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Friday, July 11, 2014

Home again. 1 comment

Our Team:

First of all, an apology for not posting Wednesday and Thursday. We are home again after a long day of travelling. God has been so good!

Wednesday morning a little slow, as we realized this was our last day of work. We started the day at a snail pace, but slowly picked up. 

Alyssa and I started watering all the flowers around the NCA Matagalpa property. Steve and Harry continued grouting along the hallway, and everyone else spent their time in the bathroom… painting. :O)

It is a well-known fact that if you give Alyssa a hose, she is going to blame Alyson for a water fight. Okay, I am the one who “started it” but Wednesday morning not only consisted of working. Let’s just say some of us did not need a shower when we left the school.

Hearts were heavy as we left Matagalpa for the last time. Our last 2 and a half hour drive listening to Africa by Toto. (And experiencing Lester’s amazing driving!)

Back at the Nehemiah center we spend some time debriefing, watching the soccer game, and spending some quality time with one another. Nathan and Kim came one last time with the kids, bringing us a delicious dinner of pizza.

Thursday we woke up to a beautiful day, had breakfast, and then said good bye to the Nehemiah center. Our day was spent travelling, hanging out in Houston, and sleeping on the airplane.

Our Lord has blessed us richly. Pray for us as we are now back in the “comforts” of home. That He gives us peace, as well as that our fire for Him continues to blaze.

I leave you with our Nicaragua 2014 theme verse, a verse that has become so special, and loved by our team: ” Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13

Be God’s! 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Monday 2 comments

It was quiet, the bird sang softly in the tree, the sun slowly crept up the sky spreading it golden rays across the broad Nicaraguan sky.  We slowly were drawn from the land of dreams and sleep talking in Spanish to the lights and sounds of the Nehemiah Centre in Managua.  There once again, our great leader left cards for us on the table.  These cards were full of encouragement that would help us through the day!  Then for breakfast guy-o-pinto (that’s how it is pronounced not spelt) along with eggs and ham, fresh fruit and toast.

After breakfast we met Pablo who spoke to us about the work that the LORD is doing through ACECEN.  ACECEN is an association of four partners one of which is EduDeo.  ACECEN is working to bring good Christian education throughout Nicaragua.  The four partners take on different parts of this task.  They are working together to build school building as well as training the teachers.  There is also work with the parents so they understand that a Christian has God in every area of life and education and that working in the trades is also glorifying to God.

After this we drove to back to Matagalpa.  In Matagalpa we went to the School Baptiesta.  We took the grand tour and heard about God’s great work in making this school happen.  We also heard of one family dedication to school and how their hard work started the school back up after the school was flooded and had to close down for a number of years.  After the tour we sanded, stained and varnished the bathroom doors.

After this we went back to our Matagalpa home where much to Harry’s delight we had potatoes for supper.  Following supper we did our daily devotion.

After this everybody split up some went for a walk, Hannah got tips on how to play guitar, other read or went to bed early. (Alyson, the best leader ever, spent her time writing cards again, she is the best!)

It was a great day.  God is working here in Nicaragua raising for Himself generation that will sing his praises.  Our God is an Awesome God! 

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

A weekend in Managua. 0 comments

AHHHHHHAAAAHHH!!!! (*insert best Tarzan noise*) was heard yesterday throughout the tree tops as the team took a zip line tour in Granada.  It was epic. David flew like Superman, Harry flew like Ironman, and Karan flew like Wonder Woman.  It was a rather super day!  After the team went zip lining, we hopped into the car for a quick zip over to Lake Managua and a tour of some of the 365 islands on a boat ride. One of the islands is populated only with monkeys. After the boat tour we jumped in the car again for a speedy ride up to the active volcano. Pictures were taken and sulfur was spelt, and then we were off again to go to the Nicaraguan market Huembez. It was an experience and a half. We focused mostly on the tourist side, but then Lester took us through the market used by the locals. The smells and the sights may have been a little hard on some of our not quite healed stomachs.  David on the other hand felt quite at home.  We then entertained the locals as some of us enthusiastically cheered the Holland team to victory. (Most Nicaragua is cheering for Costa Rica because one of the players is from there!) We felt at home at dinner, as we were taken to Pizza Hut.  (We also spent time in a pottery shop, learning how to make different pottery.)

This morning we woke up to go to Church. It was a wonderful experience being able to praise the Lord with believers from Nicaragua. How good it is when brothers get together in communion. From church, we drove to the ocean. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the Lord’s creation, and relaxing with one another. We are now at Nathan and Kim’s for dinner. What a blessing we can spend time with Nathan, Kim, and their family. It has been a joy seeing how their lives have also been touched here in Nicaragua.

We head back to Matagalpa tomorrow for our final days of work. It is so crazy that we have only a few days left before heading back to Canada.  Our Lord is so good!  Blessings to you and yours. 

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