|ACLAM/Haiti Staff with PEER Servants Volunteers|
|CSS Clients on the outskirts of Kolkata, India|
|The CEMFIN/Zambia staff and local advisory board|
|Sri Lankans, South Africans, Ugandans, and Americans learning from Filipinos|
The last trip of the Spring was back to CCT in the Philippines for a phenomenal training module on establishing and multiplying healthy microfinance branches. Our partners from Sri Lanka, Uganda and South Africa joined us for this very practical training, and once again, CCT excelled at offering it. CCT has 140 branches around the Philippines, and these other partners are just starting to establish their branches (none had more than 5 branches). CCT showed them how to create a branch viability model (determining what it takes in financial and human resources to start a new branch), how to establish appropriate internal controls, how to disciple staff at a distance, and so much more. We were further blessed when CCT decided to add to our numbers their new branch managers. Having them as students right along with the others made for a great learning experience. Three PEER Servants Team Uganda volunteers also joined in on the trip - Richard Kinyua, Canga Kamwambe, and Jake Mahon. We all left the Philippines eager to return to our different parts of the world and apply what we learned -- not just the nuts and bolts of branch expansion, but such effective ways to proclaim the kingdom in word and deed.
The last day of the Philippines trip was the first day in May -- and no international travel on the horizon until August! It will be nice to spend much of the summer in Boston and catch up on many PEER Servants and family-related issues. Speaking of family, we were so blessed by one of our very close friends who made a family vacation to Hawaii (her residence) possible on my way to the Philippines. It was the best family vacation we have ever had - Les, Ayak, Joshua, Berni (Les's mom), and I had a once-in-a-lifetime vacation together as family in one of the most beautiful places God has created on the planet! We are so blessed by our many friends and partners in this ministry.