doors have been opened that we didn’t even know to knock on. We have seen the Spirit at work in the lives of these young leaders and stand in awe at what God is doing in their lives. We are eager to see them take the next steps in their journeys.
Emir, Digyana, Julissa, Wendy and Jean Francois have added another layer to the ethic of service and the leadership practice and skills they learned growing up at NPH. They have represented our family well. They have shared their laughter, music, Spanglish, playfulness, their joy, abilities, stories, hopes, their frustrations and most of they have shared themselves. They have let us see their HEARTS, what brings them joy, what brings them to tears, what they are willing to fight for, what they care deeply about, how they work and hope for the future of our NPH family and the future of their countries. It has been a complex and challenging year and each of them brought themselves fully and completely into this process of personal growth and learning.
And so we gathered, as the NPH Northwest family, to celebrate their hard work, perseverance, curiosity, courageousness and their hearts for service. It was a beautiful day full of prayer, stories and celebration!
Together, we marked both a new beginning and another ending. It is not the beginning, because these young leaders arrived here last September with so many experiences already, but it is now a part of their journey . . . A part we all hope and pray will lead to greater service and love to those in our NPH family and their communities as they return home.
Our deep gratitude to everyone who has been a part of the pilot year of this project!