Category: Hug A Child


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…


Still don’t have time to sit and write what I’d like to update the trip journey… but here’s a collection of photos Pastor Lynne shared awhile ago, that I’ve still not gotten up. A visiting team, ministering to the neighboring children @La Quinta Esperanza.

Next week…. Casa Mateo Missions House.. where we’ll be staying.

Current focus.. getting ready for this week’s art show fundraiser!!



All the children love to come when teams show up. I love the joy of the children coming into La Quinta in great anticipation

All the children love to come when teams show up. I love the joy of the children coming into La Quinta in great anticipation

Teams come in, help with worship, children's church, VBS and just play.

Teams come in, help with worship, children’s church, VBS and just play.


They love to be loved! Which is why Hug A Child is the name of the main ministry of Mateo 5:16

They love to be loved! Which is why Hug A Child is the name of the main ministry of Mateo 5:16


Painting on one of the dorm walls @ La Quinta Esperanza

Painting on one of the dorm walls @ La Quinta Esperanza


Yes, the whirlwind has begun. I’d sort of hoped to breathe for a day on Monday after our all out sprint for the last week. Nope, today is my day to breathe. Nothing scheduled in which I need to leave home!!

So for those on the journey with us, here’s a little catch up from the last 2 days. Had a little hiccup which made me stop and need to regroup a bit – but then again, I was too tired to think straight and was in the middle of a few things already.  You will have this.

Danielle and I chatted about the upcoming yard sale and information regarding that and where we were going with it. I still needed to have a conversation with one of the pastors regarding ‘advertising’, per Pastor Adam. In this church, I’m still new to most of the inner workings, like how some things are handled, like announcements and advertising events etc. Partly because of this, and the fact that I was not focused on the conversation well, we tabled the conversation till we would meet the next day, when we would hammer out the details and get them ready for both the church and a local community paper, and work on a display area.  We’re learning to communicate! It is my heart that this group moves as one body, with one ‘voice’ – I guess it’s the unity thing… and a family thing.  🙂

Yesterday I gathered up most of my goodies from past Nicaragua trips, including a couple of colorful pieces, and small vase from there, and the display boards I’d created in the past. These boards we’re using just for reference points. You know, they say a picture speaks a thousand words! Armed with photos and these other finds, I headed into the church to meet Danielle. We got a bit of a slow start while figuring out what this area was to look like, but once the creative juices start flowing – watch out! With her help, I think we have an area set up that won’t be passed by easily!  I forgot to take a photo for you. 

We also had a chance to chat with Pastor Brian about the ‘advertising’.  That part was short, but he hung around for a good while. We discussed a few ideas for fundraisers; hearing his ideas were quite amusing, and helpful. It is so nice and refreshing, and very encouraging when people are willing to hop into the middle of the boat and dream with you! 

So that brings us to today. Danielle is going to be working on sign up sheets for the yard sale and bake sale coming up. She’s now handed me the advertising end of things. (She gets to be the money manager!!) At this point, I now have a little less than 3 hours to write up the ad for the paper’s deadline, and pop out the pertinent info to the church for Brian for the announcements etc. 

Then I can get some things caught up around here. Bills got paid yesterday, and I managed to finished loading the dishwasher and wash a load of blankets before heading out the door for the day yesterday. This may be my biggest challenge this trip. BALANCE! With doing this trip with such a small prep window, balancing planning and executing what we need to do for the trip, with family stuff  – like OT and other appts. for my 17 yr old, and driving her to work (that took up most of July!) along with trying to catch up and keep caught up on house stuff, and somehow try to start fitting a regular exercise schedule in there, all without losing my mind or wearing my body out – this has suddenly become a challenge. But family is more important than ministry, and I don’t want to forget or neglect that. Nor relationship time – which brings me to my next step today… time for some one on one quiet time. Without this time with Him, I should very well hang it all up. 

Till the next step…. Blessings!


A couple of Princesses @La Quinta Esperanza

A couple of Princesses @La Quinta Esperanza

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