God’s faithfulness to our team is what we are continuing to celebrate. From small areas to big – each of us are experiencing His presence and power. Our morning times are crucial as we have time to start our day both individually and together as a team with God. Today, we were praying that He would move in a mighty way.
We invited all of our teenage campers back to Ruby Ranch and also asked them to invite their siblings and any other younger kids that have participated in our camps before. We had around 100 kids show up!
So we started the morning in a significant way with a hike up to Chapel Hill. One of our previous teams had the privilege to catch the vision for this space and start clearing the land. It has turned into an awesome outdoor chapel overlooking the Nicaraguan countryside – all in the shadow of a big cross. I had the privilege to share the Gospel with everyone there and invite them to respond to His calling on their lives. Man, I wish we could have stayed up there forever! We could sense the Spirit moving and we rejoice with those who trusted Jesus as their Savior today! What a great finale to a great week of camp.
Next was the hike back down the hill where all kinds of fun was waiting… baseball, the playground, trampolines, soccer, the waterslide and the brand new zip line. Our team was able to get it ready for the kids and they had a blast breaking it in. We provided everyone with a hot lunch and then it was back to more fun – pinatas and music and the girl campers ballet performance and even a presentation of the campers Bible verse in English. It truly was an amazing day.
The sidewalk project is also going well, although, we haven’t been much help. Sometimes the prep work down here takes a long time, but hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.
Before the kids left, we provided all the campers with a backpack with school supplies, hygiene items and a New Testament. Then came the tearful goodbyes as we told them it was our last day out at Ruby Ranch. Many high fives and hugs later and the kids were gone.
Before we could leave Las Parcelas, we had to make our trek up to Manuel’s house (Virginia) was one of our campers. We had the privilege to build a house for their family a few years ago. Like always, he welcomed us to a tour of his home and then shared his gratitude, led us in song and prayed God’s blessings over us. We, in turn, prayed for he and his family. It’s such an awesome reminder that God can unite hearts across languages and even with only yearly visits.
We can’t praise God enough for the amazing work He did in and through us at camp. We are praising God for how His Spirit moved by drawing children to Himself. And we are praising God for the relationships that we have formed! It has been a great mission to date, but we still have some more time ahead off us. Thanks for continuing to pray for our team and for the power of the Gospel to be displayed!