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Tengo Muchas Familias!

Tengo Muchas Familias

Tengo Muchas Familias!

Matthew 12:48-50 
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
I have a new family now! This month I moved to a new house with three lovely ladies who are also serving God in Nicaragua. I wanted to experience something new in Nicaragua so with my Managua family’s blessing, I have decided to live with three missionaries from three different organizations. One great perk of this experience is that we are working for different Christian organizations; it is so great to hear their stories and share our experience in Nicaragua. Transition from my old house to this new one was very smooth (probably because I don’t have a lot of things to move).

Two Korean missionary families that I got to know here offered their help as I was preparing to move. One family was generous enough to give me their bed, fan, and other furniture before they left for Mexico. Another family has a truck so they helped me to move. Three housemates had already moved in a few weeks ago, so the house itself was pretty much settled even before I moved in. Thanks to God who made this entire process so ‘facil’ (easy) for me!

Officially, this is my third home in Nicaragua. My first and second homes were amazing too. In total, I have three families in Nicaragua. My first family in Leon has seen my struggles and adjustments in moving to Nicaragua since I lived with them my first two months in Nicaragua. They are a family of eight – Papá Lorenzo, Mamá Silvia, two sisters (Caren and Yisel), brothers-in-law, nephew (Alejandrito), and cousin (Chevo) – who have taught me Nicaraguan culture, tradition, food and Spanish. They have seen my tears. They cheered me up and made me smile every day. I will never forget the times I had with them in Leon.

My second family in Managua taught me so much about the Nehemiah Center. They were a family of four – Papá Manuel, Mamá Luz, two brothers (Esteban and Marcelo). The two brothers are married so they were not living with my host parents so I didn’t have many opportunities to interact with them in comparison to my sisters in Leon. My Managua parents are closely involved with the work at the Nehemiah Center where the organization I am serving with, World Renew, is located. They have many years of experience with different organizations, ministries, and churches. They are always more than willing to share their experience, wisdom and love they have received from God. I am very thankful that I got to know them. Actually, my Mamá Luz is not well. She has been having some kind of health issues from the past year. We all have been praying for her during our devotion at the Nehemiah Center. Please pray for her health with us… I have received so much love and guidance from her. She is a wise woman with strong faith. Everyone loves her. Thus, it is painful for me to see her as she is going through her difficult time…

My third family is filled with spirit and joy! My three sisters in Christ – Angie, Emerald, and Jen – are amazing. Their hearts toward God are beautiful. It is such a blessing to live with them. Since we all are serving here, we could easily understand each other. It is such a blessing to meet someone who is in the same shoes as you that understands you. And I have three people in the same house who understand what I am going through.

God definitely placed the right family for me at the right time. Family does not only mean that you have to be biologically related. We all are family in Christ. I learned so much about the importance of family through my three different families in Nicaragua. For sure love is always there. God did not leave me alone. He provided me different families to share stories, cultures, and the love of Christ. All of these three families are still walking together with me in Nicaragua to expand His Kingdom. 

Since I am talking about ‘familia’I HAVE A GREAT NEWS! I will be visiting Korea for the next month! I haven’t been there for more than 3 years which means I have not seen my grandmothers and relatives for years. Plus, I will get to see my parents who will be coming from Malaysia. My parents will be in Korea for two months for their reports and conferences. I knew they were going to be in Korea in September but I didn’t think of me visiting Korea until I finish my term in Nicaragua. But one day I found an amazingly affordable price. When I told my parents about the ticket that I found, they were gracious enough to pay for my flight tickets because they knew how much I miss them and they miss me as well. Moreover, I will get to see my grandmothers. I can’t wait to see them! One of my grandmothers had a surgery end of last year. Gracias a Dios that the surgery went really well so she is getting better day by day. I am very thankful to God for giving me this opportunity to spend time with my family!!! Thank you God for this great opportunity!

Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray for my safe travel and visit to Korea.
  • Please pray for our preparation for upcoming evaluation with CCDH. We will be starting to sending out surveys (which we designed) from this September 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 in Nicaragua..
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