Monday, January 19, 2009

Camp Photos

Here are some more photos of our first week of camp. I hope to be able to go back and add captions and explain the activities that are going we, but I'm short on time at the moment. I won't have internet access during the week but look forward to updating next weekend! Please pray for this week of camp! We have over 93 campers! God moved beautifully in the hearts of many youth last week and we are expectant for all that He is going to do!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Camp Photos

Here are a few pictures from camp! I hope you enjoy seeing a little of what we are doing. :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

God at work

The Aguilar house if full of people! :) Last night we had 21 people in all sleeping here. Camp starts tomorrow and we are super excited! Tonight is our last night here at the Aguilar house and then we'll be in cabins.

I'm super excited to share with you all some photos but I won't be able to upload them until later this evening. We've built a decorated platform and we have a camp theme. The theme has an Indiana Jones feel to it and the slogan is "Start the adventure."

The group of 9 that came from Word of Life Mexico has been a huge blessing and have contributed their much needed talents and experiences. We couldn't have prepared the platform, decorations, games, etc. with the same quality without their help. Also their love for God is contagious and their enthusiasm to work full of joy sets such an example.

We are often low on sleep, under pressure to finish things on time, and taking few breaks, but it's such a time of growth and depending on God for strength and the challenge to always love your brother no matter how tired you are or how much pressure you are under. I must say that the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control have been evident in the lives of those around me and when there are 21 people in a house that's a miraculous thing. :)

Well, I hope to post some pictures this evening and let you see some of what we are doing! Please pray for these weeks of camp and that many would put their faith in Jesus.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Fun Begins

We've been planning, praying, and preparing for camp for several months now and we have one week until the first day of camp. Actually it feels like camp begins today because we have 9 people who work with Word of Life Mexico that will be arriving today to stay in the Aguilar house with us. We have 16 people total staying in the house for the next week and for every weekend in January. We have a planned food menu for this week and made out a shopping list. It's incredible how much food it takes to feed 16 people. So, camp offically begins in a week but this week it's Camp Aguilar at the Aguilar home.

We've been spending our time lately visiting churches and promoting the three weeks of camp. Many youth have been signing up. Also we've had weekly leadership training for the counselors and camp staff. Jader is in charge of the food for camp and making all the purchases along with leading the kitchen and maintenance crew. I help him with alot of that stuff too. We've been visiting different food and vegetable markets to find the best prices. The supermarkets have extremely high prices compared to what you find in the street markets here. Managua has the biggest market in all of central america called the Oriental. We've made several trips there to find stuff for camp.

Apart from camp preparations we've been looking for an apartment. We've actually found one we like that's near the Aguilars and Loren and Karen who are missionaries with the IMB. The man who rents the apartments is on vacation until the 8th but we have his cell number and hope to get in touch with him soon. There is only one apartment available for the size and price range we are looking for. It's two bedroom and has a large living room area. We have several groups visiting and this year and would like an extra room for guests along with space to put small mattresses if we need to have a house full of guests. :) We would appreciate your prayers for God's guidance in where to live. We don't have a lot of time to look around because camp starts soon and then we leave for the states right after camp to get married!! :)

I'd like to mention a huge blessing that a had mentioned before but it gets even better. Jader and I were able to buy several large applicances and a bed for an incredible price from a young married couple that moved back to the states. Well they left us with not only what we bought but several extra sheets, towels, kitchen knives, plates, silverware, hangers (which are expensive here), waste baskets, lots of clothes that are from nice stores in the U.S. and just my size, along with much more. We are encouraged by seeing God's provision in such a tangible way.

We'll there is much to do as far as cleaning and preparing the house for the people that will arrive today. Thank you for reading and keeping in touch!

Please be praying that the camps are at full capacity and that the price of the camp would not be an obstacle for the Nicaraguan youth. Also pray for God to be working in hearts and lives in a big way and that many would understand that Jesus died on the cross for them and He offers them new and eternal life.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Camp Property

Here are some photos of the property where we will be holding camp. We will have three weeks of camp with around 100 campers per week and 30-40 camp staff. It's a beautiful new property constructed by Baptists from the U.S.