Nicaragua Sports Team, Day 1- 7/6/2012

Welcome to the Nicaragua 2012 Sports Team blog. During the week I will attempt to provide daily updates of the team’s activities. Let me first tell you a little bit about me so that you know a little about the person who is writing. My name is Bret and I am the son of Darrel Schierling of TPCC. I was raised in Indiana and moved to Nashville, TN in 1996. I married that year and currently have three children. My oldest, Jackson, is with me on this trip. The fact that there are three generations of Schierlings on this trip is exciting for me. I also started working as a teacher and coach at a Christian school in Nashville in 1996. Next year will be my first as a principal at that same school.
So who would have thought that I would have to travel about five hours by plane to find temperatures in the 80s. When we landed at 11:20 am local time it was 80 degrees- a far cry from the 100+ temperatures in Indianapolis and Nashville. It has been an overcast day and has actually included some rain- something that I have not seen in more than 3 weeks. But let me backtrack a bit…
The day for most of us began with a 2:30 am wakeup. We met at TPCC at 3:15 and left the parking lot before 3:30. Needless to say, there are a lot of tired folks this evening but the mood is light and cheerful. After the younger generation played a card game on the floor of the airport we boarded a plane leaving for Houston a little after 5:00 am. A short layover in Houston and we were in Managua, Nicaragua before the afternoon. The airport, let me just say that using that word to describe where we landed might be a bit of a stretch, but we made it through customs quickly and were on our way through the busy traffic to our home base for the week- La Qinta Primavera. It is a bit hard to describe, but it is a quiet mini-oasis with Cracker Barrel rocking chairs and exotic plants. The afternoon has been busy with organizing the sports equipment, clothing, sponsor gifts, and getting settled in rooms. The plan for the week is to work with the same group of kids for five days and also spend some time at a local Christian school helping students with English and playing with them at recess and PE. Details on that will follow…
Two things that have stood out to me today- these words/phrases were laid on my heart as we traveled by plane from Houston to Nicaragua: preparation and the unity we experience in Christ.
It first struck me that each of us here have been prepared for a “time such as this.” Before this trip was planned and before we signed on there were events in our lives that were preparing us for this week…and since we have agreed to be a part of this mission God has been working in all of our lives to get us ready to do the work He has set out for us. And I, for one, have probably not been aware at all that the preparation has been taking place. It is a time for me to hold to the promise of Romans 8:28- “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God has been and will continue to work through all of the events in our lives…we have people on this mission trip aged 12 to 68 and God has met each one at whatever point in each life to work for good and prepare us for this purposeful calling.
The second thing that struck me was the wonderful unity we have in Christ. There are people on this trip who do not know each other well- some from Indianapolis and some from Nashville- but we have a unique bond of shared purpose. So my prayer for this group at this time is found in Romans 15:5-6…”May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I am a bit slow to speak for everyone on this trip- but I believe that everyone here would appreciate you praying that scripture into our lives during this week.
Members of our team: Indy Contingent- Darrel Schierling, David Cupp, Rob McEwan, Dawn Fair, Autumn Fair, Pau Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Will Norton, Olivia Norton, Will Flecker, Donna Flecker, Aaron Hardy, and Daniel Sima…Nashville Contingent- Kerri Loftis, Leighton Williams, Jackson Schierling, and Bret Schierling…As Paul wrote to the Colossians “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

All of this coming from a Nicaraguan ice cream shop called Pops…

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