July 30, 2013

What am I doing here?

Just 4 Teachers HANDS Team:

After missing my flight out of Winnipeg, and having to spend a night in Chicago due to a cancelled flight to Houston, I arrived one day late in Nicaragua. To make a situation even more frustrating, I was without my luggage. Phil - the EduDeo team leader, Lesther - our driver, and Mike - my fellow Manitoban on the team, met me in the airport. Although I had never formally met any of these men, I felt an immediate relief when they hugged me. My first few days in this foreign country has really been an adventure. I am not sure of how to describe all of what I am experiencing, but I will say that I am witnessing the evidence of God at work. My first night, during devotions, I asked the question, "Why am I here?". The question was one that I needed to wrestle with, because God had called me here for a purpose, I just wasn't sure of what that purpose was. Six days later, I am still wresting with this question, but it is becoming more clear to me. In the meantime, I am meeting some people, visiting some Christian schools and enjoying God's creation.  I have met a wonderful Nicaraguan, Lesther, who bridged the culture divide for me my first day here as he lead me through a crazy bustling market to find clothes that I needed. I have met a warm and mild mannered translator, Lennin, who likes to go to the movies on his free time and would like to one day visit Canada. Most rewarding so far though is that I have met some amazing Christian teachers and administrators who obviously love and take seriously the high calling of serving in Christian education. They share stories of students coming to know Jesus, of making do with limited resources, of the joy they receive when a student masters a skill, of the struggle to find space for learning, of the struggle to pay the teachers and sometimes keep students, of the beautiful legacy that is left after seeing students spend years with them and then graduate, and of the faith they put in God when there are needs. I am in awe of these teachers and administrators that I have met; interesting that some of them are from Nicaragua, and some of them are from Canada.

Submitted by Vanessa Luloff

Comments:

Lyle
Jul 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hoping and praying all you do there is encounter God in the many, many ways He makes possible! Blessings!!!

Ted
Jul 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

What a wonderful challenge God has placed before you. Your growth as a teacher and as a person will be clearly evident. I look forward to hearing about all the things that have happened and will happen during your stay. You will never regret answering a call that you KNOW is from God. He will bless! You gonna wear some of those colorful Nicaraguan clothes to school in September?

Tim
Jul 31, 2013 at 12:52 am

Hey Vanessa! This sounds like such a neat experience! I am looking forward to hearing all about it from you in person. Take lots of pictures and enjoy it!

Jeff
Jul 31, 2013 at 12:53 am

One thing i wish is that i would be experiencing this with you right now! This will be the longest time we have been separated in shy of 18 years of marriage. I am looking forward to the things you have experienced and what God has been showing you! So happy you were able to have this opportunity my sweetie! Miss you lots oooooxxxxx

Simon
Jul 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Sounds fun!!

Shayla
Jul 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hope you're having an adventurous time! It sounds like a great experience though id like to be there too! Miss you at home!

Rod
Aug 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm

You missed the plane twice? Ouch! Sounds like things are looking up now though. It also sounds like this is becoming the experience that you were hoping that it would be. We would love to see more pictures of the work that you are doing there. We trust that God will bless your efforts and that we will hear great stories when we see you back at school!

Henrietta
Aug 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

Oh, Vanessa, I am so delighted for you! Every person that goes in faith is irrevocably affected. All come back with a renewed sense of who they are, who God is, and what He is calling them to be and do. Blessings as you encounter Jesus in new ways!

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