Blog post written by Chandler Lotridge.

“The response of the natural to the Spiritual should be continuous conversion, but this is where we often refuse to be obedient. No matter what our situation is, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered.” -Oswald Chambers 

Hi y’all! Today was our fifth full day, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of a full day. It started out like any other – waking up early and all participating in quiet times with our Savior. Something (one of the many things) that I love about our God is that He does not allow an opportunity to go without purpose. My first quiet time in Nicaragua was titled “Will You Go Without Knowing?” Shoutout to Oswald Chambers and a devotional of his titled, My Utmost for His Highest. The passage for this particular devotional was Hebrews 11. 

“By FAITH we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen…” -Heb. 11:3

I loved the reminder during this quiet time that we don’t have all of the answers. We don’t even know what tomorrow will bring. But we can rest in the assurance that God knows what He is doing. He is in charge of it all. To give y’all a little bit of a mental picture here, where I have my quiet time is on a cement ledge that faces the lake and a giant volcano… Every morning the sun rises about 6am, and it is a beautiful sight. If our Lord paid that much attention to a lake and a pile of rocks shaped like a triangle, just imagine for a second how much He pays attention to the people that He sent His own Son to die for? We sure do serve a wonderful God who cares about us immensely. 

On another note – today was ROCKIN, my friends. This morning the campers went to several different activity classes led by the Americanos, followed by activity classes led by the Nicaraguans. Campers had a blast at both sets of activity classes! This reminded me of community and 1 Corinthians 12, which discusses how “… Our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part” (1 Cor. 12:18-19). We may be from two different countries with two different languages and cultures, but we all have the purpose of glorifying our Savior, making us one body under Christ. It was cool to see that reflected in us all working together to make camp great!  

   
I was a counselor for the first session of campers, and this session I am on Program Staff. Nothing is more awesome than watching my friends with their campers, showing the love of Jesus in every way they can, regardless of the language barrier. That being said, during activity classes, P-Staff gets to bop around to check in on everyone. Today we decided to play a little prank on our good friend, George. With Austin and Shirley by my side, we convinced sweet George that “OPA!” (spelling may be off… I apologize) is Spanish slang for “Great job!!!” Since Shirley is fluent in Spanish, everyone trusts her Spanish knowledge without question. Moments later we witnessed George telling his campers, “OPA!!!” and their faces could not have been more confused… George’s Nicaraguan Co-Counselor is in on the joke, and we heard both of them use the new fun word at least 10 times already. He still doesn’t know that it’s not a real Spanish word, so shhhhhh and stay tuned!!! 

After lunch and a new skit about Americans visiting Nicaragua, we had a little bit of down time and got to hang at la playa. Although it seemed like we might’ve been experiencing one of the ten plagues because of all of the gnats, everyone still had an awesome time. We ended the day with worship led by George and our Nicaraguan friend Yijat, plus an awesome club talk by the one and only Katie Stiles. She killed it. Watch out Boshell, Maddog, and Stige. Last but not least, we had a little Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenge, followed by an epic dance party. Is it really a Pine Cove experience without a good dance to Soldiers? That’s all for today, friends. Thanks for reading! 

   
Peace and Blessings,

Chandler