The winds of change still blow through history’s pages. Each day reveals a world that’s not the same. Thrones and powers rise and fall.
Bondage reigns then freedom calls, but for every generation Calvary still remains.
The Cross still stands – an invitation to the lost; a reminder of the cost we will never owe again.
The Cross still stands as a token of God’s grace. Love’s masterpiece will never be erased; the Cross still stands.
Written by Daryl Petersheim & sung by Garment of Praise
As I stood on the beach the other night and looked out across the water seeing the force that God has put in the ocean and seeing this cross standing there, remaining strong against the force of the water; I was reminded of the Cross that still stands for all of the world. That Cross has stood firm for more than 2000 years, even amidst many people’s attempt to remove it and its influences from this world. If the Lord tarries yet a while longer, we as Christians know that the Cross will still remain strong. What are we doing to share the the blessing of this “cross”with those who we meet from day to day? With our eyes fixed on this Cross and the Savior who died for us on this Cross, we will be victorious.
The last month has flown by way too fast. The WATER students arrived on June 28 to spend the next 4 weeks with us. We received 4 students here at OBMM in Nicaragua. Here in El Tererro/La Palmerita area Levi Fisher from PA and Amy Freeman from Ontario spent the time with us. (They are picture on the right in the picture above) Ryan Skrivseth from SC and Kendra Horst from IN (pictured to the left) stayed in Leon. For me, it was great to have a young lady in the house with me once again. And somehow it seems like unique situations always seem to find their way into your life when the WATER students are here. There were some minor truck issues – the exhaust come loose from the manifold and the windshield stop working. So for the next several days we drove around in a loud truck and cleared the windshield by attaching a rope to each wiper. It proved to be quite the experience and it took team work to keep the windshield clean amidst pouring rain.
We spent quite a bit of time in La Palmerita visiting people and just catching up on all their lives. One day we left the house at 9:00 and did not come home till 5:00. The main schedule for the day was to have the 3 regular Bible studies. Aside from that we wanted to do some visiting. During each class, Amy spent time with the children while I studied with the mother. We were able to visit a number of ladies that we hadn’t seen for a while, which was so much of a blessing. We were also blessed by helping a young mother moved her meager belongings from one house to another. I was really touched after we had moved the things when the lady came to me with tears in her eyes and said “I can’t pay you, but I know God will pay you” It was wonderful to be used of God in that way and to be able to minister to that family.
Another special event we try to do each year with the WATER students is have a 1-day Vacation Bible School with the children in different communities. This year we decided to do it with the children of LA Palmerita and the ones from Delmar and Joel’s neighborhood. This year for something different, the Leon staff planned the day in La Palmerita and the LP staff planned the day in Leon. The young people from Leon had a theme of “You Are Special” and they used Max Lucado’s one storybook about Punchinello and his desire to have more and more. However the more he got, the more dissatisfied his became. As Eli told him, the Lord is also trying to tell each ones of us that we are special just as we are. We didn’t really have a theme for our day, but it was also another great day. We acted out Zaccheus, Abraham and Isaac, and The Wise Man and the Foolish Man. There was a nice turnout at each location and we praise the Lord for the opportunity to share His love to those that came out to each activity.
We also took a trip to Waslala with the WATER students. I was looking forward to going, knowing that this will probably be the last time I would be able to go before I returned to the States in September. It proved to be a very memorable trip – one that won’t easily be forgotten. There were a few of us that had been to Waslala before and knew the way or so we thought. To make a long story short, we made a wrong turn and drove for about an hour and half before we stopped and asked someone. However we were able to get some really beautiful pictures. Pablo’s were not around this time, so we had the privilege of spending time with Alvino & Edna Miller and their family.
They showed us around Waslala and took us out to Kusili. We stopped at Pablo’s to see his snakes and monkeys. I had a little fellow, Zambo who insisted on following me around and hanging on me. We then headed out of town, stopping first at Marcos’s house to see his brother-in-laws making “gelatinas.” Marcos is Alvino’s son that is married to Karla, a native Nicaraguan. They lived in Waslala but at the current time are in the States. His wife’s family lives in their home there and continue to make “gelatina – jellos” to sell to the people in Waslala. From there we went to see Pablo’s birds at the Laguna’s place beside the Jicaral church. We then went out to Kusili to Steven & Daisy’s for lunch. While we waited on lunch we went down to the river and rode on Timo’s cable swing that he made to cross the river. We spent some time with Daisy before heading back to Waslala. On the way back, we stopped at Jonathan’s and hiked back to the waterfall. It was quite an experience with me sitting in the mud more than once. Alvino also showed us the cocoa trees that Jonathan has there. He broke one open and showed it to us (pictured above). It was a great time and I enjoyed it so much.
Just a little picture for you – I’m pleased to introduce you to a Nicaraguan dentist office. For less the $15, I was able to have a tooth filled.
One of the few pictures that Amy and I have together.
Thank you for all your prayers! Andrea
PS: For those of you who may have wonder what happened to me and why you haven’t heard lately. Well it is because my computer has been having issues and I have to borrow a computer to type emails.