Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SHINE BRIGHTLY IN A DARK WORLD


"My soul thirst for God, the living God." Psalm 42:2

                                                                
   "Those who look to him are radiant." Psalm 34:5


COME...as we continue our missionary journey in Nicaragua.



This past week the Emanuel Home of Protection, a home for abused young girls, welcomed the Bowlegs FBC mission team to it's compound.  Two families, and their side kick, (Daniel, we love you) made up this team who came to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. They arrived with suitcases in hand meeting the urgent need for under garments for the girls in the home, as well as outer clothing and gifts for the girls of warmth and comfort you cannot put a price tag on.



The moment the team arrived they began their five day marathon to fulfill the purpose God had sent them here to do..


We started with a trip to the Mercado ( you know, my favorite place to shop) to purchase the supplies needed to feed the hungry elderly. The less fortunate elderly here in Diriamba have no other means for food, clothing or medicine other than begging on the streets. The team purchased extra rice for the comedor dinning hall, Daniel and Mickey, carried the 50 pound sacks of rice on their shoulders as we continued our search for pineapple at the Mercado.


Diriamba market


Back at the home, the team began to prepare the food for Thursdays lunch at the Comedor "La Purisima".  They did not have to work to hard, Lucia, their special cook and care giver during their stay, had already prepared much of the food needed for the comedor meal.

Great team effort
Day two of the marathon, we served 47 persons and gave away every grain of rice we had. The Lord was in our midst, as Oscar led one soul to Christ. We also, handed out faith tracts and coins with scriptures on them, a dear Christian brother had donated, and we gave away lots of hugs. 

exercise time


Prayer for the meal



                                                                                                                                                               
A short trip to the coffee house, which they found refreshing,

 
then back to the mercado, for the team found out about another need the home had to find some much needed sweatshirts and tennis shoes.  Our staff at the home was so taken with this team, they asked to have a meeting with them.  Many tears were shed during the meeting by both the staff at Emanuel Home of Protection, and The Bowlegs team, as each gave thanks to the other for loving God and these girls.  We do send a Big THANK YOU Bowlegs for your kindness and sacrificial support.

Day three gave us time to get some work done, as Rodney repaired the door knob, fed Natalie, and oh, did I forget to mention the trips to the schools, either taking or picking up children.

Jessica and I were able to do the physical therapy on for the special needs girls, while Rodney, with the help of his son, did the interaction activities with special needs girls and fed them.  
Therapy for Reyna

I do better with the food in my mouth




This is the season for running noses, coughs, and cranky babies, so the team was kept busy soothing the crying little ones. Lots of holding and rocking going on for four days by the girls and guys on this team, we appreciate you all so much.
 
We were so blessed to have these young men sharing the love of Christ and setting the example of Godly men to our young girls.
 
Day four, and we are off to the beach for some sun and fun.  The waves were high and rough but that did not stop this team from showing the girls a great time of fun and fellowship, even our director got in on the fun.  Ivania had a wonderful time, they even got her to ride a horse on the beach.  It was a beautiful day with some beautiful people.
 
Day five, came to soon...our hearts are heavy to see the team leave for home, but rejoice in the knowing they will return should the Lord tarry another year.
Many lives were changed here in Nicaragua by a Godly team on fire for the Lord Jesus.
We may never know exactly who's life or when, where or how it changed, but God knows.
Thank you Holy Father for sending us your faithful.
 
Since their departure, another mission team, Norris Ferry, blessed us with ice cream, jewelry making, color pages and a great soccer game. Sorry Norris Ferry for your lose, the score, 10-4.  The Gringos did not stand a chance, we look forward to the next match.
 
God is moving here in Nica, we have had interest from State side churches and individuals that would like to help fund the feeding of the elderly street people and purchase medicine for them as well as desires to support the rescue of the girls being abused and brought to Emanuel Home of Protection.
 
Should God lay this outreach on your heart to shine brightly in a dark world, you can make your tax deductible donations to this ministry by going to bmdmi.org web site.  You will find my name under the missionary section, just follow the prompts.
 
God bless your giving and thank you for your prayers as together we minister in the name of Jesus. 
 
Our Journey continues...
 

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