How can a mini-van help an emerging leader? We are so glad you asked!

Use your old mini-van/suburban to contribute to NPH’s future!

The NPH International Leadership Institute in Seattle is growing!  Next year, the SIX participants will no longer all fit in Kara’s car presenting lots of logistical complications!

At least once a week all the students engage in a service project or attend a workshop, class, fundraiser, worship service or other event together.  We also have several retreats throughout the year that we get to by car.

Being able to transport all the students in ONE vehicle is a huge blessing!  We hope to be able to continue that as the program grows.

To that end, we are looking for a donated vehicle with at least 7 seat-belts (6 NPH students, 1 driver).  If you or anyone you know is ready to downscale (kids off to college?), will you consider donating your vehicle to these emerging young leaders?

In reality, we are also going to need extra help to pay for licensing fees, taxes, and gas if anyone would like to help with that too!

Sorry for the very direct plea, but we are realizing how needed this will be come September 8th, 2013!

For more information, please contact Kara at: 206-949-0792 or

Thank you!!!!!

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On Earth as it is in Heaven: Tierra Nueva

This past weekend, the leadership students visited Burlington – home to the ministries of Tierra Nueva (New Earth).  On Saturday morning, we arrived at their organic farm in Mt. Vernon unsure what to expect.  We were greeted by the people who coordinate and run the farm, and it was fun to hear a bit of the history of the farm and how it got started.  Rodolfo was especially interested to learn that Tierra Nueva actually started in Honduras before expanding to the Skagit Valley in Washington State to serve the migrant worker community here.

We spent the day volunteering on the farm: pulling weeds, planting seeds, and helping however we could.  The NPH students were eager to help and made comments like, “I love this” and “I feel like I am back at NPH”.  We learned new words in both Spanish and English, and played around with the unique “Spanglish” spoken by the staff!

The next day we took a short drive to Deception Pass and then returned to Tierra Nueva for worship in the afternoon.  The healing work happening in this community was both evident and inspiring.  Stories of former gang members who have changed their lives, women who are giving up addictions, and men who are raising their children as single fathers were told.

We prayed for each other, for our communities, and for the world before sharing in Communion together.  Afterwards, over soup, we spoke with people about their struggles and their faith in God.

Thank you to Amanda and everyone at Tierra Nueva for welcoming us into your family!

We love our Godparents!

During the month of May, the leadership students had many opportunities to share the NPH story with potential supporters in the United States.  Sharing the NPH story in English, and talking to people about our family is a privilege and one that we enjoyed very much!  Here are a few pictures from Godparent’s month!  Thank you to all our wonderful Godparents, you are making a difference in our lives and the lives of all our brothers and sisters at NPH…

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