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I mentioned earlier that my daughter, Gaubri, and I plan to go on a mission trip in March with a group from Faith Community Church so I wanted to share more details.
The trip  will be 10 days and 9 nights in Chalchuapa, El Salvador, March 8-17th. We plan to have a vacation Bible school, do door-to-door evangelism, build a home for a church family that lost their home in a typhoon, and spend some time in a music ministry as we serve a church in Chalchuapa.
This is the timeline we were given in December:
TIMETABLE – This is a best estimate of the next 13 weeks:
  • Immediate – Passport secured DONE!
  • 12/19/11 or before – Prayer / financial support letters out 1/2 DONE
  • 01/11/12 – Team meeting after Wednesday service / El Salvador pics / Q & A  LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS, MATT GRECO IS IN EL SALVADOR THIS WEEK SO HE WILL HAVE MORE INFO TO SHARE WITH US DURING THIS MEETING.
  • 01/15/12 – $400 EACH deposit due – We’ll buy tickets after we have this deposit!
  • 01/29/12 – Team meeting / covered dish dinner – Time and place TBA
  • 02/12/12 – $500  EACH payment due
  • 02/29/12 – Team meeting after Wednesday service
  • 03/04/12 – $600  EACH (balance) payment due
  • 03/07/12 – Wednesday Night dedication of El Salvador team
  • 03/08/12 – Leave for El Salvador!

I am super excited for the opportunity to go and serve in El Salvador and be a part of this team.  I am also so grateful for the chance to take Gaubri to experience another culture and expand her view of the world, I think she will come back with a much better appreciation of how very blessed she is.

Please pray for all of us as we prepare and if you feel led to contribute to the trip you can make donations through Faith Community Church.

The Classical Education You (Probably) Never Had

The college education that I barely started and probably will never complete is sometimes a true regret for me.  Although I love to learn I am usually randomly pursuing practical information I can use in daily life.  This is useful, but I still have the desire to expand my horizons and experience much more of the classical education several of my children have been blessed with.  I had purchased the book The Well-Educated Mind~A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer a number of years ago.  The basic premise of the book is introduced here and here. I chose Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes as my first true literary endeavor and made it halfway through.  Feeling like a failure I loaned my WEM book to my daughter and put my Great Books goals on the shelf until recently.  I am reinspired to begin my education and am hoping some will choose to join me so we can discuss, in person or via blog comments, what we are reading.

If you are interested in reading and discussing a book at a fairly slow pace, the next step would be to decide on a genre-fiction, autobiography, history, drama, or poetry and then a book within the genre.  Such as-Jane Eyre, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, The Prince, Oedipus the King, or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  Let me know if you are interested, otherwise I will proceed alone with Susan Wise Bauer as my guide.

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