This blog was written by Learning Leader Bill de Jager who is working alongside co-leader Peter Meerveld with Belizean educators and leaders as part of the Developing Strategic Plans Walking Together project.

How do you prepare to deliver a strategic planning process (which you know everything about) to a group of Christian school leaders in Belize (who you know nothing about)?

Well, you open-mindedly walk into the world of schooling in Belize, experiencing first-hand the educational landscape. You remind yourself to deeply listen to lots of local stories; you continually request explanations and clarifications.

And why do you do this?

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Friday, June 22, 2018

An Urgent Call to Prayer 0 comments

Psalm 68:19 – “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.”

One month ago, we called you to raise up Nicaragua and its people in your prayers. Since then, the burdens of pain, violence, corruption and fear have continued and grown.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

When It Just So Happens 0 comments

This blog was written by Learning Leader Bill de Jager who is working alongside co-leader Peter Meerveld with Belizean educators and leaders as part of the Developing Strategic Plans Walking Together project.

Prior to the leaders' conference this week, Peter and I visited some of the Presbyterian Church  Schools.  Some of what we saw and heard deeply touched our hearts:

We turned off the main city road and began the bumpy drive down a dusty lane.  A  cemetery full of tombstones loomed on the left, while to the right stood homes tottering on wooden stilts stuck in the swampy ground. We were waved through a police checkpoint, very aware of the sub machine gun sullenly cradled by one the officers. Arriving at the inner-city school, we soon sat in on a school staff's anguished discussion with members of the community police force.  Several teachers shared their frustrations when attempting to discipline extremely belligerent students, and insisted on renewed support from the police.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Pray for Nicaragua 0 comments

Dear Friends,

If you've been following the news, you may have heard of the recent protests in Nicaragua.

We've been in close contact with Nilda and Lester, our key contacts on the ground in Nicaragua. I wanted to share an update we received yesterday from Nilda, the Nicaragua Coordinator:

The protests don't stop. They're not only in Managua but in different cities as well (Masaya, Granada, Chontales, Nueva Guinea, Bluefields, Jinotega, etc, etc) mostly in the whole country. More people have died... Main highways are blocked in the whole country. Yesterday afternoon high school students, from public and private schools, marched asking for justice. There was thousands of them.

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