(ESV) For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.
Our day in Nicaragua
My name is Micah Slaga, I am here in Nicaragua with my father and my brother Jack. I am 15 years old.
Today started off with prayer and breakfast. Then we started work at Casa de Shelly. First we started work on a wall for the rabbit pens, and then we cleared a field of leaves and branches. It was hard work and it was very hot. I drank a lot of water.
We then stopped, cleaned up and had lunch. Lunch was very good, I had three chimichangas. Then I played checkers with lots of people, including the local doctor. The doctor beat me many times in checkers because he was very good.
At 1pm, we left for the village Palo Grande, which was far away. We drove past San Francisco that we had visited yesterday. I saw some of the kids that I played with and spent time with yesterday. They were very happy to see us again, even though we only drove by.
When we arrived at village Palo Grande, I began playing Frisbee with some of the kids. I think they were between eight and sixteen. We played for a while, until they called that the food was ready.
We fed the village, and once again we had just enough. After we finished filling bowls, we got back on the truck and headed back to Somatillo. On the way back, we gave out the rest of our clothing, candy, toys and flip flops to the kids and people that were waiting on the sides of the road as we drove by. People waved back and were very happy that we were giving them things that we would perhaps consider everyday items. I was glad to be a part of the giving.
We arrived back at Casa de Shelly, relaxed for a bit then ate dinner.
This trip has been a very fun and lifelong experience. It will definitely change the way I think about things once I return home.
Thank you for reading about my day in Nicaragua. If you haven’t tried something like this before, it will be a great lifelong experience. You should come and try it!
Now I am off to play checkers with someone!
Our day in Nicaragua
My name is Jack Slaga, I am here in Nicaragua with my brother and my dad. I am 11 years old.
Today I got up and had a very good breakfast. Then, headed out to the barn where I helped make rabbit trays. I helped my dad screw in rails to hold the trays, then I helped put the trays together. The wood here is very rough, and not like at home. But they are blessed to have it. It was very hot out today, I drank lots of water.
Then we headed in and cooled off for a little bit before lunch. Lunch was delicious!
In the early afternoon, we drove to a village called San Francisco. No, this was not in the USA. I played games there with lots of kids, like Frisbee and jump rope. The doctor was helping people that were sick. My dad and my brother gave out some candy. Some of the kids didn’t like the fireballs, they kept saying ‘muy picante’ and some spit them out. We also gave out some marbles and had marble races with a swim noodle that was cut in half. It was neat to see the smiles and happy kids.
After this I helped stir the soup while my dad spooned it into bowls. There were a lot of people in line. We had the perfect amount, because God provided just enough. Seeing them smiling to have the soup really makes me think differently about what I eat at home.
It began to rain, so we had to leave a little early. We handed out candy on the way out. There were so many who were hoping to get something, and we had just enough again. God is so good. Then we arrived back at the Casa De Shelly.
Thank you for reading my story, I hope you will think about coming here like I did. It is even better with your dad (and brother).
Our day in Nicaragua
My name is Matt Slaga, I am here again with my two sons, Micah and Jack. As a father, it is truly amazing to see your children step out in faith and work in the mission field.
Today we spent time at Corazon de Jesus School. The school is roughly 15 feet by 25 feet with a dirt floor. A green chalkboard leans against the wall inside, and 25 eager children were awaiting our arrival sitting quietly in their chairs. Even after we arrived, the children were still waiting obediently for instructions from their teacher. This to me truly showed the teaching and leadership abilities of the teachers, who do so much with so little.
Our first activity with the kids was a puppet show. The puppets sang for the children, followed by a short skit about the love of Jesus, and how he loves us unconditionally. After we cleared the front, a message about salvation using a toy bear was presented. Many children raised their hands to accept Jesus into their hearts, which was a truly uplifting experience. We then spent time with the kids and passed out small toys and some candy. To see the smiles on the children’s faces was such a gratifying experience. Jesus speaks truthfully when he says ‘It is better to give than to receive’.
It has been amazing to watch my children interact with other children on the mission field. The kids where we go are naturally drawn to others their own age, and they have been able to share the love and joy of Jesus, which for me, as a parent is so worthwhile.
Once again, if you have not experienced the mission field by yourself or with your children, I entreat you to try it just once.
Our day in Nicaragua
My name is Matt Slaga, I am here with my two sons, Micah and Jack. It is truly amazing to participate in the missionary field with your children, for me it has been a life changing experience and I’d only been here three days!
This day started with a devotion, a wonderful word about being a missionary, then followed by breakfast. Then a hard half days’ work in the fields replanting corn and cleaning up a field. My sons and I then practiced a salvation message puppet show that we were to perform later in the day in La Careta. A bountiful lunch followed, then we loaded up in the truck and headed to La Careta.
It’s amazing to see the children here and the smiles we are rewarded with when we toss candy from the truck. In some cases, we toss a bag of rice. On one instance, a handful of candy and a bag of rice were thrown to a teenage boy and girl in front of their house. The boy immediately picked up the bag of rice (ignoring the candy for the time being), kissed it, waved it to us and then went about picking up the candy. That to me really showed gratefulness from the boy, but also the priority. At home, I would bet that the bag of rice would remain on the ground ignored while the candy would disappear in seconds.
At La Careta, my children and I used some markers and drew flowers, fish, crosses and more on the children’s arms. Shortly after, we performed the puppet show and the salvation message was given. While I’m not completely sure the children fully understood the message, they all raised their hands to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. What an amazing time.
After the message, my sons and I went to the cooking bowl where a stew was being prepared for the village. My sons and I took turns stirring the stew and filling bowls. They smiles and gratitude we were rewarded with were priceless.
We went back to the compound afterwards and took a relaxing afternoon waiting for dinner. It’s really amazing what Donald and Pam are doing here, and the number of lives that are being touched through this ministry. I implore you, that if you haven’t done something like this before, you should try it just once.
May God Bless and provide for you,
Matt, Micah and Jack Slaga