Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tickets in Hand


Now that I've officially purchased my tickets to Managua, Nicaragua it's time to start writing my heart out.

I've been wanting to do something like this since I was thirteen years old and I first heard about the Gilead school.

Well I didn't get to go to Gilead. I'm also not a official missionary. But I did get some support from Bethel and I am going to a foreign field to serve. I guess that's what's so surprising is learning that sometimes there are several paths to a goal and not just one.

A lot of people have been asking me if I'm excited or scared and the answer is yes. I am. To be honest this is one of the biggest adventures of my life and I can't wait and at the same time I'm dragging my feet. I think part of change is the feeling that you're going to loose something.

I'm the kind of person who looses, glasses, keys, clothes, whatever. But that abstract feeling of something lost grows when ever I decide to move. In my mind this is a move. Though temporary for now it's a major spiritual move forward and I feel like I'm going to miss something.

Then the excitement of a new language turns my head and I'm in again. The pictures of the friends that I have there tug at my heart. The remembrance of the deaf that I met in the field and how hungry they were for more information and contact in their own language makes me think about what I should pack. I'm 'helper' by nature but I'm a nurtured 'need-greater' and I can't wait to get started.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Long Awaited PIx

Some of you have already gotten the play by play but here are the pictures from Nicaragua in full. Still trying to get the video up on line so be patient with me. My internet connection isn't fantastic. So here you go:


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Yes they have volcanos some active some inactive but what really catches your eye is Lake Grenada when you see it in the picture here it is nothing compared to the grandness of it up close.

There is a lot of trash on the side of the road and just about as many stray dogs and cats. You'll see a few of the pictures I got of animals that actually had homes and how hungry they look. I did get sick once but with the help of the fabulous sister I stayed with Karla in the red dress I had pharmacy drugs in me for twelve hours after which I was feeling loads better. I can't wait to go back. February is the sign language convention and my hope is to be back with the friends there by then. 






Once you get past that you see the warmth of the people and the friends. Everyone speaks Spanish and few spoke English so if you're interested in getting better at speaking Spanish this 
is the place for you. 
spent most of 
my time in Grenada and Managua and I had a short
 visit to a Sign Language congregation in Masaya. (pronounced: messiah)

All in all it was a fabulous trip topped off with a couple of great days at the English convention reconnecting with friends old and new. There were parts on the program from brothers as far away as Manchester, England. With accents that sound like the Geico gecko :)

Thanks to everyone who helped me get there and if anyone is even thinking about going to serve where the need is Nicaragua is a great place to start. Every language group has a need which includes: Nicaraguan sign language, English and Spanish. There is a place for everyone :)
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Nicaragua 2009
















Yes, everyone I'm back from Nicaragua and here is where you'll find the evidence. I had a fabulous twelve day trip so let's get right to the interesting stuff:My first day, I was picked up by Bethel transportation and brought directly to Bethel where I spent my first night. I'm not sure what I expected but the first thing I noticed about Managua was the mosquitos. Despite my mosquito repellant bath that morning I was continually attacked by their little sneaky mosquitos. They apparently didn't mind my repellant or my clothes since they went right through them to get to me.

The smell of Nicaragua is interesting to say the least. Yes there is livestock and pollution so you can smell those things but there is also the perpetual smell of burning brush. Smells something like burning marijuana leaves (if you are all familiar with the smell it takes getting used to). The sight of horse drawn wagons on the same road as fast moving taxis and other vehicles was not expected. I thought there would be some kind of clear distinction between the town and rural areas. There isn't. There are just as many cobblestone streets as there are paved ones.

The friends at Bethel of course were fabulous and warm. You'll see here that the grounds were beautiful there and the mountains behind Mandy show that the views are gorgeous. You just have to look up to see a mountain or a volcano. In her husband Matt's office we played around with the items that were going into the Nicaragua historical exhibit new to the Bethel Branch. He's also a bit of a collector of large intimidating looking insects as the one you see here. 

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Granada

I am in the hottest place around. That´s right folks...Granada. Its busy, its full, its touristy and theres plenty of territory and we´ll be taking it on foot.

But so far I have met some of the nicest people. The sister I´m staying with has three children. Two are out of the house and one is soon to be married and the youngest isn´t yet 14. They speak only spanish and believe it or not we are saying most of what we need to say. Just not feeling very confident about it.

There have been more than a few misunderstandings but no hurt feelings. The food is good though limited because of my restricted diet and I drool over the things that I can´t eat.

I had my first coffee today and it was excellent. Nicaragua does have great coffee. Still need to make it starbucks like and add the sugar and milk but it tastes fantastic.

From here I´ll be attending my second meeting in Nica sign and fifth meeting of the week. Yeah, everyone wants you to visit their meeting down here so it is what it is. That´s all for now and since internet is a priviledge and not a right. I´m signing off. Yeah no pix yet but I´ll keep trying.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Hello from Nicaragua!

Hello everyone,

Well, here's the recap if you haven't heard... I'm here and loving it! My flight out of Miami was uneventful. Which is always a good thing. The flight was direct from Miami to Managua, Nicaragua. Two short hours later and I'm arrived. The time difference is one hour behind central and two behind eastern. Email and internet is a luxury (like AC) that I may only get here at Bethel so I'm taking advantage of the time to keep in touch. Sorry the option of downloading my pictures here is a no go but I'll keep trying.

Bethel escorted me from the airport to the Branch and it was a bumpy (cobblestone road) ride with a lot of harrassing and aggressive drivers. Don't think I'll be doing a lot of driving here but it was an interesting experience.

The weather this time of year is temperate and similar to Florida. The area that I'm heading to this afternoon is Granada. It is the tourist spot with all the things that American's seem to like. That means it all costs more too. But we'll see. The Granada Sign Language group needs help and that's where I will potentially be serving. There is a need for people who know sign to teach the deaf the bible and that's what I do :)

I will try to keep future posts short but wanted everyone to know that its hard not having my all in one G1 at my hip. Going through a bit of withdrawl but I'll make it :)

Ciao friends,

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Friday, October 2, 2009



Welcome, to My Journey.

Just a little something about what's going on with me. I wanted to keep people "posted" as to what I was up to these days and this seemed like an easy way to say all I want to say and get pictures to everyone without sending out so many individual emails saying the same ol' thing.

I invite all my guests to comment on what they see here and let me know if there's something they'd like to see.

Ciao for now,
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