As a Jacksonville photographer, I spend most of my time photographing portraits and weddings. However, I also LOVE to document trips. And my recent mission trip to Nicaragua was no exception. My church (Normandy Park Baptist) has participated in several Nicaragua mission trips over the past few years. Personally, this was my fourth mission trip to Nicaragua.
My whole family (husband, two sons, and daughter) were able to go this time! My daughter is only eleven years old, and this was her third mission trip. (It was her first time going to Nicaragua, though.)
A lot of mission trips center around passing out food/supplies and/or construction. However, we always focus more on sharing the Gospel with people. We work with a set of local missionaries at Word of Life Nicaragua. Although our church has been to this beautiful country several times, each trip is different.
This year, we flew into Managua but traveled to Juigalpa. We actually partnered with a church in a small town (Santo Domingo) for the week. Santo Domingo is about an hour away from where we stayed, so we enjoyed a scenic mountainous drive to and from Iglesia Filadelfia each day.
Some of the activities we did included hosting a marriage conference, our pastors preaching to the church members, hosting two separate VBS events, hosting a youth conference on purity and discipleship, hosting a local soccer tournament for the city of Santo Domingo, and sharing the Gospel with people in individual houses.
The people of Santo Domingo were so welcoming! We went there to minister, and several people accepted Christ. But we were also blessed! We were encouraged by the work God is doing through Iglesia Filadelfia!
It rained almost every day of our trip, and the clay soil was very slippery. Despite the weather, we still had a wonderful, productive trip.
Our last full day in Nicaragua was a “tourism” day. We were able to visit a local volcano (Masaya), a pottery shop, a local market, and a restaurant on the shore of an extinct, water-filled volcano.
I’m so grateful for this mission trip. I’m also so glad that all three of my children got to go this time. I think it’s very important to teach kids to give of themselves and be unselfish. It was great for them to experience another culture. Most of all, it was wonderful for them to share their faith and help others at the same time.
I’m excited to see what God has in store for our next trip!