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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Continuing a Life of Service

I cannot even believe it has been almost eight months since I returned from one of the most exciting, and extended, journeys of my life.  Reflecting back, it could not have come at a more perfect time.  Now that I am exploring the idea of running as a Democrat in TN's 4th U.S. Congressional District race, I am so relieved things are working out the way we planned.

The plan was to deliberately expand AHMEN's Río de Agua Viva team to cover the four locations of AHMEN's Community Empowerment Program.  I was trying to spread the team too thinly the past few years by stopping at each location.  We were truly able to hit two out of three locations very well.  However, adding a third meant that one area was neglected.  We don't want to be in the habit of superficial coverage.  We want to fully immerse ourselves and the community agents into the subjects they request we teach.  As a result, three years ago I began courting leadership to bring an AHMEN team to each of the four workshop areas.  This has happened 75% of the way.  

Greg Thompson is now leading the team in the Jutiapa/Corozal area.  This year I am leading a team to work in Cusuna.  Ken Hanson is leading the charge to return to basics with just water education in La Moskitia.  At the time, CD & Linda Tripp were leading a team to Yorito.  Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.  We still need a team to work in Yorito this year and into the future!  Let me say it again for those of you in the back....It is of utmost importance that AHMEN return to Yorito in 2020!

Stepping away from a project you created and turning over the keys to the ranch to someone else is not an easy task.  I have been trying to step away and turn over sites for the Río team since 2017 when the fire began to light in my belly to run for office.  Nonetheless, even though I gave new leadership the keys, I still held my hand over theirs each time they needed to unlock the gate.

Not in 2019! NO SIR!  I met Greg Thompson in Honduras and helped him get organized for the week in Jutiapa/Corozal, but then I left with Ken Hanson to go to Raistá (La Moskitia).  Once in Raistá, I helped Ken Hanson set up his team and then left for him to finish the job.

Check out the videos below.  It doesn't look like they missed me much!

Ken Hanson is leading a water team to La Moskitia this April, but we do need a team leader to return to Raistá to teach other educational topics. There is still time to plan a team, and I can walk you through everything you need to prepare.  Also, in case you haven't heard, there are 50 community agents in Yorito who would like to continue learning and developing educational projects of their own.  However, they need your support!  How can you help?

If you would like to make a donation to AHMEN's Community Empowerment Program, lead or join a team to go work with one of the four workshop areas, all you have to do to get started is CONTACT ME.  In 2020 my Río team heads to Cusuna and Roatan to deliver lessons in addiction management, environmental awareness, and lifeguarding/water safety.  I will also train each of our members to become team leaders.  Join us, and lead your own teaching team next year!

Together, we are the difference.