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.
The project was to master plan a campus where the ministry can have church, a camp and retreat center, and a large sports ministry. The site is on the outskirts of Managua in an impoverished community, where a new highway is slated to go through, right past the property, and a church there will be highly visible and accessible.
As always, my favorite aspect of the trip was working with the team and getting to know them. We had a pretty cool bunch. Our agriculture specialists, Floyd and Gayle, had been pondering one of Kevin’s trips but ended up with us. I’m glad. I mean, he would have enjoyed them too, but I appreciated how Floyd was willing to haul my tripod for me when we hiked up a mountain and then give me all sorts of grief about how heavy carbon fiber is (the camera bag weighs a LOT more). He also takes photos of people walking out of the restroom. I took great joy in photobombing his Skype session with his daughter back home.
Our interior designer, Brittany, was my roommate. On the second night in Managua we stayed up pretty late chatting and getting to know one another. During meal times at the guest house we mostly rotated around for who we sat with so we could all talk and get acquainted. I was able to get to know some of our Nicaragua office staff better, as well as one volunteer from South Africa who raised his support in lightning speed and is now a full-time staff member in our Cape Town office.
In my next post I’ll share more.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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