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I have completed my first year!

I have completed my first year service in Nicaragua!
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I have completed my first year!

Thanks to God for His divine providence...

I still can't believe that it's been a year since I came to Nicaragua. Surreal but great. If I look reflect and my journey starting from pre-field preparation, I can confidently tell you that it was His plan that I was able to come this far. I have definitely faced many difficult challenges such as learning Spanish for the first time in my life, living in a foreign country with two different local families (one from León and one from Managua), facing frequent HOMESICKNESS, eating ‘gallopinto’ (rice and beans), crema (cream), tortillas, and other local foods that I am not used to, working at the office which had a combination of Nicaraguan and Western cultures, and occasionally working with different teams from the US and Canada. Even though there were all these difficulties and challenges did not impede me to continue my work and service here.


Throughout the year, I have become more involved with my work with World Renew and their partner ministries that exist in Nicaragua. I have also had the opportunity to build relationships with other people I have met during my time here. I have been working with one of our partner organizations called Christian Center for Human Rights (CCDH). I am assisting them in designing different tools and methods to measure the impact of their work in their communities for their upcoming evaluation in 2016. Thus, I have been occupied with visiting different Houses of Justice in Nicaragua - where I learned about their service and their relationships with their communities. Each House of Justice has a core of volunteer human rights lawyers and promoters that offer grassroots training and civic education at the community level. Their main focuses are handling legal cases on behalf of their beneficiaries, training their communities on different laws, family protection, marriage issues, and children/women abuses. 


I have been also part of our Service Learning Institute as a Communication and Logistics Assistant under World Renew and the Nehemiah Center. I helped with internal and external communication for World Renew Nicaragua as well as making manuals to strategically organize documents in terms of logistics.
This year I had opportunities to assist seven different teams. I felt so blessed to know each and everyone of them throughout their trips. Through different communications, I have felt their love towards the people in Nicaragua. Every time I met a mission team, they really taught me more about His love and His divine providence. God definitely allowed me to explore the needs in Nicaragua as I was assisting different mission trips throughout the year. Working for Service Learning Institute certainly helped me to grow my passion to serve Him.
As you can tell, I have been and will be involved with many different areas in the upcoming year. Although I may have tight schedule, I am very delighted to work and serve as much as I can. The life in Nicaragua is definitely different from what I have experienced in Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia (as a missionary/pastor kid). Despite the unfamiliar life, God has been a source of help, comfort and shelter. He brought me down here to teach me how to be still and to show me His work so that I KNOW He is GOD.

As I enter my second and last year of service in Nicaragua 2015-16 with World Renew. I am excited to see how God is going to work through me and use me to serve His people. I wish to see God using me to bring others to Him while giving me the opportunity to grow and mature as I work to be intentional with my actions. 

In July 2015, I have participated in a Cohort of Missioners trip which was held in Honduras. The Cohort of Missioners is a program of Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) offering a year-long experience in which participants, known as Missioners, are immersed in a new culture by serving with local mission organizations at the grassroots level. Their Cohort of Missioners trips are held four times a year in five different countries in Central America for intensive learning, service, reflection, and spiritual formation. Thus, as a representative of World Renew, I will be participating three more trips to initiate the cooperation between young adult missioners from CRWM and World Renew. 
These trips will allow missioners to intentionally share their service and project, and learn about issues (in relation to politics, cultures, and religions) in Central America. From these interactions Missioners can build a support group among each other as well.

Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray for our preparation for the upcoming evaluation with CCDH. We will be starting to send out surveys (which we designed) this August and hoping to collect all the information by November. And I will be visiting each House of Justice again to interview our beneficiaries as well. 
  • In order to embark another chapter of my journey in Nicaragua, I need to raise $15,000. It cannot be done without your prayer...Please pray along with me for my financial support.
    • Please pray for my work and spiritual growth as I am entering another year in Nicaragua...:)
    You can give online at Select my name on the list of options, or mail your check to World Renew (1700 28th Street. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508.) Please include my name and fund code 503213 in the memo line.
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