It is Wednesday morning and we are already halfway through our time in Nicaragua. Yesterday was a great day. Everyone on the team is doing great!
Calvin and the Sharon are doing an awesome teaching the kids. Yesterday they taught on God as our King and today they are celebrating Jesus birthday and celebrating the incarnation of Christ with cupcakes. ($27 will get you 120 cupcakes from a Nica bakery… just in case you were wondering). Bonnie, Ashley, Kristie, & Shannon got to give the moms necklaces with little crowns signifying God as our King yesterday and challenged the moms to see themselves as worthy of being adopted by a king. They are doing a great job speaking truth into these ladies lives.
The projects at Ana’s place are going well. The walls continue to go up in the storage building. The house is looking great with a new coat of paint. Jim Alexander engineered a paint sprayer out of an pesticide pump up sprayer to apply the sealer to the brick exterior of the feeding center… showing that an old dog still can teach the rest of us a few new tricks.
The Bible Institute is rocking and rolling. Chico, one of our translators even taught a lesson yesterday and did an outstanding job. It is awesome to watch Chico and Melvin become great teachers. Melvin has a lesson this morning and they both will teach with me (Chris) tomorrow since Jim has to head home to Costa Rica this afternoon. We are teaching about the Reliability of Scripture this week, so we are spending several lessons on the Canon and how our Bible can to be what it is today. Jim made a comment yesterday in the institute to stick with us even though this topic was boring at times. Now if you ask any pastor in the states, I’m guessing that most would agree that the Canon wouldn’t be our first topic of choice and certainly not the most interesting. One of the Nica Pastors came up to him afterwards and said “This is not boring at all. Most of us don’t know anything about the Canon or how the Bible came to be. A few pastors might know one or two things, but most don’t know really anything about this. We need this teaching. This is very good.” It was a good perspective shift for Jim and I. It great to know that we get to share truth that edify’s their ministries, even when it seems boring to us.
Thanks for praying for Christina. Shannon and Kristie got to have a great conversation with her yesterday. Christina comes from a Catholic background and so does Shannon, so Shannon had some great opportunity to answer questions and speak the truth of what following Christ really looks like. God is definitely working in Christina. She sees something different in us and other Christians that she has encountered recently. Mark Brandt had the opportunity to explain to Christina why would come all the way down to Rivas to serve kids that live in a dump. She is really seeking and asking tons of good questions. She keeps saying how glad she is that we are here this week. Please continue to pray for her. Who knew we would come to Nicaragua to minister to a 23 year old girl from Lithuania?
For the Team,
p.s. All the above photos as the work of Calvin Hill.