Category Archives: Nicaragua – May 2016

Nicaragua – Day 7

The team spent its last day having fun with their sponsored students at a local park!

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Nicaragua – Day 6

In the heart of Masaya lies the potter’s house. Discerning visitors whose hearts are open to both spiritual encouragement and practical instruction in the traditional arts of pottery making are warmly welcomed by the potter and his family. This was our team’s experience today.
The potter, Marciel, humbly explained his craft to us while imparting spiritual wisdom about God’s loving care for those created in His image. God’s role as the Master Potter with skillful hands that shape the hearts of men and women into fully redeemed children of God came to life as the potter tied his pottery-making demonstration to the eternal truths of God’s word.
We learned that it takes much time and patience to make just one batch of pots from start to finish. He must make the clay soft and pliable while picking out the small stones and pebbles which make the finished pot prone to breaking or cracking. He patches over areas where the impurities have been removed and smooths them over with loving care after which he applies finishing touches of polish and paint. All of this takes great care and patience because He wants the finished product to be beautiful and something He can use. If the pot gets chipped or cracked before being fired, the pieces can be reused and reshaped into a new pot, however, after being fired, there is no chance for it anymore.

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Nicaragua – Day 5

Sunday was spent helping with church, worship, children’s church, and delivering 30 bags of food to needy families in the community. It is such a joy to do church with our good friends and make some new ones in Ciudad Sandino. Thirteen teens from the church prepared songs for us, and two teenagers are now leading the worship for the church on a regular basis.  John and Daniel gave testimonies in church about how their mothers’ faith has influenced them.
All of the moms were invited to our special Mother’s Day event in the afternoon, where they were served a favorite festive dish of Nicaraguans, arroz valenciana. In addition, Jamie and Becca led favorite worship songs, Rocio spoke about the importance of a God-centered mama, we did crafts, laughed a lot, and prayed over them. At the end, we sent them home with more food so they would not have to cook the rest of the day.


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Nicaragua – College retreat

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Nicaragua – Day 3 update

The team fed 88 children, cleaned the building where the rice is stored and had some playtime with the kids. The medical group continues its work with Dr. Karla, and everyone works to prepare for the college retreat!

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Here are some summaries of the first few days, written by team members:

Days 1 & 2 – Medical Group
On the first two days on the ground, the medical team, comprised of a third-year pediatric surgery resident, a NICU nurse,  a medical social worker, and a team member who prayed with the patients/families, worked with Dr. Karla at the Agape Clinic. In addition, we visited a few special needs children in their homes. Dr. Karla is so inspirational with her passion to help each individual child. We saw and so many severely malnourished children who are desperately in need of G-tubes to get nutrition. It was so eye-opening to see such great need in Nicaragua. I felt called to help find a sponsor for one particular boy with Down’s Syndrome. My sister and her husband quickly agreed to help. What an awesome miracle!
Days 1 & 2 –  Feeding Children
Those of us who were not in the medical group visited sites of feeding programs — Veracruz on Wednesday and Poneloya Thursday. Packs of food containing vitamin-enriched rice and soy are boxed up and distributed to these programs. Each program prepares the food in a way that can be easily distributed to 60-100 kids and is delicious to eat. The children in Nicaragua are not accustomed to eating soy, so the cooks use their creativity to make the food more palatable. After visiting Veracruz, we spent several hours cleaning and inspecting the storage facility that holds the rice and soy boxes. The time we spent at the storage facility was well spent, and it allowed us to ensure each box was safe to distribute to the children.
The moment that brought me to tears was when I saw a little boy, maybe 6 years old, not eating his food.  At first, I didn’t understand why he wasn’t eating since he was clearly hungry.  Then it hit me — he was saving it to take food home to his family.  What was intended to be one meal for one boy would likely serve as a meal for multiple family members.
Day 3

We just returned from taking college students for an overnight retreat at El Crucero. Our mission was to build relationships in order to encourage the 1st year college students to stay strong in their faith and to serve the Lord through their chosen field of study. They face so many obstacles that many become discouraged. We built relationships through sports, games, art projects, worship, small groups, testimonies from our young adults, and teaching times. John, Zach, Rocio, and Terrel shared how God helped them through struggles through their early college years and how their deepening relationship with Jesus helped them through. Many of the Nicaraguan college students shared how this helped them recommit themselves to the Lord and to their school work.


Nicaragua – Days 1 and 2

The team just finished up two days of work on food distribution to children and some medical and social service with kids with special needs at the Agape clinic and in homes. Next is the college student retreat!

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Nicaragua – Day 1

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Here is a picture of the team at the airport, followed by their first morning devotion/worship time on the porch at La Quinta.

Nicaragua – Arrival

The Nicaragua team arrived safely at La Quinta last night!