Today, I have been learning about overcoming obstacles. It started off with overcoming a culture shock. It’s a constant surprise to see the differences between the daily norms of the United States and Nicaragua. The people themselves live at a pace much slower than we are use to. It has been a great experience to be fully welcomed by everyone, even though there is a language barrier.
While doing crafts with the children at TAV we discovered we were going to run out of paper and we had to resort to having them use both sides of the paper for two of the crafts. We went into it thinking that they were going to be upset about it, but they blew us away. Everyone of them had the biggest smile on their face and was thrilled to fill every space of their paper with bright colored dots and stamps.
After leaving the school we went to Pastor Wilbur’s church to get our hands and shoes filled with dirt and paint. While there we ran into the obstacle of not having something to do for everyone. We all were there and ready to work, and standing around made us feel unproductive. Thus leading us to go out of our comfort zones to be able to feel like they helped with the task at hand. Even if that meant to overcome their fear of ladders to climb in and out of a three meter hole.
Throughout all the obstacle of the day, we have to say that it ended on one of the best notes it could. We went back to Pastor Wilbur’s church to attend a service. The congregation welcomed us all with hugs and prayers. After a great message from Rhett over believing in our hearts that we are adopted sons and daughters of God, the hugs flowed in again. The children had a blast taking pictures and climbing on the guys. In the end of the day its easy to look back and really notice the strong presence of God that surrounded each and everyone of us.
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father’ For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16