Saturday, January 26, 2013

León, Nicaragua - January 26, 2013

We had some rain today - I know, that's not really spectacular news. However, we are now in the dry season and we haven't had any rain in well over a month, almost two. The winds have picked up which means that the dust is flying. There have been some days that we have to sweep our floor 3 or 4 times a day to try and keep it looking decent. The dust coats everything and sometimes we come home from service all covered in grime - especially if we have been out in some of the more remote areas on the outskirts of town. So - the fact that we've had a little rain is a topic of conversation here!

As was mentioned before, we've had a lot of visitors lately. All of them have acquired many new and useful skills such as.... drinking coca cola from a plastic bag (without a straw) and not spilling it all over the place.....

Rachel learning to drink coca cola from a plastic bag

and learning to dance salsa from an expert.....

Mariela teaching Sean some moves
Some of the visitors have been families with young children and teenagers. It's been a lot of fun to see Natalie interacting with kids close to her own age.

Natalie has some young friends

Josie with her big, bright smile

Thalia, Sean, Hazel, Sergio, Francinette and Levi
Our meetings for field service have been huge - over 30 on a number of occasions! It has been nice to work with so many different ones and share some exciting experiences. This past Tuesday while working some search territory with a visiting sister we found a young man who speaks really good English - in fact he was our first door of the morning. After conversing with him for about 45 minutes we had to leave to join the group. During the conversation we invited him to the meeting on Thursday night - to our surprise both he and his brother showed up for the meeting. They both enjoyed the meeting and arrangements have been made to study with them.
George, Lenin and Juan in the ministry
A while back we had a young girl visit us at the witnessing table and asked if we could continue her study. She had been studying but lost contact with the person who had been studying with her when she moved to a new house. She had moved to a new development and when we asked around if anyone knew where it was we kept drawing a blank. Coming home from La Paz Centro we saw a billboard advertising the development so we were able to get the directions. We went out to visit her last weekend and made arrangements to continue the study today. We are amazed at how good her English is after studying the language for only 4 months - we could only wish our Spanish was so good! Anyhow, Debbie and Hazel went to visit her today and the study went really well.

Of course - it isn't all work! Here are some pictures after a day at the beach.

Tawny and Ryan

Ludwig, Marcus, Mada and Maria in the back row
Tawny, Ryan (Ludwig & Mada's son) and Pat

Tawny and Ryan are visiting for a few months from the Michigan area. Marcus and Maria will be here for about a year and they are from Sweden. Ludwig, Mada  and son are also visiting from Sweden but are only in Nicaragua for a few weeks.