All adoration and glory be to Jesus!
Thank you for taking the time to read another one of our posts.
We have been stumbling and pushing through doubts about why we are here in Nicaragua:
1. We have not progressed a ton in learning, speaking, and understanding Spanish.
The local accents of the people here are very difficult to understand. We have not been as active in studying, speaking, and listening to Spanish as we had planned. We have also allowed our weak knowledge of the language to become less bold in going out to meet and interact with the people here.
2. As we shared in our last post, we decided to move into town.
Guadalupe Gardens is the missionary formation center that is currently still under construction and is being run by Paul Rush and now his new wife, Lorelei. (Congratulations!) While living there, we were confronted with difficulties in transportation, the amount of construction that is still needed to be done, and not having the right living space for our family. We commend Paul for his steadfastness in working on this mission and we are eager to see the mission center come closer to completion now that he is married.
3. We are discerning to start our own Apostolate or pursue music professionally in the United States.
Harvey, our landlord and who lives in the house on the same property as our apartment in town, is a U.S. citizen but has lived for many years in Nicaragua. He has a ton of experience and wisdom from his many years of work and of being married to his wife, Celina. Through conversations, he has sparked us to truly ask God what is our calling as a family. 4. We have had growing pains in our marriage.
We had a rough week of not getting along very well as a couple. Blaise was extra cranky and demanding. The University retreat took a toll on us: We suffered because of little sleep (2AM to 6AM two straight nights), a baby with a very runny nose and sneezes, 4 hour nonstop bus rides with tiny seats, and Spanish overload. In the days following the retreat, we got short with each other and now have much homework to do before our next confession 🙂
So as you can see, this is why we titled this blog:
THIS IS HARD! So what should we do?
For now, we will remain in Nicaragua. We received a blessing from Fr. Robert today at Mass. We will continue to put our future into the hands of Jesus.1. Our Mission/Work?
Discipleship, Solidarity, & Evangelization
Our mission is and will be connected to the University. We go to Mass almost everyday at the University. (Except some Thursdays and most Sundays). We have been getting to know students through our daily presence there. We participated in a retreat in Matagalpa from April 22-24 in which I shared and played my music. We have been given the green light to be involved in any campus life activities on and off campus, which have been attending Household Meetings, True Love Chastity Group, The Retreat, and the Mission Trip to the poor of the little town called Santa Teresa. We are going to begin to plan out how to best serve the students as they return for classes this August until they finish the school year next May. Then as May approaches we will decide whether or not to stay longer or move on to something else.
Our mission is also to meet the local youth, elderly, discarded, and especially families and develop friendship and spirituality with them. More to come on this in a future post!
2. We are a Team
So how are we doing as a couple? Thankfully, we have had good counsel from Harvey, a Sunday spent with a joyful English speaking couple with a boy named James (just 9 months older than Blaise), and some peaceful conversations together as a couple. Currently, we have restored and built the peace back into our marriage. And Blaise is finally pushing through his molars!
3. The Right Attitude
- It is okay to feel ineffective as a missionary. Yet, we will still work and order our days to serve our family and the people.
- It is okay to not know the language perfectly or even adequately. Yet, we will still study Spanish and be creative in immersing ourselves. But in the end, the language of love is most important.
- It is okay to feel very uncomfortable in being stripped of your own comfort, culture, and identity. Yet, we will still try to lift up the culture here to greater goodness, truth, and beauty.
- It is ok if we have only been called to Nicaragua for a short-time and that God may have different plans for our future than we thought or wanted.
Please keep us in prayer!