Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nicaragua: July 25th

Steph's end-of-the-day e-mail home:

"Today was amazing! My heart is full. We got out to the village around 3 p.m.  It was fun to meet the kids and speak Spanish. I met a mom of 7 and held her precious 3-month-old baby. They loved seeing pictures of my kids and all the snow. Our teens are doing a fantastic job of being flexible and I haven t heard complaints. Anna loves it here. Eden is tired. So am I. Super exhausted. Thought I would pass out during church. Drinking lots and lots of water."

The Anna who Steph mentions is MY 17-year-old daughter.  (Trivia for those of you who don't know:  Anna is one day younger than Micah.  Steph and I were in the same hospital at the same time having our babies - we just didn't know each other yet.)

Josh Johnson, our church's Youth Minister (who is also leading this trip), posted this picture and message on Facebook late last night/early this morning:  

We arrived late Thursday night after a long day of travel. God was gracious in bringing us to Managua safely and getting us into our hotel to get some much needed sleep before the week of ministry began.
Early this morning we checked out of the hotel and headed to the CNPEN compound. After settling in we headed to the village of Santa Elena to visit our sister church. It was great to connect with the families again and build new friendships. After playing with the children and a prayer walk we attended the evening worship service. We helped lead some Spanish worship, shared two student testimonies, and brought encouragement from the Word.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. God has been at work already. We covet your prayers for energy and as we start construction tomorrow, do street evangelism, attend church small groups, and try to adjust to the very hot and humid conditions.

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