Tommy, Jim and I all arrived safe in Managua Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. (note that I said, “8:00 p.m.”) – we were right on time. The always punctual Cairo was no where to be found. No problem. We know he will be here any moment because Cairo is always punctual, even in a country where punctual is measured in approximate days. After a half an hour we started to imagine what emergency could keep him from picking us up. Perhaps a problem with a car, perhaps some issue related to parking at the airport is reason for the delay. After an hour we began to think that we were going to get a good night sleep at Camino Real in Managua and drive early in the morning to begin teaching in Juigalpa two hours away. Before we headed to the hotel we made a few phone calls on skype to see if anyone had heard from Cairo. In deed, Chris Kear had heard from Cairo who was in the airport drinking coffee with Melvin and Chico. They were waiting for us to arrive at 9:00 p.m. So we were waiting for each other 100 feet apart for over an hour. That has been the hardest thing so far and it was actually not bad at all and gives us something to tease Cairo about all week. (He is now never on time!).
We arrived in Juigalpa around 11:15 last night all all got a good night sleep. It is not worth mentioning the trucks with no lights, people sitting on the side of the road and broken down busses on the drive over. They are all par for the course.
We have finished our first day of teaching and as always it is great to see so many familiar faces we have come to love. Our topic this week is the Ecclesiology: Doctrine of the Church and Pastoral Theology: The Practice of the Shepherd. After a few introductory issues Tommy did an amazing job getting the group to interact about images for the church in scripture. Always the Master Delegator, Tommy somehow managed to get the entire group to teach his lesson by working in groups and sharing their observations. It was a work of art. Jim Pitman, always the master illustrator used a rope to illustrate the importance of remembering the purpose of the church. (Jim and two Nicaraguans trying to push a rope should have been on film.) Lunch was excellent. Believer it or not we have rice and beans. Oh, that reminds me. We had rice and beans with breakfast too. The day ended with a lesson on the Functions of the Church from Acts 2:42-47. I used my shoe to illustrate the idea of multiple purposes and then used some shoes from the audience to illustrate different forms. The point being that the function of the church is always the same and fixed in scripture while the forms can change from culture to culture and through time. So today we have taught that the church is like a rope and like a shoe. :-} Perhaps I should ask for prayer at this point.
Seriously, we would love for you to be in prayer for all of us this week. The heat (teaching outside in 90 degrees from 8:30-3:00) can really take a toll on you. Also prayer for our translators who work so tirelessly all week long. Cairo, Melvin and Chico are good friends and men of God. Lastly, pray for our families while we are away – HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE WALKER.
Must sign off now. Rice and Beans await.
Ken – for the team.