Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anatomy of a Speaking Tour

They say it takes a village to raise a child…well, it certainly takes one to get ready for a speaking tour!  

Becca is getting ready to go on a three week speaking tour in Washington State and Oregon.  She leaves Thursday the 19th of September.  About two weeks later Pat and Kathy leave on their two month speaking tour in southern parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.  

They are adapting the slide script that Sarah, Becca, and I put together for Sarah’s spring tour.  They are taking brochures that the three of us put together at the start of each year.  They are taking Nicaraguan crafts and art from artists that Sarah has cultivated.  For each trip Sarah buys and packs all of the items and delegations lovingly haul trunks back to the States and store them until we come pick them up.

While they are gone speaking, the people behind in Nicaragua receive documents called “so and so’s brain” in order that the work does not falter.

The ones doing the speaking have spent months setting up speaking events poring over our database and maps, writing emails and letters, and figuring out how to make the most of the trip. 

Many of you play an important role in this.  You host events, open your homes for our folks to sleep, feed them, help them when problems arise, and take care of them.  All of the work of folks here and up there means that last year we raised close to $55,000!  We're hoping that with all your help, this year we may be able to even top that!  Thank you!      -Kathleen