Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New in Town (Masaya)

Today was my first day really walking around Masaya. I've been to the famous 'Mercado' but I couldn't tell you how to find it or anything. I still don't feel like I have a handle on it yet but now that we are a part of the Masaya congregation I should have plenty of time to learn my way around.

These are a couple of the pix I took from the area. I found the first interesting because it is a motto. The other is a place right off the main road through town. I've probably passed it half a dozen times already and here it is up close.


Monday, April 26, 2010

The Rain has finally come!

The storms down here are serious. We didn't lose power on those days but the roads get completely flooded at night and the rain falls so hard you can't hear anyone speaking to you in the same room.

We went to an active Volcano in Masaya. It was a bit smokey but it was nice. The scarves are good for keeping out most of the sulfur but those with asthma beware!

The next morning we had our first breakfast out because Haley needed to get to the airport. We ate at The Garden Cafe where the literally have a garden in the middle, complete with hammocks to sit and lie in.

The breakfast is reasonable too, I had blueberries in my shake which I haven't had since I left the states. Nice to get a few more antioxidants :)

Yesterday was our Zone Visit with brother Loesch. The He speaks Spanish fluently so the entire program was in Spanish so I recorded. I'm going to have to listen to it a couple more times before I understand it all but it was very encouraging to be with all the need greaters and missionaries from all over the country and to get update encouragement from the GB. Lots of changes happening in Central America. Stay tuned...


Monday, April 19, 2010

Amazing what people won't live without!

This is just a sample of the homes we found in the area that chose Dish over other basic things like: I don't know...sturdy walls. But it got me to thinking about the things that we value and what we are willing to sacrifice for them.

Living in Nicaragua is a very different experience for me and after 2 months I've learned that there are a lot of things I thought I couldn't live without that I've been doing just fine without.

For example:

Never thought I'd get over Starbucks, but some how I've stumbled upon a decent substitute, (no not Dunkin Donuts) The Chocolate Cafeteria.

My truck: Although I miss it and sometimes it would make life easier. It's rare that I miss driving. I like to walk here and I've had the opportunity to ride a bike and a Motorcycle. But walking is still my favorite and so far the safest. There is the buses too but I wouldn't rate them as choice for transpo. A child of the bus system I have a hard time getting on them as an adult. Yes, it could just be

My phone: I still miss what it could do but amazingly enough I can survive without it. Granted, I don't have the kind of life that needs a phone like that anymore. I have to say I like the pace that my life has come to. I know its not for everyone but for those of you who haven't tried it yet, I say, get out the map and lay your finger anywhere and try it. You might be surprised.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Three Weeks?!

I am amazed how fast the time has come and gone. I'm loving it here and feeling like this has been a wonderful experience for me. I'm going back to the states to work in about 3 weeks but I'm already excited about my return to Nicaragua.

I'll be
coming back with a bit more literature. It is amazing how you get used to things just being at the literature counter but we are short on Bible Teach books here and a f
ew other things so I'm working on bringing back a stash.

I've learned so much in my first 3 months and although I'm sad to leave I know it won't be for long.

We've had some changes here recently and I will be attending the Masaya Sign Language congregation as per Bethel direction so I'm excited about what fun I'll be having with them. It is about 20 minutes on the bus from where I live now but I'll still be working a lot of the territory in Granada as always. We have lots of deaf still here. During the week my meeting will change to Thursday evening.

The special talk is coming up and I'm very excited about that, April 18 2pm and I hope we have a great turn out. There is a zone visit happening while I'm here and I get a ticket! So thrilled we will have brother Loesch who I had an opportunity to hear speak while in Germany. It should be great. That will be on April 24th, a nice treat before I leave here.

This is a shot of my roommate Jessica and her friend Haley. We stopped at a local restaurant with a great view. The pictures of the view are here too.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Here's a peek at what I'm getting

Here is a little video of one of the deaf students whom I've helped with commenting during the Watchtower study. He's a great student but his real love is participation during the meetings.

I knew this camera with no audio would come in handy somewhere.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Memorial Memories

We had a fabulous memorial this year. 40 in attendance and 10 of them deaf. I wanted to post some pictures of the people that support the group and have made me feel so at home while serving in Nicaragua. Jennifer pictured with me was the first person that I preached with in Sign last year. Most of my studies used to study with her at some time.
Ezekiel pictured with his wife gave the talk this year in LSN and did a fantastic job. He used a projector to show pictures during the talk and it was very well done. His mother in law is who I stayed with last year when I was visiting. Their family are my Nica family here. They are supportive in service and they do a lot of the interpreting at our meetings. I'm learning a lot from them.

Wesley and Leslie are pictured with their young bible study Ch
ristopher that got lost but stayed for the following memorial talk it was interpreted for him. I interpreted the prayers for him. (Ahhhh!)

The last picture here is of a kind sister that is a great interpreter and wonderful support to the deaf she's standing between a regular bible student who attends the meetings, Peter and our young deaf publisher Angelina. She and I have plans to work together on S
unday and she's full of laughs and great questions.

We just got th
e announcement that we will have a Zone visit with Brother Gerrit Losch. I'm so excited I hope I get to go, it's by special invitation but he is the same brother that gave some of our fabulous talks in Berlin last year.