And We’re Home

Our plane landed at 7:31 last night; ending our 11 day adventure in Nicaragua.
During our time on the Caribbean, we trucked up the coast delivering Bibles in the rain all the way to the borders of Honduras; visiting small, unreached villages with the Word of God. We entered and prayed over many homes; delivering bags full of food in the process. We huddled around 12 Nicaraguan soldiers as Pastor Santiago shared with them, teaching them how to navigate through their new Miskitu Bibles which had made the 10 hour journey with us.
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We played with kids. Lots and lots of kids. It was so easy to capture their attention. A can of “silly string” was, to them, the greatest special effect they’d ever seen. It’s easy to fall in love with these kids. Their laughter. Their smiles. It’s during these times that our team was energized. Reminded of the reason why we’d traveled so far. It was these kids. It was the awesome responsibility of loving on these kids. Of gaining their trust and capturing their attention for the sole purpose of effectively communicating God’s Word to them. By my count, some 400 children heard the Good News of Jesus through our team. It’s an incredible thing. To be used by God. To be a part of his story. Joy. That’s the only way I can really describe it.
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Can you do me a favor? Can you pause and pray? Right now. Pray for those little souls. Pray that the seeds God allowed us to plant would flourish. Pray that the pastors we’ve helped to equip would rise up and be a light in their community. Pray that each Bible now belongs to someone who will treasure it and come to know God through it. Pray that the military men we witnessed to would take God’s message of grace and salvation home to their families. Pray for Pastor Santiago and the work he is doing in Puerto Cabezas and its surrounding communities. Pray for his safety as he continues to travel to remote regions of the Miskitu Coast. Pray with me.
On Sunday, August 4th, our team will be sharing during our Sunday morning services. I’d love to see you all there! Bring a friend. 
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- Josh Hager

Day 7 – Paint

Today was such a blessing. It was our last full day in Puerto Cabezas. We headed out to Santiago’s Church in the morning to work with some of the men and teens of the church in painting the outside. Today was pretty different than any of the other days; for the first time on the trip we weren’t ministering to children or handing out Bibles. However, we were so blessed to be working with many of the men from the church. The men were so excited to be able to paint their church. These men were unrelenting in their working and made sure that not only everyone was working hard (not like anyone wouldn’t want to be working hard) but they made sure the job was being done correctly. They are all so fun and inspirational to be around. Even though some of us don’t speak Spanish very well they go so far out of their way to communicate with those who don’t speak Spanish.

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Once lunch and the painting supplies were cleaned up, Dennis (he was part of the trip to Bismona) took us to his store in the market and out of the generosity of his heart gave us all a gift from his store. We were all greatly in shock and beyond grateful that he would do such a grand gesture. At the store we had the pleasure of meeting his stunning wife and little baby who captured all of our hearts.

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I don’t think any of us “gringos” could have asked for a better last day here. Today was a perfect summary of the whole trip because we got to see God working in not only the men and teens of the church here in Puerto Cabezas but also each other. To see the interactions between adults and teens from two incredibly different cultures work so well with each other and each be blessed by the others presence is such a wonderful sight to experience. Everyone who was involved in the trip, those who live here, and those of us who had the grand opportunity to come here, will look back on this for years and each time realize yet another way the Lord has blessed every single one of us involved with this trip.

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Day 6 – KIDS

Hola from Nicaragua ! It is nice to be back in Puerto Cabezas. With the Sea breeze it doesn’t seem as hot and humid as Bismona. This morning we left the hotel to go do a VBS at a new church. The Pastor was away but another Pastor was there to help out. There were a lot of kids there. We started with Simon says like games. Then we played a game with marshmallows, where they have to stuff them in their mouth and say a phrase (Gato Gordo). This gets everybody laughing. Then Sandra and others acted out the story of Jonah. Melinda followed with some Bible verses. Then it was time for fun with passing out candy and stickers and making balloon animals for everyone. Afterwards we were able to pass out the last of the Bibles in Miskitu to people in this church. Soon it was time to load up in the back of the truck and head back to the hotel for lunch. We had a couple hours to eat and rest.

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Today is Nicaragua’s Liberation Day. During lunch a big parade passed by the hotel. It was made up of cars and trucks full of people yelling and waving flags, followed by hundreds of motorcycles. They passed by the hotel twice while we were there. After lunch break we headed to Santiago’s Church to do another VBS there. There were fewer kids so it seemed less chaotic. They also had to change the story because we had done VBS there at the beginning of the week. After lots of fun we walked over to Santiago’s house for supper. Adalma, his wife, fixed us shrimp, beans and rice, with a couple strips of cooked breadfruit. It was very good (muy rico). We sat around and talked till it got dark. Then it was back to the hotel in the truck. Time here is flying by.

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All for Christ, Duuglas 

Day 5 – A Day in the Park

Our one day in Waspam allowed just enough time for us to visit a neighborhood park and put on a VBS.

Arriving at the park we were kind of lost, and the park seemed a little sketchy at first. There was no one really coming up to us, but once we started with the few kids that were there, we got the hang of things and more and more kids came. It was awesome to be able to come into a neighborhood where we had never been before, where no one knew we would be, and to still have such a response.

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After being a part of this, it helped us realize that the Holy Spirit has a big hand in what we do on these missions. The Holy Spirit opens the hearts of the kids in these communities to receive His Word and be equipped with the tools to later rise up as the next generation of leaders and crusaders for Jesus Christ.

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- #BRANDRA (Brandy Jimenez & Sandra Coronado)