Happy Fourth of July to you all back in the US of A. There is no red, white or blue here in Nicaragua today, no fireworks or hot-dogs. Although we aren’t big Fourth of July people, we do miss the special time that we usually spend with family and friends.
If you have time to check out an article today, read this one by Suzanne Ross:
...if we are as good as we say we are, we won’t ignore the moral complexity of our own history…
We enjoyed an evening visiting our friend Lisa who we graduated with from Dordt. She is a physical therapist and came down with a team to work with kids with special needs at Tesoros de Dios, where Kevin is also leading weekly devotions and conversation time with the male staff.
We are spending a lot of our time with kids. This picture was taken at Podcasts for Peace, where we are both currently working on Fridays.
We enjoy our office pet turtle, Amarantha. Rumor says she is twenty-eight years old. She loves being fed, here she is pictured eating fresh watermelon and pineapple.
We went to a baseball game with our friends Anna and Jaime. Nicaragua played Cuba in a friendly match. It was friendly until the end, you can e-mail if you want the whole story.
We are exploring the wide variety of fruits and vegetables that Nicaragua grows so abundantly. Pictured above is a pitaya and it is great for making juice. Isn’t it gorgeous?
We celebrated a couple of birthdays. Pictured above are our friends and MCC co-workers, Marisa and Yolanda.
We are continuing to enjoy our new home. We have enjoyed hosting friends and neighbors and have plans for a “Nicaraguan pizza” with our previous host family. Pictured above are our friends from Estelí. Carmen is teaching us how to make “real” gallo pinto (beans and rice) as her brother Moises looks on.
Tomorrow we are heading to Costa Rica for a theological conference called CLADE V. We are looking forward to learning and interacting with individuals from Latin America on themes of the role of the Evangelical church in the Latin World. Read more here: http://www.ftl-al.org - there is an English page if you need it!
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF…
We received news yesterday that we will be co-teaching a course on the Culture of Peace and Conflict Transformation at the Baptist Seminary. We were excited about the opportunity until we found out the start date. When? September 1st. The syllabus is pretty much ready, but we don’t feel like our Spanish is. Typical Cassie and Kevin personalities – Cassie was up all night going through different ideas for teaching, practicing various vocabulary words that might be helpful, etc. Kevin slept soundly. Prayers for this are appreciated!
We will most likely be offline for a bit, so we hope that you all have a good start to your month of July!