Missionary Life In Nicaragua
We thought we’d share a bit with you about what our down times an busy times look like for us. ..
Some might wonder what we do during those times when we can rest a bit. First off, the pace of life here is simply different from the pace in the US. We don’t really know why, but it’s a challenge to compare the two. Culture demands things to take time, climate demands that we wait till it stops raining or till it cools down, procedures demand that we lack one unforseen step in whatever activity we’re doing, paperwork processing demands one more document, and the arrival of that item demands one more day (manaña, siempre manaña). That said, we have down time often, but irregularly. Downtime entails some of the following: watching a movie, afternoon nap, going on a date, working in the garden, having friends over for dinner and games, calling friends or family on the phone, checking in on Facebook, playing in the kitchen, checking up on the news. Sounds pretty normal life, right!? Yup!
Then out of nowhere, the peaceful life is swept away by a rush of activities, projects, important phonecalls, meetings, and a surprise deadline. That’s when Timothy’s going one direction in one vehicle to run this errand or that, and Jessie’s off in another direction (Yader in tow) making a phonecall concerning that other project. It’s pretty amazing how much time we spend in traffic. We easily can spend two+ hours traveling to and from places. Lot’s of waiting. This eats up time in the day and often is an energy zapper. Then there are Timothy’s day trips to various departments in Nicaragua. He’ll get up early, maybe at 4 or 5am, shower and eat breakfast while Jessie is making a cooler full of snacks and drinks for the day; then he heads out to work on preparing a community for an incoming evangelism team, or scouting out a community in Eastern Nicaragua (these are two recent adventures he went on). A couple of weeks ago, the BMDMI church youth retreat brought about 200 youth together for a great time of spiritual growth. With that comes good friends who stay at our house and help during the day during the retreat.
All in all, it’s amazing to see how a day can go by so quickly; where finding one motorcycle part and being able to actually purchase it and bring it home seems like a high accomplishment for the day. But it’s those simple, seemingly non-important activities that make up the day that God ordained and placed us in, just like He has placed you in the very circumstances (whether tedious, confusing, busy, or stressful) that you’re in.
There are many ministries we are right in the middle of right now —we’re not at the beginning of them, nor are at their end. Team season is just around the corner, and Timothy has been making a few trips visiting with the leadership of different communities for various reasons. School is just about to begin at the little school in Pueblo Nuevo. On Monday morning we’ll be delivering the school supplies that were donated to them! Sometimes when we go to describe different things we’re involved in, they don’t seem to sound too “glorious” to us, but it is so good to be reminded of the high value God places on the relationships with people we have along the way. Every conversation and interaction we have with anyone (whether Nicaraguan or North American, etc), is ground for the heart cultivation God does through us His people in to others’ lives. Again, how is this different from you as you live in the States as a believer? Where you are at right now and the relationships with the people around you are no accidents. Look around and recognize that God is present!
What is life like for us here? Well, we have a house that we rent, couches, a bed, a bathroom and a shower, a kitchen with a stove and fridge, a dog and cat, etc. There are bedtimes and naptimes; mealtimes and snacktimes; physical headaches and tummy issues; frustrating conversations with each other or with other people; there’s time to get ready for the day, and time to get ready for bed at night; there’s time to spend reading God’s Word and praying to Him; there’s time to plan and work on future projects; there’s time to spend relaxing; there’s time to spend with friends playing games; there’s time to minister to others around us. Sound familiar?
Yader has officially been in our home for over two months now! Time has seemed to fly by! Yader certainly is fully of life. He has brought into our home everything typical for a 2 1/2-year-old. We’ve learned a lot during this short amount of time, but have much more learning to do! Jessie is spending most of her days with Yader at the house right now. We primarily speak Spanish with him, but he’s also learning English. He loves to look at books, and we read to him from Spanish and English books throughout the day.
We had our first home visit this past Thursday! A woman from the Ministry of Families—Adoption Department came over. Timothy happened to be in Matagalpa that day, and she came during Yader’s naptime. So, it was just her and Jessie. She seemed to be a believer, which set the tone of the conversation. Jessie was so encouraged by the visit, and the woman also seemed encouraged by the news as to how well Yader is doing. She kept saying how happy she was that God places adoption on people’s hearts and that they’re obedient to His call to do so. As she spoke, you could see her countenance lifting up the name of the Lord. This was a great reminder of God’s sovereignty in leading us to pursue adoption in the first place, and in bringing Yader into our home. God receives all the glory and praise for this miracle! We are but a vessel He has used. He certainly has an amazing plan for Yader!
‘Adoption out of foster care is not a second best choice. It is not reserved for only those who cannot afford private adoption. It is not just for couples who are unable to have biological children. It is a blessing to parent a child whose beginning to life automatically put him or her in the category of the “least of these”.’ –Caroline Bailey, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home
Please pray for the delivery of school supplies to the little school in Pueblo Nuevo this coming Monday. This marks the 3rd year to donate supplies to 85 children as they begin their school year. This ministry has opened many doors of sharing the Gospel and building relationships with people from this community.