Here we are in Masatepe, Nicaragua, at Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Horizonte (New Horizon BC). We are half way through the week of teaching English. We have about 150 students with classes at 3-5:30, a realquickmeal, and back in from 6-8:30. They are of all ages.

Today is the first day for the clear presentation of the reason we are here besides English, so pray for us, for Jody Kennedy who will do the main speaking, and for each teacher to be able to give a clear testimony of their experience – we can only do this if our class requests it – “Please, Teacher __, tell us your story….”

We each pray for our students by name, and we are told that most of them have never had anyone pray for them by name. Many of the students in my classes marked their registrations “no church,” which translates no relationship with the One. So the next 3 days are crucial – that they come to class, that their hearts are open, that they will “hear,” and that Life will find them.

You may wonder at my obscure references in this blog. These students, though they live in the country in a small town, are very computer savvy. It is likely they will discover things like our facebooks, our websites, our blogs, etc. So I am purposely discrete,  so as not to offend in any way.

Jody met a man last week in Managua on the street who was a former student. He remembered the face but not the name. It is significant what he said to Jody. He did not say thank you for teaching me English, but he said, “Thank you for showing me J.” Jody said he was pretty much a puddle after that. We all hope that is our real effect here.

Another student recently wrote on his final survey after classes were finished, “Thank you for teaching me English and showing me J. I prayed the prayer. I did it!”

That is why we are here.