Mission Trips


Set a Fire Down in My Soul

Posted Jan 6, 2016

Today’s blog written by Katie Stiles (Counselor)
It seems like just this morning we were at the airport boarding our flight here to Nicaragua. Yet, in the short amount of time that we’ve been here, the Lord has been faithful to break down the barrier of language and build relationships through activities, smiles and lots of laughs. Our third full day has been incredible! So much has happened since we woke up this morning (at 6am, thankfully, and not 4am!). From activity classes, tasty Nicaraguan food, to Detective Dan saving camp from the evil Helga – campers, counselors and Nicaraguans have had so much fun! 

 Last year, I had the privilege of coming with the Towers’ team to Nicaragua. I am so thankful to be back. The Lord continues to teach me about communicating the love of Christ through the power of joy and service. It truly is humbling to remember that the Lord doesn’t need our words or actions to build His kingdom, but only by His grace are we able to make His name known among the people of Nicaragua and throughout the world. Even a simple smile or hug goes a long way here! 

Today, after lunch, everyone ran out to the lake to swim for a while. We had a blast building sand castles, throwing the frisbee and playing together in the water. During that time, one of my girls and I stood together jumping the waves as they rolled onto the shore. We stood there together, holding hands, ready for whatever might come next. And even though this was a fun moment, it hit me: This is what the Lord does for me. He stands beside me in the waves of life. The sad and the joyous times. He holds my hand and reassures me that whatever may come next, it is no bigger than what He can handle. How often it is that I turn away from Him and ignore His leading. 

 This small moment with my camper was a profound reminder that even when sometimes it feels like there is a language barrier between God and me, He is still there. Just like when my camper can’t understand me, I won’t leave her side. God is ready to jump the waves with me. It was an encouraging picture of who our Father is.

This Wednesday comes to a close, as I sit here on the beach hearing the sweet sounds of children singing, “How He Loves.” Each cabin is standing together, praying and crying out to the Lord for one another, as the bonfire lights their faces. It is such an overwhelming and incredible way to end the day.

The Lord is challenging, encouraging and growing me so much this week and I’m confident He is doing the same in the hearts of these beautiful kids and our team. 

Thank you for your prayers and awesome blog comments (we like calling them – BLOH-MENTS!! Haha). But in all seriousness it means so much that we have a team at home praying for us here and for the work of the kingdom!


Katie Stiles

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  1. Love seeing Wide Eyed back on the blog scene! So cool to hear about how God is working in Nicaragua and in each of you. I am praying for y’all and am looking forward to more stories!

  2. Wide Eyed, the way you connect our Creator’s love for us to everyday life is so impactful and I love seeing you back at killing the blog game! Praying that the Lord continues to work through all of you the rest of this week, for your safety, and that these kiddos’ hearts are overflowing with His love. Keep up the great work!!

  3. Wide Eyed, praying for you and the whole Towers team right now! I love hearing and seeing all the incredible kingdom work y’all are doing. Reading your blog just now was so encouraging, I get so excited thinking about all the work God is doing in y’all, and the hearts of all those little nuggets. Keep rockin it!

  4. Incredible picture of how God works in our life. So proud of everything you all are doing! I am praying that the Lord continues to give y’all His perfect strength as you get ready to go into the second session. I love hearing about it and can’t wait for more!

    Special shout out to the incredible Blair PBA Holsombeck!

    ‘But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    God Bless!!

  5. Great words, Katie! It’s great how you connect God’s creation to godly lessons. What a wonderful metaphor that the Lord holds our hands in the waves of life.

    We have specifically been praying that the language barrier would not be too difficult, so we’re thrilled to read your words: “the Lord has been faithful to break down the barrier of language and build relationships through activities, smiles and lots of laughs.”

    Another wave bites the dust!

  6. Oh my Katie, I have tears in my eyes. I love hearing what God is teaching you through your time in LA.

    Praying for y’all as you continue to pour out.

    Hey team, bet you can’t use the phrase “oodles of poodles” in the next post.

  7. HEY HI HELLO WHATS UP ITS ME FIREBALL!! I have absolutely loved following the blogs and pictures of this trip. WHAT A STELLER CREW. Omg I can only imagine the memz happening all day everyday. FOMO FOR REAL. So many memories and learned lessons from my commission camping trip to Panama a couple years ago flood my mind when I read about yalls adventures. It was during my CC trip when I realized how often I place God in a tiny box. How would we proclaim the gospel WHEN WE DON’T EVEN SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. YA KNOW. But God totally rocked my world during that trip and revealed that He is so much bigger than any language barrier or fear I had experienced. Despite my popular belief, there is no human on this planet that is too lost to be found and that is amazing. These lessons transformed my Panama experience but also my entire life back at school. Long story short, I am praying for you guys in big ways. I’ve been praying for safety, communication, relationships, wisdom, and salvation. But also I have been praying for the Lord to reveal big things in each of your lives that will wreck the way you live when you get back to school slash work in the best way possible.


    Also praying for your leadership; that Maddie isn’t too dramatic and Anna isn’t too homeschooled. LOL JK YALL ROCK BONITA CHICAS.

    Sorry so lengthy


  8. Such a JOY reading your blog. I like the way you wrote, “it’s no bigger than what He can handle!” I was reminded of summers at the beach when Aunt June coaxed me out further than what I could handle and higher than I could jump. I jumped every time she said “jump” and it was never high enough. I always lost my footing but never my place because someone stronger had my hand. That’s what I see in you…the joy and adventure of holding HIS hand!…it gives you a good “toe hold”. Love You Thanks for taking me to the beach in Nicaragua.