Today and Monday were busy and filled with exciting things (with more still to come this afternoon). Yesterday, I just rested. I was exhausted from Monday, from the weekend, from a lot of stuff. So, you'll be getting two updates today, the first (this one) about the exciting stuff of today which isn't even over yet, and the second about Monday (which I'll probably backdate to have Monday's date on it).
Today, thanks to a college friend, Bethany, I was able to attend the morning session of a When Helping Hurts (or Helping Without Hurting) seminar at Northland Church via the internet. Online participation was free and available to me here in Guatemala. That was a big blessing for me. It addressed a lot of interesting issues concerning helping the "impoverished." The church is hoping to be able to make it available later. If that comes to pass, I'll post the link here. I know there are lots of short-term trip leaders who could benefit from the information presented at the seminar. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Shawn, Lisa, and Robin!) There will also be an afternoon session available at 3:30 EDT (an hour and a half from now) concerning microfinancing if anyone wants to attend.
In addition to having a conversation with my sending church, I'm also preparing to have a conversation with the people in my program. I need to know what they think their gifts are, and I need to know if the program in its current state is helping the people (without creating dependency). I need to know if they feel empowered. I also need to find out why they are buying so much sugar with their points; they're going to need dentists soon...
In addition to the seminar, I'm going to figure out how to post pictures on my blog. While usually there's some picture I could share, today I have one I'm excited to share. So, give me some time and I'll be back with the other post for Monday's activities.