As I shared yesterday, a group from E-Women has teamed up with Compassion International and is in Nicaragua this week. I'm thrilled to bring you a message from Beth Cleveland.
It’s a hot and sticky winter night here in Managua, Nicaragua.
The EW Team (Julie, Megan, Michael, and I) arrived safely along with our Compassion International Leaders, Michael Collins and Mark Nelessen. Our local hostess, Scarlett, greeted us at the airport. She will be escorting us to the local mission churches over the next two days. We are excited to have the opportunity to meet the children and the local pastors. We’ve been in our hotel rooms inflating soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, sorting arts/crafts materials, and lots of other resource materials.
We hear that the President of Nicaragua loves Christmas! It’s evident as large Christmas trees, and decorations are lit up throughout the city. I even caught a glimpse of Santa Clause on the rooftop of one of the local businesses. Nothing was more awesome to see in the middle of the square but a 15 foot Jesus with arms open wide, just waiting for His children to come to him.
Michael and I are snacking on fries and burgers as I’m writing this, and he asks me ‘Where is that we see that in US other than in our churches?”
As I close, I want to share with you the song that has been my prayer for the team the past few weeks as we prepared for this trip. I don’t know about you but I not only want to be captivated by Him here but also everyday ….until tomorrow…
Captivate us, Lord Jesus
Set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence
And rushing river, draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus, with You
Please continue to pray for Beth, Michael, Megan, and Julie has they are visiting the children today. Pray for their strength and for the Lord to bring them back to us changed forever by this experience.
Lord, protect them, captivate them, and forever change their hearts. Give them a message to share with all of us. Amen