July 23, 2014
It has been a week since our team arrived home from Nicaragua. I wanted to chronicle the trip immediately upon my return but got a bit sidetracked by Montezuma's revenge, and then some. Here are some highlights so you can get a glimpse of our time there.
We arrived in Esteli on July 4th and almost immediately got to work, meeting with the leaders of Saving Grace Presbyterian Church. It was a pleasure to meet with brothers and sisters, both old friends and new: Richard Fuentes, Emerson Wilson, his wife Martina and daughter Xochil, Juan Reyes and Marbley Diaz. What a blessing it was for our team to hear how God is working among and through these partners. Early the next morning, I began teaching a session that would assist our partners in establishing a Presbytery for the newly formed Presbyterian Church of Nicaragua (PCN). This meeting, originally scheduled for 45-60 minutes, ended up lasting 2 1/2 hours because they were so interested in learning all they could about moving forward.
Our second outreach a few days later was similar, with two exceptions. First, many of the children in this community were not receiving regular nourishing meals. When supplies were available, the local school provided lunches. To assist them, we blessed them with a 100-pound sack of beans. The principal of this extremely rural school was very grateful for our gift. The other surprise was Randall, a young boy who showed his puppet ventriloquism skills. We didn't understand all the Spanish skits he performed, but it was obvious that the crowd did, and Randall kept them rolling. The greatest part is that Randall is the son of another new church planter and he is using his puppet skills as a way to evangelize in the new community where they are planting a church.
Part 2 - coming soon.
Written by Mark Diener
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