First Update from El Viejo

Posted on January 2, 2010

We have all safely arrived!

The team was so thankful for the large group of people who gathered at the church at midnight to support us in prayer and well wishes. We are so thankful for the many family,  and friends that have been supporting us! The team left for BWI airport shortly after midnight. Thanks to Steve Rineer we arrived safe and early to the airport. As you can see by some of the photos, we definitely had some extra time before the ticket counter even opened.

We all processed through security pretty well; Marlin was the exception…TSA had a special plan for him. After multiple waves of the wand, we all made it through the security checkpoints, got some McDonalds and boarded the plane. Our trip to Houston went smoothly and within a few minutes of arriving at the gate, we boarded our flight to Managua.

The team landed in the capitol city of Managua on time, shortly before 12:30 p.m. local time. For those of us who are following us in the EST zone, you will note we are one hour behind since Nicaragua does not observe daylight savings time. The team moved rather swiftly through immigration and then waited long enough at baggage claim for some of the team members to be nervous about the arrival of our suitcases. Thankfully for us we have all of our luggage. When we arrived in Managua, Marshall was without his luggage, but it arrived at the hotel soon after we did.

For the first time the team experienced the significant weather change from back home when we met up with our van driver Luis, and Pastor Marvin from the church in El Viejo. Here in Nicaragua temperatures are near 90 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity. In about 3 hours we made the journey from the airport to our hotel in Chinandega, “Hotel San Jose”, with only a brief stop at the Brethren in Christ Church in Leon. You will note a “secret photo” of a police officer standing outside our van. Just as we left the city of Managua we were “motioned” to pull over. Our driver was then asked a few questions and we were later granted permission to proceed.

When arriving at the hotel the team spent some time settling into our rooms and even taking a shower and a nap. The team went out for dinner tonight to a local restaurant called “paradise”. And everyone is in agreement that the food and atmosphere was wonderful! We will be going out for dinner each night since the only meal our hotel offers is breakfast. The internet is a bit sparse here at the hotel; we will do our best to get updates and photos onto the blog! Tomorrow the team will spend some time exploring the town and visiting the beach. In the evening we are going to church at El Viejo.

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14 Responses to “First Update from El Viejo”

  1. Jann Denlinger
    Jan 03, 2010

    We were happy to hear that you all arrived safely. It was great to see the pictures from Leon and that they have walls on their second floor! It is 19 degrees and very very windy here! Think of us tomorrow as you are enjoying the sun and we are shivering in the cold! Praying for you all!

  2. jill and phil miller
    Jan 03, 2010

    glad to hear you made it safely! great pictures-it almost feels like we’re with you all. we are keeping you all in our prayers.enjoy the warm-brrrrr!

  3. Cindy Kauffman and Family
    Jan 03, 2010

    Greetings to you from blustery and frigid Lancaster, PA! We are rejoicing in your safe arrival (and that of your luggage too)! The pictures and journal are much appreciated. We are so glad you can enjoy wonderful food, beautiful landscapes (the beach …. wow) and some restful time before the start of your “work week”!
    Thank you for being the hands and feet of Pequea Church…we cover you all with our love and prayers! We shall lift each of you up in corporate worship this morning at your “home church”! Blessings!

  4. Steve & Donna Rineer
    Jan 03, 2010

    90o sounds great! just a few beads of sweat sounds good! the weatherman calls it, “blustery” here…….. well,it’s cold enough to freeze the boobs off a boar hog!!!
    daryl- #9 is still standing! actually she looks much normal today. as for your chickens, they are more stupied than a holstein!
    kate- how would you like to do a dollar bareback class on one of the nicagraua horses?!
    jeremy-the pictures are great! i actually figured out how to get the slide show work on the computer!

    have a great time and remember how many of us wish we could of gone along!

  5. Daleen Charles
    Jan 03, 2010

    Hi Team!

    So glad you made it. I wish I was with you all – enjoying the hot weather. We prayed for you during the services this morning. The pictures are great and bring back so many memories. Enjoy your day and I hope that you have a wonderful time meeting the El Viejo BIC brothers and sisters. I am praying for all of you. Get a good night of sleep!



  6. W
    Jan 03, 2010

    Glad you made it!

  7. Kate & Ella Rineer
    Jan 03, 2010

    So glad that everyone is safe (and warm). It is bitterly cold here, so good choice of weeks to head south for you guys!

    Daryl: Ella and I miss you! She wanted to go “find my daddy” after church today! And she insists on sleeping curled up on Daddy’s new pillow. (some how I totally lost the fight over who got to use the special pillow!) Stay safe and e-mail us as soon as you get a chance! Ella loved seeing the pictures of you that Jeremy posted!

    Geoffy & Kate: Ella was talking on her play phone today. I asked her who she was talking too, and she told me she was talking to Geoffy and Kate because Kate forgot her car at “Ella’s House!”

    Team: Have a great first day of work tomorrow! Stay safe, and stay away from any “hand made” scaffolding that looks questionable please! Daryl has strict orders! 🙂

    Kate & Ella Rineer

  8. Steve & Donna Rineer
    Jan 03, 2010

    steve wants to know if anyone found his glasses on the beach! oh, i wanted to correct myself, daryl it is #6. i realized i wrote the wrong number and was NOt looking at the wrong cow. unfortunately, your cow lost most of her number when you had her head tied to her back hoof…… i know which one it is though, she walks with a kink in her neck!!!! (just joking!).

    we were trying to teach ella how to say nicagrua at supper!!

    there is this quote that says: “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow”. remember that what you’s are doing today in nicagrua is making many lives better tomorrow! just your presence there in El Viejo speaks more than words!

  9. Jim and Margaret Farkas
    Jan 03, 2010

    Hey Team,

    You all look great – did everyone get a good nights sleep in the van and plane? There’s 400 people from Pequea who would gladly leave their hats, scarves and long johns to join you in the 90 degree weather. The pictures made us homesick for our time in Esteli.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The church in Leon looks good – we were there for Sunday service with the team from Canada who constructed the second floor.

    Be careful as you start work tomorrow.

    Be ready to fall in love with the children of El Viejo.

    Jim and Margaret
    Nicaragua Team ’08

  10. Johanna Rohrer
    Jan 03, 2010

    Geoff and Kate:
    The little man, Tike is doing well… I think the first night was hard but we are spoiling him with attention and he got a new goose! He and the cat are becoming friends.. haha…Glad to hear everything went smoothly with travel and be safe.. Hope your feeling better and keeping your team in our prayers.. Take Care, Johanna

  11. Jim & Sonia
    Jan 03, 2010

    Hi Manuel, take in all the wonderful sites of Nicaragua.

    Thank you for the pictures especially the ones of Manuel sleeping. Rest and enjoy your day tomorrow. Looking forward to reading how your day went. I am sure you are happy you ar missing this weather.

    The photos in Leon brought back beautiful memories.

    Hi Sugey, thank you for being part of the young adult team.

    We are praying for you daily and I know God will use you all mightily. Take care team.

    I love you Manuel,
    mom (for the rest of you is Sonia)

  12. Karen and the McGaw Gang
    Jan 04, 2010

    We’re all glad to hear you made it safely without too many glitches.
    God has been planning this week for many years and has brought each one of you there for you do a mighty work through you individually and as a group he has specifically designed together… Rejoice in knowing He has prepared the details of this week so that you can fulfill the mission He has called you to.
    and we are here at home praying you through!

    Kelly~ tap,tap,tap
    We,(Grammy & Pappy Hess, Nanny, Hegan & Maddie,
    Tony & Ashley, Erin & Killian, Dad & Mom)Love You!

  13. Joyce Slaymaker
    Jan 04, 2010

    Hi Team,

    The pictures look great. What a wonderful time you will have in the much warmer weather. Clyde and I are praying for a good experience with a job will done and meeting the church and community people. The beaches look wonderful…maybe they are calling me. May God us all of you in a mighty way.

  14. Candi Rodriguez
    Jan 04, 2010

    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Candi, Manny’s girlfriend. I must say this is the first time I have experienced any mission trip, and all the informative activities that go on. This is quite exciting and Godly passionate, heart fullfilling. The writer is truely talented! The pictures are amazing! I’m so thrilled that all of you are well, and transferring hope to all that you touch. Manny, keep up the fantastic work, and I’ll continue praying for you, and your team members for good health and lots of energy. God Bless all!

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