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Punta Cana IT Project

Punta Cana IT Project

Pilotage International is a multicultural learning center located in the largest resort area in the Caribbean, Punta Cana / Bávaro / Macao, on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Students are of many nationalities who’ve come to Punta Cana to work in the tourist industry. At Pilotage, they learn new languages – Spanish, French, English, Russian, German and others and grow in intercultural living, personal development and Biblical wisdom. Pilotage uses volunteers from a wide base to combine learning with serving others from all over the world.

With a two man project team, WePartner completed a project for Pilotage in January, 2011. Working with the director and staff, we upgraded their email system and installed a new Microsoft Server for their network. The network supports the computer-based audio visual learning software, used by students in the lab to complete their language training. Both learning and administrative systems were backed-up and then restored on the new server, fully tested and released back to the organization.

Pilotage has established a strong base and is looking forward to expansion in other areas. WePartner was privileged to support this work in partnership with Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Connections ministry.

2010 Global Leadership Summit Team

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As spring approaches, I am filled with gratitude.  Not just for this beautiful day, but for all the wonderful people I have met in my life.  Many of them through WePartner. 

 I think about the people we met in the village of Deir-Abu-Hennis.  WePartner volunteers spoke in three local churches, and were warmly received by the congregants.  WePartner volunteers also held workshops on women’s issues.  The response to their teaching was overwhelming.  Everywhere we went, the local people were warm and welcoming.  It was a great experience.

The team of production volunteers kicked it into high gear when we got back to Cairo.  Everyone was estatic when we discovered that many, many more people would be in attendance than in 2009.  We concluded the Global Leadership Summit 2010 with a song.  Nothing stirs the heart like the sound of so many voices harmonizing together.  A special thanks to all the “behind the scenes”  volunteers, who taped, ran audio and lights for the event.  Watching them working together, language and cultural differences aside, was a great illustration of harmony of spirit.

Brick

I have traveled to different places, usually with very little money left over to spend.  So I’ve gotten in the habit of picking up a rock or two from my travels and putting them in a jar as a keepsake.  Most of them are nothing fancy,  but the one I’ve taken from Mallawy is unique.  It’s a chip of red brick.  You see piles of them all over the village of  Deir Abu Hennis,  where building projects are happening all over the area and take years to complete.  We spent Sunday morning listening to a sermon about leadership, delivered by a volunteer from WePartner.  It was one of three being done in different local churches.  Afterward, all the leadership from these local churches met together for a brief presentation on how the local church is serving in that community.

It was a red brick day.  We learned how one local ministry is building important relationships for today and laying a solid foundation for tomorrow.

Why I Serve

Hi.  My name is Dawn and I volunteer for WePartner.  I’m writing because I think some of you are like me. Have you been wondering why the folks who are coming on this trip are going?  Is it the excitement of an exotic locale, a chance to meet other people, a love of service – what?  My own motives started long ago.  I have always been interested in Egypt.  When I was a kid I used to wrap up my stuffed animals like mummies and would check out books about archeology by the armload.  When I was looking at colleges, I applied to a couple of schools with great archeology programs on the off chance my passion would impress them.  It didn’t, so when I had the opportunity to visit Egypt a few years ago, I jumped at the chance.  The dreams of my childhood were going to come true!  It was great, the Pyramids, the Red Sea, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum filled with all the treasures I had only seen in books or on TV.  But my knowledge didn’t prepare me for a change in my heart. We went off the “regular” tourist path and rode a bus to see St. Simon the Tanner Coptic Orthodox Church in the Mokattam garbage village.  We drove through this place, a village within a city where people earned a living by collecting garbage from city apartments for a small tip.  They take the garbage and separate and sell the recyclables.  The thing that struck me was not the extreme poverty, but the hope.  As we sat in traffic, I could see people working with each other, talking, laughing.  Little kids were coming home from school around that time and they were goofing around just like little kids anywhere do.  In a situation where I would have been weeping and wringing my hands, these people were ok.  When we got to the church I was struck from my feet by a “whisper” in my ear – these people were only ok because of the church and the teaching of God’s word. This was what I was supposed to see. The church was like the hub of a wheel, with the hope of God radiating from it into the lives of people.  I believe that the local church is the hope of the world, but I had never seen it so clearly before.  This divine moment of clarity is why I volunteer.  I want to do everything I can to ensure that people who serve God are sustained and “transformed by the renewing of their minds” (Rom 12:2).  The GLS does this so well, and I’m privileged to be a small part of it.

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