I have kept on file hundreds of testimonies from those who have served with us over the years. Sometimes late at night after the dust has settled from a great day or week, I’ll sit in the rocker on my back porch and read (re-read) these testimonies to remind myself of how God is using and revealing Himself to those He has called to serve with us.
I was surfing the internet for statistics on Nicaragua for this web site, when I stumbled upon this blog entry from a great team that served with us during the fall of 2008. It tells about us, but most importantly it speaks to who our God is!
Posted By: Killearn Mission Team
Hola from Nicaragua!
The KUMC mission team arrived safe and sound in Managua on Saturday night as planned. We have had four incredible days here, full of God’s blessings and grace. As for why we have not blogged…welcome to Nica time!
First of all, a little bit about the country.
Nicaragua has some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. From the grounds of El Ayudante, we can see a chain of active volcanoes. Against the backdrop of the clear blue sky, their peaks are wreathed in clouds. The greens here seem greener somehow – deeper, richer, lusher. Tropical flowers in a multitude of bright colors decorate the landscape. God’s artistry is definitely on grand display.
Nicaragua also has some of the most heartbreaking poverty imaginable. When our VBS team handed out sandwiches to their first school group, none of the kids took a bite – they all saved their lunch to take home to share with their families. The medical team distributed a multitude of vitamins, pain relievers, ointments, and other supplies that are readily available in the US but are hard to obtain – or afford – here. We have all been humbled by the things that we have seen.
The people here have touched our hearts. They speak of their faith with passion, such as the elderly lady at the vision clinic today who was in tears as she told us she could no longer read her Bible because the print was too small. We are being blessed by encounter after encounter with individuals who are living their faith in very real ways everyday.
Next, a little about the mission…
Our mission team is made up of several different components. The VBS team goes into schools, teaching the kids Bible stories and songs, playing games, and doing arts and crafts. In addition to lots of love and attention, they also give the kids lunch and other needed goodies. The medical and vision teams work in tandem, conducting clinics in various locations, providing general medical care and eyeglasses. We also have a surgical duo working with the León hospital, performing surgeries and teaching. The construction team is hard at work building a house for the family of one of the children at El Ayudante’s child protection center, as well as a dorm for the teenaged girls at the child protection center. Finally, the Pastoral Care team is meeting with local pastors, forming relationships and building bridges for further cooperative efforts in the future.
Finally, and most importantly, a little about what God is doing…
God is blessing our team with a true team spirit – His Spirit. He is allowing us to truly be His body, working both individually and as one. He is opening our eyes to His work and our hearts to His children. We expect God to do great things in Nicaragua, and we are most grateful He is allowing us to witness and participate.
Posted 10/29/2008 7:47pm