2017 Nicaragua Mission trip Journal
Trip Journal: Day One
Trip Journal: Day Two
Trip Journal Day 4
Monday, December 11
As a team, we agree that this is our favorite day of the
trip. It's all about just spending time together and having fun. We stayed at
Remar for the day and played.
We made cards for our local classroom friends, and the kids
did some pretty detailed, elaborate work. It's beautiful to watch the older
kids help the younger ones. They do a great job of looking out for each other.
Sara brought supplies to make string bracelets, and these
kids love crafty projects. All of the kids made bracelets, anklets and/or
necklaces for themselves, plus a few for each of us. We cherish these sweet
tokens, and will look at them in the coming months and remember this day.
After fairly sedentary fun, we were all ready to move around.
Moe, Todd and Sara played baseball with some of the older boys and it was quite
a no-holds-barred, go-all-out game! Luckily, there were no injuries, and it
turns out that one of the boys could play in the majors.
Phillip played soccer, our translator and friend LaRue played
basketball, and Katherine played with the dogs. The kids went from one activity
to the other, with the occasional break to sit and talk or spend time on the
Upon our return to the hotel, the team spent some time on the
patio snacking, again, on local fruits and vegetables, and talking about our
day. The conversation moved to a discussion about the difference between
"good tired" and "bad tired". We agree that today, we are
Trip Journal –Day 5
Tuesday December 12
Today took us back to Huembes for more shopping, this time
with 20 girls! We quickly finished with the necessities (school uniforms), and
moved on to the fun of shoes, toys and perfume. These girls are just like any
young girls you might know, and enjoy having pretty things. It's such a
pleasure to be with them and witness the process. They are quite careful and
meticulous in making their decisions, and deliberations are lengthy! True to
form, after each purchase the girls would hand their bags to Phillip, calling
him "El Burro". By the end of the day, he looked like a real pack
mule! Imagine our surprise when we walked into the shop selling toiletries and
one of the women working there was wearing a Marshall shirt! She had no idea
what it was, but enjoyed that she and Phillip were twins. We had lunch, treats
and snacks at Huembes and then headed back to Remar for some play time with the
Our actual time left with the kids can be measured in a few
short hours, and as much as we are looking forward to the Fiesta tomorrow, we
know that it will be a long time before we can be with our Nicaragua family
again. It's different for every person on the team, but for two of us, God
lives in Nicaragua, with the beautiful lakes, awesome volcanoes and our
precious, wonderful kids, all 38 of them.