LETS DO THIS
Hey everyone! KJ, Emma, and Carissa here! Today was an awesome day. It was also our hottest day so far, but we’ve been keeping cool and staying hydrated. It’s hard to believe our week is almost over. We’re having a pretty great time. Carissa is going to tell everyone about our day!
Today, we went to El Puma to visit Michael and his family. Some of the team finished painting his house, so it is now very blue, while the others either handed out coloring pages or participated in an intense game of soccer. At first, there weren’t many boys to play soccer with— most of the girls liked coloring better— but they began showing up out of nowhere to play and joined a random team, making it difficult to know who to pass to.
For lunch, we had a very American meal— hamburgers and French fries. We also celebrated the birthday of a man on the other team. There were balloons taped to the ceiling of the dining room and Mama Maria and the other cooks made cupcake-style brownies for everyone. There’s a bet going right now to see if anyone will get the privilege of carrying out a birthday custom from down here for him— cracking a raw egg on his head and dumping a cup of flour over him.
After lunch, we rode out to another village. It took a while for people to arrive, but then we were busy playing football and soccer, blowing bubbles, painting flowers and cats and butterflies on hands and faces, and handing out medicine. KJ, Emma, and I then got to meet a family making tortillas for dinner. It was interesting to watch them flatten the dough, let it fry, and then add it to a large stack that was all for tonight. Tomorrow they will be getting up at 3 in the morning to make more tortillas for their breakfast! I also got to help ladle food into the containers— which ranged from plates and bowls to pitchers and buckets— of the kids, mothers, and grandmothers who lined up to get some of the stew we cooked. It was humbling to see them get so excited over a scoop of stew, when we have so much food at home.
We’ll see you tomorrow with another update! Everyone has finally pooped…so thank you for your prayers. Tomorrow we have a 2.5 hour hike to a village. On Friday, some people will be laying a foundation for a brand new home in Las Portillas. A pastor has lived there for many years, but we just saw photos today of what used to be his house. It was completely wiped out in wind storm. The end of our week is shaping up to be a lot of fun…with some hard work mixed in.
Hola! This is Noah Doody. Yesterday we painted Michael’s house. So our work today was pouring the cement for the floor of the house. Every bag of cement was mixed with 12 buckets of gravel and 2 buckets of water. We had around 11 guys all working together to lay the cement down. Even some of the local kids came over and helped with the process. It took us about 2.5 hours to complete the flooring. It would have not been possible to do it in that short amount of time without the help of the local men and boys. It was really awesome to see the joy on Michael’s face after we had finished. He truly cherished the help we gave him and the house that we helped build. After laying the cement we took a short drive down the road to see where Michael lives currently. He followed us on his bike. When we pulled off the road it was amazing to see the literal shack Michael and his family live in. Tin sheets and plywood made his walls and roof. It was just so incredible to be apart of building Michael’s new house and to see how much of a blessing we could be on his life.
Buenas noches; this is Brynne Dillingham here to fill you in on the work that the women did for the morning. After breakfast, we went to the village of El Larado. Like yesterday, we interacted mostly with the children, except this time we worked at a church. We played games with them, sang worship songs in both Spanish and English, then concluded with singing the "Monkey Song, one that neither I nor many of the other American people knew but we could obviously see the kids LOVED it. After this, the kids exited the church and on their way out we gave them each a gift of clothing, in which they appreciated more than anything. Concluding our time with the villagers, we played outside games such as soccer, blowing bubbles, and tossing around a beach ball.
After we returned back to Casa de Shelly to refuel with some lunch, we headed back out to a village called El Ojoche together as one team. Similar to yesterday, we were able to provide the community with a large pot of chicken and rice soup and spent lots of time loving on the families there. We played American football, painted lots of tiny fingernails, colored in color books and did some face painting. Towards the end of our time in the village, some of the students acted out the story of David and Goliath, a story that few had heard. I think they got a kick out of seeing Katriel throw a "stone" (tennis ball) straight to the forehead of our "Goliath" sending him down to the ground.
It was another beautiful day in Nicaragua. Continue to pray for us as some of our students head to the radio station tomorrow to share their testimonies and lead us in a time of worship.
¡Hola from Nicaragua!
Hey everyone. KJ and Emma here for our first blog update during our second trip! We arrived in Somotillo, Nicaragua Sunday afternoon along with all 500 lbs. of our donations. By dinner time we were settled in and acquainted with the other team from Lynchburg + Huddleston VA. We are getting along great with them! We were pretty wiped, so we all slept really well last night.
After waking up at 6am we had devotions and then an amazing breakfast prepared by Mama Maria and her kitchen staff. A couple of team members from the other crew went to the radio station to share their testimonies as well as lead everyone in a few songs of worship over the airwaves. Once they got back to Casa De Shelly we split up for our morning projects. The men went into a local community to help a man named Michael build his house. They painted the exterior cinderblock walls and also put up some trim. Michael told us to pray for his mom, Bertha, who just had her appendix taken out 5 days ago. I (KJ) had the opportunity to go visit her home to pray for her. I rode on a motorcycle for the first time ever. It was awesome! Continue to pray for our team to have opportunities to share the Gospel and pray for/with those we get to meet!
The women went to Pascuala and taught children the story of Daniel and the lions den and also made lion hand puppets out of brown paper lunch bags and construction paper. The kids loved it! The women spent the rest of their time playing games with the kids. Then it was time to meet back at Casa De Shelly.
After lunch we went to our first village of the week called La Flor. There we cooked a giant pot of a fortified chicken and rice soup, gave 150 lbs. of donations to the local pastor, and set up a medical clinic for the community. We also played sports, braided hair, and painted nails.
Each day we share ‘God moments’ with the rest of the team. These are times throughout the day where you witnessed the Lord moving through a person or experience. We are encouraged to share a verse that goes along with it. This helps us to see how can be applied to our everyday lives. It is inspiring to hear how the entire team noticed Jesus throughout the day.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The students are having a blast. We can’t wait to share more great stories with you as the week goes on.
Ephesians 6:7English Standard Version (ESV)
7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
What an awesome day here in Somotillo with our team from Birmingham AL and Pensacola FL. This morning we had a medical team working in the clinic with 4 Dr’s and a full support staff, one team worked on a new house that we are building in Puma and the third team was teaching English at the Baptist Church. Lots of lives being touch for the GLORY of GOD.
This afternoon the team did village ministry and presented the Gospel message along with a hot meal. Before the team left to return to Somotillo they handed out 428 meal…..TO GOD BE THE GLORY
The morning started off great as Zach and Kyle led the morning devotion. Eight missionaries went to the radio station to sing and share their testimonies. After we got back, the girls went door to door in the barrio of La Barrera. They shared their personal stories, invited them to church (Principe de Paz Baptist Church), and handed out clothes, toys, and food. Half of the boys went to the river bed and loaded the truck with sand that they will use to make concrete… the other half dug up three inches of the ground under the carport in order for the BWCM bus to fit. After lunch, we went to the village of Jinocuao where we served stew, played games with the children, painted nails, made balloon animals, played soccer/volleyball and shared the Gospel using the eBall. Before we left, we passed out dresses made out of pillowcases for the young girls and gave globe balls to the boys. Continue to pray for strength and boldness to share the Gospel to all we connect with. We love you.
Praise the Lord, our Broadcast Nicaragua team has hit the ground running. Yesterday, when we arrived at Casa de Shelly, we visited the village of Esperanza and had a great time ministering to them. We had an incredible night during our God Moment time as the whole team shared their God Moment. Today we had an awesome full day of ministry. The guys went to the San Cristabol Volcano and loaded up a truckload of dirt for a construction project at the Casa de Shelly. Our ladies visited Laredo School. We had a great time with the kids singing songs and playing games with them. We also did a bible story skit and they colored a picture about the bible story. This afternoon we visited the village of Mata de Cana. We played soccer, threw frisbee, and served the stew to the villagers. Our highlight was the skit of Daniel and the lions den that our students acted out.
Please continue to pray for our team as we go and serve the people of Nicaragua.
We love you!
Broadcast Nicaragua Team
This has been an amazing week of ministry here in Nicaragua that is coming to an end, or somewhat coming to an end. We have been blessed to do so much ministry with the Nicaraguan people but there is so much ministry to do when we come home. There is much ministry to do as our three team head back to the states and ministry planning for these teams as they prepare to come back on trips on a later date. If there is a theme this week for these three teams I do believe it would be gratitude. Gratitude to work together, serve together, partner together, and gratitude for all God has allowed us to see Him do. Our hearts are full as we begin the process of coming home and we cannot wait to see how God is going to take what He has done in each individual’s heart and transfer it within our homes, churches, and home towns. To God be the glory!
This morning the whole team went to El Puma village. The men loaded a truck of sand for the house they are working on for Michael. They broke up into two groups. While one group of men would shovel the sand into buckets. The other would take the buckets and carry them up the bank of the river to load the truck. Once arriving to the house site the men continued to help dig the footers for the house.
The women visited the outdoor school in El Puma. They did skits, sang songs, and handed out visors /masks for the children. We were able to hand out pillow case dresses and T-shirts to the girls and boys. All the girls loved them so they put the dresses on and all the women got to see them and take pictures of them.
In the afternoon we went to the village Cayanlipe and witnessed the most children seen by the doctor Don and Pam have ever seen at one time in 16 years of ministry! 88 in total! We also were blessed to see a number of adults receive Christ as we shared the Gospel. How blessed! Many of the kids gathered today in the village once we all arrived. The children made the men look silly while we tried to keep up with them in basketball and soccer. While the women painted fingernails, jumped rope, blew bubbles, and braided the little girls hair. During the time we were there we were able to feed the village.
Good evening everyone! We just wanted to give y’all a quick update on what is going on down here so far. We have gone into two villages and church with Don, Pam, and the team already. The people down here are so caring, loving, genuine, and hopeful. The Lord continues to work down here, and today, the men on the team started to prepare a piece of land to build a house for a member at the local church.
The women were able to visit El Puma Baptist School providing gifts and love. This is a huge blessing to his family because the home they are currently living in is in shambles, and they do not have enough space for their family. We are reminded that God is the ultimate provider as the scripture says in Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Also, Doctor Carolina came out with us to Las Mesas and was able to see over 50 mothers and their children, we handed out their prescription medicine as well as bags of rice and toiletries. Our team was also able to feed over two hundred people and some even had seconds! We praise God for allowing us to serve at the school and the village today and we pray that we had an impact in their hearts.