Our EFL (English as a Foreign Language) team here in Palacaguina has spent the last two days, Saturday and Sunday, registering students for the English classes which will take place Monday to Friday of this week. We started yesterday with a skeleton team, but the rest of the team arrived last night to the pleasant mountain atmosphere, surprised and edified by the uncharacteristic coolness of our hotel patio, where we eat and have group meetings and training. Our team now numbers twelve Norte Americanos and four Nica’s who are handling support, music, translation, administrative, etc. The little church here, Iglesia Tierra de Canaan Bautista Land of Canaan Baptist Church), is a small congregation but has had an unusually high number of committed helpers alongside us, so we have not lacked for support in any way. The young pastor, Juan Carlos, is very excited to have us here since this will be a major evangelistic event in his town and will increase the spiritual visibility of his church considerably.

The first day we registered 56 students, a variety of teens, young adults, and a smattering of older adults all the way up to 63 years old (one brave soul who has to be brave to come take English classes among all these young folks, bless her heart!) By the end of today we had 128 registered for the adult classes and many more children for the two children’s programs we will hold each day. So our day will be: rise early, teach an early children’s class, return to hotel for lunch (5 minute drive), teach 1st adult class, teach second children’s class, and finally we will teach the second adult class from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., then return to the hotel. So our days will be busy. We are excited to hit the classrooms and meet our students personally tomorrow – those relationships are the best part of what we do here because they provide the open door to share Christ with them.

Here is a picture some of you will appreciate: this little friend shows up every day during lunch, sitting atop his white post opposite our patio, and watches us eat. He’s quite charming. Apparently, Palacaguina is the center of activity for many of his relatives in Nicaragua, and the pastor has already invited us to go hunting with him in the hills. Alas! We will not have time for such sport…not sure I could “hunt” one anyway.