Tears and tourism
It was an emotional, but great, day here in Nicaragua. All of the campers and local staff departed, which of course meant for lots of tears. Some of the students asked for us to sign their arms and lots asked for adds on Facebook. One of the staff made a highlight video of the week. We all crammed into a small conference room to watch the video and celebrate what God has done.
A cool story from the week…one of the teenage girls didn’t really want to be at camp for part of the week. She almost went home because she was dealing with some personal issues, but after club one night and a couple other interactions with her counselor and others, she had an attitude adjustment. This morning she was crying because she didn’t want to say goodbye. She ended up loving camp! More importantly, we pray she had an encounter with the Living God.
So after all the hugs and autographs, we chanted “Adios, adios, hasta luego huh!” as the bus pulled away. It was difficult to say goodbye, but we know God’s timing is perfect.
Later on, we as a staff met for evaluations and reflection time. It was so neat hearing what the counselors had to say! God taught us so much this week.
The rest of the day was spent sightseeing. Our friends here took us to a couple of different outdoor attractions as well as…Pizza Hut! Yep, we got to enjoy some classic American food! We laughed a lot and enjoyed just being together!
Many MORE tears were shed as we finally had to say goodbye to our translator, Jamie. We all experienced such a deep bond with her. Please keep her in your prayers. We already miss her so much!!
Tomorrow we’re doing more tourist-y things for our last full day in Nicaragua. It should be another fun day as we learn more about the culture.
Keep praying for our health and safety as well as for intentionality even while being tourists. We are so thankful for your support!!