Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Managua, Nicaragua - December 20, 2016

Palo Verde Jungle Tour
It's hard to believe that we left Canada over a week ago. We landed in Liberia, Costa Rica and spent three relaxing days in Liberia before heading by bus up to Granada, Nicaragua.

While in Liberia, we took a tour on the Tempisque River called the Palo Verde Jungle Tour. We saw many different species of birds as well as crocodiles. On the trip back to our hotel we stopped along the side of the road and were treated to an up close encounter with a howler monkey troupe and were able to take a few amazingly closeup shots of a mama howler and baby. Lunch was at Rancho Los Coyotes where we enjoyed some excellent local cuisine as well as a demonstration of how local pottery is produced.

Crocodile on the Palo Verde Jungle Tour

Mama Howler monkey with baby

The bus transfer to Granada was uneventful and we enjoyed a week of relaxing and preparing for the Regional Convention in Ticuantepe. One morning we joined the local Granada congregation in service. Our group was assigned search work as well as inviting all English speakers we found to the Regional Convention. Pat and his partner had a long chat with a fellow in the territory and was able to show him the convention trailer video. The young guy said that he would try and attend.

Being able to attend the Regional Convention here was a highlight of the week. Not just the program, but to be reunited with all our friends in one place was indescribable. Our ribs still ache from the long, hard hugs we received. The local brothers worked long and hard to prepare in welcoming brothers from remote parts of Nicaragua. For the first time brothers and sisters from Costa Rica journeyed to Nicaragua for the Regional Convention. We were so thrilled to be in attendance when two young sisters from Pearl Lagoon were baptized.
Reuniting with friends from Leon

Welcoming brothers & sisters to the Regional Convention

Welcoming the brothers & sisters to the Regional Convention
With the Pearl Lagoon Congregation

Today we are finally heading for Corn Island. After much thought and consulting with the experts, we have decided to ship our 3 heavy bags on the Captain D and take a flight out this afternoon. We are excited to be finally getting to our destination and will update with pictures as soon as we can.