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Midweek Report from Nicaragua

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.

No More Posts for a While

Unfortunately, we will probably not be able to continue the daily blogs from here in Nicaragua. We are leaving Managua in about 40 minutes and heading to the airport to pick up our next group of teachers from Texas, and then we are heading for Masatepe, about 2 hours out of Managua. It is very unlikely that we will have internet access in Masatepe. We will be staying at a church there, literally sleeping in a classroom.

So, look for more reports in a week as we come home on April 4. Please pray for us this week. We could have several hundred students coming from the region around Masatepe for English lessions.

Hasta pronto (see you soon.)

The Real Story

We are here in Nicaragua to teach English, of course, but a greater drive grips our hearts. We love the Nicaraguan people and want to share with them the greatest gift we have to share which is Jesus Christ. We had 78 students enrolled in our classes this last week. That may not seem like a lot, but we only had 4 teachers and two sessions, meaning we each taught two classes, so that was about 10 students in each class. Gail had 19 in one of her classes.

In this brief 5 days we hope to form enough relationship and trust to earn the right to present our gift on a take or leave it basis not to the heads of our students, but to their hearts. We know we are not best friends after 5 days, but we are at least friends – we have journeyed through vocabulary and verbs together, we have laughed, we have struggled to express ourselseve on both sides, sometimes successfully, some few times not so much. We have wrestled with the great Opponent, Language Barrier, which for us is an inconvenience and a novelty, but for many of our students is the pathway to a better job, more opportinity in a difficult economy and , and to a better life.

So when we have 54 ¨decisions,¨ from college students, we are deeply humbled by the process we are caught up in, for these are the leaders of business and government of tomorrow. These will be the educated leaders who take Nicaragua and Central America into the 21st century. So, yes, we are humbled. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. Believe me, we together have made a difference this week.

We Have Arrived in Nicaragua

We arrived in Nicarague without incident Sunday night (3/20/11). Lots of foreign tourists at the airport which indicates that tourism in Nic. is becoming more popular – great for the economy here.

We followed some basketball player from Ft. Worth to Houston. I knew he was a bb player because he was too big for the plane. He must have been a newbie though to whatever team he was on because he was still riding coach – poor guy: I could harldly fit in the seat, so I have no idea how he did it. He had noticeable knee marks on his face when we deplaned in Houston.

We are about to go to our first Spanish lesson. We´ll do this every morning this first week. I am looking forward to it. We´ll see if we can be both a student and a teacher in the same week.

English classes at the Univ. de Managua begin at 1:30 and 4:00. We´re excited at this opportunity to be with college kids.

Leaving for Two Week Stay in Nic

We are leaving in about an hour for the airport. We are staying two weeks in Nicaragua., home on April 4. We will be teaching English for the first week at the Univ. of Managua, UdeM, and then moving for the second week to a church in Massatepe, Nicaragua, where we will teach another week of English.

Please pray for us and our team while we are there. Sadly, our

work will be greatly hampered by the passing of our Nicaraguan friend, Benjamin Quant, on March 13. He was a great servant who served as our translator on every trip. We will miss him greatly.

And while I am looking forward to it, I am also bit nervous about taking Spanish lessons while we’re down there – each morning the first week for two hours. A dose of my own medicine! Really, this is a great step forward for us.

I’ll write more as the trip develops. Flying out of Houston late today.

Plans Rise to the Top for Early 2011

At least some plans for the year are firming up at this point for the Meades on Mission in 2011. We are now officially scheduled to be in Nicaragua for two weeks with Jody Kennedy International, beginning March 19, 2011, and returning April 3 or 4, 2011. We will spend the first week at the University of Managua (“UdeM” – pronounced “Oo-de-Emeh”) teaching Business English to university students.  During that week we will have some time each day to take Spanish lessons in the mornings, so the schedule should be packed.  The second week, we will be at a church out in the country in the small town of Masatepe. This will be the first time at that church, but the second time working with that pastor, so we are looking forward to seeing him and his family again. We will teach a full program of English to the local citizenry, adults, teens and children. We treasure these opportunities for relational evangelism as this method of reaching people for Christ is very fruitful.

In Tent-making Mode This Week

Pray for us this week (Jan. 24-28) because we are in coaching school. Both of us are attending a coaching training and certification offered by the Tarrant Baptist Association. This will be Gail’s first training and my second certification in life coaching. For me it will be a brush up on all the skills, since my previous certification was in 2006, so I’m looking forward to it. For Gail, it will be a new world in some respects, but in others not so much – she often sits in with me when I work with couples or women and so is familiar with what coaching is. But we figured that this would be a great opportunity to give her a certification and some specific hands on skills. to go with her excellent instincts and experience.

We don’t know where this will take us. We do know that “tent-making” is partially how we are to support ourselves in our missions work. Anyway, pray for us both this week at “coaching school.” Everything at this point is following the path that God sets in front of us.

Early Look at 2011 Calendar

We are at the very beginning. But here is a summary of what’s on the 2011 calendar so far.

1) In January, Bob will attend a coaching certification course with the Tarrant Baptist Association. He is already certified as an ACMC (Associated Certified Meta-Coach), but additional certifications are a good thing. Bob and Gail hope to help support their ministry through an active coaching practice as well as donations.

2) The first trip scheduled right now is is for the last week of March – back to Nicaragua to Masatepe with Jody Kennedy International where we will share the week with one of our good pastor friends from Nicaragua and help his church to grow. This will be a new town for us, but with a pastor that we know.

3) We are considering a trip to Uganda in May, but the details are sketchy at this point. This would be teaching pastors and church-building.

4) In the Fall we would like to make our first trip to Russia with Jody and Trisha Kennedy.

I’m sure God will fill out this calendar as we move into 2011.