The Heart of a Marriage (and International Community Development)

January 2012 - Callings
by Bob Holmes

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January 2012 - Callings

Tawa Saune grew up in Lima, Peru. He is Quechua – an indigenous people who descended from the ancient Incas. His father is from the mountains, his mother from the jungle. And Laura, “the girl of his dreams,” is an American from Columbia International University. As husband and wife, they are developing a HEART for the underdeveloped world.

Tawa and Laura Saune are the first CIU students in a new CIU minor, “International Community Development,” or ICD. An important aspect of ICD is an agreement with the HEART (Hunger Education and Resource Training) Institute, an educational ministry of Warner University, a Christian school in Lake Wales, Florida. HEART operates a village community on the Warner campus that simulates many aspects of underdeveloped world living. The HEART website says that “participants acquire problem solving and coping skills that will enable them to adapt more readily to the challenges they will face overseas.” Tawa and Laura spent their fall semester at HEART, a requirement of the ICD program. They lived in primitive quarters, butchered animals, and learned about sustainable agriculture.

The girl of his dreams
Although they had not met, Laura (23) and Tawa (21) both lived in Lima, Peru, where Laura’s parents served with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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