Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God" - William Carry
I've spent the last couple days at Bernie Martin's house (the director of Missions For Life), and this is a theme that has come up frequently in our talks. It's made me miss Nicaragua so much! Tyndale has asked me to lead a mission team to Nicaragua, and Bernie "sometimes" has a few ideas about missions. As well as, my hope is that M4L is something my church can continue to slowly build a partnership with as we explore what God has in store for our youth ministry.
So I am now in San Marcos, continuing my adventure across this fantastic country. Reclaim is starting, and I don’t really know what to expect. I am very excited that we are going to be working so closely with local Nicaraguans. The conference is supposed to be about training pastors and Christian workers in Nicaragua, and my prayer is that we as a team can recognize that the idea isn’t that a bunch of white guys aren’t coming to solve their problems, but that we can learn as much from Nicaraguans as they can from us. This is all I really got for this entry because… I am super tired, so I will try to blog tomorrow.
So the internet isn’t the most reliable here, so I am posting three blog posts at once. Just don’t worry about it.
We just returned from Pinas Del Paz (Pineapples for Peace), and mission farm run by Robbie, a missionary from the US. We went to Masaya Volcano in the morning, spent a night at Pinas Del Paz, and in the morning went on a hike through the Jungle, which turned out to be more of an adventure than we could have ever imagined. It was 18 kilometers, which doesn’t sound like much until I tell you that about 13 of these were vertical. First we climbed a mountain (literally climbed… it was vertical), then walked for a couple kilometers, and climbed down the other side. It was exhausting, but we toughed it out. Between the hike, and Masaya volcano, it was just amazing to see how grand and exciting God is. His creation is so beautiful, and it was amazing to ponder Gods omnipotence in all of this.
We ended up taking a lot of life lessons from this. While there was an obvious communication barrier, we worked as a team; always looking back to make sure the other one could make it up safely. It was fantastic to see the team caring about each other, and working hard at making sure we all reach our goal.
I have learned so much already at this conference, and have been working VERY hard on my Spanish, and it has been great. I am very excited to see how things come together when we try to reach out to the community and preach the word of God to those who the Lord places in our path. I am yet again exhausted (as often happens in Nica), so I need some sleep, but I will hopefully see most of you soon!