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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- All for Christ, Duuglas
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.
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.
- #BRANDRA (Brandy Jimenez & Sandra Coronado)
After a refreshing swim in the river of Bismona, we were ready for our first activity with the kids. We prepared a Vacation Bible School where we shared games, laughter, candy, and the gospel with over 150 kids, youth, and adults. For many it was the first time to truly understand Christ’s sacrifice for them as the gospel was translated in their native language. The children eagerly participated as we shared balloons, stickers, and more candy!
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to visit the military base of Bismona for the third time, but this time with a new commander and all new soldiers as they rotate often. We shared Spanish and Miskitu Bibles, as well as discipleship books and devotionals. The soldiers were welcoming and listened with interest as we shared. They were thankful for our visit, were excited for the soccer ball and candy we left for them, and even came later to the church to ask for more Bibles and discipleship books.
In the evening we had the blessing of participating in a church service with Pastor Angel. Josh shared the message with them about being adopted into the family of God as sons and daughters, which was shared in English, then translated to Spanish, which was then translated to Miskitu.
Pleas pray for the community of Bismona and Pastor Angel and his family. Pray that God’s Word would touch hearts and change lives within this community.
- Melinda Kuzdas & Noemi Roldan