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Orientation March 2012

As personnel coordinator, one of my jobs is to make sure that people get a good orientation when they arrive.  Part of this happens within the first couple of days when they first arrive, but it is really an on-going process.  In addition to the short one we give people in their jet-lagged state when everything probably goes in one ear and right out the other, we do a longer two to three day orientation.  This usually happens after people have been here a couple of months.  

By then they've gotten over the "honeymoon stage" of adjustment when it seems like everything is cool.  Reality has hit (though some people get hit by reality when they step off the plane and never have the honeymoon stage).  They are now asking questions and interacting more with their environment.  It's a good time to process what is happening.

Once a year we do the orientation here in N*am*y and once a year we do it in M*r*d*.  We drove...it should be doable in nine hours, but it now takes almost 12 because of the deplorable conditions of the road.  I'll post more about that next week, but you can get an idea from the picture at the top of my blog.

We do sessions on The Missionary and their Spiritual Life, Isl*m in the Local Setting, Stress and Inter-Personal Relationships, Mission History, and The Culture.  In the afternoons we go out and visit different ministries in the area.
This session was a bit different than some because we had five families with children.  One of the families had teen-age kids so they helped with child care, as did two other teens who live on the compound.  The lady who ran the guest house and some others also helped out.

John was amazing.  He translated every single session into French, including the ones he was doing in English.  That took an amazing amount of mental energy to keep focused and to come up with just the right word.  That's why you see him in all these pictures!

So, here are a few pictures from Orientation (in no particular order). 
Learning about natural tree regeneration and composting

Visiting the new Fistula Center

A visit to the Danja Center of Health and Leprosy

Do you know what's written on YOUR hand?

John leading a session

J*dy talks about our spiritual health

A church leader shares from his heart about culture and our involvement in local churches
B*rt gives us a history lesson





John led us in worship each morning

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