We are starting our third day of ministry here in Rivas and we are doing great. We have two teams, one at the Bible Institute (Ken and Charlotte, and our great Nica Translators Jessica and Melvin) and one team at Anna’s feeding Center (Tommy, Johnny, Emily, Roger [Emily’s Dad] Colton, Loi and Sarah and our high octane Nica, Chico). Cairo is keeping everything managed well.
Char and I are teaching The Seven Laws of the Learner at the Bible Institute and are having a great time. The pastors and church leaders have been very responsive to the teaching. The material focuses on strategies to make your teaching more effective. The seven laws are 1) The Law of the Learner: It is the responsibility of the teacher to cause the student to learn, 2) The Law of Expectation: The teacher should expect the best from his students, 3) The Law of Application: Teach for Life Change, 4) The Law of Retention: Help the Students Master the Minimum 5) The Law of Need: it is the responsibility of the teacher to raise the need for his teaching, 6) The Law of Equipping: Equip for Service and 7) The Law of Revival: Revive the Heart.
In addition to teaching the material we are providing them with two examples of how Char and I apply the material. Yesterday Char gave them a fantastic example with her teaching from the Life of Hannah in 1 Samuel and how her hands were out to God as she asked for a son and how God’s answer turned her hands up to God in praise. Th students loved it and I followed with the ways Char had applied the laws.
At Anna’s Feed Center which is called “Centro de Esperanza” (Center of Hope) there are a number of projects going on at the same time. Johnny and Colton have been digging post holes and setting fence posts, a job that cannot be described well, but we are hoping that Johnny’s sunburn will heal before we return and Colton’s hands will recover as well. Roger, Emily, Sarah and Loi are painting like champs. By the way, we have learned, for the second time, that the Gringos should never choose the paint colors. The wonderful beige paint has become the excellent primer and three more gallons of “more festive” colors have been applied to the feeding center. Tommy is painting and filling in everywhere and managing the paint crisis.
Each day at the feeding center the children arrive and are so excited to see a team so willing to come out and play soccer and baseball with them (somebody remember to send a bat down here in October). The children are learning and growing and our team is falling in love with them.
Monday and Tuesday Evening we have had some amazing meals and great team times. If you have ever been on a mission trip with fellowship you know that these weeks can be some of the best relationship building times you will ever experience. We work hard, laugh loud and eat well. What more could you ask for a team building exercise.
This is the shortest mission trip we have ever taken from Fellowship because of the flight schedules related to Spring Break. We arrived in Managua late Sunday Night and checked into Hotel Hamacus (Hammocks) after midnight (1:00 am US time). We were up and eating breakfast by 7:00 am on Monday and having been going at it hard since. We finish Thursday afternoon and head back to Managua for a 6:00 am flight home on Friday.
Pray for endurance, energy and that God would use us for more than we are worthy of in advancing His purposes here in Rivas and the surrounding community. We are so blessed to have such a strategic opportunity to partner with Anna and the pastors here who are working hard to establish churches that preach the gospel and make disciples in Nicaragua. I am convinced, now more than ever, that our investment in the local church leaders and ministries here is the best use of our time and energy. Training 100 church leaders and supporting Anna’s feeding center multiplies our impact in ways I think we cannot even imagine and may no ever know until we get to heaven. Until then…
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken for the Team