Commonway in Nicaragua
The First Two Days
Our trip started with some unfortunate news. Both Liz and Audrey were too sick to make the journey, and so both of them and Audrey’s daughter, Sophie, stayed behind. Our group of ten is now a group of seven. As disappointing as that has been, we are grateful for the safe travels and continued health for the rest of the team. Our prayers and concerns, though, have remained with the rest of the team still at home.
Day 1 – Travel to Nicaragua
I know there’s science to explain why airplanes work, but I’m still blown away every time I fly. We left Indianapolis at seven in the morning and we had lunch in Managua. That’s unbelievable, right? We ate with with Oscar Montes and his family. Oscar is the countrywide director for Food for the Hungry, and he has a huge heart and passion for this country, to see God at work, transforming lives and communities. To finish the day, we had about a three-hour drive to a city called Estelí.
Day 2 – Travel to Quilalí
From Estelí this morning, we continued the trip into the mountains of Nicaragua. The natural beauty of this country is stunning. (The picture at the top of the page doesn’t give it due justice.) We arrived in Quilalí, our home base for the next few days, in time for lunch and a chance to settle into the hotel.
The highlight of the day, for sure, was spending a few hours in Caulatú in the afternoon. At the beginning of each visit, FH and the local community leaders stage a welcome ceremony at one of the churches, complete with singing and dancing. This is our fourth trip, and each time without exception, we sense an instant connection. This partnership with FH and the folks in Caulatú is not accidental. Within the plans and purposes of God, He has united Commonway and Caulatú together.