Archive for June, 2012

Once in a while, I get the pleasure of getting to stay in touch with some of the youth I’d met @ La Quinta Esperanza.  This week I was blessed to hear from Justo, who finally found my missions page, and I was able to talk for a few minutes with Dary, who is now studying for pharmacology.  (Justo is in the first photo.)

Children’s Day Celebration @ La Quinta Esperanza

Dary & Desire @ La Quinta

More often, I’ve been able to stay in closer touch with both Carlos and Dary’s sister Desire. Desire is studying psychology and honestly, I’ve forgotten Carlos’s subject! He is, as of the last I heard, working at the Missions House. He also helps with things at Nueva Vida a few short blocks from there. Nueva Vida has become a huge part of Lynne and Glenn’s ministry.  

Carlos with my Amanda

Recently, I’ve also gotten to chat a bit with Carlos’s sister Perla. Perlas is in ministry schooling/training in Managua. I’ll tell you more about these beautiful young people later on.  🙂

Perla and I, 2 years ago. She went along through the local barrio as our interpreter and guide!

I love being able to keep in contact with these young people. It broke my heart into a gazillion pieces to leave that first visit. I’d spent most of my time in Nica at Esperanza, so I was able to see them almost every day. Their smiles and love have forever captured my heart. And their oft asked question “when are you coming back?” has been the overriding catalyst for my return. 

Watch out when you travel and spend time elsewhere, you’ll most likely leave your heart!


Almost funny, the first REAL post on this blog, isn’t even mine. But hey, this one is a jem. This really is what it’s all about. Giving our lives away that He might be revealed. Let your light so shine!!

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My heart is in such a soft place tonight after a weekend of things to think about. I have kept coming back to the same theme.  Over and over again. I keep thinking about the type of people the couple from the Estate Sale (previous post) were.  Were they tall or short? Did they read before the went to bed? Were they hairy or bald?

But thinking of those things just led me to a heart wrenching question. Does that really matter? Hum. Does it really matter what their physical attributes were? Well, does it matter what their bedtime habits were? No, it doesn’t. None of it matters especially after hearing about these two sweet people who had been married longer than my lifetime. They really just outlived their bodies, because their stories are still here. Stories that their granddaughters have about coming over and having tea parties on the good…

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This is the first official blog for this new blog site:

Mission Possible! 1st Stop Nicaragua

I’ve now been to Nicaragua on two missions trips. But it’s now been two years since the last one. I made a few beloved connections the first year, especially at a place called La Quinta Esperanza. I miss those beautiful faces and now it’s time to start the process for my return visit, this time as a solo journey. 

I suppose in part this site is to generate some attention in the effort to raise funds; not only to get myself there, but to finish a project our team started two years ago. I’ll fill you in on that as we go. But also, it will be good to journal the journey, for my own records and perhaps another who someday would like to make a trek of their own.

Along the way, I’ll introduce you to the ministry I’m supporting and some of what their vision is and what they’ve been up to. There’s always something in the works! I’d like to share some pics and maybe memories of the past trips and faces of some incredible young people. I’ll update you on the project at hand, and any others that might seem doable as well. I am SO looking forward to seeing people and places in person again!! 

There are many places in this world my heart longs to go, and most of them are probably somehow missions or ministry based. But!

First stop….  Jinotepe/Diriamba, Nicaragua!

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