the learning house

where everyone (especially me!) is learning . . .

And the Husband of the Year Award Goes to . . .

on December 27, 2012

(drumroll . . .)

You guessed it . . . George Kenworthy!!! (applause, cheering, etc.)


Let me just back up a bit here . . . since I started blogging a few months ago, I’ve wanted to write something about my husband, George, because he’s so amazing and I think the rest of the world (or at least my WP followers) should know it. The only reason I haven’t is because he’s a fairly modest and pretty private kind of guy. But I can’t keep silent any longer . . . it’s time to brag a little on my hubby.

Not only is he a terrific husband and a hero to our two young children, but he is also a very hard worker and an outstanding leader. But one of the qualities that I admire most about him is his passion for learning. In addition to running our small English school, teaching classes, and building a medical clinic for the poor, he is currently working on a PhD 2 PhD’s. Yeah, two. I mean, who does that, right??? So when I named my blog The Learning House, the subtitle should probably read “where everyone, especially George!, is learning.”

So why 2 PhD’s? Well, the first is an EdD from Nova SouthEastern in Florida and is directly related to our ministry here . . . George was asked by our organization, ReachGlobal, to research how we as Westerners can more effectively partner with nationals and better achieve our organization’s motto: Develop, Empower, Release. His focus is on Release – How can missionaries as well as other non-profit and international organizations release a ministry, work or project to the nationals in a way that is good and healthy for both sides. So he’ll be tackling issues such as dependency, control, cross-cultural communication, and knowledge sharing.

The second PhD is from the Mongolian National University in Ulaanbaatar. Again, he was asked by a member of Parliament to conduct research and write a dissertation that could lead to policy change with regard to Mongolian business and relationships with international organizations. They want him to research a few Mongolian businesses and then come up with a plan that could help Mongolia move forward more independently without relying so much on foreign aid (read “control”) and how to make their economy job-producing for the next generation.

George’s hard work is paying off as we see God answering prayers and providing the funds needed for the medical clinic (breaking ground this May!!!) and forging inroads and significant relationships in Government and Parliament with influencers and change-agents who see what we are doing, the positive results in the community, and want to partner with us to make things happen.

I was obviously kidding about the Husband of the Year Award, but George is actually getting an award – tonight in fact. The Mongolian Chamber of Commerce & Parliament are awarding George with Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012. Of course we don’t do what we do for awards, approval, or applause, but being recognized in this way is not only a great honor but also a big encouragement – like a little boost of energy and motivation to keep you going even when the going is tough, the work is grueling, the stress is mounting and you feel all alone. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Baby. I’m so proud of all your achievements, but most of all I’m proud that you are honest, hard-working, compassionate and a wonderful role model for our children.

(pictures to follow)


5 responses to “And the Husband of the Year Award Goes to . . .

  1. I love this post. I love how you give us a glimpse of the work it takes behind the scenes in ministry. Praying that the new year is full of much grace, peace, & success in all that your family (and the ministry) does!

  2. Sara says:

    Well said Terri. it is amazing all the good that can be done, especially with a servant heart, but he also does have an amazing wife to keep him encouraged and strong.

  3. Sherry Y says:

    Terri – we have a friend in Ulaanbaatar and I’m wondering if George might want to meet him some day. He was a student at my university in Beijing and graduated last year. He was very involved in the international fellowship here and is a great guy. I can’t remember where he’s working, but he’s in some kind of business. Let me know if you want me to introduce you to Tulga.
    I enjoy your blog – especially your adventures in homeschooling!

  4. […] . . some pics of George getting his award (You can read all about it in this post). In the pictures with him are the Former President of Mongolia, the President of the Chamber of […]

  5. Incredible!! Loved reading this. You two are an amazing team.

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