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*Introducing team leader #1: Josh Howard

Some basic info:

Name:  Joshua Daniel Howard

Nickname:  Joši (pronounced Yo-shi)

Occupation:  Missionary; youth leader

Hometown:  Fort Wayne, IN

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Kofola (5€ worth): Because it’s good.

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

The Bible and The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus by Brennan Manning.

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan:  I think Bob Dylan is one of the most poetic song writers of the 20th century.

Going Under by Evanescence: No meaning; it’s on there because my sister owns it and our iTunes were shared.

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming by Sufjan:  No special attachment to the song, I just like Sufjan.

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

Friends.

5.  What is one benefit you received from attending KECY in the past?

Courage and patience.

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Introducing team member #3: Mindy Kate Rawlins

Some basic info:

Name:  Melinda Kate Rawlins

Nickname:  Mindy Kate, Mindo, Minders, MK

Occupation:  Any, Lord willing!

Hometown:  Normal, IL

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Lip gloss, gum, and nail polish:  I like feeling like a lady and having good breath.

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin and The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism by Richard J. Mouw.

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

Jesus Land by Ben Folds:  This song reminds me of summer in Illinois.

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane:  No significance; I just like it.

You Made My Dreams by Hall and Oates:  Makes me think of being in love and having some iced coffee on a hot summer day with a cute boy named.

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

Personally I’m excited to have the opportunity to put into practice a lot of the things the Lord has been teaching me over the last few years.  I feel like in a lot of ways this summer is a capstone to the last few years and where the Lord has been leading me.  Also, I’m looking forward to the camps, meeting the kids and hanging out, hearing their stories, and walking with them as long as the Lord desires.

5.  Since this is your first time in Slovakia, what do you like so far?

My favorite thing so far is zmrzlina!  (Slovak icecream).  It’s delicious; I could eat it all day long.  Also, even though this sounds cheesy, the people I’ve met so far.  Specifically, the team in Bratislava and how loving and welcoming people have been to me, the “loud American.”

Introducing team member #2: Hunter Palmer

Some basic info:

Name:  Jonathan Hunter Palmer

Nickname:  The Original; Lovic  (*”Lovic” is the Slovak word for “hunter”).

Occupation:  Student: Organization Communications at Kennesaw State University and Hazmat Expert for Hapag-Lloyd America

Hometown:  Savannah, GA

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Kofola, chocolate (Mila, Tatiana, Milka), and Kleenex:  Because they’re good.  All of them.

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

Desiring God by John Piper, Child 44 by , and Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

All I Know by Switchfoot: This iPod only has songs for working out on it.  I see working out as another way of worship, so I have some worship songs on here too.

First Date by Blink 182:  I was a huge Blink fan in high school, and I still have some of their music on my computer.

Lycnethrope by Plus 44:  Plus 44 was created by the guitarist of Blink 182 when they broke up…

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

Camp!

5.  What is one benefit you received from attending KECY in the past?

A heart for missions… My first mission trip was for KECY in 2004, and I’ve been on many trips since.

*Introducing team member #1: Miriam Linkeschova

Some basic info:

Name:  Miriam Linkeschova

Nickname:  Mimi

Occupation:  Student:  Just graduated from high school; planning to begin university in the fall.

Hometown:  Košice, Slovakia

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Dr. Pepper, Milka chocolate (strawberry flavor), and a pair of socks:  The first two because I love them and they’re delicious, the last one because my feet are cold!

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller or Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Also, I’m currently reading Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller.  Recommendation coming later…

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

Broken Strings by James Morrison, Acoustic version:  I like his voice.

Distance in Time by Alicia Keys: I’ve never heard this song before.

Lachlom by Yael Naim:  I like her style; I used to listen to it while falling asleep.

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

I’m excited to see what God has in store for us.  I’m excited about being part of something bigger, to see the big picture, and to be part of a movement in which young people decide to follow Christ.  I’m also excited to see how I’ve changed at the end of the summer and how my character has developed.

5.  What is one benefit you received from attending KECY in the past?

I met so many people there and I think most of my closest friends right now are people I met through KECY, both Americans and Slovaks.

*Jessica made a blog!

This is my roomie’s new blog: check it out!

http://sunspheregoesspaceneedle.blogspot.com/

*Welcome to 2009.

Well, I had hoped to write a 2009 blog post before now, but, you could say, the year didn’t start out exactly how I had planned (or would have hoped for). I got back to Seattle from a nice trip home on Friday afternoon around lunchtime. My original plan for the last weekend before school and work started back was to finish organizing and decorating my new studio apartment and getting work things organized so I wouldn’t have to deal with it once I was busy with school again. However, the day before I came back to the Emerald City, my landlord called to let me know that the pipe that had cracked in my apartment the day after I left had been repaired, but the repairs had created a big mess that now needed to be repaired! For this reason, I would not be able to live in my apartment again until everything had been fixed!

Since then, I have been busy finding a new place to stay for the next 4+ weeks, as well as repacking everything I had just finished unpacking, or hiding things to keep them away from the mess that will be created as the repairmen fix the ceiling that has been torn apart, repair the large holes in the wall, and re-carpet the entire studio.

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That being said, my friends have been really great and, after receiving numerous offers of couches to crash on, I’m currently living on an air mattress in my friend Erika’s apartment. My boss was also very understanding and gave me the day off today to finish getting my apartment in order and to prepare for the new year/new quarter. My first class at SPU is tonight and I’ll go back to work tomorrow.

My trip to the East Coast was great. I visited college friends in Columbia, went to Myrtle Beach for my cousin Sarah’s wedding, and then spent a week at home in North Carolina visiting family and a handful of high school friends during Christmas.

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After Christmas I flew up to New York City to celebrate New Year’s with Meagan and Chris, friends from South Carolina. Instead of going to Times Square (I heard that the temperature that night was 1°F), Meagan and I went to a NY party at a bar in Union Square with her friends from Columbia University.

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New York was fun, but it’s nice to be back in Seattle, even if I can’t live in the apartment I was so excited to get. Although the next six months or so are going to be pretty hectic, I’m looking forward to them. Next week I begin the first phase of my teaching practicum, so I’ll be a student, a teacher, and a student teacher! I also have to decide on a thesis topic soon, so I can get started on that.

I think what I’m most excited to see about 2009 is where I am at the end of the year. I’m hoping to leave the country sometime after finishing grad school, but as of now I’m not sure exactly where I’m going to go. Hopefully by the end of the year, even if I’m not there yet, I’ll know where I’m going and when I’ll get there! So, even in the midst of cracked pipes, torn-apart ceilings, walls with holes, and cut-up carpet, I’m beginning the year with an optimistic outlook.

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope you’re able to begin the year with a feeling of excitement for the future as well!

*International Students, 2008.

Well, as of today I am officially through teaching until 2009.  The other day I started thinking about how many students I had had from so many different countries, and I ended up making a list of them all.  It turns out that, when you count students at school and private Microsoft students,  I’ve taught students from 22 different countries!  This map shows where they’re from; the countries are listed below:

students countries

-Argentina (1)
-France (1)
-Hong Kong (1)
-India (1)
-Kazakhstan (1)
-Kuwait (1)
-Poland (1)
-Saudi Arabia (1)
-Slovakia (1)
-Spain (1)
-Czech (2)
-Germany (2)
-Brazil (2 or 3)
-Colombia (2 or 3)
-Russia (3)
-Turkey (3)
-Italy (4)
-Thailand (4)
-Japan (++)
-Libya (++)
-South Korea (++)
-Taiwan (++)

*The symbol ++ means, ‘too many to count!’