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Prayer Letter January 2016

We are incredibly happy to be back!
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We made it!

We flew back January 7th and hit the ground running. It's been a warm 93 degrees each day!! The kids were so sad they missed the crazy snow storm. Mark started work at the camp that very Saturday we returned and the kids started school the following Monday. Started our ministry at Rayitos the following Thursday and feels great to get back into a routine.

We prayed that the price for the land next to Rayitos would go down and it has some!! We are still negotiating but we are super excited to move forward and purchase the property!! Of course one never know what will happen in Nicaragua - but God knows!!! Please pray with us that God will continue to bless and we will be able to purchase the property.
The two Nicaraguan boys are Wiston and Elian; they're brothers. Before we left for the home assignment, those boys were always helping us at Rayitos. Elian, the one without the blue hat, was baptized just before we left. When we returned, Nelly, the same one who cooks for the kids, and is also their grandmother, told me that they are not walking with the Lord. They don't go to church anymore and they don't help at Rayitos. Will you please pray that God will soften their hearts and bring them back to Himself? We really love these boys and it saddens our hearts to see them not walking with the Lord.
Our pets were happy to see us. The feeling was mutual.
Mark started his job as Director of the camp (Centro ABEM) and he finds the job both challenging and fulfilling at the same time. Please pray that God would give him strength and wisdom as he works each day.
I started doing crafts with the girls on Tuesday again. They are a great bunch of girls. Will you please pray that I will learn Spanish better so I can really build relationships and share my heart with them?
This is Nelly's neighbor Doña Isabel. Nelly is the one who cooks for the kids everyday. Nelly brought her one day to Rayitos. As we were preparing food, Nelly told me that Dona Isabel is always hungry. Her kids have abandoned her and she will walk up and down the street crying because she is so hungry. She said she wants to die. She isn't ready to go yet, Nelly told me. She doesn't know the Lord as her Savior. Will you please pray for her?
Ever wonder what t is like to wait in line in Nicaragua at the bank or for vehicle inspection or in immigration? It is kind of like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFi57DWkLp4
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