{Go and see what God is doing in Nicaragua!}

“The first time Bethel took a team into Nicaragua, God said, “the mountains are open, whoever gets there first, can have them!” One of our core values is to support the Nicaraguan culture and the way God is moving through them. Each trip since the first, we’ve been blasted with God’s favor through meeting and praying for government leaders and invitations to proclaim the goodness of God on TV and radio. We’ve felt from Papa that it’s time to take the Nicaraguans out into the streets and share the love! We’ll be able to spend time and partner with dreamers who are taking ownership for their own nation! Our time will include: ministry in the trash dump communities, teaching people and ourselves how to get into God’s presence, building relationships with beautiful Nicaraguans and partnering with a new school of ministry. Join us to bring the supernatural love of God to a nation of influencers that is on the verge of transformation!”

(Quote from Bethel Church Missions Dept.)

The first time I went to Nicaragua was a year ago.  I got the privilege to go as a co-leader for a Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry Team. This year, I get another wonderful privilege to co-lead again!  Last year, I fell in love with the people of Nicaragua. I am excited to go back, reconnect with the pastors, families, businesses and churches that we got to partner with last year.

I am so thankful that I get to co-lead with a friend and  thankful for a diverse team of strengths and gifting’s!  (Here is a pic of our team…this isn’t everyone but most of the team (15 total) going to Matagalpa)

As I began to write this lil’ bloggie, the Lord kept reminding me of Pslam 66, “Shout for Joy all the earth!”

5  Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
6  He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
7  who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

I feel like the Lord is saying to us, COME and SEE what He is doing in other Nations, what He is doing in Nicaragua! Rejoice and jump on into the JOY SONG river! YEAH! I am so excited to go back and see more of what God is doing in Nicaragua. One thing I love about mission trips are they are a receive-receive for everyone. Often our church mindset is that we are going to minister those “less fortunate” then us, but what I have seen over and over again is how RICH in FAITH, not “less fortunate”, those that are hungry for more God are, no matter what country we may be going to.  I usually come back more blessed and more encouraged by other’s faith every time. I love going, building relationships and seeing/hearing those in other countries hearts and hunger for the Lord. I love going and seeing hearts healed, hope restored, families restored, physical healings, and just an outpouring of LOVE AND JOY.

This year, we are flying out THIS Thursday and getting to Managua the same day. We plan on staying in Managua for a two nights, going out in to the city and blessing people through prophetic art, treasure hunts and what ever God leads us too. After wards we will take our team to Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  It is here we will be spending most of our time ministring. We will be partnering with local churches/ministries. One of our goals this year is to really connect with the pastor’s of the churches and hearing their heart for their city. To hear more about what God is doing and how they desire God to move. We will be meeting with some phenomenal pastors who carry so much of God’s heart and have a deep intimacy and passion to see their city changed by the Love of God.  We will also be meeting with the local leaders and students of Nicaragua’s first ever School of Ministry!  Most of our time will be in Matagalpa but we will spend a day up in Jinotega and connecting, blessing (and getting blessed) by the local pastors there. We will have opportunities to teach/share on prophetic art, teach the local church members how to do treasure hunts, partner with them during worship times and healing services and possibly get to partner with a youth event!

One of the amazing pulperia owners.

We also will be visiting some local pulperia’s (stores) that were built through micro-financing! So amazing how these families were able to create businesses so that other families do not have to walk miles and miles just to get the everyday essentials.  We also will be visiting and blessing the land/business of a local coffee farm that belongs to the Torrez family .  The Torrez family is just one of the  families that will be ministering along side our team this year. The other amazing team is the Rutledge family (they will be providing interpreters again for us this year).

We have other fun ministry opportunities in the works but will later be revealed. 🙂 I am so excited for this trip and all the love of God that is going to poured out.  My hope is that if you are reading this you will partner in prayer with our team and with the nation of Nicaragua.  Pray for health for our whole team, amazing connections (maybe some government connections 😉 ), glory and more glory, encounters, lots of laughing and joy and ministering out of rest and not a place of striving and that God would show up in even a greater way then we could even imagine…that our boxes of what we think He can do would be opened and put away.

Thank you for our your thoughts and prayers!! I look forward to sharing amazing stories with you all when I get back.

-Sarah

p.s. I will have access to my email/fb…so if you wanna leave me messages feel free.

Here are a few more fun photos from last year’s trip:

View of Matagalpa from Calvery Hill

Youth from a local church near Managua

Coffee from the favorite cafe, "La Barista"

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“…and the storm subsides”

Today, it was storming outside. Wind. Rain. Downpour. After work, I was deciding if I should do a short run (4 miles)…it was raining but seemed to be letting up. I finally decided to go for it and run in the rain (after some encouragement from a few friends 🙂 ). So, I suited up. My long sleeve wicking running shirt, sweatshirt, and running shell (with hood), beanie, running capris, socks and running shoes. I was wearing the proper clothing, ready to enjoy my run and not feel slowed down by being soaked. I drove to an entrance at the Sacramento River Trail and as I park, it just starts POURING down rain. I asked myself, was I really going to \ go for it and run in the storm or was I going to drive back to my house where I would be dry and warm. Well, the latter thought seemed silly and not conquering this “storm”. I got out of car, put on my earbuds, pressed play on my iphone and off I went…in the crazy rain storm. As I ran, it started to rain harder, but I told myself I wasn’t going to stop, I couldn’t let a little rain stop me from having an amazing run! About 2 miles into my run the rain started to let up and then eventually stop. The last mile and half was rain free!!! It was the best. So refreshing and so peaceful. As I ran the last mile, Lord began speaking to me. AWW, I love when He speaks to me on my runs. He said, “sometimes you have to run into the storm to see it pass. You have to keep moving forward, running forward and not let the storm stop you and eventually you will conquer the storm and it will subside.” He reminded me of Psalm 46,

“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.  We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake.Before the rush and road of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.   Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,  God of angel armies protects us.”

In the midsts of different storms in our lives whether, unclarity, confusion, waiting for a relationship, waiting for promises to come to pass, busyness or feeling overwhelmed, finances, what ever your storm may be. We get to be fearless, couragous, run into the storm (stand on the edge of the cliff) and know that God is fighting for us. He is fighting for clarity, for peace, for that relationship, for your dream, for the promise He gave you.

He doesn’t want us to give up during the storm. If we run into the storm, not away from it and keep moving forward fearlessly, courageously, clothed in His armor, we will find HIS peace and find the storm passes by quicker as we are moving forward and not letting the storm chase us away or cause us to stand still.

Don’t give up! God’s fighting for you. He doesn’t want you to give up. Put on your armor, go run in the rain and find God’s beauty.