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Monday, March 11, 2019

Day 8 - The Potter's House 2 comments

Our Team:

"Go down to the Potter's shop and i will speak to you there." So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. (Jeremiah 18:2-3)

We did many few different thihgs yesterday including going to a Spanish Church service, to a potter's house  and going to see an active volcano. If i could find a common theme in the day it would be the molding or shaping that God does in our lives.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Day 6 - Blessed to be a Blessing 2 comments

Today was our Culural Day. Instead of going to the traditional spots like the ocean, we honored and blessed to be guests of Roberto and Mary-Lou. They are the parents-in-law of Marcio, an excellent and very personable contracter Edu-Deo used on one of their builds last year.  To get their place we drove an hour out of the city,  then took a gravel road/path for 30 minutes to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere called Los Brasiles. Then we went a number of kilometers further to the middle, of the middle of nowhere, which is where we found Roberto's 1800 acre ranch.

The drive was long, but the hospitality was rich, and overflowing with generosity. Roberto and Mary-Lou were so appreciative to have us as their guests. It was great to see the farmers in our team exchange stories, talk about their different practices, along with those things they  have in common. In sharing with each other we quicly learn the value of each other's way of doing things. We were treated to more food then we could ever eat including a very traditional meal which Muff helped prepare. We also were given a tour of a small portion of his ranch. 

It was a great day which reminded us how awesome the church can be when each person uses their gifts to bless each other.. We experienced true interdependence today, and as we found out, this can be within your own local community or clear across the world.

How will you enrich someone else's life today?

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Day 5 - Let the Little Children Come to Me ... for theirs is the Kingdom of God. 1 comment

For i know the plans i have for you ...

If you watch the news a litle bit, you may have heard about the civil unrest and subsequent goverment clamp down in Nicaragua last year. The events of last spring are simply referred to here as "The Crisis". The affects of the crisis are widespread. It has devasted the economy, it has left many uneasy and fearful about the future. In some ways it seems without hope.

Today we were blessed and priveledged to see another side of Nicaragua. Today we were blessed to visit 4 of the schools which Edu-Deo has recently been a part of. The day began with a presentation from Acecen which assists 100 Christian Schools and their teachers, along with over 27,000 students. Through the work of organizations like Acecen, Gideons, and Edu-Deo, Christ is not only taught, but is encouraged in the schools of Nicaragua. Today was a reminder that hope is not found in the things of this world but in the things of God. Hope was heard in the principals who shared their stories, the teachers we met, but most of all, seen in the faces of the children. 

"I know the plans i have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This was the message Jeremiah gave to the Jews in one if the most devastating time in their history. We have no idea what the immediate future holds for Nicaragua, but after what we wittnessed today we cannot walk way without hope. Simply because God is God, and he is in control of the future.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Work Before Play 2 comments

Day three and four have been a good reminder of one of the main reason we came here - to help with the construction of a two room addition at the Carolina de Sirker Christian School. The work has been front and center the last couple of days. Through it all the progress has been good, the laughter has been plentiful and conversations have been ongoing. Slowly we are forming connections with the local workers; language is always a barrier, but smiles and hand gestures go a long way.

Instead of writing too much today, i will share a lot of pictures of all the work that has been on going.   

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