Pictures from Nicaragua

These Photos are backwards in the timeline starting with the celebrations

of Our Lady of Guadelupe more or less working backwards


The community came over for prayers and a modest meal to celebrate the day



Cooking the rice dish


Dishing out the 150 servings for the celebration



A manger scene the kids made with Bing


The kids love this tree, they call it the “family tree”


Visiting an orphanage with Kendal







what some of the roads look like, they are made of stone cut from compacted volcano ash


Very typical wall


so much green beauty



Looking down at the mission house from the the “Family tree”


more looking to the right


Douglas working on a cell phone booster because communication with the world can be difficult here


all the kids were blessed by the “babies” that arrived not long after we did


St. Nicolas day and Advent prep



this is where chocolate comes from


these are some more “babies” that arrived after we did, Dogs are very sickly as most people can afford meds for animals.
The kids put their money together to buy worm medicine for after the baths


more beauty


Novena for the Purisima


small meal for the Novena




Ninoska cooking the rice dish over fire






the kids love working in their “Castle”
6 found so far







first week of Advent


even in Nicaragua, possums. This one was living in a banana clump


back view of the mission house


some of the old buildings that make up the “Castle area” Paul hopes this will become a chapel


transportation, we hope to buy our own vehicle that is large enough for us all inside


local transportation is cheap but not roomy, including us I think there were 18 people in this Microbus


Laundry is done by hand here



the neighbor’s parrot got loose




Sometimes we eat in the park after mass on Sunday



Church at KU “Kieser University”
The church in San Marcos

Are you doing That, Dad? part 1




Rachel learning to lead guitar for our prayers

Part of our family part of our routine in in missions and stateside is the Liturgy of the Hours which includes singing together some praise and worship. Most of the time Missions allows for a much more prayerful life. Since we in arrived Guadelupe Gardens we have had the pleasure of the Rush family joining most mornings and evenings. What a blessing it is to sing and pray together and share as the Lord inspires us. Paul shared one morning about how we have the life of God within us. Such short sentence to convey such a magnificent reality, THE LIVING God, dwelling in us and giving us grace to live this life loving Him and our neighbor.

     When we discerned Nicaragua we did not know where we would live.  Finding a place to live in a foreign country and in another language presents serious obstacles so the offer Paul and Bing to allow us to land at Guadeloupe Gardens Just making a “life that works” in a foreign country takes a while and there is has been a lot of work to get our living quarters in order including helping get a consistent water supply. (Lora always says she would rather have water than electricity.) Then after getting that situation stable we started working on other things. One afternoon I am working on some electrical so our refrigerator that is getting repaired can have a plug not an extension cord and Meg comes up the stairs and says “ Hi Dad, can help you?”


Meg tries to help with any work the other kids are doing

“ Sure Meg” I reply while thinking I’m not sure what you can do as a 2yo but I love that you want to and I love you being with me. Next the appropriate questions for a 2 y.o. follow:

“Are you doing that Dad?” she says. Not sure exactly what thoughts are going through her mind, but realizing how serious she is about her question, as if she things she really understands what I am doing I reply with a loving smile, “Yes, Margaret, I am doing that” Next as I am working with the wires and as the questions continue the wires bump her head a couple of times, to which she comments “Dad, your hittin me or hurtin me” I’m not sure which. So I apologize and keep working. Then she says “ Dad, can I not help you?”

“Sure Meg” but less than 2 minutes later she is back.

The next morning while reflecting on our call to realize the life of God in us and to live in His presence in our community prayers I shared about Margaret “helping” me and I realized that we Christians, called to enter the Kingdom of God as little children, listening to Him, watching Him, being in His presence and really we don’t understand what He is doing in the whole scheme of things but that He desires us to be with Him, loving and being loved.

Lord how I want to be content in Your presence asking “Abba, Daddy, are you doing that?” not really knowing what He is doing but knowing He does……