As you probably all know by now, Sean and I have returned from Managua, Nicaragua, where we were working with missionaries in La Chureca, or the city dump. While the sheer poverty of La Chureca was shocking to both of us, there is hope and light beginning to spread through the community, and we are honored and humbled to be a small part of that process.
It is difficult to express what we experienced while serving in Nicaragua, which is part of the reason that I haven’t really blogged about it yet. Our daily work began with going to La Chureca in the mornings, meeting, talking, and praying with people of that community. The people there were often eager to speak with us, and to be prayed over. In the afternoons, we traveled to two different girls’ homes. These homes are organizations that partner with families in La Chureca by getting the girls out of the dump and by providing education, clothing, a safe environment, food, and spiritual instruction. The parents who enroll their daughters into these programs get to visit them on weekends. While this may seem like quite a sacrifice for the families, these girls’ homes are saving dozens of girls from the cycle of prostitution, teen and preteen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and many of the other snares that plague La Chureca. The contrast between the girls’ homes and the community of La Chureca is striking, and it is organizations like this that are transforming lives for the Kingdom. While the oppression that is in the dump can be difficult to witness, the girls’ homes reminded us that God is redeeming La Chureca. One verse that came to mind when seeing the joy and security that the girls had at the homes was Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
For a small glimpse into life in La Chureca, you can visit this website: http://www.lovelightandmelody.org. The organization that is highlighted on this website is Love Light and Melody, the missions organization that sponsors Dan Bain, the missionary we served with in La Chureca.
We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and to serve the people of La Chureca. As you can imagine, there is a colossal amount of work to be done in that community, so Sean and I would definitely encourage and ask you to pray for La Chureca, for the work that we did while we were there, and for Dain Bain and his wife Jessenia as they continue to serve there.
Unfortunately, I did not take very many pictures of our time there, aside from some fun touristy photos. If you’d like to check out some pictures of life in the dump, I would encourage you to head over to my friend Rachel’s blog: Click Here. She actually knows what she’s doing with a camera, plus her and her husband are super cute!
We got to see a few of the sights – one night at the beginning of our trip we did some hiking and got to see an active volcano. At the end of our trip, we visited a beautiful town called Grenada, climbed the bell tower there and had some very yummy breakfast!
Sean and I deeply benefited from going on this trip together. It was great to be able to experience God’s work in another part of the world, and to learn and grow from those experiences together. The trip deepened our understanding that all of life is spiritual first, and physical second. We learned to better recognize the spiritual battle that is taking place all around us, and that we can claim the victory that Christ gives us over the people in Nicaragua, but also in our marriage and our lives back at home. We were very blessed. Thanks to all who supported and prayed for us!