Chinandega Thursday – Day 6 – January 13, 2011

Posted on January 14, 2011

The morning began with some of the men finishing up the roof of the Sunday school rooms while the rest of them headed over to Pastor German’s house to begin painting the walls of the visiting room of his house. The women stayed behind at the church to pray before going into the community. Yesterday during our ladies ministry, we were invited to go to the home of Secilia who was a first time visitor to the church during our ladies ministry on Tuesday. After our time of prayer, Secilia came to the church and walked us to her home.

We gathered together in the front of her house under the shade of beautiful plants and palm trees plus two chickens, a dog and a baby pig. She then shared with as a poignant faith story. While we sat with her, she recommitted her life to Christ with the help of Sugey and one of the church women who spoke to her in Spanish.

Our next visit was to an elderly neighbor lady who lived down the dirt lane who had requested prayer. This lady had her arm in a make-shift sling because she had recently fallen and broken it. We had a wonderful time with God while praying for this lady. When we departed, she blessed each of us all with a freshly picked avocado.

For the evening our group boarded an old school bus and then headed a half mile up the road to pick up the members of the Chinandega BIC to go to the BIC church in Leon. On the way there we were entertained by a radio broadcast of a Nicaraguan baseball game. Sugey thought one of the teams was from Chinandega. As enthusiastic as radio announcers are in the US the announcers here are at least ten times more passionate about their baseball. Also, it’s not very often that when you are on a bus ride you have the opportunity to see a smoking volcano at close range and a beautiful sunset all at the same time.

During the service in Leon, an 8 year old girl from their church got up to sing and gave a short message. Unfortunately, we weren’t exactly sure what she said but she was very poised and just precious. People in these services tend to be extremely expressive and show a great deal of emotion and passion. During their services, people will go to the front and take the microphone and either sing a song or pray or give a testimony. It’s interesting to see that they are so uninhibited. During prayer time, everyone prays out loud at the same time rather than just one person leading prayer as we know it. As a side note, our ears were very thankful tonight for the lack of amplified musical instruments….

We ended the day with devotions, prayer and reading the comments sent to us as a team. Your responses are uplifting and an encouragement to us all – thank you!

Blessings to all!


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6 Responses to “Chinandega Thursday – Day 6 – January 13, 2011”

  1. June Bender
    Jan 14, 2011

    Been praying for all of you and coveting your 90 degree temperatures. Was 22 below zero here two mornings in a row, and only got up to 6 above during the day. Marge & Wayne, wish I was there to help care for the twins.

    Am glad you’re back online. I missed hearing what you are up to.

  2. Donna Rineer
    Jan 14, 2011

    not sure if you were able to get any of my comments. my computer needs a broom handle…..sounds like you’s are having a very intense trip!
    we had 18o this morning, 58 inside. the sun is out bright today. it’s suppose to warm up at the begining of the week!

    Steve are you having a withdraw from your morning turkey hill stop and the newspaper? I didn’t want to tell you but i bought NO newspapers since you left. (the news is so discouraging). Also Steve, i was putting some notes in your day planner and i discovered your stash of reese’s peanut butter cups, so i took care of them for you! I did 10 loads this week, all your customers are nice. i did leave you several for next week so don’t feel like you are left out. the girls are doing very well and will wait until you are home to help. I remember exactly where i was one year ago today~

    Dale-i hope you are planning on putting me at the head of the class-i took care of the ford for you.

    To everyone else; you now know your lives are changed forever and when you have the moments of uncertainty, just sing yourself that song-“it is well with my soul”. I think you all day long and wishing i was there.

  3. Jann Denlinger
    Jan 14, 2011

    Hey team! I am glad to hear you are all doing well. I had tears in my eyes when I read that you stopped in Piedra Menuda! I miss those children! They are all so precious.

    I will be praying for the twins. God is using you all in mighty ways! You will leave a piece of your heart there as well as a lasting impression on the hearts you touch.

    BTW: Did Marshall take you out for ice cream yet… 😉

    In His love, ~Jann Denlinger

  4. Cindy Kauffman & Family
    Jan 14, 2011

    From yesterday’s 365 Bible Reading –

    Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38

    I read this. I pray for you all. I read all of the updates and cried. So I removed my contact lens and came back to check in with you ….. wow, the people you are reaching, the light you are shining, the painting, the women of the community, the lives being transformed in His name and those twins. Oh, how I love babies and will be praying especially for those dear babies.

    Dottie, I love you. I have been praying for you for months now in regards to your work with the women there and I can see you are being “immeasurably” used as Jesus’ hands and feet. I cry.

    All of you – we are behind you all the way as you forge on in His Glorious Name! We are grateful for each of you for your hearts and your work and we are blessed to have you in our church family!

    The harvest fields are beautiful – because God created them and because you have answered His call and are there doing His work. I am ever so grateful and humbled.

    Love, Cindy Kauffman & Family

  5. Ryan C.
    Jan 14, 2011

    Hey all. glad to hear what you are doing. keep ministring to and for Him!

  6. Jaimie Farkas Jacobs
    Jan 15, 2011

    Hello to Dad (Jim) and the rest of the team!

    Sounds as if you have accomplished much on this trip and can not wait to hear your stories and see lots of pictures when you return.

    “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” ~Terri Guillemets

    Love, Jaimie

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