We just returned from our first retreat of the year, the theme of which was “Servant Leadership”. We spent four days in Westport, WA learning more about ourselves, each other, leadership and our faith. Enjoy the pictures!!
“In a radical fashion, Jesus, by example and word, establishes servanthood as the way in which his people are to lead others. He expressly repudiates every secular model of leadership in favor of servanthood.” -Philip Greensalde
What have we learned?
Yesterday we had our final weekly leadership meeting of this quarter. These meetings serve as a space to share learning (aha moments), ask questions and reflect. They are also when we look at different aspects of leadership formation and share a meal together. Over the past three months we have slowly been transitioning to more and more English and I am so pleased that yesterday our entire meeting was conducted in English!
The leadership students were asked to reflect on their first three months in Seattle and then we had time to share with each other. Afterwards they headed off to Seattle Central Community College to pick up their grades for Fall Quarter. All of them successfully moved up to the next level and we are so proud of all of their hard work and perseverance!
Mutual Invitation: This is the process we use to share/listen to each other.
Reflecting on our first three months in Seattle.
Jacinto with a book on Fair Trade, this is a good follow up to our visit to Theo’s Chocolate Factory a few weeks ago!
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Since I left my country Honduras on September 8th, 2012, I have arrived in Seattle and begun my new life. First, I want to thank God for this opportunity and NPH for supporting me and forming me into a good person. I am thankful for all the people that believe in me, especially for my brothers and sisters. Lastly, I want to thank Father Wasson for considering me as a son and giving me a family.
I have learned many things while living here in Seattle. One area in particular is as a leader for my NPH family. I want to give my best effort while I study English at Seattle Central Community College. Also, I want to share my dreams and experiences from NPH. My dream is to help my NPH family because so many people have helped me. I feel happy to know so many people that want to help all the children of NPH. In the future, I want to study economics or finances. Why? Because it is a way that I can help my country and NPH. A phrase that has helped me grow as a future leader: If you want to change the world, you need to start with yourself.
Thank you for being part of my family and for reading my post, because I am NPH.