Our First Week

I have been trying to write something for the past two evenings to keep everyone updated. We have been here a full week now, and just like all of our trips before this, I struggle to find the right words to explain what we are experiencing here.
I could easily share with you many things, like how the airline lost Stan’s big suitcase. It contained all of his clothes, vitamins, and everything else he needed for the two-month stay. Thankfully, after we prayed, they found it! I could also share with you about how on Mother’s Day (celebrated on May 30th in Nicaragua) we celebrated all the moms who are on staff here at New Hope School, and how excited I was when they asked me to be a part of the celebration. I could also share about all of the fun we had with the children in the community on “Kid’s Day” this Wednesday.
However, I struggle to find the words for expressing what it was like attend church under a grass hut and sit next to a Mother who is asking God to help her have food for her children that week. Or how we prayed with an elderly man who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, cannot afford medicine, and his family is unable to take care of him. There are so many examples such as these.
I know that I am not the only person to experience poverty like this, but it is honestly does something to you when you come face to face with it. I struggle to express what this is like, other than that it is truly a heavy feeling. I pray that I don’t get over it. I hope that this heaviness of heart never ceases to be a constant reminder that I need to pray and care for the oppressed and the broken hearted all over the world.
“The Lord draws near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
One of the most beautiful things about this journey is that I sense that God is very near! He is at work here in the people of Nicaragua. He is right here in the middle of the struggle and He is the God who saves the crushed in spirit! He is the God of hope and is drawing close to His people here. So even when we can’t find the right words, the Holy Spirit that dwells within knows exactly how to intercede for us.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Please remember us in your prayers – that God will continue to use us to show His love to those around us.
Here are a few pictures from our first week here.

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