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Language Barriers Broken

This past summer my church youth group went on a mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua.  It was an incredible experience to say the least.  The majority of the citizens in Nicaragua speak Spanish, so we were all expecting a major language barrier.

We got there late Saturday night and went to a church service that next morning.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  All the songs were in Spanish, so we couldn’t necessarily sing along, but we could still worship our God together in unity. And there was no doubt the presence of the Lord was in that little open aired room.  It was raining and when things would quiet down you could hear the trickling of the rainwater fall on the tin roof. Peace totally surrounded us.  Towards the end of the service they sang a song that we knew in english.  It was “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” and it was truly something I will never forget.  I remember in the midst of the song, I stopped singing to get a better sound on the congregation as a whole, and it was one of the most extraordinary sound I had ever heard. It was the sound of two extremely different languages, that had one meaning and that was worshiping the one true God. So that was the first sign to our crew that language wasn’t going to be as big of an issue as we thought.

That Monday we started working at a children’s camp.  This camp was run by missionaries from America that had moved to Nicaragua to start up this organization called Centro ABEM.

As the kiddos came in, we started to communicate instantly through facial expressions and  hand gestures. We had multiple translators working with us so that if we did need help communicating we had the help close by.  But honestly it was really amazing how God worked through that barrier.  In fact as the week went on our group knew a lot more Spanish and the kids learned lots of english as well.

This experience yet again revealed to me the character of God, that he will use anything and everything to bring glory to himself.

 

 

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Sunshine

I don’t know about some of you, but I know for me a week without sunshine is no fun.  Yes rain is a very good thing, it is necessary for life.  It is essential for all living things.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rainy days that I can curl up with my favorite blanket, Nicaraguan coffee and a good book.  However multiple days of rain in a row tend to affect my moods and my attitude towards things.

The sun FINALLY came out this weekend and it was GLORIOUS!!!  There was a cool breeze and a few clouds to provide some shade every now and then when it started to get a little toasty.  It was like the sun provided energy for my soul.  It lifted my spirits, It made me alive.  The scent in the air took me back to the carefree times of my childhood.

Just like water is essential for a plant to grow so is sunlight.  Without one or the other the plant cannot survive. I am not sure exactly if this post has any point, but that there is a time for everything.  Just as Ecclesiastes 3 states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”

I don’t know whatever “time” you are going through right now, but I encourage you to find strength in the not so fun “times.” Just take a breath and remember this too shall pass. And REMEMBER… give thanks and show blessing in those times to dance for those seem to not come around as often.

God Bless!