July 28, 2015


I (Cassie) have never been that good with transitions.  I find beginnings and endings hard.  I would rather hold on to how things "are."  But life is not like that, we are constantly moving and changing, there are ebbs and flows.  I am doing my best to learn this, to accept that the seasons of life are okay and good and to soak up and live each season the very best that I can.

We began working with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) a little under four years ago and have spent the last forty-five months in Nicaragua working with this wonderful organization.  While there have been challenges during our time here, we are so grateful to have worked for MCC. 

MCC is a unique organization as it focuses on relief, development and peacebuilding, working with local partners to implement this work.  We have seen the success in their work, empowering the local partners and individuals to dream up and carry out the work.  Kevin and I have grown both personally and professionally during our time with MCC and we believe that the work that we have done has also had a positive and sustainable impact on individuals and communities.  But now it is time to move on to another season.  While we will not be working directly with MCC, we look forward to supporting the organization in other ways and hope to stay involved with their work in Nicaragua and around the world.

The new season we are entering into will begin on August 2nd, when Kevin will begin teaching History and Economics at Notre Dame High School in Managua.  He has committed to teaching the 2015-2016 school year.  I will continue teaching courses at the Baptist Seminary and will also contract with Accion Medica Cristiana until the end of this year.  I will also be teaching a course for Dordt College's study abroad program in Leon, Nicaragua.  We are excited about the work that is ahead of us.

At this point we will continue to live in the same rental home in Tierra Prometida.  We look forward to continuing our life here on this dusty road, living among our neighbors.  Kevin and I are now a couple years into the adoption process and are excitedly awaiting a placement of one or two kids.  We are hoping and praying that this will happen in the upcoming year.

So that is an update on our current season.  We have bittersweet feelings about moving on, we are so very grateful for what is behind us and we are looking forward to what is to come.

Thank-you for your support and love!

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