April 15, 2012

Church and the Beach!

Gateway HANDS Team:

Church and the Beach!

We enjoyed attending church this morning with our friends at Monte Hermon!  

Our team shared the skit that we had prepared together on Ephesians 4:29 and also sang the song “King of Heaven” for the congregation (including attempting to sing part of the song in our broken Spanish!).  We were challenged by Pastor Daniel Aragon in his sermon, based on John 20:19-29.  And we enjoyed the worship and time praising our same Lord together!  It is encouraging to know that no matter what language we speak, together we are unified in praising God!

After church we spent some time visiting and reuniting with friends in the congregation.  We returned to the Nehemiah Center to get changed and ready to head to the beach!  

The PACIFIC OCEAN!!  We all enjoyed the hot sand, the REALLY salty water (I think we all ingested our fair share!  Blech!), diving into and under the crashing waves, and relaxing on the shore!  Josh rented a surf board and worked hard to be able to stand up and “catch a wave”. What a beautiful afternoon!!  We had yet another nice meal together, under a large “tiki-type” shelter.

We bought some necklaces and jewelry from a local family that sells their items on the beach.  We enjoyed bartering with them, and purchasing some unique and beautiful jewelry!  :)

The trip home allowed us to again enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nicaragua … taking in sights such as a local rodeo, a beautiful sunset, interesting vehicles like those that combine horses and people standing together in a truck, loads of sugarcane piled high on trucks (Peter reached through the window and snagged one for us off of a truck!  :),  and the beautiful faces of so many people.  We feel so blessed to be here!  We have had a terrific time so far … and can hardly believe that we only have a couple of days left!  


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