Friday, February 19, 2010

Brrrr Cold!

I knew that title would get your attention! Now I laughed when I read in one of the travel guides when they said you get cold when the temp drops to 70 here in Nicaragua but a MN girl for 30 years. No way! Well it happened last night. The weather was actually nice and cool the night before and then the winds picked up and it was still cold and cloudy most of the day. Weird, I know. Weirder still is the winds haven't died down and they are rattling the tin roofs down here making it a little hard to sleep at night.

I have found the days spent in preaching a lot of fun. I am getting accustomed to the heat by drinking lots of water and my hunger has returned. I don't know where it went but it was light for a while. Starting to feel ravenous by 4:30pm everyday. That's Central time, for those who are wondering about the time diff.

Also I have to say its been busy here. Busier than I even thought it would be. The sign language group here is need of help. This is my call to all those even remotely interested in serving in sign language. The reason I say this is because most of the people down here helping don't know ASL. They are learning Nicaraguan Sign Language directly without prior knowledge of the deaf. When I tell you that they are doing a fabulous job, I'm not exaggerating. Their territory looks a lot like the territories of groups in the US. Lots of it and barely enough people to cover it in a year if that.
Sooooo, I say again, anyone interested I am currently making contacts for those interested in coming and if you need a place to stay, I have all kinds of folks that welcome visitors.

I am including some preaching pictures because I know you want to see what its like to preach in rural areas. No one cares about door to door in the city so I'll save those for myself *hehe*

Enjoy and feel free to let me know you care.


Monday, February 15, 2010


Wow! I think the weather has been playing with me because it is officially hot like fire here. I wish that I could take a picture of the dusty state of things here. They water the streets like you water the grass back home because of the dust blowing into the house whenever someone in a bus, taxi, car or bike passes the place. A few kids on foot have the same affect. They are doing some construction across the "alley" from us and because the windows face that way there is a layer of dust that they fight on a daily basis to keep from choking on it!

But before I run away with myself on that subject...The nights are lovely. The cool breeze sweeps thu and I still need a little blanket but most of you know me already. I always sleep with a blanket. I just cant help it.

Dont worry more pictures to come hang in there with me and feel free to comment. I am happy someone did because I was starting to think no one was reading this thing besides me *smile*


Friday, February 12, 2010

There are some fascinating things happening here in Nicaragua. I found out that at the Sign Language convention there were 3 baptized and they had an excellent turn out.

The translation department here is very busy and the friends can't wait to see what's next.

I spoke with a brother yesterday who is working on alternative forms of fuel and oil all from natural sources. Here is a picture of just a couple of them. Living in this country you start to think of ways you can save the environment and your cost of energy since it runs towards the expensive here.
I can't say much more about how fantastic it can be here as I'll only be here on the grounds a short time and then I'm off toward my new home Granada. Since the last time I was here I am more confident in my directions and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the "sights." I don't know exactly where they are but when I see them I'll post the pictures here :)

If there's something you like to know or see feel free to let me know. I'm open. Otherwise I'll just keep posting my random thoughts.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Well the time has quickly arrived my friends. I have arrived in my new country and I find it much as I left it. It's a nice thing to know that time doesn't alter friendships and welcoming faces as quickly as it does other things.

My travel day to Nicaragua was a lot like the first one back in November. No phone no internet and a long wait for boarding as I sat nervously wondering if I was going to get the umbrellas aboard the flight with the rest of my carry ons. As it turns out, at the gate they allow you to check a 3rd bag. Yes folks a 3rd bag can be checked at the gate if you are carrying more than one carry on as I was along with many others. You are simply given a tag to
claim luggage and it arrives on the carousel with the rest of your bags. And yes it was free can I say: GO TACA!

I had to wait at the airport for a bit for the brothers to arrive because they had some car trouble but after a time they came and I was soon settled in a shared room at Bethel. It's so nice to be here and among the friends that helped me before.

This time morning worship held no surprises for me and I have kept myself as busy as I can during the day. It can be hard to wonder around bethel with nothing to do while everyone else works but this time I have brought work of my own to do and so I am less idle than I was the last time.

That is all for now enjoy the few pics here and look for more to come in the future.