Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sea to Sea

Yes, the time has finally arrived when we'll saddle our bikes and cross Nicaragua from Sea to Sea.

First thing Monday morning we will fly to the Atlantic coast. On Friday we loaded up all of the bikes (praise the Lord everyone's made it to Nicaragua) onto a truck that started the 12-14 hour drive to Puerto Cabezas. These past few days have been filled with last minute preparations. I think that I'm ready to get going.

A special thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way with energy bars, sponsorship, emails and loads of encouragement.
Here are some specific ways that you can be praying for us over the next 9 days.
  • Safety for all the bikers and drivers
  • Opportunities to have conversations with many Nicaraguans along the way
  • Energy for each day Dec. 29- Jan. 6
  • Good health for all involved
  • Pray for the money that was raised and is being invested in the people and land that was devastated from Hurricane Felix
  • No big hiccups in all the planning that has gone into this event
There is a group blog that will be updated as we are there is internet access.
On the downloads page you can also download the devotionals that we will be doing every day. Feel free to join us.

I hope to have some pictures and an update with stories and all when I return.
See you soon!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fun Fellowship

Yesterday was Christmas as we all know. Christmas is the time of year when we make special memories with our families and friends. While this year I was not able to spend it with my family I was invited to a fellow missionary family's house for Christmas dinner. We had great fun. They got Mad Gab for Christmas so we spent the afternoon laughing and eating good food. What a privilege it is to be a part of the body of Christ in that wherever we are there is always family nearby. Whether they are blood relatives or not we can share in fun, laughter and memory-making.
From Luke and Ellen's Wedding

A few days before Christmas I spent some time with Maggie and Jason in Indiana. They are great friends who taught at NCA for a few years and have moved back to the States. We had a joyous time catching up and playing with their little one Noah.
From Luke and Ellen's Wedding

From Luke and Ellen's Wedding

After the wedding Maggie and Jason invited all the Nica guests to their house for pizza it was like a mini reunion.
From Luke and Ellen's Wedding

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December Catch Up

Well it is has been a while since I have posted anything. Life has been very busy this month.

Claudia and I had a meeting with all of the directors and pastors of the schools where our scholarship program helps out. We wanted to end the Nicaraguan school year encouraging them to see their work with the children and families in their community as a beautiful ministry opportunity. We also took the time to help lay a foundation for what we expect for the coming year. Praise the Lord we had a great turn out and got some really good feedback from all of the schools on ways to improve in 2009.

December also meant saying good-bye to one of our roommates. Joy who has lived with us since July is moving back to California. We had some fun times together this month in between visitors staying at our house. Joy is creative when it comes to parties so in high form we had a smashing Christmas party. We had lights and a complete fireplace. Joy's friends helped make a beautiful fireplace with construction paper on the wall. It truly is mesmorizing just like a real fire. While we are sad to see Joy go I'm excited to see how God uses her and her talents as she returns home.

From blog photos

On the 16th I headed up North towards the colder weather for Luke and Ellen's wedding. While the weather was in the teens most of the time I was there the fellowship surly kept my heart warm as I visited with old friends in town for the wedding. The week was full of wedding activities and preparations. Now the happy couple will be returning to Nicaragua the first of the year to begin their new life together.

From blog photos

As soon as I returned to Nicaragua Aimee and I biked out to the beach as our final long ride in preparation for the Sea to Sea. We started early and ended at the Pacific beach in the same spot where we'll end on January 6th. Rachel and Aimee wanted to take a Christmas pic on the beach so they brought along the Christmas tree. Here is a great picture of Christmas in Nicaragua. Bright and Sunny.