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Youth Mission Team - Nicaragua 2013's Blog

I remember from last year that the day our team departed was the most difficult time of the week. Just when we seem to be able to finish each other's sentences, drink from each other's water bottles, open up and be vulnerable in devotions and testimony sharing, and selflessly share our coveted treats from home (like M&Ms), we are packing up and preparing for a day of travel. On the plus side, at least we still get to...

Today, we woke up and after breakfast, went straight to the market. It was such an amazing experience! It was almost mind-blowing to see all the little stands of bracelets and crafts and clothing, all crammed into such a small area. The people were so excited every time we walked by their shops (probably because they thought we were going to buy something, but it was still nice). Lots of things were purchased - dresses, bracelets and pottery were popular....

Friday morning at 5:40, we arose early to get started on our excursion to the top of La Pena La Brada. After an hour and a half of climbing, we reached our partial destination to eat a breakfast of fried eggs, rice, beans, and tortillas. We were hosted by a family  who graciously cooked for our famished group. We had the privilege of frying our eggs in oil and having really fresh coffee. After breakfast, we then set off to...

Thursday- Our team went up into the mountains to help an ecological steward, following practices taught by World Renew in conjunction with ACJ, known to us as YMCA.

There we met-Domaso de Jesus, farmer extraordinaire. He delighted in sharing with us the fruits of his labours, including sugar cane, pineapple, cassava and other staples for food.  We bought some freshly dug up ginger and potato-like vegetable which we taste tested at dinner. ...

Hola amigos! Today was day 4 of our fabuloso Nicaraguan adventure! To start off our day we woke up bright and early at 6:00 and had breakfast. We headed down to a farm to bag some dirt for future planting of seedlings. We filled about 800 bags of dirt. They are going to be used to plant trees to use for wood. We completed our task of of filling the dirt bags, got to see some howler monkeys, and headed...

Last night (tuesday) we joined the village of Los Alverez as they celebrated the inaugaration of the new community center. Our team this year and last year helped build this center. On tuesday we started our day by digging a trench to install a water access line at the community canter. I was so impressed with how our team all pitched in and worked together with the community members to complete it in less time than expected. Meanwhile, inside the...

Greetings from Nicaragua! Monday we headed out at 7:30 to go to Santa Lucia. The ride was smooth up until we turned into the village. We saw lots of cattle and friendly villagers. It was great to shout ¡Hola! at them and wave while they did the same. We felt genuinely welcomed into their community. When we finally arrived at the YMCA, lots of volunteers welcomed us there. We were then assigned our rooms. Half of us are staying with...

We are here! Tonight's circle prayer was full of praise, thanksgiving and gratitude for how awesome God is. The general feeling is we are undoubtedly blanketed with comfort, peace and assurance. Yesterday, our travel here went well, today we have had a wonderful day worshipping, touring, dining and bonding. We look forward to tomorrow, traveling to the village of Santa Lucia and living in the community for 5 days. We are ready to serve them and shine and love, however...

Finally, it’s the eve before we depart to Managua, we are meeting at the zoo airport tomorrow morning at 10 am, flying out at 1:30 which should be plenty of time to get to know each other a bit better before we board. What’s neat is we all have the same bight green t-shirt on. Matching shirts are extremely cool and they almost always signify a youth group who is going to have a good time, and won’t lose track...

I had the privilege of being able to take a Digital SLR Camera with me on the mission last March, and enjoyed capturing the visual diversity that Nicaragua offers.  I took over 700 images over 10 days and even almost ran out of memory on my photo card! It seemed like every where I turned there was something else I wanted to capture forever. Every evening at group devotional time we heard countless prayers from team members praising God for...

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