I just want to thank all of my blogging buddies for your prayers and thoughts. Needless to say I went to Nicaragua with intentions on BLESSING someone but I came back home MORE BLESSED! I left a piece of heart with the women in Nicaragua.
Our team of 11 consisted of nine women and two men and all I can say is...Lord bless the two men that went with us! I'm quite sure that they had enough of our hormones flying!
Our ladies ministered to women in two different churches and we basically taught the Word of God and loved on those precious women. The Lord opened up doors for us to be able to do what most of us would call a conference or retreat with the women. Women got saved, lives changed and well, God showed up and showed out!
There are so many stories I could share but your poor little eyes would be tired from reading. For now I want to share a few pictures that touched my heart.
A large group of ladies that we ministered too.
Sweet Carolina and Miriam. Miriam is in the white shirt and one of the pastor's wives. She stayed with our group almost the entire trip. She also interrupted for our group a lot.
Denora is in the black top. Another pastor's wife that our hearts intertwined. I found my soul sister and mini me from another country!
Precious moment. Two different languages but praying to the same GOD!
I made so many new friends but this gal right here....precious!
Another precious moment....
God's Word in any language will never return void.
One of our leaders witnessing on the streets.
Patty, my translator. Isn't she just the cutest little thing?
Another heart melting moment.
This was a husband and wife that got baptized. We had the opportunity to see many get baptized. I cannot even begin to tell you how much being able to follow the obedience of Christ meant to them. Another story for another day!
Sweet Amy. She was the age of my oldest granddaughter and when I was leaving she asked me if I would have my granddaughter pray for her and she would pray for my granddaughter. Such sweetness...
Our church prayed for this little cutie while he was still in his mother's womb. There was complications during pregnancy. But...I finally got to see this little boy that we had prayed for.
I didn't have much time to journal but nothing like being able to go back and see how God worked in your life. This was such a moment to REFLECT on all that He was doing.
I captured this picture from the plane and I thought it was breathtaking!
This picture only speaks to me! A picture sometimes is only evident in meaning to the eye of the beholder! (A Heart Like His)
Random pictures I want to share with you.
YES, my heart wants to go back and teach the ladies in Nicaragua. I know my calling and it's to teach the living Word of God. I've been teaching now for 18 years and I truly feel that God has been preparing me for "Such a time as this".
I don't have a picture but on the last night that our team was there I saw a pickup truck with about 15 women or so sitting in the back of the truck that had attended our conference. I asked our interrupter why they were riding in the back of the pickup truck. Her answer: They traveled for well over an hour to hear the American women teach them the Word of God! DO I NEED TO EVEN SAY ANY MORE?
The women that we ministered too were HUNGRY for the WORD! Oh...if only we all was that just that hungry!
Our main theme for these women fit the the following versus in every aspect. This is what I want to leave with you precious ladies today for you to know as well.....
One more thing just so you will know....I had the best birthday ever! A special time with my girls and grands...time teaching women the Word of God...and time to REFLECT on what Christ has done for me!
And...we are counting down weeks now till the new grandgirl arrives....Don't ya think my baby girl is just beautiful?
Hugs and blessings, Cindy