It is hard to believe that Ignite Week 1 is drawing to a close, and our hearts are full after the past few days of fellowship with our Nicaraguan brothers and sisters. Yesterday we were part of an outreach day for children ages ten to fourteen from Pastor Wilber’s church in Ciudad Sandino. We started the day with worshiping God through dancing, singing, and a devotion. Then we played a large-group volleyball game with all of the kids, followed by small-group time doing crafts, sports and even fingernail painting 🙂 Lunch was an amazing time of fellowship with the kids. After that, we played more games and ended the day with prayer and lots of hugs.
Today we were reunited with our friends from yesterday at morning church in Ciudad Sandino. The congregation graciously included us in their service, and they even asked us to lead many parts of it. Dancing in worship before the Lord and seeing all of the smiling faces of the kids doing the same was so beautiful. We have learned so much about giving and receiving through the Holy Spirit from our sister church here. This afternoon, we went to Pastor Belcer’s church in the Oriental Market. Again, it was a wonderful time of worshiping together and building relationships between the two churches, knowing that we are one in the Body of Christ.
Something that has been on some of our hearts this week is the contrast in what we see when we look at the houses and church buildings here compared with what we are used to at home, and what that contrast means for us spiritually. Our accommodations here are very comfortable, yet we have given up a few of the comforts of home. But compared to homes in the neighborhoods of the churches we have been visiting, La Quinta is a luxurious hotel. The discrepancy in the level of comfort and quality of surroundings is obvious, but we have been challenged to see beyond the temporary physical circumstances of this world to the hope of our true and eternal home in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5: 1-9 “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose, and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Our prayer is that our hearts and yours would begin to be shaped and prepared for our heavenly home. Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are excited to come home and share more with you about the work God has done this week!
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”