Thursday, December 31, 2009

#6 Harvest Truly is Great...

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.

As I looked at this field of sorghum waiting to be harvested, I was once again reminded of what our dear Lord says in Luke 10:2. Each of us in our own lives have a field before us waiting to be harvested. Are we doing our duty and harvesting that field? Or are we sitting back and letting it perish in the coming storm? Even if you are not on a foreign mission field, you still have the field to harvest in your own home area. Are you harvesting it?? Just some thoughts for you to ponder. I know I have thought of it a lot in this last week.
          Time has continued to move along and it is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us, but it is. Our house has been filled with Christmas music and smells of baking cookies and cakes. These last 2 weeks have full of Christmas preparations. We decided to take plates of cookies to our neighbors when we went Christmas caroling so last Wednesday, we spent the morning baking 4 different kinds of cookies for the plates. Last night all the staff went Christmas caroling to our neighbors here in El Terrero. We sang at 3 homes. For me, it was just the perfect evening for caroling. The moon was out and  the stars were shining. As I was walking, I was just pondering how beautiful it was and I said to Laura “Can you just imagine what it would look like with a snow-covered ground.
Last night at church we had a special Christmas service. Virginia has been practicing songs with her children for a while. We had been practicing with El Terrero & La Palmerita children, but last night only the El Terrero girls showed up. The La Palmerita children didn;t show up till church was all but over because there was some activity in the Rancho and people were handing out gifts. The program went well, but we were all glad to have it over. We as staff sang 3 songs also.
On Monday morning, we headed to Leon at 7:00 to assemble Christmas buckets. We spent the morning assembling buckets, before heading to La Palmerita to hand them out. The guys had to run and get some more things so we started a big kettle of Potato Soup as it was a rainy, dreary day. After lunch we headed to La Palmerita to hand out buckets. It took a little to get there, due to the rain we had had the night before. It was muddy and we got stuck a few times, but we got into La Palmerita and went around delivering buckests. It is amazing how many people try to act like they live in this house (but the windows are broken out and you can clearly see no one lives there) or I wasn't home when you came through with the truck.  In the afternoon, they delivered buckets to the people in Rota. But it was a great blessing to pack them and then have them delivered to the homes, knowing you are helping a needy family this Christmas.
On the 13th, we were blessed to have the Waslala Chorus in town and give a program at Palabra de Vida. Some of us staff from La Palmerita went in Sunday morning to hear them. It was a blessing to hear them. For me, it was blessing to be able to visit with people that it has been over a year since I have seen them. It was great to catch up on each other's lives and to spend time together. It was great to see Jacinto and Kendra, before  they headed to the States for some time with family, before moving into Zapote Kum. Jacinto & Kendra headed to Managua that afternoon after the program.
It is hard to believe how each of these children have grown since I got here. Hans is attempting to walk – some days are better than others. Little Miss Jill has got over her shyness and is leaving me hold her and is just growing as well. Nicholas is starting to say some legible words – English and Spanish. It is great to have these little ones around as it reminds me of my siblings at home.
. Johanna is a single mother and has 3 boys. She is also a lady who I got to know last summer and have been blessed to become reacquainted.  We spent today with her and her family. We took supplies and she helped us prepare a Nicaraguan lunch. I had a great time helping to prepare the food and to learn how to make some new dishes. It was only when I arrived home did I realize what I looked like. When I wasn't aware what was happening she put soot on my face. I looked horrendous. It was great to spend Nicaragua Christmas with them.
Anyway I should once again run, before you all get tired of my long email. Thank you for your prayers, support, encouraging emails, and cards. God bless you abundantly.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!! 

Friday, November 27, 2009

#5 For thy mercy is great above the heavens...

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.
For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. Psalms 108:4 How true!! Laura snapped this picture one evening at church, while I was teaching class. I have seen so many gorgeous sunsets & sunrises here in Nicaragua. The night sky is just spectacular. The stars are so bright!
It seems so different to be spending Thanksgiving Day in a place, where you don’t need coats and shoes, but that doesn't stop me from being thankful. I have so much to be thankful for:
©   An AWESOME God, with great plans in focus for me
©   The plan of Salvation
©   New day with life, breath, and many opportunities for the day.
©   A Godly Heritage
©   Friends & Family, who are supporting me in many different ways
©   Each of my fellow team members
©   This is just a few – There are so many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Davy’s youth group left and Richard’s grandparents came-Donald & Lena Mae Burkholder. They brought a small bag along from my parents JJThat was great to get some things from home. Sunday night, November 15th, we had staff church at Krista & Karen’s house. It was a great evening- hearing a message from Dale Eby and just spending time together as staff. We had Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit Salad, Honey-bun Cake and Coffee. Twas a marvelous evening!!

Since I wrote last, there has been a new addition to our family here in Nicaragua JJ Randy’s cow finally decided to have her baby. He wasn't a small calf, so Randy & Laura ended up pulling the calf. Proved for some excitement around here. He is an adorable little thing but he isn't going to stay too little, too long. He has a cute patch of brown on the top of his head.

We came out from the church service one Sunday morning to see that we had a flat tire on the truck. So we changed that before we could go home. That night we went into Leon for staff church and when we went to leave, we had another flat tire. As of now, we do not have the white truck, as it is having some repairs done

Here are some of the new babies around here. Laura is holding Estrella de Nazaret – Star of Nazareth. Enma – the center lady is holding her grandson and Yuibelka with her little girl. I have hold each of them and they are all so adorable. The first 2 live in La Palmerita and the last one lives in Leon.

Here are just some random pictures of some of the children in La Palmerita. So many of them I do not yet have names for yet, but I know with time, that will come. Each of these come to church Wednesday night and Sunday morning, but there is so many that do not come at all. 

One little girl is not allowed because her mother thinks that she is going to play and she does not believe that she is going to a class to study the Bible. Just this week, we went out to Center Street in La Palmerita to see a little boy’s hand. He was born with deformed hands, so just recently they did surgery to cut apart his fingers. He now has 3 fingers and one deformed thumb on the one hand. I washed his hand good and put Triple Antibiotic Cream on the fingers, with gauze between the fingers and wrapped it in a handkerchief to keep the dirt off. The first time I saw his hand after surgery  it looked pretty bad, but with each passing day, it looks a little better.

This is some of the children from the Wednesday night class that I teach at church. The first night I taught didn’t go so swell, but since then they have gone pretty well, except when you go to pass out scissors JJThey proceed to yell the color of scissors that they wantJJ I enjoy teaching them and with time & God, things will flow smoothly and I will be able to understand more and more of what they say.

On Monday, Virginia and I went to La Palmerita for the afternoon to due a little visiting and pass out some things that Dawn sent down for people. Jason and Randy went to Jason house to work on the pila.  They were cementing  the bottom of it when we stopped in before heading to Johanna’s to visit her.

Monday thru Wednesday, the guys spent the morning picking the field corn. We now have a nice pile of corn out behind Randy’s house and we turned the animals loose in the field to feed.

This week has been a different week for me. Virignia left Tuesday morning with Ramon and went to Waslala for Teacher’s Meetings. I never lived by myself before, so this is an experience but there is still work to do, even with only one person in the house. This morning, I weed-eated behind the house, watered the plants and cleaned the laundry and bathroom. Tomorrow I will clean the kitchen good and who knows what else I will do JJ

In HIS Service in Nicaragua

Saturday, November 14, 2009

#4 Amidst rain, birthdays and visitors...

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.

“Will you not tremble at my presence?” I thought of this verse, while viewing the vastness and and the greatness of the ocean. It made me think a lot of the God I serve. I serve an AWESOME God!!! Am I serving Him with total awe and respect? Or are the luxuries of this life keeping me from serving God to my fullest? We have so much, but once it starts to take place of God in our life, we need to step back and take a look. In the context of this verse, God had to strip Judah and Israel of all their benefits that were becoming more important than God. Just a question that came to mind, when I spent time at the beach.

Wow!! Time has a way of getting away from me, but each and every day has been filled with joys, frustrations, tears, and questions. Each day may be a bed of roses, but - REMEMBER – roses have thorns!

Since I wrote last, a lot has taken place. Davy's youth group came down to visit, so on Friday, we met them at the “Rancho” in La Palmerita to spend the afternoon playing with the young children. We played soccer and did several relay games. It was especially fun playing soccer, with little children!! It makes a game very interesting. Afterward, we all headed to the house for a short rest before they headed back out to pick up the youth from La Palmerita for youth night. We played some more soccer and a game similar to Prisoner's Base w/ bottles, but we used sticks instead.
Once it starting getting dark, we all gathered on the porch for a time of singing, before roasting hot dogs. It was great to once again spend time in singing. I love singing in Spanish as good as singing in English. After they all ate, the guys took them back to La Palmerita and the rest of us gathered around on the porch and had a great time.

Saturday was a day of Prayer and Fasting. The service at the church started at 11:00. The service lasts 2 hours, more or less. I was blessed by the service – especially by the little I understood. It rained a good amount that morning, so by the time we went home, the waterway had a nice amount of water in it. The waterway is a creek bed, that is dry in dry season, but every time it rains, it has a nice amount of water in it. Sorry the picture isn't clearer. I was riding in the truck behind this one.
Monday, we were invited to go with everyone from Leon to climb Cerro Negro and go to the beach. We decided to meet them in time to go along to the beach. I had a great afternoon at the beach with everyone and getting to know some of the people for Michigan better. In the evening, we ate at a restaurant on the beach. I had Singapore Shrimp; however I do not have a picture, because my picture did not get nice or clear. It was great to spend time with them – learning to know new people and seeing people I haven't seen for a while.
Tuesday was a La Palmerita day; however this time there was no mud puddle experience. I am sorry for all of you that were waiting to hear about another such experience. Our first stop of the day was with Arelis. We had our first Bible Study with her. From there we headed to Johanna's and spent the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon with her. It was her birthday and she was making bonlluelas?? We spent the morning helping her. 
It was quite an experience and they were very good. They are made from freshly-ground corn and cuajada. You form the into little balls and fry them in oil. You then can eat them with honey or any type of sweet sauce. Johanna made a sweet sauce with Cinnamon in it. We then had our girls' class at 2:00 before returning to pick up Johanna and the boys to take them out for her birthday. We went out for quesillos and ice cream. We had a great time with them.
Quite an experience here in Nicaragua. I was trying to find things to hang the doughnuts on to let them cool after they have the glaze. I couldn't find what I needed so I went to ask Laura. She said “What about the hot dogs sticks?” So that is what we used and hung them over the kitchen sink. 

Friday morning was spent getting everything back into the refrigerator, as we had been living without a refrigerator since Monday. I cleaned the kitchen, while Virginia ran out to La Palmerita. After she came back, she baked cakes for Yader's birthday and I attempted to make bread that kinda flopped!! But we are gonna use it for bread crumbs. Estebyn came up around 2:30 to help us make enchiladas for supper. 
I had a great time making them and they actually turned out very good. The young people from the neighborhood came to play baseball and to have supper with us. Virginia made a baseball bat and baseball for his cake.
He was in his glory. I had very enjoyable time with all of them.
Well, I think it is time to close. Thank you each and everyone for your encouraging emails. God bless you where ever you are.
Serving Him in Nicaragua,

Thursday, November 5, 2009

#3 Completion of Language School

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.

Mary - “Buenos Días. Cómo está?” (Hello, Good Day. How are you?)
Maria - “Bien. Y usted?” (Good. And you?)
Mary - “Bien. Gracias!” (Good. Thank you!)
Above is how you greet most any person that comes to your house or at church. When I came to Nicaragua, I knew those words, but that was about my limit of making convesation in Spanish. I knew other words, but didn't know if they were nouns, verbs, adjectives, or what. I have now finished 6 weeks of language school in Estelí and have returned to my house.I feel like I learned a lot in those 6 weeks, but there is still a road to trod ahead of me. I will continue to learn new words and be corrected from day to day, but I am looking forward to being able to talk with the dear people here. There are times when it does get frustrating but God gives us the strength we need.

Well the 6 weeks of school are complete and I am now back in my house in La Palmerita. Wow!! does it ever feel wonderful to be home and to be living a normal life from day to day. Now that I am back in the house, there is a lot of work to. The house is always dirty from dust, insects; there is always food to make; and there are flowerbeds to clean, besides I now need to start studying for Wednesday evening children's class. I am kept very busy, and I love it.

The last 2 weeks of language school went very well; however I was ready to come back to the house. The first Saturday of the last 2 weeks, we had classes in the morning at La Casita. We spent the morning talking and learning new words. We saw different interesting things and got to eat some wonderful food.
My favorite at La Casita: Brie Cheese, Whole wheat bread, tomatoes and cucumbers...

After class ended at 2:00 PM, Dora Elena and her brother Felix (also known as Bayardo) picked us up and off we headed. We didn't know where; all we knew was that it was a great place and Felix wanted to take us there. We drove some pretty bumpy roads and there was dust everywhere. We went to a place known as “Rancho de Don Luis L” We parked the faithful old Jeep and went in and got drinks before heading on a walk. It was fairly easy walking and was very relaxing.
It was gorgeous and you could see for miles upon miles. In the distance, you could see Lake Nicaragua to the right. At night you are able to see the lights of Managua to the left. It was just wonderful to see so far and to view the wonderful creation that God has made. We then walked back to the the Rancho for supper. Wow!!! we had quite the wondeful supper. It was a large plate of grilled chicken, rice, beans, salad, cheese, and fried platinos.
The ride back to the house was much more comfortable as we took the main road back. Felix had taken the other way there just to let us see the scenery. I was tired till I got back. I had a great evening and enjoyed everything. The last week we were there, Felix took us to see his wood shop and construction business. He makes a lot of different things and his shop has a lot of modern tools. He makes wooden baseball bats. He glues different pieces together before turning the bat on the lathe. He also builds house in his business. He is in the process of building a small house beside his shop for a small family to live in. It was a nice little house for a man, lady, and one child.

We came home from Esteli on the bus Friday night and I was so glad to get off the bus and see some familar faces waiting for me at Malpisillo. It felt wonderful to be almost home. We dropped off several other people before heading home. When I got home, there were people here as Laura had invited some of the young people for supper. Rosibel had come up and helped Laura make a Nicaraguan dish for supper and it was really good. After supper, we played a round of soccer. Wow!! It had been a while since I had played but it was great fun. I also had to use my Spanish!! Great experience for me!! The weekend went very fast and before I knew it, I had a new week before me. Monday morning we went over to the church and cleaned it good. While we were there, Johanna's oldest 2 boys came to help. Also while we were there, a drunk man stumbled up and sat on one of the chairs. He proceeded to ramble on – telling the boys, they
weren't doing it right. He just rambled – most of the time making no sense at all. It just makes church cleaning very interesting. Tuesday we headed to La Palmerita – one on a bike and the other on a horse.
We stopped at different homes to visit for a little. Virginia tried her hand at making corn tortillas. She was good at making them. All in all, my day was quite interesting, because I got up close and personal with a huge mud puddle – covered from waist down in mud. What a wonderful feeling!!! a feeling of dread, but so is life. Jump up and put a smile on your face, because it is about 3 hours till you can actually go home and change. It is called a stretching experience, but looking back, I could just laugh. I can only imagine what I looked like flopped in the puddle!! It had to look
humorous. So there is a glimpse of life the last several weeks!! I hope you all got some good laughs.

Thank you for your interest, prayers, & support! God bless!!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

#2: 3rd and 4th Weeks of Language School

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.

Greetings to all my dear friends and family wherever you are today. Time has a way of getting away for me and it is once again time for an update to all of you to let you all know about the work that is continuing on here in Nicaragua. Each day gives us new challenges and new adventures.
The 3rd & 4th week of school went very good and I am enjoying learning new words day by day. Some days can be kinda trying but I am trying to make the best out of each class. My teacher has me taking a Scripture passage and explaining it to her each day. Some days I feel so insufficient because I know what I want to say in English but I am not sure how to translate it correctly to Spanish. Classes are going pretty good even though we get interrupted time and time again by the handicap children/adults from Los Pipitos. 
Sylvia and I
Each day Sylvia comes to see me in class. Today she finally left me take her picture.  Each day I wonder what will happen to each of these people there. All of them have some type of handicap. I love all of them so much and I know I will leave part of my heart there when I leave. They all have a small part in my heart. I make it a part of day to try and talk to some of them when I see them. I enjoy trying to talk to each of them. They told me that when I didn’t come to school last week, Sylvia asked about me every day. When I came to school on Monday, October 19th, and went to find, she got a huge grin on her face.
                On Saturday, October 10th, I woke up with a severe headache and fever. After talking to several people, we headed to the doctor. Due to it being Saturday, they could not draw blood for testing till Monday, so they gave me medicine and sent me home.  I spent all morning and part of the afternoon in bed. I woke up in the afternoon and felt slightly better. Randy called and said that he had talked to Richard and they wondered if I wanted to come home and spend the week recuperating in my own house. After thinking it over, I decided it would be best to go home and try and get over whatever it was. Jason and Virginia drove to Estelí to pick us up Saturday afternoon. Till we got home Saturday night, my head was hurting pretty bad again, but I went to bed and got a good night’s sleep. Sunday morning I felt better but I was still lacking energy. I spent the week in El Terrero and got my strength back.  The week was very busy and I went to bed most nights very, very tired. I enjoyed spending the week there and am looking forward to going back there.
I enjoyed the break from school. I came back to Estelí Monday morning refreshed ready to start the final 2 weeks. I am looking forward to finish school and to get back to our house and start spending time with the people there. I have attached a few pictures at the bottom. God bless each of you and thank you for your prayers and support.
God bless and keep His protecting arm around you!!!
Girls' Class

Monday, September 21, 2009

#1: First Two Weeks of Language School

This post was an email update that was sent out during my time spent in Nicaragua from 2009 to 2011. I started posting them here when some of my friends who had not received them, wanted to see and hear about the work there. You can access an entire list here.

Greetings to one and all of my dear friends and family far and wide. Blessings to you as you continue to serve the Lord wherever He has called you. No matter where you may be, God is there. He is the same God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His love is never-ending, His mercies are new every morning.

God is has been so great as we have been serving Him from day to day in Esteli, Nicaragua. We left Malpaisillo Monday morning at 9:00 and headed to Esteli. We were not far from Esteli when we got into a traffic jam, due to bands marching in remembrance of Nicaragua's Independence Day. We went around the jam and got some interesting rides through the back woods of the town. Once we arrived in Esteli, we went to Los Pipitos and met Yocanda, who took us to see the available host places. We decided to stay with Dora Elena Gonzales, a widowed lady. We dropped our luggage off there and then we as a staff went to Tip Top for lunch before going to see a waterfall nearby.
At the waterfall on the outskirts of Esteli
We spent time there. We took some pictures and Richard, Davy, and Krista were trying their hand at skipping stones. They then took us back to Dora Elena's and we said good-bye for 2 weeks.After they left, we headed to the nearby Cyber to check email and talk to family. We spent an hour there before coming back for supper.

Tuesday morning came and it was time to get and get ready for classes. We had breakfast then off to catch a taxi and on our way to school. We got to school kinda early, so we spent time looking up common things and finding out the Spanish word for them. Tuesday Karen and I were in a class together. That day was spent telling her all about our families. It was quite interesting considering we hardly knew any Spanish. We relied on our electronic dictionaries far a lot of help that day. After break, we took the bus partway down Central Street and stopped at a little bread shop and Yocanda bought some bread to take home and bought us each a muffin to eat. The muffin was very good. We spent the rest of our class period walking along the street with Yocanda pointing out different things to us and telling us the names of them in Spanish. Yocanda took us to our house and we took a nap that afternoon. After supper that night, we spent time studying what we had gone over in class that day.Wednesday morning and it is time once again to get up and head to school once again. We were once again in a class together; this time learning about parts of the body. After break, we walk to the market and spend the rest of the class period walking through the market finding out the name of all the different fruits and vegetables. She bought us each a little purple fruit that you peel back the skin and sucked on it till all was left was the seed. We separated at the supermarket. Yocanda continued on her way home and we went into the the market and picked up a few things that we needed. We walked home and had lunch, then off to bed we went for a nap before getting up and getting ready to go out to supper with Yocanda, Marlene, Steven, and Elizabeth.
Supper at the Chinese Restaurant
We went to a Chinese restaurant for supper to celebrate Steven's completion of Spanish classes. While we were there, the lights went out for a while. The waiters brought candles to all of the tables to shed a little light around. By the time we got our food, the lights were back on. We all had a great evening there.

Thursday morning: off to another day of school. We started out the morning in separate classes. My teacher was Yocanda and she started by pointing to different objects in the room and saying the name in Spanish. At break, we spent the time to walk through “Los Pipitos” a facility for handicap children and adults. “Los Pipitos” is located on the same grounds as the school. We were able to see all the different shops that are there – candle shop, carpenter shop, painting shop, and such. The children that are capable work in these different shops. There is a little store there were you can purchase the items that are made by the people of “Los Pipitos”. After break, we were once again in classes together as Yocanda was not feeling well. She left and Marlene took over the classes for the rest of the day. We went over common sayings, words, and greetings for the rest of the class period. After class was over, we got a taxi home and I was not feeling very well so I spent the afternoon sleeping. We spent the evening studying around the table. Friday,we spent half of the class time at school and the other half at La Casita-the little house.
The kitchen at La Casita
We walked through there learning new Spanish words and enjoying the scenery very much. We then sat down at a table and went over the new words and learned a couple new things. Then home we went to have lunch and study. We studied in the afternoon before walking to Mocha Nana Cafe for some coffee. We spent the evening studying.
Sunday morning we spent time in the park studying the Sunday school lesson after which we went for a walk before coming back to the house for lunch. The park was very busy at that time of the morning. There were people everywhere and it was very interesting to watch every one of them. There were several people there that had battery operated cars for the children to ride. They were kept quite busy all morning. The children were in the glory riding in circles that some forgot to watch where they were going and would almost run into the stage, a bench, or a unobservant person. There was also walking vendors that would stop at the park to adjust the items that they were selling, such as the guy in the photo to the right. His goods were all out of shape when he got to the park, so he spent quite a bit of time reorganizing them nicely.
Selling toys in the park
Our week at school was pretty normal for me. I need to remind myself daily that this is the day the Lord hath made. Whatever and however the day goes, is just what He has for me. I am one that is used to being somewhere on time and having a structured classroom setting, but I am in a different place and culture where it is not so. Class might only start at 9:00 instead of 8:00. Classes are different from what I expected. I am not totally sure what I was expecting, to be honest, but then again I remind myself that the time is the Lord's. My homework all week was to take a verse from the Bible and explain it to my teacher in Spanish. It was very stretching, but my prayer was that the Lord may use that as a way of witnessing to my teacher. The last part of the week was spent on studying a lot of irregular verbs.

I thought that coming back to El Terrero this weekend would make it hard to go back to Esteli on Monday, but I can't wait to get back and get back into school. I want to be able to talk the language and in with time, the Lord will give me the utterance and knowledge to speak Spanish. I can definitely say, I am starting to understand more than I could 2 weeks ago.

We had decided to come home this weekend, so Thursday, I asked Dora Elena (our host) what time the express bus leaves for Leon. She didn't know but, the dear sweet lady called the bus terminal and asked for us. We met our teachers on Friday morning and walked through the organic market. It was 10:00 till we actually got to school, because we took a bus from the market and spent 30-45 minutes on it till it dropped us off at the school. We spent the morning in class and then got a taxi back to Dora's for lunch and a quick nap before grabbing our suitcases and getting a taxi to the bus terminal. We got there in plenty of time, but also go good seats. We were seated on different seats because I was getting off in Malpaisillo  It left at 3:00 on Friday afternoon and I was excited to be going home for the weekend. I was so happy to see the white truck with the blue tarp sitting at the end of the road in Malpaisillo. Jason and Virginia came to pick me up.
However, the weekend was different from what I expected it to be. When we got home, I noticed that Laura had a candle burning, but didn't really seriously think of it, until Virginia said that we have been out of electric since Thursday evening. I thought, “oh wow”! This could make for an interesting weekend cause I needed to do some washing. It all worked out though, Randy would start the generator every so often, so we were able to do 2 loads of wash on Saturday. We did not get electric back till Sunday morning, while we were at church.

We had back to Esteli tomorrow morning. I will meet the bus at Malpaisillo at 5:00 and
we have about a 2-hour ride from there to Esteli, so Lord willing we will be back in Esteli

Blessings to all of you!

First Post of Nicaraguan Updates

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Joyful Heart Chorus Mini Tour

#1 (Are you Dressed for the Wedding) We started to sing that song Sunday morning and I got ""holy goosebumps" I was so excited. I think back now on the events drawing to it. Sat morning, I went to Clay Bookstore for Mom and I kinda did a little shopping of myself. A book caught my eye, (now I wish I had bought it), but I will get it for tour. It was called "Thy Creator is Thy Husband" That thought struck me like never before. Then Sunday morning, Jordan walked out halfway through the first half and me being the big sis I am got kinda worried. It felt like a huge weight settled on my shoulders and Bev told me later she saw the instant change come over me, so she sent Doug out to check on him. Jordan had got kinda dizzy, so he went out right after we finished a song and drank formula and Gatorade and came back in and finished the program. I of course had myself worried sick till the intermission, but he was fine and I thought you know what " he is old enough to take care of himself and I can let him do it" and the guys told "hey go out if you don’t feel good that way you don’t collapse up front" When we went back in for the final half, I had a peace I never had. I don't know if my face radiated it or not but the 2nd half was so awesome. It was like God was telling me to "Let go and Let God"

#2 (We are Not Alone) Sunday morning Doug shared about the man and the footprints and Sunday night as we were singing that song it just all fell into place "we are not alone" when we look back and see just one set of prints we are not alone. That is when he is carrying us. How awesome is that?

#3 Prince of Peace, Control My Will -

Prince of Peace, control my will; Bid the struggling heart be still; Bid my fears and doubtings cease, Hush my spirit into peace. Thou hast bought me with Thy blood, Opened wide the gate to God; Peace I ask, but peace must be, Lord, in being one with Thee. May Thy will, not mine, be done; May Thy will and mine be one; Chase these doubtings from my heart, Now Thy perfect peace impart. Savior, at Thy feet I fall, Thou my life, my God, my all; Let Thy happy servant be One forevermore with Thee!

This song has so much meaning. Am I one with Him. All I can is the Lord is awesome in all He revealed to me this weekend. I am on fire for Him.

I can hardly wait to see what all God will continue to do in my life. We serve an awesome God.

He is coming back!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cry for the Children

Values of this world are twisted and evil,
and in our minds, we can't find right or wrong anymore
we spent to recycle, keep our highways clear,
we're concerned about things, like the earth's atmosphere,
some even cry because the whale may not always be here.

Eyes that never saw Mother, now gaze on the Saviour,
cries never made, are now cries of praise to the Lamb they adore,
little hands, that in death, were torn apart,
are held by hand that has been nail-scarred,
Heaven now welcomes innocent children we daily destroy.

But we're killing our children,
it's time to cry for the children,
for their blood flows like a river in the name of women's rights,
but God knows each heartbeat, he know when every birthday should have been,
America, please get back on your knees for the sake of our children

I just recently heard this song sung by Gospel Express. This song has become my heart's cry. Where is our nation headed?

Dear Lord, my cry is for the children that never see the break of day. May they rest in peace as you cradle each and every one in your arms.