April 2011

Camp Progress With Electrical Service Approved!

This past week I was in Villavo for our first week of deaf camp. Too many deaf wanted to go and so we could not fit all into one week. As a result, we decided to have a mini-camp for the four days preceding the big week. We took the American work crew and a group of the deaf to Villavo to see our camp project and the current facilities. The time was one of rich fellowship and great fun as we tried to understand one another as we worked and played together. We all enjoyed the time very much.

The Cabins are Going Up

April 11, 2011: This morning I saw Gordon Clifford, of Christian Mission Press off at the airport. He had come to Colombia to bring in a load of material and to visit the work. I had taken with me to Saravena, after explaining the risks to him. When we returned from Saravena we immediately took off for Villavicencio the next morning. All week I worked on the the cabin project at the church camp expansion. I made trips to purchase materials and talked over decisions about the construction with the builder and the different sub-contractors and suppliers.

Annual Learning Difficulty Conference

For the last week, Paul Odham, Mindy McCumber taught our annual conferences on identifying and helping children with learning difficulties. We held the sessions in our Christian School and in a large government school in Villavicencio. In the morning we would do diagnostics with a group of ten or fifteen school psychologists from different schools in the city. Then in the afternoon we held training sessions. We did a basic conference and then an advanced conference on applying the methodologies for remediation. One evening we held a training session for parents.

Serving Amid Conflict

This past weekend I made a trip to a small town in the northeast of the country on the Venezuelan border. Since Venezuela continues to arm and provide safe haven for the guerrillas, this continues to be one of the most dangerous and conflictive regions of the country. Where many other areas are now quite safe for tourists and foreigners, travel to this region involves significant risk. But more than a month ago I received an invitation to teach a class to a large group of leaders from this region. The Colombian Christians advised against the trip. They felt the risk was simply too great.