It's finally here! Jeremie and I are leaving for our big adventure to Leon, Nicaragua on Friday! Believe it or not, I have fit ALL my luggage needed for one week into a carry on! (See gray bag in front.) And to top it off, I believe Jeremie has actually packed more than me. Our check in baggage is being used for bibles, crafts, sports equipment, and 499 Dum Dums. (Jeremie at 1 at the packing party at the church last night.)
I was taking a picture of our luggage and look what black & tan piece thinks he's going.
We are traveling with a team of 8 from our church, but meeting up with another team from a church in Gainesville, FL when we get there. We will be staying with a missionary, Oscar Correa, and his family who live in Leon permanently. We are getting very excited and look forward to spreading the gospel to a place that needs a lot of hope and love right now.
Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, but stricken with poverty and need hope and God's provision in their lives. Many of the people we will be visiting live in plastic or cardboard homes, and we will even be visiting a city dump where over 250 families actually make their home. There, we will be helping with a feeding program and working with the children. We will likely be coming across about 1,500 children (no, that is not a typo) through VBS activities, school assemblies, and sports camps, which we hear are VERY effective in getting the kids involved as a way to share the gospel. There have been many other activities mentioned, but from what we hear, we'll probably be "winging it" a lot of the time with what our next task is!
These New Testaments have English on one side and Spanish on the other! Below that is a "story rug" with a picture squares that take you through the Bible. It is actually very fun trying to match the pictures with the stories. Jeremie really wants to come up with a Twister version using this rug. Right hand: Moses. Left foot: Samuel. I can see it now.
Please be in prayer for the people that we will "clearly" proclaim the gospel, "make the most of every opportunity" and our conversations be "full of grace". (Colossians 4:3-6)
Safe travels there and back. (We will return Friday, August 5.)
That God will work through language barriers & literacy so we may reach the Nicaraguans for Christ
That God will be glorified on this trip and our pride/human nature will not get in the way!
Pray that the people will come across will have open hearts-many have probably "heard of God" but do not understand what it truly means to have a personal relationship with him and that "by grace you have been saved" (Ephesians 2:8)
Thank you all-we are blessed to have friends and family that we know will be covering us in prayer while we are gone. If anything, I KNOW that the entire community of Indian Springs, MS is praying God's ear off! .
"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should" Ephesians 6:21
"...that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation amount all nations." Psalm 66:2