Today was our first full day in Nicaragua. We went out to a sports complex and held a couple outreach events for seventh and eighth graders from Tabernacle Agua Viva. This is a school in the Oriental Market — the poorest and roughest area of Managua. We worshipped with them, played soccer, made crafts and even Zumbaed. (Yes, I just made Zumba a verb.) They were so excited to be out in open space where they could run around and play — be kids! The biggest playground they’ve ever seen is probably the size of a large walk-in closet.
It was a blessing to serve these students. They had a blast, sharing their smiles and laughter, even through a tough language barrier. We tried our best at speaking Spanish, attempting to know them by name and spend some one-on-one time with them.
This morning, Cecil challenged us to leave our expectations behind and let our eyes be open to see how God really works, outside of the box we often put Him in. And tonight, Rhett spoke about Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23 — “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” We often focus on that “deny yourself” part of that verse and don’t let ourselves get to “follow me” part. As we work on lying our expectations aside, we’re praying that our eyes may be open to where and how God is working around us so we may join Him, and follow Him, in this work.
Tomorrow, back to Ciudad Sandino!