We really enjoyed being with the Northern New England Women at the retreat in Attitash, New Hampshire, November 2007. Women's Ministries Director Bevie Jo Marquardt made us feel welcome and we appreciated the opportunity to share with the ladies. Lori O'Dea did a great job ministering the word of God to us. Thanks Lori!
We are currently in the itineration cycle of mission's work visiting our supporting churches and friends. Northern New England is beautiful, so green and picturesque. We have enjoyed renewing partnerships with our supporters. We are pulling a RV travel trailer. It is comfortable and has everything we need to live in while we travel.
The HIV/AIDS Training Team (Lana Duda, Gary and Peggy Pyatt, Paula Hansen and Dr. Lynn Diaz) conducted two two-day seminars in Kingston and Montego Bay Jamaica. Lana Duda taught on stigma and how it affects those suffering with a disease that is mis-understood and feared. The leaders were very responsive to the training. They desire to be a people who extend a compassionate touch to those stigmatized in their society. The churches have many great programs in place and many innovative ideas on beginning new programs within their churches to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.
We enjoyed jerk chicken, peas and beans, juicy patties, and curry chicken. The warm tropical climate of Jamaica is indicative of the warmness of the Jamaican people's hearts.
The Trainer of Trainers Seminar for Latin America and the Caribbean was held on February 8-9, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. Dr. JoAnn Butrin did an excellent job educating our trainers for the region, as well as Nancy Valnes, along with our team. Cynthia Nicholson, a counselor and the Regional Director's wife is pictured with Dr. Butrin. Commission Director Paul Duda facilitated the event. Lana Duda did a session on the facts about HIV/AIDS. Prayer was lifted up for all of our trainers and our region.