Category: Matthew 5:16 Ministries (aka Mateo 5:16)


That sure was quick.  About this time 1 week ago I was climbing into my own bed after a very long day of travel, a stop on the way from the airport, a bit of dinner and hello to the young-ins.

1 week at home already.  After 3 months of a whirlwind of preparations, 25 days just came and went, way too quickly.

There is still much for me to process; still collecting my thoughts. I still have a project to work on for down there, which thanks to technologies I can actually do from here. But… thanks to those technologies, I see the photos, and have already had contact with a few of the young people there, and oooooooh I just really miss them already.

This trip was different than the others. There was more time to connect, and become a part of something. Not just the ministries, but the flow of life there. It’s amazing just how quickly we humans can adapt to our surroundings and weave ourselves into the fabric.

Disengaging – not so easy. Oh, so not easy, or even desirable, though necessary. Oddly enough, try as I did to ‘let go’, the longer this week has gone, the more I’m missing everyone, and the routines and flows of the days. Just taking walks into the market on any given day could be an adventure.

But now, especially since Thanksgiving is over and the left overs are about gone, it really is time to re-engage here. But nothing seems normal, nor is there really a desire for it to be. Sometimes the change of perspective is good, and we don’t want to lose it – it’s like losing a part of yourself that is new and precious. Don’t want to return to the same old, same old. What would be the point then?

It really does sound like a cliche, but we go on these trips with every intention of being a blessing, just to come back with so much more than we ever took with us to begin with…



It´s a new day! I got the chance to do something I´ve wanted to do for years. Pastor Glenn and I pretty much raided the music store over in Diriamba. Just some rather small but necessary items and a couple of not necessarily needed like a recorder (flute) and a set of percussion eggs. Fun all the same. And now the keyboard for the restart of El Shaddai – the primarily English speaking church – is hooked up to the system.. but oy… we walked away with out the mic stand!! 

The room is getting set up a bit more.. yeah. Cords running everywhere are now somewhat contained. And the sound system tweeked a bit so that no one´s ears are blown out!! Now to work on an altar area…. 

Well off to my room to continue with what I´d started this morning… a good teaching and a sketch for an idea for Lynne then some study and prayer time. Pappa Glenn so kindly brought the Strong´s and another bible with a good concordance… 

Hasta Luego!

It´s been awhile since I´ve written, I know!! But I´m here in Nicaragua!! My interenet access had been quite limited.. but now that the missions house computer is repaired, I´ll have a bit more of a chance to write.

It´s been a busy trip already, and yet laid back. The girls were dropped of at the airport in Nicaragua early this morning, and should be in Atlanta by now having a nice lunch.

Since returning from Managua this morning, I´ve spent time on learning some spanish, I´ll get it someday!!! And I spent sometime in the piano room working on some worship songs for later in the week. I need to access a few more lively upbeat songs! Nicaraguans are not laid back worshippers!! We were reminded of this the other evening when we checked out a revival service being held be several who are /were staying @Casa Mateo too.. Haha.. little did we know until we got there that the gentleman in the room next to ours was a firey evangelist!!

I´m sitting here waiting for lunch, which should soon be ready. There´s a luncheon in progress in the conference room today. After lunch, I think it´s time for a short siesta! 3:30 came very early this morning! I was quite surprised when I walked into my room a bit ago.. It was like walking into a totally new room!! Maria spoils me!!! They removed the extra twin bed that I´ve been sleeping on, and replaced it with a rocking chair!! Last week she put a lamp in the room that wasn´t originally there. Today, she even took away my two half filled bottles of water and replaced them with two new ones!! I knew I was slated for some quiet time this week.. but wow! I¨m going to do it in extra comfort and delight… and here comes lunch!!

Hasta luego!!

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