Saturday, August 6, 2016

Nicaragua 2016

The full team from our church.
   Wow! What a whirlwind this year's trip to Nicaragua has been! I feel very keenly the emotional weight of all that we did, saw, and experienced during our time in this country that is so near to my heart. Throughout the trip, I saw God's deep, wide, powerful, and overwhelming love. At the same time, I had the privilege to stand on the very front lines of the spiritual battle between sin and salvation and to see the profound effects that sin can have. This trip was definitely one of triumphant highs and deep valleys, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the universe.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Nicaragua 2016: The Wheels on the Bus...

The final NICARAGUA UPDATE: "We are all back in Minnesota, gathering luggage, and getting on the bus soon. Should be back to Calvary around 2 a.m."

Photos below are of Josh doing the last head-count.  Oh, and one of the moms brought/sent snacks...



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Nicaragua 2016: "I Love This Team"

Josh posted:  "I love this team (and those who weren't here for the picture)! After a hard week of ministry, in hot weather, a day of stomach sickness delaying our return, long bumpy bus rides, very long waits in airports, cancelled flights causing another delay, and a night on the floor in the airport, they all managed to smile for a photo from Miami Beach! God is merciful and faithful! Praying we can make everyone of the 5 airplanes that will bring us home tonight!"



Nicaragua 2016: Making "Lemonade"

You know, "when life gives you lemons..."  Well, since they're stuck in Miami until suppertime (or beyond), Josh found a way to get them to the beach.  (I was wondering how many even had swimsuits/towels in their carry-on's.  Even if not, Anna and Ben better at least get their toes in the water - after all, it's THE OCEAN.)