One of the hardest parts of opening a new field of ministry is doing the necessary groundwork and being patient regarding the timing. I guess because we are older and know how fast our time is passing, it is hard to do the networking and exploring that precedes all successful ministries. Of course God can step in any time and fast track the process, but until He does, we must press on. Hitting the ground here with nothing-no dishes, furniture, appliances-nothing has taken a while to get settled. Thank the Lord, that part is mostly over. Now the networking begins in earnest.
So far we have had a meeting with our main Nicaraguan contact. That proved very promising, but will most likely move forward at a Nicaraguan pace- painfully slow to our fast paced minds.
Two weeks ago, we visited a town on the Pacific coast, San Juan Del Sur. It was a kind of hippy touristy place with million dollar homes all up and down the mountain. It is a very popular place for American retirees, although we didn’t actually see any Americans that day. I guess the rain was keeping them inside. The town had more bars than churches. While we had heard that there was ministry going on there, we didn’t find any sign of it on our short visit.
Last weekend we went to visit a missionary we met a couple years ago, in anothertown on the Pacific coast, Corinto. The things I noticed here were the squatters on the beach who lived in homes made out of discarded plastic and tin. This port city is known for the illegal exports that leave here, both material and human. What a contrast to the other Pacific coast town. We applaud this missionary who is in the trenches making a difference.
Saturday we went and spent the morning helping out at the feeding center run by the church we have been attending. Forty-two kids and their moms wereled in worship, then classes were held for each age group. Then they were serveda nice lunch that included deep-fried hamburgers. What fun learning new ways to do things!
Sunday we headed to the International School to a meeting of missionaries and retirees. We had hoped to be able to network some at the service, but three large groups of American teens were there and amazingly we met one of our son-in-law’s cousins who was on one of the teams. What a small world we live in!
Please pray as we go back to immigration this week or next to check on our paperwork for residency.
From a personal standpoint, we are acclimating to the heat. They say it is winter now, but each day it is between 90 and 100 degrees. It is rainy season and the storms are sometimes pretty violent. Power outages are frequent. The sun rises around 5AM and sets around 6PM. People here get up early and go to bed early. The people are friendly but seem to move in slow motion. It takes a whole day to accomplish one thing. Bills come to your gate and then you have to go to a bank or to the company to pay them. So we are learning to march to a different beat. Pray we learn quickly so our frustration level will go down.
We miss our church family, our friends and family, and corn bread. Since we eat a lot of beans corn bread is sorely missed. Guess we will have to smuggle in some Jiffy mixes next time we’re home.We pray for you all and love reading your Facebook messages and emails.
In His service in Nicaragua,
Jim and Nancy