We left our friends in Nicaragua Thursday. My heart was filled with sadness at the idea we would be leaving, but I was also incredibly filled with joy at the thought we had come to do exactly what we were called to. We came to spread love and the news of the gospel to students. We helped share love to cancer patients younger than us simply by visiting with them and sharing Gods love. We took students on fieldtrips that many of them would have never thought they would have had the opportunity to do. We gave the teachers two weeks of our time and invested in the students that they spend so much time each year equipping for the next chapter of their lives. We honored God with our actions of love, more than building any building ever could. We helped medicate students so they don’t have to worry about parasites the for the next year. We built relationships between one another that helped mold who we are becoming. We saw a raw part of God in servanthood by washing one another’s feet. We prayed for one another each day. We laughed together in hammocks during porch talks. We got real, each day. But as I said, more than anything we did, we let God do what He wanted through us. I want this mentality to continue here in the states. April interviewed some women in the community and asked them What they wanted for their kids in life. A few moms responded with this, “I want my child to be a servant.” Could you imagine if we all had this mentality. To be servants. A servant to youe family who may have hurt you, a servant to those you’ve grown bitter towards, a servant towards the kids in your community to need hope, a servant to God? Let’s take the challenge and raise our expectations. Lets raise the bar of servanthood to the point its contagious. To the point we stop always talked about being followers of Christ and start acting like Him. John 13:35 says,”your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” So what if we began truly allowing God to work through us so much that the world can identify us as His followers?
Saying goodbye was harder, but knowing each of us gave all we had gives me peace. I know God will continue to work while we are gone, not only in their hearts, but in ours as well.. our last day was spent in the schools, then at the church. The kids put on a very wonderful dance and play for ua as gratitude. We got to face paint, habe one last vbs presenting the gospel, thanks to Ali. And just spent our day in laughter, tears, and reminiscing on what God has done over the past year and this trip. One last note: when we first got there, the older students were so sketchy. They watched from the outside of the church and school. They didn’t interact with any of us. By the end of the trip, thanks to the amazing leadership our guys had, the older guys were in the church, listening to vbs, interacting with the kids. I was inspired to see the older students break down their walls of defense and join us to furthering the kigdom in the younger students. Continue to pray that God works in their hearts as we are gone and they truly grow to be leaders of that community
Bryan and his parasite medication!
The kids preparing our skit
Allison and the girls dancing !
Ali, heather, and Rachel playing ball
Elizabeth, Allison, and Kayla!
Kids play 🙂
Angie being swamped with girls wanting their face painted
Hailey and her crew
Painted Allison’s face!!
Madison and her boys!
Liz and I leading hokey pokey!
The community of Aduana Uno you have heard so much about. So thankful for each of them.
A final hug before we left.
Chase and chaz stealing my food
Best photo of chase
4 a.m. bus ride
Thank you for your generous support everyone. Keep up with me as I journey to Wisconsin and Ohio the next few weeks. Youre all amazing!