Sorry I’m so late with this post.
Today was another great day. We headed to the work site early and did some block moving/cement mixing for a couple hours, which is my least favorite work but must be done. After that, Brad Wright (who is essentially now one of the most important/influential/inspiring people in my life) and I sat and colored pictures of the Lion King with all the neighborhood kids. We decided to take the second half of the day off and just relax and play with the children. It was amazing and just as rewarding as the hard labor.
Throughout this trip, Brad and I have been talking about how much we love being in Nicaragua, how it is honestly the most fulfilling time each of us spend in our lives. We’ve spouted a few ideas back and forth about starting a business or pitching international ads to companies like Gatorade or Apple, but today we broke through.
Both of us went to Cyndy and told her that we were passionate about this country and wanted to do some type of longterm work here (seeing as neither one of us really has a job right now and we’re both out of school). Instead of hearing something like, yeah that would be great let’s talk about it later and see what’s available, she told us something amazing: She told us that there was a non-profit organization established in Huntington called NESH (Nicaraguan Education, Shelter and Health program). The organization is not affiliated with any church, but the only current members are from Fifth Avenue Baptist (so someone from this church should join that organization and help it grow). Cyndy said that NESH should have two ambassador-type people to live in Nicaragua. We were so pumped to hear that we would actually have someone backing us who we trusted and who would be able to communicate and take care of us without having to deal with a beauracracy.
The place where we are staying is called Peace Hope Trust and it is run by a British group who sends about three teams here each year for a short period of time. They rent the facilities out to groups like ours. The curator of the organization lives two houses down from the group home in a luxurious house. However, he is quitting and selling the house. Cyndy and the other group leaders flat out said they wanted to buy that house for NESH and we would live there! It’s in a gated area so it is safe, plus it has modern amenities so we would be able to keep up with the times/with our loved ones.
It seems perfect. Pray hard for me. I think this is really what God wants us to do. I have already expressed a desire to live here in the past but it wasn’t in God’s time. I think this time it is in His time and He has set up a much better situation for me. He’s so good, and I’m thankful for what He’s doing here, even if it doesn’t involve me living here.
Playing music at devotion tonight was incredible. God is doing wonders on all of us in the group. Also, the oldies on this trip are turning out to be awesomely sincere and hilarious.
Hopeful about the future,