TLC Team in Nicaragua

Last week I headed down to Nicaragua to be with a TLC team coming in from Hobe Sound, Florida. I arrived a few days ahead of the team to get some things ready and the day I arrived there was this beautiful rainbow!
We rented a bus and went to Managua to pick up the team. Thankfully they arrived safely.
Heading North to Ocotal. It was a privilege to have Timmy Slavens on the team. He was in our church youth group when I was youth pastor at Beavertown God's Missionary Church. I was so happy to see how he is serving the Lord.
There were 12 on the team. The majority of them are missions students at Hobe Sound.
Two of the guys were from Papua New Guinea. Andy preached twice on the trip.
We got around in the back of a pick up truck. Here they are heading back to the hotel after the church service.
Saturday the team bought wires and lights to install the electricity for the new church that was built and they bought wood to build some new pulpits.
Some of the guys helped to install the lights. While others worked on other projects.
Some of them sanded and helped work on the pulpit.
Three of the group went to the main church to paint the mission logo and the name of the church over the door.
Working on the pulpit.
On Sunday we had our very first service in the newly built Achuapas church. Julio's main church people and the people from his other outstations all came together for the service. The Lord's presence was so sweet!
God moved in the service and several people came forward to pray.
Then I dedicated four children.
After the dedications we all went down the hill to the creek for 10 people to be baptized.
There were 5 Nicaraguans and 5 young people from the team that got baptized.
Baptizing Danny.
Baptizing one of the men from the church. This man walks about 2 hours one way every Sunday to church.
The ten candidates with myself, pastor Julio and Sister Joy Budensiek.
Then the team handed out fans and decorations with Bible verses to everybody and backpacks with school supplies to all the children. They were so happy with their gifts.
We hiked out to a remote village in the mountains where some of the church people lived. It's about an hour and a half one way. I was so tired when we got back but it was a lot of fun.
The view was incredible.
The few brave souls who actually made it to the very top of Duende Mountain.

The team did such a great job. Thanks guys for coming, hopefully you will be back soon!!


Kristen said...

This is so awesome! Pablo had told me that he was going with you to Nicaragua to preach and I did know that a team from TLC/HSBC was going down but I never putt the two things together! That is so cool! It is really neat to see the church that we painted there too, the people that I met while I was there, two people from my Amazon team went with the HSBC group, etc. I'm also very glad to hear how God is working there as well. Blessings to all of you. :-)