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A year of service: How the YAV program changed my life

A Year of Service for a Lifetime of Change. That’s the motto of the PC(USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, and I can attest to its truth. Ten years ago I was in the small town of Rosario, Uruguay, halfway … Continue reading

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Less than perfect

On this New Year’s Day I find myself hopeful for what lies ahead in 2013. I’ll be meeting many new people and visiting new and familiar places, and I’m eager to see what these encounters will bring to my life. … Continue reading

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Willkakuti – Happy Aymara New Year!

I just watched the sunrise, a rare and beautiful thing in my life. I always seem to forget how slow a process it is once I focus in: the glow on the horizon that becomes too painful to look at … Continue reading

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Colombia on my mind…

Today I have the privilege of finding myself in Panama City, representing PC(U.S.A.) World Mission at a meeting with leadership of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) and representatives of churches and aid organizations from North America and Europe … Continue reading

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At the course I took last weekend on Mission & Ecumenism in Bolivia, we had a group devotional every day. One morning it included a time when we each took a folded paper flower, placed it in a bowl of water, … Continue reading

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Life is beautiful

Here are some excerpts from the second accompanier report that Jake and I submitted, which is framed around this passage: Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive … Continue reading

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