stated objectives for 2008 are in
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of those objectives
the end of (EO) Dec. '08, mentoring and experience-based
training provided for 30 hand-picked youth leaders from a variety
of Latin American countries as part of the two-week long Raices
(Roots) youth pastoring experience in Costa Rica.
Accomplished with 25 leaders from 12
EO Feb. '08, our new Spanish language youth ministry textbook published
and accompanying youth ministry training course made available on
Accomplished 100%, but through reasons
beyond our control the book wasnt published until June &
the web site wasnt ready until November.
EO March '08, Gulick deployment and setup in Buenos Aires, Argentina,
completed in order to begin work as spiritual directors for the
"Instituto Especialidades Juveniles" (Youth Specialties
Institute). We arrive in Argentina on Feb 12th, and will be focused
on "moving in" until the IMT retreat in late March.
EO Jul. '08, in preparation for our leadership role in the EJ Institute,
our personal training completed in the techniques of experiential
learning and life-on-life mentoring through serving as a mentor
couple for the 5 week OC Internship program.
program was very helpful in our development and the experience was
a highlight of our year.
EO Dec. '08, up to 500 youth leaders trained in biblical principals
of discipleship during a 2.5 day, Especialidades Juveniles International
Youth Ministry Convention in Guatemala and a 3.5 day Raices seminar
in Lima, Peru.
Accomplished and exceeded. We ended
up adding two conferences so trained a total of 1105 leaders by
the end of '08.
EO Aug. '08, appropriate promotion accomplished of the EJ Institute
plus our new youth ministry text book and online youth ministry
training course through our participation in the major youth leaders'
training events in Guatemala and Peru.
Accomplished and exceeded. The
books sold out within hours at each one of the events. Additionally
we were asked to do a presentation about the book for the vendors
(at one of the book's distributors) in Argentina so that they could
better position the book.
OE Sept. '08, up to 250 youth leaders trained in biblical principals
of discipleship during a 2.5 day convention in Mendoza, Argentina,
sponsored by EJI.
Accomplished and exceeded. In
four venues we taught 400 leaders.
EO Oct. '08, the IMT Fall Retreat hosted through arrangements for
venue, lodging and other particulars in cooperation with our IMT
Not accomplished (utter
failure and humiliation:-)).
With understanding and foresight, our team suggested another venue
for the meeting.
EO Dec. '08, four select youth trainers mentored to train others
through our utilizing primarily the Internet (chat, voice and email)
and secondarily personal contact.
Accomplished. In all honesty we didnt
choose them and then direct them into this but here
are some specifics about how people we have built into face to face
and keep up with online are training others: One of our protégées
is director of the extension program for the Presbyterian Seminary
in Mexico City, another (who we got to know at the event in January)
mentors teens online and has joined an international mission board
so he can move to Argentina in 09 to work with us and the
institute here, another is now lead mentor and a professor at a
worship school in Chile and another is developing the curriculum
for online youth ministry program in Chile.
EO Dec. '08, the Spanish language website, ParaLideres.org, maintained
and improved. There are currently around 70,000 unique visitors
Accomplished. God blessed us with a
specific donation for a much needed upgrade to the web site, which
has allowed us to hire some new staff and lay out plans for significant
changes that will happen in 09.
EO Dec. '08, foundational team building steps completed for the
development of the first phase of the E.J. Institute, including
the matters of funding, curriculum, location and facilities, establishment
of institutional and church relations, and selection of teaching
In process. This
has gone slower than expected, primarily due to administrative complications
and the lack of infrastructure, but things are moving ahead steadily
in Argentina now that we have a director here. Classes should begin
August 3, 09.
EO Dec. '08, personal relationship with our supporters strengthened
via monthly prayer letters, e-mails, our blog, phone calls and face-to-face
Completed, though we fear the decrease
in frequency in hardcopy newsletters has affected our less Internet-centric
friends and family members.