Archive for June, 2013


Much in life is fleeting, here are some such moments from our Nicaragua trips…

Fleeting  –

we were ambushed while attempting to ambush!

we were ambushed while attempting to ambush!

fearless pastors, drenched... surely a priceless moment

fearless pastors, drenched… surely a priceless moment

soaked with water and fun. emotions of all sorts on the faces

soaked with water and fun. emotions of all sorts on the faces

a moment from fleeting memories – another place, another time.

Life itself seems often so fleeting – it’s but a breath, constantly changing in motion…

La Quinta Esperanza and youth group dance and drama ministry. Three foremost all siblings. This was a beautiful ministry while it lasted. And the looks of joy on their faces in the midst of this farewell performance for our group, caused me to choose this photo

La Quinta Esperanza and youth group dance and drama ministry. Three foremost all siblings. This was a beautiful ministry while it lasted. And the looks of joy on their faces in the midst of this farewell performance for our group, caused me to choose this photo

In a moment, a look can be captured… this one makes me smile. It’s fun to be in the right place to catch the unrehearsed… often a fleeting moment missed in the big picture…

Oh how the littlest one's delighted in the puppets.. as if they were alive - and the joy on the face of one who brought joy ...

Oh how the littlest one’s delighted in the puppets.. as if they were alive – and the joy on the face of one who brought joy …

And sadly too often fleeting, friendships… this one precious but truly fleeting, though still dear to my heart… they made the best of friends before the trip was over… but things in places like this can change like the ocean tide

Amanda and David - who was new to La Quinta, and  left almost as quick...

Amanda and David – who was new to La Quinta, and left almost as quick…

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Alrighty! Step 2 has been accomplished – the pastoral ok to proceed!

This of course – albeit a bit to my surprise and another small stretching place – leads to a new assignment which is Step 3. 

Step 3 is to make up a calendar: prospective dates for deadlines, meetings etc. 

Some of this I’ve already started writing in my head. But there are a couple of conversations to be had, and maybe a little research to be done, so blowing on through this assignment so that I can finally open this up to bring a team on board, may take a tad bit longer than I’d like. Again… not my area of expertise. I have the feeling that God’s trying to teach me something. First, for years it was a learn to be led by the Spirit and go with the flow and be flexible journey. Now it seems to be back to planning. (Oh won’t my personality A-type friends be happy with me!)

So, in preparation, last night I printed the calendars to work with. A few weeks ago, Pastor Lynne sent me an email with information, including new deadlines set in place on their end of the planning. Guess I’ll start with some of this, and some of what I remember from the past trips. Pray for me! I’d really like to hand this to the Pastor on Sunday and hopefully put out an invite the next one.. time is moving! 

Perla and I, last year. She went along through the local barrio as our interpreter and guide!

Perla and I, on my last trip.  She went along through the local barrio as our interpreter and guide! Perla just flew off to her own 6 mnth missions assignment!

This is my husband with an appropriate sign. We were in Nicaragua in a couple of barrios giving out rice and beans. His group was swarmed upon. The shirt was from a Habitat Humanity 'Building on Faith' project. At the time he was the site supervisor for our local affiliate. Now he is the construction manager.

This is my husband with an appropriate sign. We were in Nicaragua in a couple of barrios giving out rice and beans. His group was swarmed upon. The shirt was from a Habitat Humanity ‘Building on Faith’ project. At the time he was the site supervisor for our local affiliate. Now he is the construction manager.

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