Here’s a quick introduction to the ministry of Into Abba’s Arms and an explanation of why we were here. I’ll have more pictures in future posts.
IAA was formed about 18 years ago to serve double-orphans - that means a child who has neither father nor mother able to care for them. In 2015 I got connected to the ministry when I served on an EMI team designing an expansion for them. Currently, IAA is home to 56 kids but they want to be able to serve 75. We designed a new dormitory and some expansion to a few other buildings. They are now launching into their fundraising efforts, which is where my job comes in.
We are often asked if our kids get to travel with us on project trips. The answer is, yes, they can, but it has to be the right trip. A lot of things have to line up (timing, money, client’s ability to accommodate extra people, etc.) and it is rare that they do. So far, Joel has travelled with us once and on his own project once, but there has not yet been a good project for the girls to join.
Enter Into Abba’s Arms. I was here in June of 2015 and walked away going, “Well, that one would have been perfect for the girls to be on.” It’s a children’s home so there is something for them to do, it’s safely walled in and out in the country. It’s up above the malaria risk zone and you can drink the water. And it’s Kenya, which is just all kinds of cool in it’s own right.
So what was I actually doing in Nicaragua? I had two jobs: the first was to produce some coverage of the team and the trip for EMI’s use, and the second was to create videos for the client ministry’s publicity and fundraising. You saw job #1 in the video attached with my last post (and the potty photo)(rimshot), so today I will share about job #2. No, not that kind of #2…
Some trips are harder than others. This one was really trying. I mean, look at the conditions we had to deal with all week.
But seriously, everyday was so hot I thought I was going to evaporate. It was not really any hotter than a typical Florida summer afternoon, but give a girl two years in Colorado and she forgets how to deal with that.
I could give you the “diary of a project trip” style review, but every single day would look like this:
7:30 a.m Breakfast; commence sweating
8:30 - noon: video shooting at site, run from Crazy Horse (more about him later), sweating
So I never told you about my trip to Nicaragua. I caught the flu on the plane home, and I think in my delirium I dreamed that I blogged about the trip and then thought I had for real. Kind of like when you respond to a text in your head then realize three days later you never really sent it.
Anyhoo, it was a pretty cool trip. I did not take a single photo that I really liked but I shot a truckload of video and produced about 8 pieces. Half were for EMI and half for the ministry we served, Familia Avance.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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