Mission Trips


Buffalo Hunt Beyond Borders

Posted Jan 5, 2017

(Blog post written by Nick “Ram Jam” Apperson)          

Holy moly the campers are here! God has been moving in incredible ways here in El Crucero Nicaragua and it is only day 3! At around 9 o clock this morning the campers arrived and we have been going nonstop ever since! We have taught dances ( Nicaraguan and American) and played many games! All of the American counselors sat in while the Nicaraguans led the campers in a bible study about Jonah, and even with such a big language barrier, you could see God moving in mighty ways during that time!  

     After bible study the Nicaraguans had a surprise for us! When they saw pictures on our Facebook page last summer of the buffalo hunt (our giant mud fight) during our Towers summer camp, they decided to make a mud pit of their own, and the campers loved it just as much as the ones back home do! It was a blast seeing so many smiling facing and hearing so much laughter from all of the campers during these games! 

     After a quick snack and shower time, we got to spend time with our cabin going to many different stations playing even more games. A quick example of one of the Nicaraguan games is one where you run to a bowl full of flour and candy and have to get the candy out of the flour with only your mouth, all while racing another person doing the same thing! Haha, no gluten allergies here! 

      It has been so overwhelming and challenging to see the way the Nicaraguan counselors interact and love each and every one of these campers, and each and every one of us. I am learning more and more that love doesn’t stop at a language barrier, yet love shines through service and how we act towards one another. The relationships with our Nicaraguan co-counselors are growing so fast, and I am so expectant for what God is going to do as we continue on this amazing journey He has placed before us.

   I ask that you continue to pray for safety and health as we are here! But more importantly, that these campers would come to know the love of Jesus Christ as they are here this week. That we would be vessels of the Lord’s love to each camper and Nicaraguan counselor, and that each one of us would grow and be sanctified by the Lord! Thank you so much for your support and prayer! 


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  1. It’s ok just tearing up over here reading this and looking at the pics! So many familiar faces and so many answers to prayers! It’s so exciting to hear about how the Nicaraguan counselors are leading and even that awesome Buffalo Pit!!!! Manuel is the MAN! Praying right now that everyone would be safe/healthy, that those campers’ hearts would be softened to the Gospel and eager to receive the gift of salvation, and that every counselor (whether from the States or from Nicaragua) would be impacted/grown/blessed/unified. Press on! ?

  2. Wow…why do I have tears in my eyes as I read that? I love that they wanted to do something that was familiar to y’all. How cool?!? Thanks for giving me a taste of your time. KEEP IT UP!

  3. Thanks for sharing Nick! Sounds like things are going great! So proud of you guys and your hard work!

    LOVE that you guys did Buffalo Hunt, ha ha! That is awesome! Cool that you all are getting to see the intentionality already, that is something that is always so encouraging to me.

    Thanks for all your hard work, service, and selflessness (refer to: surprise Buffalo Hunt in Nicaragua, ha ha)! Keep up the spirit and attitudes as I know that God works beyond language to share Himself! Love you guys and can’t wait to hear more!