IAEM Scholarship

Today I received the wonderful news that I have been awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Scholarship by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Not only will this be a much appreciated help with this semester's fees for the Master of Emergency Management degree that I am working towards, but I also consider it to be a great honour that I have been chosen to be the receipent of this award.

Thank you, IAEM!

Paul

Leaving Brazil

On the 26th of February I left Brazil, almost exact 24 years after I first arrived as a missionary in March of 1994.

Although I had visited New Zealand a number times since then, I am now officially no longer living in Brazil. However, the work with young people in the suburb of Cordoeira is continuing, and I do plan to visit in June on my way to Puerto Rico.

For the next few months I will be studying for a Master in Emergency Management through Massey University.

Early this morning (at 12:02 AM to be exact) I was woken up by rather strong (7.8 on the Richter scale) and very long (over 2 minutes) earthquake. Despite the intensity of the quake, there was no damage to my brother's house where I am staying, and only one major aftershock shortly after. There was an evacuation order given for low lying regions, which did not affect us.