CERT training in Guatemala

I spent from the 11th to the 20th of August with Iris Relief in Guatemala where I held a three-day CERT Train-the-Trainer course for six CERT volunteers from Belize and Guatemala. I then supervised these instructors as they held a Basic CERT course in Spanish for 48 volunteers from the Casa de Dios church. Once again, it was a great experience to see CERT training being received and applied by the enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom had responded to the recent volcanic eruption in that nation.

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CERT training in Belize

From the 28th of  July to the 11th of August I visited Punta Gorda, Belize where I was able to teach a Basic CERT course and Tools for Leadership Success module, with the assistance of some of the graduates from the Iris Relief Leaders School. It was a great opportunity to train around 50 participants, including members of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the Belize Defence Force and representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations.

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Iris Relief Leaders School in Puerto Rico

From the 9th of June through to the 28th of July I helped with the Iris Relief Leaders School in Dourado, Puerto Rico. During this time I taught the CERT Basic course, Leadership module and Train-the-Trainer course, along with some other teaching that I had prepared on subjects such as disaster spiritual care, international humanitarian relief, and most of my Wake Up The Warriors ministry training seminar.

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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.

Hurricane Harvey deployment

From the 9th of September until the 3rd of October I deployed with Iris Relief to their response to Hurricane Harvey. Based out of the city of Rockport - Texas, we received several teams of volunteers and missionaries, and assisted impacted residents, as well as working alongside FEMA at their Disaster Recover Centers.

Here are some photos from the deployment.

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Back in Brazil

I finally made it back to Friburgo around 5 am, after a four hour delay getting into Rio.  Some of the young people helped me unpack my bags - even I am amazed at how much I managed to get into them this time!

There was a landslide here in town on Wednesday, fortunately no-one was injured however as there has been unusually heavy rain for the latest few days the city is currently in a state of alert.

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Red Cross PHEC course in Christchurch

I flew out of Rio on the 24th of October, arriving back in Christchurch on the 26th. I am planning to stay in New Zealand until the 14th of December, when I will be flying back to Brazil.

From the 2nd to the 4th of November I participated in a Pre Hospital Emergency Care course with the New Zealand Red Cross, having previously completed the pre-course theory assignment.

Here are some photos from the course.

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I had an unexpected visit to the US in mid October, from the 10th through to the 21st. Most of this time was spent with the Iris Global base at Abiline - Texas, where we were working on possibly developed a disaster response missions training and sending centre. I was also able to train one person as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager during this time.

I also had the opportunity to visit the Austin Disaster Relief Network in the centre of Austin - TX, which is an amazing networking of over 170 churches that work together in disaster preparedness and response. We also visited some ministries in Houston before I fly back to Brazil on the 20th, arriving in Rio on the 21st.

The trip was an unexpected but very worthwhile experience.

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Azusa Street Celebrations

Over the past week I have been helping Crisis Response International here in Los Angeles as we participate in the 110th aniversary of the Azusa Street Revival. We have been helping with a tent which has been placed on the site of the original Azusa Street Mission (now a public square), ministering to the homeless, and also participated in the Azusa Now / The Call Azusa celebration. It has been an incredible time and a wonderful opportunity to see the Lord touch so many people.

Here are some photos that I have taken over the week.

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I took the 5:13 train to Manhattan this morning, and after somewhat of an adventure arrived at the Brooklyn Sports Club, where I completed a day-long Red Cross Wilderness First Aid course.

I got a little lost on my way back to the subway station and asked a couple of cops for direction - it was quite funny to hear them tell me to be careful as that particular suburb was "the worst suburb in New York city" and the block where we were was, according to them, the "worst block". I've just arrived back in Greenwich, without any further adventures.

On my way to Christchurch

I'm currently at the Rio de Janeiro international airport, where a strange robot just took my photo. I'm about to fly to Christchurch, via Dubai, Bangkok and Sydney.

While in New Zealand I'll be taking part in a short course at Massey University and have several university exams to take, and will hopefully also visit Auckland. On my way back to Brazil I'm planning to visit Pemba, Mozambique where I will be running some emergency response team training for missionaries and Bible school students.

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USA Trip, February 2013


From the 2nd to the 26th of February I visited the United States once again, primarily to take part in two training courses at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg - MD. I also had the chance to spend some more time at the CRI Base Camp in Lindenhurst - Long Island - NY, which was winding up after three months working with survivors of Superstorm Sandy. During my stay, I also ministered at a church in New York, and had the chance to complete several courses with the American Red Cross, and successfully took an exam at the headquarters of the International Assocation of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

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Super-storm Sandy deployment with CRI


I am now back in Brazil having spent nearly four weeks in the east coast of the United States. Most of this time was spent volunteering with Crisis Response International in the city of Lindenhurst, on Long Island, where we were helping and ministering to victims of Super Storm Sandy.

CRI has a field camp set up on the seashore, and their base camp currently at the Rainbow Center, a local community center. Most of our work involves helping landowners and residents remove debris from the hurricane, and stripping out dry-wall and flooring which has been soaked and contaminated by the flood waters, so that the houses can dry out prior to reconstruction.

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Israel trip - October 2012


From the 13th to the 26th of October I was in Israel, where I participated in advanced disaster response training with Crisis Response International and the Israeli Emergency Volunteers Project (EVP). As well as participating in valuable training with search and rescue professionals, the ambulance service and the fire service, I also had opportunity to visit some of the historic and Biblical locations within the land.

Here are some photos from the trip.

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Back from a quick trip to Brasilia - 1,000 kms there and 1,000 back. A good meeting with the Director of the Chinese National Institute of Emergency Management and we signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further cooperation between the two countries.

CRI Training, Big Bear Lake, CA - USA


I spent from the 13th to the 20th of August at Bear Lake, in Southern California, at an altitude of some 8,000 feet, where I helped train some 250 Christian volunteers for disaster response with Crisis Response International. I was a unit leader, responsible for four teams of trainees and co-leader of the Yellow Unit, and although it was a very intense time (as trained responders we slept in tents and even had a bear visit our campsite overnight), it was also wonderful to see both the practical training and the wonderful times that we had in the presence of the Holy Spirit, especially during our worship and prayer meetings.

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Connecticut and New York


It's now been over two weeks that I've been staying here in Greenwich - CT.

I've ministered five times to the Living Waters Foursquare church in nearby Stamford, and it was been wonderful to see the way that the Holy Spirit has been moving among us. I also preached at a Baptist church in Asbury in New York, which also went well.

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Crisis Response training in Kansas City

I spent this week, from Monday to Saturday, in Kansas City - MO where I participated in an intensive responder training course with Crisis Response International. Although it was very intense (16 hour days), and snowed on the first day, it was a great time with both pratical training and wonderful moments in the presence of the Holy Spirt. I really loved the focus on bringing the presence and power of Jesus into crisis situations while ministering in pratical ways.

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