The discussions were rich, particularly this afternoon. I was deeply touched as one of my students on the panel talked about how his learning about counseling has impacted his life in very profound and practical ways. Kaki gave an impassioned call to her fellow islanders to step up and seriously embrace caring for souls in the face of tough issues that have long been culturally avoided.
Pastor Fred noted ...what has been happening here is changing that aspect of culture. There were many moments where I couldn't help tearing up. It is difficult to capture how profoundly grateful I am to be part of this.
On another note the work team from Gateway arrived late yesterday. So today we ended our day by joining them for a late afternoon snorkel and group dinner at Dr. Kabob (my island fave)! God gifted us with a stunning rainbow and ethereal light cast on the cliffs. A near perfect day! Some photo's attached.
|Chamorro Villiage with Jim Sawyer, Howard & Kathy Merrel|
|One of the extraordinary table decorations done by PIU students|
|First Night - Defining Soul Care|
|Pastor Fred weighs in on counselling|
|"The largest turnout of any Ministry Equipping Conference to date"|
|Fred at Friday Chapel|
|Friday Night..encouraging their story....|
|Jim brings in the theological foundations. . .|
|Saturday morning skill building held at the Palm Ridge Hotel.|
|Hard at work. . .|
|Demonstration session. . .|
|A moment with Mar. . .|
|Panel discussion. . .|
|Gateway team leader Eric Kvamme. . .|
|Always happy to swim with the fishies. . .|
|Dinner at Dr. Kababs. .|