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Marietta First United Methodist Church

Serving In Nicaragua
April 2, 2018
Community: Managua
Partner: Pastor Silver's Church, Mount Hermon
Staff: Rafael Castro

Your Staff is Ready!

by Nathan Norman | April 2, 2018 9:03 PM

We are excited to serve alongside of you this week as we spread the love of Jesus Christ!

Your Staff is Ready!

We Made It!

by Nathan Norman | April 2, 2018 10:19 PM

We have arrived in Nicaragua and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us this week!

We Made It!

A Warm Welcome

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 12:42 AM

Upon arriving at our church home for the week, we were immediately welcomed by warm hugs from the church members. The kids have already begun to steal our hearts!

A Warm Welcome

Pastor Silver

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 12:56 AM

This week we are partnering with Pastor Silver at Iglesia Monte Hermon.  We are excited to get to know Pastor Silver and his family!

Pastor Silver

Painting Day #1

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 11:33 AM

Today we began our painting project, starting with the inside of the church!

Painting Day #1

Building Relationships

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 12:15 PM

Alyssa made a new friend today while painting the church. She is getting good use of her Spanish!

Building Relationships

Quality Time

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 5:15 PM

While painting, Ian and Pastor Silver had some quality time getting to know each other!

Quality Time

Prepping in Prayer

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 5:55 PM

Seeking the Lord for His guidance and blessing is the best way to start ministry!

Prepping in Prayer

High School!

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 5:58 PM

This afternoon we were able to have an assembly with about 400 high school students.  So how did we start?  With a game and a dance party!

High School!

Sharing our Stories

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 6:00 PM

During the High School assembly we were able to share our stories of meeting Jesus.

Sharing our Stories

Crazy Crew

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 6:01 PM

The life of a missionary is a crazy adventure....we think we look the part!

Crazy Crew

Food Distribution Prep

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 6:05 PM

This afternoon we packed 12 bags of groceries and cleaning/hygiene products to deliver throughout the week to 12 families picked by Pastor Silver.  We also took time to pray over each bag and the family that it represents.

Food Distribution Prep

Food Distribution Day #1

by Nathan Norman | April 3, 2018 10:26 PM

Today we delivered the first 3 bags to families living near the church. We had the opportunity to pray for and bless the families as well. 

Food Distribution Day #1

Painting Day #2

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 1:00 PM

This morning we continued painting the inside of the church, adding in the blue columns. It’s really starting to come together!

Painting Day #2

Niños!

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 1:04 PM

Kelly found a way to break through the language barrier this morning!

Niños!

Feeding Program

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 2:16 PM

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the church hosts a children’s feeding program. We had the chance play with the kids and serve the food after they had a Bible lesson. 

Feeding Program

Lunch is Served!

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 2:22 PM

Over 50 kids gathered today at the feeding program!

Lunch is Served!

Children’s Hospital

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 8:04 PM

This afternoon we spent time praying for the children at the hospital. We were able to offer food, crafts for the kids, and hope through Jesus Christ.

Children’s Hospital

Masaya Volcano

by Nathan Norman | April 4, 2018 8:13 PM

We ended our day by driving up to a volcano.  It’s amazing to see the beauty of God’s creation!

Masaya Volcano

Praying Over Pastor

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 1:45 PM

This morning we took time to hear from Pastor Silver. He told us his incredible testimony, all about his growing family, call to ministry, and the needs in his community.  Afterwards we gathered around to lay hands on him and his wife and bless them. 
Praying Over Pastor

Painting: Day #3

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 1:49 PM

Today we finished up some painting inside and started working outside. Pastor Silver says this is his dream come true!


Prison Ministry

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 3:06 PM

This morning a group of us went to share the love of Jesus with prisoners. It was a precious time sharing our stories and the hope that Jesus offers to us all.


School Ministry

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 3:18 PM

Today we helped the local church by spending 20 minutes in each classroom at the local high school. This is part of the vision of the local church. We played a quick game and then shared how Jesus has changed our lives. In the end we invited them all to the church!

School Ministry

Joy!

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 3:20 PM

Smiles abounded as we brought the joy of the Lord into each classroom!

Joy!

Food Distribution: Day #2

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 6:23 PM

We were able to deliver 4 more bags of food and supplies to families today. All of the people were very thankful and wanted to be prayed with. 

Food Distribution:  Day #2

Taxi!

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 6:30 PM

Jessica found a new way to manuever the streets of Nicaragua!

Taxi!

And then...

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 7:22 PM

...we took a selfie!

And then...

Youth Group!

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 10:26 PM

Tonight we had an incredible time at youth group.  A handful of new youth from our school visit attended, and they had never been there before!  We led the games and ended with praise/worship and the Word. Pastor Silver challenged the youth to live holy lives as we all gathered at the altar. 

Youth Group!

Our Hearts

by Nathan Norman | April 5, 2018 10:35 PM

Our hearts definitely have bonded with these youth this week!

Our Hearts

Food Distribution: Day #3

by Nathan Norman | April 6, 2018 12:46 PM

Today we delivered the final bags of groceries. Throughout the week we each took turns leading the delivery and praying over the different families. 

Food Distribution:  Day #3

Waterpark!

by Nathan Norman | April 6, 2018 5:08 PM

This afternoon we took 38 children from the church’s feeding program to an aquatic park (something these kids have probably never been to)!  There were so many smiles and memories made!

Waterpark!

Let’s Do It!

by Nathan Norman | April 6, 2018 5:14 PM

This place is so much fun!

Let’s Do It!

Worshiping as One

by Nathan Norman | April 6, 2018 10:22 PM

Tonight we gathered with the local church to worship Jesus.  Even though we speak different languages, we serve the same God.

Worshiping as One

Sharing

by Nathan Norman | April 7, 2018 1:18 AM

At church tonight Ian and Mike both shared with the congregation of Iglesia Monte Hermon.

Sharing

Saying “See You Later!”

by Nathan Norman | April 8, 2018 12:14 AM

After an afternoon of  taking the day to explore beautiful Granada, we returned to the church to say goodbye.  The church members had gathered to say thank you to us, gave us gifts, and showed us a video of pictures from the week.  

Saying “See You Later!”

Blessing the Church

by Nathan Norman | April 8, 2018 12:19 AM

We were able to bless the local church by purchasing a new  refrigerator for their kitchen to replace the small one they currently use.  The ladies cried tears of joy as they received the gift!

Blessing the Church

Partnership!

by Nathan Norman | April 8, 2018 12:21 AM

Today we committed to return again next year to continue this partnership, working together to build the Kingdom of God!  

Partnership!

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Beth Chevalier

April 7, 2018 2:26 PM

I just noticed this comment section. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this amazing journey. I have followed all week and so enjoyed seeing what was happening each day. Hope you had a great week!

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