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Monkey Business

Posted Jan 8, 2017

Yo, Yo, Yo, it’s Ali, Regan, and Emily here!

We’re getting to play the P-Staff/Senior Counselor role this week at camp. It has been super awesome to be able to plug in wherever we are needed and encourage the counselors along the way.

The second round of campers got here today and we were all a little nervous about the transition from elementary to middle and high schoolers. They even showed up early, not quite what we are used to, but we “cut up our cool cards” and hopped right in! Turns out our counselors are cooler than we thought and have adjusted well to the age difference. 

During meals, the Nicaraguan staff put on skits for the first day while we take over for the second day. We have been super impressed with how animated and expressive they are; we have died laughing every time yet we have no clue what they are saying. When it was our turn to do the skit, to start off, we literally made two girls cry. Long story short, our skit was about a detective who gets turned into a monkey when he eats an evil banana. Little did we know that Nicaraguan parents tell their children that monkeys are going to come and take them if they are bad. Shout out to our awesome monkey, Austin, we could barely stay in character we were laughing so hard at the kid’s screaming faces. Please note that our translator, Joe, did not tell us about the myth until after our skit was over.

From skits to games, our PC staff is excelling in all areas! Today we had our second mock “buffalo hunt”, but with the older kids. After we won in tug-o-war against the Nicargauan staff, some friendly mud fights went down and we topped off the afternoon with an ice cold shower.

Our favorite part about our job here in Nicaragua is getting to watch relationships form for our counselors. Not only with the campers, but with their co-counselors. Although not many words are exchanged, it’s humbling to see Jesus’ love pour out of them. Their servant hearts are appreciated and their kids are so receptive to it. Even though we do not have our own cabin of campers, it has been awesome getting to bond with the kitchen staff’s daughters. They are some of the sweetest girls and we always have a blast with them! 

We have loved getting to serve camp in so many different ways and it’s hard to believe we are over halfway done with our trip! The most convicting thing that weighs heavy in our hearts is the Nicaraguan’s passion for one another to know Christ. They weep over each other’s sins, yet rejoice in each other’s salvation. Amazing! As camp begins to wrap up, please be praying for our team’s diligence and passion to further God’s Kingdom. 

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;” -1 Peter 5:2

Peace and Blessings,

Ali, Regan, and Emily
#LiftHeavySpanishThings (@AndrewBoshell) 


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  1. Quick s/o and hi to @harrison you’re the coolest (also you @ali you’re great too)

    Sending prayers for softened hearts and the transition to older kids, also for energy, diligence, and minimal language barriers!!! Confident that the Lord is doing cool things through each of you.

  2. Hahahahaha I’m dying laughing about the monkey thing! SOOOO FUNNY! Sounds like its been great all around! Proud of how you are pouring out!

  3. OF COURSE there would be a myth about an evil monkey in that culture ahahahahah!!! Please tell me you have some of this on video. Please.
    Praying for sweet memories and intentionality, even the last couple of days you are there! Every moment is a gift.
    Maddie, looks like you’re rockin it!!!! Miss you and can’t wait for you to be home!
    Love all you guys!

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