Question: What do you do as the tech expert of the Spectrum web team? What is the most difficult part of your job?
Answer: I share technical responsibilities with Jonathan Pichot. He focuses on Drupal – which is the software product used to build/render the website. I am more involved with Apache/Linux, plus interacting with our Internet Service Provider.
Question: Where do you live and what do you do?
Alden Thompson’s new book, Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other (see our review of the book) is here just in time to see him retire from 39 years of teaching at Walla Walla University. Spectrum asked Thompson about his future plans and about how his long career has shaped the content of his new book.
Since 1991, the annual Ultimate Workout short-term mission trip has been a catalyst for spiritual growth and leadership development in the lives of North American Adventist teenagers. July 2009 marked Ultimate Workout 19, which was held in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. 175 young people participated this year, dividing into five small groups of 25-40 each for this two-week experience. One of the groups tried something new: a leadership team made up exclusively of teenagers.
Karen Hanson Kotoske is the founder and executive director of Amistad International, a non-profit organization providing funds to grass-roots self-help and educational programs in developing countries around the world.
Question: How did Amistad begin? What inspired you to take up humanitarian work?
Answer: My work first arose from my desire to be useful to God. Religion is something you do. Talking about it is okay, but it is the doing that really puts the wind in my sails.