I Am…

By Nelson Alvarez, Class of 2015.

Nelson used poetry to express his thoughts and hopes for his life and our world.  Thank you, Nelson!

I am an open and persevering person.

I wonder if another world is possible.

I hear people pondering about their world dream.

I see a sign that says peace.

I want an equal world with the same human rights.

I am an open and persevering person.

I pretend I am a president.

I feel I have an incredible power.

I touch the lives of millions of people.

I worry about the future of children.

I cry from injustice.

I am an open and persevering person.

I understand I cannot fix all the world problems.

I say education is the key to success.

I dream someday we will live in peace.

I try to understand the suffering of people.

I hope we do not have any war.

I am an open and persevering person.

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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 kking@nph.org.

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!

Dinner and a Documentary

This weekend, we had the opportunity to view the documentary MissRepresentation and have a conversation about gender, sexism, and violence against women both in the United States and other countries around the world.

The film focuses on the (US) media’s limited and often disparaging portrayal of women and girls.  It is difficult to watch, but an important film for any future leader to see.  We are grateful to Dr. Serena Cosgrove (Seattle University) for her hospitality and for leading us in a conversation about gender roles and violence.

 

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From the MissRepresentation website: “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.”.

We were challenged to engage this material critically and to continue asking questions.  The students were able to share their own observations about gender and sexism in the United States and how that is similar or different than in their home countries.  Over the next few weeks, the students will be able to discuss the topic further with their mentors.