Well, we’re here and settled in. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures posted of the sights and sounds tomorrow. Managua is an amazing place. It’s hard to even describe – crazy traffic, people everywhere, poverty and affluence all visible within minutes of each other. Really, it’s rather overwhelming. We spent the afternoon getting settled and picking up supplies we might need. Wayne and Elaine McGourk, who run Savior’s Tear Ministry, are awesome hosts and guides and overflowing with love for the Nicaraguan people.
We ate with them and our intrepretor, Angel. He works full time for Wayne and Elaine, and has an incredible testimony. He walked away from a life in a gang after encountering God in a church that he decided to visit because of all the pretty girls. Angel is really funny and it will be lots of fun getting to know him this week.
We’ve been up since about 3 this morning, so this is all I’m going to type. Our schedule for the week looks like this:
Tomorrow and Wednesday – Oasis of Hope School: 9-11:30 games and bible study for the younger kids; 1:30-4, games and bible study for the older kids
Thursday – We’ll travel to Salinas, a town on the cost not far from hear where they’ve started another school for a poor, rural community. These kids have families that work in agriculture or as fishermen. We’ll do Bible studies and games like at Oasis.
Friday – We’ll be visiting an orphanage that Wayne and Elaine work closely with. Some of their students have been moved to this orphanage, and their stories are heartbreaking. Not sure what all we’ll see or do here, but I think it will be rather tough yet amazing. We may also visit a children’s hospital on Friday.
I’ll know more details as the week moves along. The people of Nicaragua move at a slow pace (except when driving) and the details kind of come together whenever. It’s kind of tough to plan. But I think that’s kind of how God likes it. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen!