Today I wanted to share with you guys some highlights from our trip to Nicaragua! The hubby and I led a team from our church on a 10-day mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua. This was my first time there, and my husband’s third time. I couldn’t wait to experience everything I had heard from him!
I’ve never been to Central/South America so this culture was brand new to me! The country was so vibrant! From the buildings to the music, everything was so bright and colorful! The latin music that filled the streets was so fun. It’s the kind of music that makes you feel like dancing…yes I did break out in dance a few times. haha The buildings, mountains, and palm trees make for a gorgeous backdrop!
Now, I’m a pretty picky eater, but I was pleasantly surprised by the food. A few traditional dishes that we had included gallo pinto (a rice and bean dish), indio viejo (a stew-like dish), and lots of plantains prepared several different ways.
The people that we worked with were such a joy! They welcomed us in, and at times I felt like they were serving us more than we were actually serving them! We spent time with the little ones around the neighborhood that we were staying in, and also a lot of time with the kids from the youth group at the church we were working at. Our team joined the teens of the church as they walked around town inviting people to church. We played games, sang songs, danced, prayed, and shared the love of Jesus together!
My husband got to preach on several occasions and encourage the pastors of the church. We also took a day to travel to some of the surrounding areas and visit some of the satellite churches. We were met with such kindness at each location. Even with a language barrier, taking the time to invest in people’s lives is life changing!
We took a day and a half to do some exploring. Each of the places we visited were definitely worth the drive! We first took a quick drive downtown Managua to see the Old Cathedral, known as the Catedral de Santiago. It was originally built in 1938 and has seen several renovations over the decades due to damage from earthquakes. The closing of this cathedral led to the building of another cathedral off-site, but the possibilities of restoring this original building are still being considered. It was so beautiful!
We also visited a town called Granada. It was the prettiest, old colonial-style town ever! The buildings, hotels, and restaurants were all so gorgeous! Granada has historically been one of Nicaragua’s most important cities, economically and politically speaking. It was a super hot day when we visited, but totally worth it!
On that same day, we drove to the Masaya Volcano National Park. I didn’t really know what to expect, but dang! We drove up the mountain and literally were staring down into a volcano. We were told we could only stay up there for 5 minutes because of the gases that were being emitted from the volcano (?!?) but it was such a cool sight to see!! Standing at one particular spot looking down, you could literally see the lava bubbling at the bottom. We were told that the last time this volcano erupted was 7 years ago. It was definitely an awesome experience!
Finally, we took an island boat tour. Our tour guide showed us 10 different islands, most of which are privately owned. It was interesting to hear about the different islands, including “monkey island.” The view of the mountains and volcanos from the water was pretty amazing, too!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of our trip today! Serving on a trip like this can bring on some challenges, but it’s so worth it! My husband and I have a special place in our hearts for missions, and I am so grateful we have the chance to be able to travel and serve in this way!
I also wanted to share some exciting news with you guys! I will now be posting twice a week here on the blog! Tentatively, I will be posting every Tuesday & Friday, so if you have any blog post ideas or requests, let me know in the comments. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and these last fews days of July!! xo.