A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
That is literally how we found our house last week when we arrived here in Chichigalpa! We were left without a phone, just some keys and the supposed address of our house. Well, the taxi driver dropped us off on the side of the road with our suitcases and after asking around a bit, we discovered that the missionaries definitely didn’t live on this block. Fortunately, the Lord blessed us with a random stranger on a bike whose brother was the President of the young men. We took down the address of his house and, trusting our luggage to a young random boy; we exercised our faith and our legs and began walking towards the direction indicated. We had walked about two blocks when a random girl (are you understanding that everyone in our day was random?), she shouted “Adios hermanos”, so, we went over to talk to her. From her house emerged a random woman who loudly proclaimed, “When are you Hermanos coming to eat?” at this point, we were really confused. But as it turns out, this lovely lady and her family were recent converts who helped us find our house and gave us dinner that night. The Lord really does watch out for us; He knows our every need.
My companion is a lovely girl from Guatemala who goes by the name of “Linares” We are both new to Chichigalpa, which is sometimes referred to as “opening the area”. What it really means is that neither of you know anything. So, needless to say, it’s been a really fun week.
We’ve been getting to know a lot of the members this week, which has also helped us to have new investigators. The members here are really sweet and always want to give us food. Oh, the trials we are blessed with. J On Wednesday, we had dinner with a member and it really was a trial. The food was alright and we managed to eat it all, but I just wanted to laugh my guts out when she handed us a glass of something. I sipped a little and, instead of receiving wonderful relief from my thirst, I felt as though I was drinking salt water, maybe with a hint of orange behind it all. These people are so CRAZY! They basically make their own poison with their sea water drinks! Talk about tasting the ocean. But they were a really sweet family, and that’s’ what matters, right?
I’m really excited to be here in Chichigalpa. It is SO beautiful! It reminds me a lot of the Hot Springs in Nevada (Warm Springs), if any of you have been fortunate enough to have visited there. There are palm trees that are SUPER TALL, a beautiful winding river, and gorgeous fields. But the most crowning landscape of all is the magnificent volcano that sits to the North, San Cristobal. It’s quite distinct and beautiful. It looks like a cloud maker. The other day we were walking and my companion said, “Look at how beautiful the volcano is today!” It’s true, it is really beautiful! But I just feel like that is not a normal thing that people say. Normally, you remark on the sky or birds or something. But the active volcano that is within the vicinity of your home? Hmmmm…I’m thinking that a volcano eruption would make for an excellent mission story…We’ll see what happens in the next six weeks J
This past week has been a very adventurous, stressful one, but I know that it’s necessary to have trials like this. If we’re never pushed to our limits, we’ll never know how far we are able to go. Unto whom much is given, much is required. So let us thank the Lord for the great blessing we have of this gospel and let us not shirk the next time He asks us to do something difficult.
He never said it would be easy.
He only said it would be worth it.
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.