Being in Nicaragua was especially great this year, due to Jason, Tiffany, and Samantha having recently moved to a city less than an hour away from where I was flying into. It was a great joy to be able to spend a day with family in such a unique set of circumstances. As you can see, Samantha has been growing some teeth.
We made it through Emily. She turned just north enough at the last minute to not hit us too hard. Lots of wind and rain but nothing too damaging. The airport was able to open back up today, so our flight is scheduled to be on time early tomorrow morning. Once we are in Managua, our hope is that we will be able to make a short visit to see my brother Jason, his wife Tiffany, and 10 month old Samantha. Mom is going to be jealous that I am able to visit them before she has been able to come down.
here is a picture of hurricane emily. if you notice the small peninsula to the north west direction of emily, that is the yucatan peninsula. i am in the yucatan peninsula right now. this is the current position of emily, who is travelling in a northwest direction. i am looking forward to seeing god show off a bit.
I first came to this seminary in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico six years ago with my youth group. It is a lot of fun to have been back here the past three summers to see the progress of the constuction around the seminary. We have been working on constructing a cinderblock wall surround the 15 acre campus, building a storage building and a guardhouse, as well as working on adding bathrooms to a recently planted church in a small suburb of the city of Merida. We arrived here July 5th, and we had about 55 high schoolers here from 3 groups for about 10 days. Our flight is planned for Tuesday, the 19th to head to Nicaragua.
From June 24 - July 5 I was in Belize with 4 other staff. For 8 of those days there were three groups of high school students. During that time we spent a lot of time working on a small Presbyterian church nearby. In the afternoons we held a Vacation Bible School for the children in the area. The youth group from the church in Charlotte that I grew up in were there, which was a lot of fun. I was able to lead worship with my good friend Robert, who pastors the church. It was a very fun trip.
for some reason the kids would never smile for a camera. they always put on a serious face, and then after the picture they would run away smiling real big. this kid asked me for a marker and i told him i wouldn't give him one unless he smiled real big and let me take a picture of him. so he did. then, for fun, i still didn't give him the marker.