Friday, January 7, 2011

going back to Nicaragua - praise you Lord!

A little over 3 years ago, I left part of my heart in Nicaragua. It was my very first mission trip. It was my very first plane ride. It was both amazing and terrifying. God was good though, as He always is, and He showed up in ways that I never imagined possible. He was there every step of the way. In every little village we went too. In each area of our ministry. In each worship service. God was there.

There was one special village that we visited during that trip. A village poor in resources but very rich in love. I fell head over heels in love with the precious people of La Union.  We all did. Our hearts were so full while we ministered there. And in turn, we were ministered to by them in such a powerful way. They touched our hearts in ways unimaginable.

 The little children had nothing. Yet, they had everything.  Nothing monetarily but everything spiritually. Their little hearts were so full of joy. They bubbled over with laughter and excitement and we had the best time with them. We couldn't speak their language in words, but we spoke their language in hugs, smiles and emotion. It was amazing. And when we left there, I left a piece of my heart.

At 6 am Saturday, I will board a plane headed back to Nicaragua. Along with my husband, my daughter, Melissa, and 2 other church members.  We will make our way back to the same village. Back to the same people. Back to find that piece of my heart.

We are going back to dedicate the little church that we helped build in that small, remote village. We will be doing bible school with the children during the afternoons and ministering to the people during the mornings. And then each evening we worship. Oh, man do we worship. We have some awesome worship services. Overwhelming. Astounding. God shows up in such a manifestation of Spirit, that it is unbelievable. I can't wait.

I look forward to telling you all about it when we return on the 15th.  I don't think we will have any internet service. In the meantime, be in prayer for our team. Pray for our safety and our health. Pray for me as I do the one thing that terrifies me most - fly in an airplane.  Pray for God to do a mighty work and pray that we will be obedient to His leading.

Yo te busco con fuego en mi corazon - (I am searching with fire in my heart!)


I'm gonna miss these babies!!!!


SusanD said...

That is so exciting. I'm thrilled for you. I will definitely be in prayer for you, your team, and the village you will be visiting. Blessings, SusanD

Nana Jul said...

How wonderful!! Beth I will be praying, and I know He'll show up in huge ways...setting your heart on fire for HIM, for this little village La Union...It will be incredible and I can't wait to hear everything!! Love conquers all fear...Think of the Love you have for these precious ones...That will help you FLY!!
Love ya

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Go in peace. Serve the Lord. And thanks be to God!

You are going to find your heart again, yes? And maybe you might just leave a little bit more of it there when you return??

God bless you, sister, as you do His work in the world! My prayers go with you.

Smelling Coffee said...

Beth, I don't think I've actually been to your blog! It's beautiful... and you truly are one Blessed Nana! Your girls gorgeous ladies (so are you) and your grandchildren are darling! I look forward to meeting you for real this year!

I'll be praying for you and the team on this trip. How awesome! May The Lord go before you, protect, provide for, speak through, and glorify Himself greatly in all that takes place on this trip.

Much love to you, new neighbor~

Loren said...

Oh Beth! How wonderful! I will definitely be interceding for all of you! Cannot wait to hear all the Lord does in and through you and how HE shows up!

Love you!

Elizabethd said...

What a wonderful trip that will be.

Denise said...

I will be praying for you Beth! I have equally loved my time in Nicaragua (been there twice). What a blessing it is to dedicate the church building! To enjoy this ministry time with family is an added bonus!

I look forward to hearing more when you return!

Que Dios bendiga su tiempo en Nicaragua! Vaya con Dios!


Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Beth, praying as we speak! for protection, health, Remember God is Already There! And will pray for your adorable children as well. they are so cute! To God Be the Glory! for great things He has done!

Yolanda said...

WOW, where did the time go? I'm praying for you, Jimbo, Melissa and your team.

And I for one, can't wait for you to return and tell us all the amazing stories.

With love,

Thena said...

I have been so out of touch lately. Thanks for the email, will definetly be praying for safe travels. I know what you mean about flying, my husbands jokes that to get me on an airplane I would have to be sedated.
Can't wait to hear all about your trip.

Peggy (mazmagi) said...

Blessings (bendiciones y saludos)
Beth... We do not know each other but I will be praying for your time in Nicaragua and the little people you leave behind. I lifted you up momentarily this morning as this is the day your plane is leaving. Of course, this time it's not your first, I still pray for safety for you and the others.

How wonderful that you have this opportunity to return to La Union
(the union)of Jesus Christ with this village to dedicate the church you helped to plant and build. Praise God! The time is brief but may the outpouring of His Holy Spirit overflow and anoint each of you and these people with power from on high! God is so good! May your beautiful time of worship and service exalt Him and multiply many blessings on your faithfulness and the people in La Union. Love has no language barrier. God's love be with you!

Vaya con Dios! (Go with God) y
Que Dios te bendiga! (May God bless you!) Que Dios les bendiga! (May God bless each of you and them!)
There is a song by Marcos Witt that
he sang with his son Jonathan when he was small... I thought of it because it has some of the words that you ended with..."Yo te busco" ...
but the last part you wrote is the most important part of passion with fire in your heart...

Gracias para su corazon y servicio para la gente de Nicaragua de La Union.

Amor y paz en Jesucristo,
(Love and peace in Jesus Christ)

Aliene said...

That is so exciting. I have always wanted to visit a mission field. I'm glad you are getting to go back to those precious people. I know God will bless your efforts. Blessings as you go.

Sassy Granny ... said...

How wonderful! God bless your heart for obeying the Lord's summons. I'm thinking your "going back" will result in some amazing new sagas that will fortify your love of that far away place. Can hardly wait for stories!

Now about those babes ... Oh so darling! I could hug them to pieces.

Hugs to YOU!

angelonwheels said...

Praying Now! Love the pics!

D.J. Hughes said...

Praying for you as you travel. Can't wait to hear about it when you return!

BECKY said...

How wonderful Beth! I am praying for you all! What a delightful blessing for you!

Can't wait to hear of your trip when you return!!
Love and hugs,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Just now reading this... so prayer this morning for your work there. You have such a big heart, friend, I don't imagine your leaving a piece of it there will leave those of us, here, diminished in any way!

Prayers for safe return and vibrant ministry.


Nancy said...

How wonderful to go and see these people again. I will pray for you. Have a sweet time in ministry. I know you will be blessed as you always bless others.

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Praying the trip is going wonderfully!

LisaShaw said...

Praying for you and your family precious sister and your trip; as you serve the LORD!

Thanks again for the blessing of your LOAM message today. I love you!

Praying a year of all God's best for you and yours!

Jackie said...

Oh how wonderful, Beth!!! I'm praying for you and your group for a safe trip and return and may you see a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit everywhere you go!!!

Looking forward to the praise reports when you return!



Toia said...

That is awesome and exciting!!! Have a wonderful trip and I will keep you and my family in my prayers!!!

~ linda said...

My prayers have been with you since your email for prayer. I have thought of you often, Beth, and pray this trip has been all about God and the beautiful people of that village in Nicaragua.
I am so glad Melissa is with you too. She has been through so much and all for God. I pray she stayed well this trip and saw God working there too!
loving and caring about you, ~ linda

GrammyGoo said...

Your in my prayers Beth ~ Looking forward to an awesome report on all that the Lord has done!
Hugs & Prayers, Ella

angelonwheels said...

Still praying and can't wait to hear about it!

mholgate said...

Thinking of you and praying for you this morning. I look forward to hearing about your trip.