What a blessing Nicaragua has been to me this past week. The CS mission here is still in it's beginning year of ministry and God has been doing great things! I was able to spend a full 6 days in the city of San Juan Del Sur with David and Tamra Bryant. Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the Americas behind Haiti. Since Panama and Costa Rica are the economic power houses of Central America, it's been a good contrast being around a less-fortunate crowd. In fact, I feel right at home.
I arrived on Saturday and right away attended an English bible study consisting of a handful of Foreigners and a couple English speaking Nicaraguans. Dave led the study and it felt good to hear the word in English and I appreciated the depth he took us to. We surfed the next morning and prepped for the Spanish study for Sunday evening. There were a good amount of kids whose lives have been changed at this study. A couple of the better Nicaraguan surfers in the whole area are being changed by the word and love of God. In fact, that night they went through photos of a recent baptism the group had where more than half of the guys present dedicated their lives to God. It was a great moment for all of us.
I was able to spend some quality time with Dave and Tamra the rest of the week. They are a great couple originally from Huntington Beach, California who sold their business and everything to move down south to serve God. I am truly blessed to be working with those two and can't wait to see all that God does on the shores of Nicaragua.
On the downside, as I began my trip to El Salvador today - I realized that my wallet had been stolen. This could have been a horrific experience, but God has taken care of me. There was no money in my wallet, I was able to block all my cards before anything happened, and Dave has put me in contact with people to help me out till I can get a replacement card in Mexico in ten days.
God has really been showing me how dependent I need to be on Him this trip. In any ministry, job, trip, or anything in life I have discovered just how necessary it is that God goes before us. Any "Successes" I may experience are only by his grace and any "failures" I may experience are only by his grace. These are just some of the thoughts that I've had as I continue trying to realize that my life is not my own. I've had a lot of time to just be pleased with God and his will for my life on this trip no matter what.