Wednesday, December 18, 2013

COUNTING THE COST: Where do you buy your food?

Like most countries, Nicaragua has a variety of grocery shopping options and I'll try to cover them in more detail than I have in the past.


Here's what you need to know about buying food here: 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Need-Greaters Share Your Experiences Online Your Way

Choosing a place to post your pictures is a personal decision. Not everyone is fond of the very public viewing of their posts and photos on a blog like this one. Even though we all know there is no such thing as private, there are some sites that are designed to be more public than others. Let's talk about just a few. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Missionary's Life: People of all nations, tribes and tongues...

I love translation news. Here's a great post from Linka's blog on the translation department in Guinea, Africa.

A Missionary's Life: People of all nations, tribes and tongues...: It's the middle of July and the heat is stifling.  Peter and I have just taken a 30 hour taxi ride to the capital of Guinea in or...

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Friday, December 6, 2013

COUNTING THE COST: A Place to Stay

Are you looking for a place to stay?


When you're going to a foreign country for any amount of time the hardest thing is trying to find a place to stay. The length of your stay will determine the amount of stress that you have so let's get right into this. 

I'm going to divide this into length of time, budget, and size of family. These are averages based on Granada since most people are looking to go there. Since they are one of the most expensive you can't go wrong in your budgeting if you're a little high on this number.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

COUNTING THE COST: A Series

*Keep track of the dates people, things change here so if you see this a year from now remind me to update it ;-)

I couldn't fit everything in one post the way I wanted to, so I decided to break it down into a series of posts all with the main title COUNTING THE COST. Everyone has different needs and different expectations so I thought we'd take each theme and break it down so that it's a little more comprehensive. 

The second most asked question I get is how much does it cost or how much should I save up to come down. 

I'll be honest and straight with you. I HAVE NO IDEA. It depends on what kind of trip you're planning. A person who's moving here to serve for several years is looking for something very different than a family coming for two weeks. Some people are here to preach, play or just visit with friends. That being said let me try to at least point you in the 'ballpark' of what you can expect.

If you're serious about coming to Nicaragua and there's something you'd like to see feel free to comment below. All previous comments from other posts are already being included for those who've been following my blog for awhile. 

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Welcome to Nindiri!

We have settled in to our new home in Nindiri! I know this post has been a long time coming but I wanted to be able to tell you the truth when I say: I LOVE IT!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Offering Ourselves Willingly - In Thailand: In the Land of Smiles

Offering Ourselves Willingly - In Thailand: In the Land of Smiles: Hey everybody! I have things to write, but no time to write them! Will update for real soon. But I DO have something for you.  ...

Here's a new friend I found with great videos of Thailand.

*Andrea this one's for you. May Jehovah bring you some great experience while you're there.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Online Interpreter Job Wanted


Found this online and I thought: 
 "Oh please oh please I wish that was me interpreting on Google's Hangouts."
 But down here the internet speed is still a few years behind the rest of you and at what we pay, it's still doesn't have an upload speed that could sustain interpreting yet. Someday...but until then what kind of work can a person do living away from the country of their birth?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cesar & Eli





I've been dragging my feet making this post because it was one of the hardest to write. The fact is that these are friends that were once pillars in Nicaraguan sign language and have now been reassigned to serve where the need is much greater in Guatemala. Here is just a little bit about where they've been and where they're going.

Stats:
Married 20 years
11 years as missionaries in Nicaragua
Baptized 30 and 28 yrs respectively
Assigned to Masaya congregation in 2005

Where they're going:
Smaller than Masaya and rural.
18 publishers one other elder.
10 Celsius much colder than here in Nicaragua
Plans: Invited to school for married couples in Guatemala  
Goals: to learn new language and culture (K’iche’ or Quiché)

Hardest thing about moving to Nicaragua was being far from family.
The easiest things to adjust to had been the climate and language.

* They'll be missed of course, but we wish them well in their new assignment. May Jehovah continue to bless them.




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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We've Got Something New!

Something that a lot of people don't realize is that when you're serving in a foreign language assignment, you're only organizational changes come from the Branch or even language you're serving under. So let's say you're from the U.S. but serving under Mexico Branch in Chinese. The things that are relevant to your current congregation is dependent on Mexico Branch not the U.S. Branch.

Put simply: when you're serving under different Branches or in foreign language you don't always get the same goodies at the same time.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Last Day To Download For FREE His Brother's Wife by Mary Ellen Boyd



This is the last day, September 13th, to download for FREE His Brother's Wife by my friend and author Mary Ellen Boyd. The book is available for download through Amazon.








It is the second in a series called The Day of The Judges that takes place in a small village of Israelites during Biblical times. You don't have to read the books in order to understand what's going on or enjoy them. This latest installment, will have you on the edge of your seat.

Don't believe me? Download it for yourself.

If you do, please be kind and leave a review where it counts. The book didn't cost you anything so what's wrong with logging on to Goodreads or Amazon and leaving your thoughts?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Overcoming Challenges to Attend the English District Convention El Salvador


There are always challenges to

trying to do something spiritual and good. Those of us who are Jehovah's Witnesses know this and are very familiar with the various 'tactics' that have been tried to prevent us from doing what we can for Jehovah.

Here are just one that the friends overcame to attend the convention:

Monday, September 9, 2013

El Salvador English District Convention



We met so many fabulous people on this trip. The local brothers viewed our visit as an "International." They gave us gifts and were warm and welcoming. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

El Salvador Full Of Surprises

2013 Convention Theme
Four countries in Central America belong to this English District: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This was my first year attending and it was full of drama. I'm not talking about the program. *NO SPOILERS*

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What Need-Greaters Need To Know About Getting Part-Time Work Abroad

What kind of work can I get?

This question is asked by so many of us at different times it's hard to even write this post. Living in a country where you don't have a work visa can be tough. Even with a work visa you may not get the kind of work you're looking for. For example there's no point in worrying about a work visa if you only make 5 dollars in 8 hours. Need-greaters all over the world are looking for part-time work that will sustain them in the field as long as possible without returning to their home country for extended periods time.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Declarando Las Buenas Nuevas: You Know You're A Need-Greater When...

Check out Jonathon's new blog post for fellow need-greaters. I couldn't stop laughing.

Declarando Las Buenas Nuevas: You Know You're A Need-Greater When...: Our family's mid-day routine is that after lunch we clean the kitchen together before enjoying a brief siesta. This afternoon while pack...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: HONDA POWER

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: HONDA POWER: Well, I just found out the sale on my car didn't go through, so I thought it couldn't hurt to post an ad for it here and maybe betwe...



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Leaving Granada

After much prayerful consideration. I am officially leaving Granada to go live in another town. I sort of thought that if I left Granada it would be to return to the States but as it turns out another home presented itself and my current roommate and I decided to take a leap of faith and move out of the city. 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nicaragua's First Sign Language Pioneer School

Nicaragua LSN 2013
Did you miss me? I hope so. Where have I been? Well, I think the title gives it away. I was in school and making history at the same time.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Help Me Win My Mom A Kindle

What you can do to help me:
1. Watch the video below (52s) *not required but it helps.*
2. "Like" it by clicking on the thumbs up symbol.
3. You can also "share it" if you want. *not required

That's it!


This is my world view and what I do in the in-between.
My contest entry for Jeff Goins book launch "The In-Between"

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Spanish Pioneer School Granada

This year for pioneer school in Granada I helped out by being a meal server, almost everyday. The food was prepared by a brother who did all the major cooking and, with the help of a few sisters, managed noon meals for about 40 people.

It was an undertaking. The nice thing about being behind the scenes is you get to see how things are "really" done here in Nicaragua.

I included a few videos so you can get the idea of what went into this project.


Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm Sick and I Want My Mommy!

I have to tell you something: my roommate is sick. One of the worst things that people who leave home figure out fairly early is that when you're sick. You want one person and one person to take care of you while you're sick (i.e. MOM) and they aren't there.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nails Nails Nails

My New Addiction


This is unrelated to anything else on my site but I had to share just because for me it's a big deal. It reminds of when I moved to Florida and learned how to buy shoes ;-)

The thing is as an interpreter you can't go crazy with your nails for obvious reasons so having a french is the most you can ask for at the salon. But now that I'm in Nicaragua most of the time I can take the time to experiment with color here is the result. Lots of new polish, a ton of cotton balls and a steady run for acetone.

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Author Interview

My very good friend and 'spiritual' sister wrote a book. Yeah, just like that, she wrote a book and as it turns out it's good stuff. If you're looking for fictional story with an accurate biblical backdrop, check it out. 

Here is her first ever interview:
My Friend's Book Interview


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Monday, June 10, 2013

I Found My Bliss

In Central America you learn to live without some of the modern conveniences. For example indoor bathrooms (a privilege not a right). Hot showers, (something from a dream of times past). Air conditioning, well, I usually don't like to talk about that one, but today I had the most amazing experience.

After a long morning of walking on hot, dusty roads and then shopping for veggies in a wet market I boarded a bus home. I had to jump to get on almost falling on my riding companions as the bus lurched forward. I plopped down with my purchases thrown onto my lap, only to discover cold air blowing on my face and neck. The ENTIRE bus was blissfully air conditioned. The blowers were strong and constant from Masaya to Granada and I almost fell asleep from the contentment forgetting to pay my fare. 

Some days it's just like that. The simple things we used to take for granted are the treats we get when we're here.

What is one modern convenience you've had to live without and survived? Leave your comments below.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meet Jess

Jessica Aguilera is currently back in the states but we hope will be back to Nicaragua soon. Here is her interview. 


Thursday, May 30, 2013

SHOES SHOES SHOES

Okay, I have to admit something to you. I'm kind of a shoe addict. It's a relatively new thing in my life. I'm the kid who didn't care about my shoes much unless they were purple ;-) Things have changed. Shoes have become my favorite accessory. Living in Nicaragua though my shoe collection has taken on a new look and feel. I have fewer shoes with heels and a lot more shoes based on comfort for those long walks in service.

Something you should know about living in a Central America you're going to go to assemblies and see some fabulous shoes but your service shoes are what really matter. Too many people come down here and don't pay enough attention to the fact that they will be walking in their shoes for five hours or more a day. 

This post is about what kind of shoes we wear and I included pictures so that you can go to the store and try them out yourself before you come down.

The first is a shoe that a missionary sister I know likes to use. She wears my size so I did try them on and they felt great but by the time I tried to get them, they were sold out. They looked a lot like the ones below.







This is my first pair of Privos a Clark brand. They've been with me for three years and despite a few worn spots they are still a fantastic investment. I liked them so much in fact I bought another pair last year. 



There was one name that kept coming up, over and over again in shoes...Crocs. I know! Right? I've resisted and fought and tried to deny it but...I finally broke down and well, they're one of the best shoes I ever felt on my feet. We're currently in the rainy season here and these shoes are as light as air and easy to clean, so I bought two pairs. Here are the styles that I settled on.


 


So to all the people that I said I would NEVER buy them and that I hated all of them. Well, obviously, I've changed my opinion. Now, I'm the one telling you, TRY THEM! You might be just as surprised as me.  

You may have noticed that these shoes are not going to win any beauty contests, but in the how well they do on a long day in service, these shoes rate a solid 10!

What kind of shoes do you recommend? What do you think of my suggestions? Feel free to comment below.

Thinking of coming to Nicaragua for preaching check out my other tips here.


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Monday, May 6, 2013

Granada English congregation has been working with a stand at the local grocery store and other locations in Granada trying to reach those who speak English in the area. Here is what the display looks like.

If you want to see it for yourself you should come down here and check it out.

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Here's me standing by the display.
A close up of the display.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mango Season Coming To An End

It's a sad time in Nicaragua when mango season ends. I don't like to think about it but I figured I better post this ahead of time because, when it happens I'll be too sad to post this.

In memory of all my lovely mangos from this year...




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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

El Gran Sultana

My friend's dad just opened a new restaurant! It's called El Gran Sultana! Granada is often called el Gran Sultana so it fits for the location. We liked the food a lot. It's a 'date' place = meaning the prices are on the high side but the presentation and food were fabulous.



Dad is the owner of the restaurant.





Shrimp with a chef made alfredo & vino sauce.

Appetizer platter

Hamburgers for the kids.

Shrimp Cerviche




Monday, April 22, 2013

RIT Comes to Nicaragua

When you're preaching here to the deaf you need to know that the sign language differs a bit from ASL, as does the culture. You get used to speaking a certain way about being one of Jehovah's Witnesses and you're comfort level adapts to the people you speak to.

In the states, I admittedly was sometimes shy about talking to the deaf that I met about my beliefs. I don't like mixing my business with my business. So, I wasn't in the habit of leading with my volunteer activities, but all that's changed now. Take a look at these fine folks I met visiting on spring break here in Nicaragua from RIT.


I can't tell you how exciting it was to socialize with these educated deaf from the states as they met the deaf that I work with here in Granada. They asked a lot of the same questions that I asked when I first arrived. Best of all I had a chance to share my faith with them. What a fun experience. They did everything that Nicaragua has to offer in a about a week all on their own. Reminded me of the potential the deaf have here and it got me excited all over again about the work I'm doing here. Unconvinced? Come down and see for yourself!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MEMORIAL 2013

I can't believe how late I am getting this out there. So here's the highlights.

Total Attendance: 57
Deaf: 30

+Nandaime/Malacatoya (our territories) = 5 deaf




My current pioneer partner and four studies


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

To Motorcycle or No?

For all those wondering if I'm going to get a motorcycle, here is a partial answer.

I've always wanted another bike but wasn't sure about getting one down here for two reasons. 

  1. It's been a while since I've ridden.
  2. I live on the second floor and we don't have a lot of space in the entry.

Well, that last one isn't true anymore as you can see from the picture below. It fits!



No it's not mine but at least now I know.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Step Over Into Nicaragua: Nicaraguan Sign Language

Check out this great post by one of our brothers visiting in the Chinandega Sign Language congregation. 
Great plug for us. If you're not convinced check out this great picture straight from the blog.



Step Over Into Nicaragua: Nicaraguan Sign Language: Hey everyone, Yesterday, I got the chance to go out witnessing in the Nicaraguan Sign Language congregation with my good friend and neighbor...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Welcome to my adventure!: Welcome to Nicaragua...

During the last couple of weeks we've been knee-deep in the campaign. You're probably wondering what it's been like down here. Well, I've been so busy, no time to write. So here is a post from my new pioneer partner for the last couple of months...enjoy!

Welcome to my adventure!: Welcome to Nicaragua...: Here is a synopsis of last week...in a nutshell. Here is a picture of where we went in our Memorial Campaign on Wednesday. Surprising enou...

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Friday, March 15, 2013

San Marcos & Poolside


Object in picture is actually bigger than it appears. Met this loud fellow outside of Jim & Kelly's place in San Marcos. He was a bit insistant about coming in and joining us for dinner but we shut the door on that dream.  It was nice to get out of the city and the noise of traffic to the beautiful and quite noisy sound of nature. It was a cool too, for a change. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Meet Dillenis

A Need Greater from Puerto Rico she's currently serving in Masaya.


Here's how she answered the 5 questions:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meet Shawn

Shawn is a fellow need-greater and also my roommate see how she answers the 5 questions below:

Monday, February 18, 2013

How Do You Preach To The Deaf?

Here is the way I used to preach to the deaf here in Nicaragua.


Here is the way I preach to the deaf now in Nicaragua!




Here's what they look like side by side (:
 

Tell me what you think below and let me know what works for you in deaf territories.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Meet Andrea

Here is a new 5 question interview with the newest member of Masaya Sign Language here in Nicaragua. See what she has to say below.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Help Wanted *Update

This lovely couple answered the ad I posted back in 2011. They've been here just a few months but have already been a major help to the friends down here. 

See their 5 question interview below:

Kelly & Jim

Monday, January 28, 2013

Who Should Come to Nicaragua?

Older Ones

Coming to Nicaragua as an older person might seem a bit scary,  especially if you don't know Spanish. Don't let that stop you. Most people living here over the age of 60 are retired and doing just fine. Meds are cheap here and other health care options available.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nicaragua - People and places: The 46 Places to Go in 2013 - Nicaragua is #3 - NY...

For those of you who were wondering why Nicaragua? Well, here it is, according to the NY Times!


Nicaragua - People and places: The 46 Places to Go in 2013 - Nicaragua is #3 - NY...: From Evernote: The 46 Places to Go in 2013 - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com Clipped from: http://www.nytimes.com/...


Oswaldo Rivas for The New York Times
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Eco-Lodge.
If the name Oliver North means anything to you, there's a good chance that Nicaragua doesn't jump to your mind when you think of a relaxing, high-end, spa-filled vacation. For the past 30 years, the country has been fighting its image as a land of guerrilla warfare and covert arms deals. At first, only travel writers took note; over the past several years, various publications have declared the country the next great destination. However, if the booming eco-lodge business is any indication, Nicaragua's moment might finally have arrived. In and around the coastal towns of San Juan del Sur and Maderas, new lodges like the Aqua Wellness Resort, the high-end (and soon-to-open) Mukul Resort and Jicaro Island Eco-Lodgeare cropping up near old-time eco-lodges, like Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Eco-Lodge. The food scene is getting a high-end makeover as well, with top chefs opening restaurants. The most exciting ones — El Segundo, La Casserole, Ciudad Lounge and La Finca y El Mar — are proof that Nicaragua is becoming an impressive food destination in its own right.  — Danielle Pergament



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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Most Common Questions

Is Nicaragua dangerous?

Yes! Just like anyplace else in this world where people are imperfect. Take the same precautions here as you would if visiting any other big city in the country of your birth.

Do they have internet and phones?

Yes they do. That is how I'm able to stay in such constant contact with you. No we're not on the same network provider but the services are available here.

Do the stray dogs on the street bite?

No. I can say for certain that they don't bite because they won't get anywhere near you. They have a morbid fear of man for good reason. They won't bother you even if they're travelling in packs. The dogs you should look out for are the ones that have no fear because they were raised by humans who don't know the first thing about training a dog. These beasties usually have already bitten their masters so what's one more bite to them?

Monday, January 14, 2013

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: CALLING POTENTIAL NEED GREATERS

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: CALLING POTENTIAL NEED GREATERS: Can you imagine this being your need-great territory?  San Juan del Sur calling.... Some of the sights you'll see if you choose t...



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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A New Feature!


I'm so excited about revitalizing my blog with a section of pages that I'm not getting any sleep while I type this:

I got an email today. Probably about the 50th in the last 3 years asking me about what to bring to Nicaragua when they come to preach. It dawned on me...yeah, I'm a bit slow sometimes, that after all the time I've been living here, I could put everything I know together and have a place to send people when they have those little questions that need answering.


The ones that start with, "Is it true that...?" Or "Should I bring....?" "This might be a dumb question but...?"