Mission Trips


You Call me Out Upon the Waters

Posted Jan 4, 2016

 Our first full day in Nicaragua has been awesome! It has been filled with introductions, training, preparing for the arrival of campers and, of course, lots of new experiences! 

We woke up to the sound of waves …because the camp is literally on the beach! The campsite might be small but it sure is beautiful! We can see mountains in the distance and there are palm trees all around our cabins. It’s hovering around 88 degrees here, making winter seem pretty distant. Not exactly what you’d call roughing it! 

Those of us returning from last year’s trip were pleasantly surprised to see several familiar faces on the Nicaraguan team. You can tell they’ve all taken a lot away from last year’s camp experience and are ready for a new set of campers coming in this evening! God is at work! 

This morning we were refreshed on Pine Cove’s camping philosophy and why we do what we do. It was so good to be reminded – “no se trata de me” (“it’s not about me”). We are here to be used by God and, as we talked about as a team this morning, the Lord is already working on our own hearts and teaching us lessons. What else will He do this week?! We’re pumped to find out! 

After lunch, we decorated the dining area and talked through the schedule. We also got some time to roam around on the beach…which included getting to hang out with a herd of some sort of cows! You never know what you’ll see! 

It has been so neat to see our staff interacting with the Nicaraguan team and how much we’re already bonding. Please continue to pray for unity and clear communication as we share the responsibilities of camp ministry. 

Overall, everyone is happy and healthy! Thanks so much for all your prayers and comments! 


The NicaROCKua Team 

P.s.- Chelsea Connor, challenge accepted 😉 

All readers- every blog title will be lyrics from a song…guess which song it is in the comments!

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  1. First off, I think the song might be something by Hillsong…maybe called Oceans…idk.

    But seriously, y’all are in Nicaragua!! The camp looks so beautiful!! I’m so pumped to keep reading how God is going to use y’all this week! Take time to truly invest in the people there, trust me, they’re some of the best! Don’t let language stop you from sharing the Gospel, because y’all literally have the Holy Spirit radiating out of you and God will use that to make Him known! Know that I’m praying for and miss y’all, like for real!

    Love you guys!


    P.S. GO BIG RED (glad Erik is there to make that happen!)
    P.P.S. Someone tell Keyla and Deborah hi for me!

  2. Shout out to all my lifeguards!! ProudaYou!!!!

    Praying for you guys as you’re going into the first week of camp! May the Gospel be on your lips and in your actions as you do life with these people for the next week! Love you guys!!!


  3. Hey guys!
    Praying for all of you as you are working! Remember, Jesus is bigger than language or culture. Pour into your campers and staff. It’s going to be amazing! PLEASE give Rolando a big hug for me!

    I love y’all.

    P.S. Eat all the mango and starfruit you can get your hands on. So good.

  4. Incoming Blomment!

    Hey y’all!

    I am so excited to read all of these awesome blogs! The place you all are staying at looks amazing. I can only imagine its beauty is outshone by the loving people of Nicaragua. I am praying BIG for you guys this week that God moves in the hearts of the campers and counselors and that all of you are given strength and patience in working with the campers. He will always provide!

    If you get a chance, see if anyone remembers the PBA handshake from last year. If they do you should give them a cookie or some sort of prize because that is amazing, that thing was tricky. Shout outs to my peoples: Blair (aka “32”), Katie, Anna, Maddie, and George. I miss y’all and hope you guys enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Rep that tower power y’all! WE ARE THE SHOWERS!!!

    -12 Pair

    P.S. tell Pastor Tito, Rolando, and Osmund (if he’s there) that I say hola!

  5. Hanging out with a herd of cows? That’s udderly ridiculous! But seriously, I had to milk that one for all it’s worth.

    We continue to lift up your team, and we’re thrilled that everyone is healthy and happy.

    The pictures mean so much! Keep them coming.

    Wayne and Cathy Stiles

  6. So pretty! I’m glad you are suffering for the gospel over there…it’s in the 40s here…

    Enjoy it while you can and bring back a tan. (you’re welcome for the rhyme).

    Praying for y’all!

  7. Looks like a gorgeous place!! Enjoy as you do His Kingdom work!! Praying for you all! Love BB’s Mom

  8. Wow, sounds incredible already! Praying for you guys and excited to hear more as y’all boldly proclaim the Gospel through camping!

    Also I challenge someone to try and get tanner than Anna Wierman. It will be hard.

  9. What a beautiful place to be and to share Christ’s love with so many great kids. We are praying for you all and praying that many will come to know Christ as their Savior. Love Pinprob’s Mom