Mission Nicaragua :: Day 11

There is power in prayer.  Seems like a gross understatement.  However, I would imagine most Christians would hardly describe their prayer life as powerful.  On this mission, not only have we talked each night about an intimate, conversational relationship with God, but we’ve also worked hard to put it into practice.  By God’s grace, many on our team have begun to experience this kind of relationship and many for the first time.  One key area this has manifested itself has been through prayer.  I’ve been so encouraged watching this growth of prayer take place both individually and corporately.
Today we went to Sister Ruby’s house… or as it is better know, “Ruby’s House of Prayer.”  It’s been two years since Sister Ruby left behind her earthly home and stepped into eternity.  Her presence is definitely missed, but her legacy and ministry has carried on in full strength!
We arrived and headed up to the “upper room” while Mike, Coburn and I stayed down with Margarita (Ruby’s sister) to prepare and pray together before we went upstairs for a time of worship and prayer with our team.  God showed us very quickly that He was ready to meet us and He was going to speak powerfully.  And that He did! 
God had a word for many of our students and a powerful time of confession, testimony and healing followed.  I was again encouraged to see our team praying for each other and doing life and ministry together.  We studied the power of prayer, but how much more powerful to experience it in action!  Our time at Ruby’s has become such an integral piece to our mission experience and this year was no exception.  Praise God for His faithfulness to meet us today!
After our team time at Ruby’s, we headed over to everyone’s favorite destination… the market.  After a time of shopping and experiencing new sights, smells and pushy vendors – we headed back to the Buzbees and enjoyed a bit of rest and downtime before we headed out to Doña Haydee (a local Nicaragua restaurant) where we enjoyed some local cuisine in a fun atmosphere.  Spending time together over our last meal was so enjoyable, but also started to help us see the reality that our time was coming to an end.  So we finished the night with our traditional dance party in the bus on the ride back (thanks to Franklin fixing the radio during dinner).
We’ve got to be up at 4:30 am to head to the airport for our early flight.  We’re leaving one Katie behind to head up to the Rio Coco for her extended mission trip and the other Katie who is staying one more day.  We’ll be returning with mixed emotions, but one thing for sure… knowing that God is good and He has been faithful to minister in us and through us this year in Nicaragua!

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