Nicaragua Mission Trip Day 4 & 5

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nicaragua 2012 – Days 4 & 5 


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Nicaragua Mission Trip 2012

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nicaragua 2012 – Days 1 & 2

First of all, I would like to apologize for my delayed blogging. We have spent a lot of time traveling up to this point, and I am just now able to sit down and do some writing. We left Detroit yesterday at noon. We arrived in Atlanta with enough time to eat some lunch, discuss the customs process and plans for the evening, before catching our plane to Managua.

We arrived in Managua safely last night. There was a little delay in finding one of my checked bags, but fortunately it eventually showed up before our 3 hr car ride in the morning! We spent the night at the Best Western, which is literally across the street from the airport. The rooms were renovated since last year, but I think many of us were too tired to fully appreciate anything more than the top side of the pillow!

This morning, we were able to enjoy a big buffet breakfast before hitting the road. We drove from Managua to Chinandega, which is about a 3 hour drive. Once we arrived in Chinandega, we unloaded the many duffle bags, and sorted them out during lunch. After lunch, we piled into our 16 passenger vans and embarked on the 1 ½ drive to Petosi. I believe that the total trip was around 70 km, but only the first 50 or so are paved. When the pavement ended, we were flagged down by a few army officers. Jose (our driver) gave them the proper documents and apparently the correct answers, since we were permitted to continue. I don’t know if you have seen any pictures of the Army officers in Nicaragua, but they are armed a little better than the police back in the states. All of the officers at the stop were armed with AK 47s. It was fortunate that they did not hassle us on our trip today!

After we cleared the Army stop, it turned out that we had yet another obstacle to navigate; the road was flooded, and it appeared to be a pretty deep hole where the water gathered. Jose had to adjust the air intake on the vans (since they draw air from the bottom side of the engine), so that we wouldn’t have major problems crossing the road. After the adjustments were complete, we piled back into the van and made it across! After numerous kilometers of rough roads, water puddles, and numerous motorcycles sharing the road, we arrived in Petosi!

Our arrival in Petosi was a little softer of a greeting than we are used to in the familiar village of La Joya. Once in Petosi, James and Sandi started community mapping with the families that gathered at the church. The children got to participate in coloring exercises and the parents were able to draw maps and answer questions about the communities in which they live. This is the first mission group to Petosi, so it is a bit of a learning experience about the community assets, skills, and needs. A large group of us were able to walk in the community and visit the houses in which we will be planting community gardens and installing skylights. By the end of the afternoon, we had a better view of the community and the people definitely opened up and were sad to see us go. The children were as friendly as ever, and I cannot wait to have some time to play with them later this week! Who knows, with all of the talk of the playoffs down here, we might just have to get a baseball game going! Well, it is getting late here, so I better get going to bed. Hasta lluego.
 


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One Member's View on an Evening at Guardian

Posted by Pastor Andrzejewski on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I woke up this morning warmly reflecting on last night's worship service... Best VBS worship ever (June 16, 2011)!! What a way to spend a Thursday Summer evening.

For several years we've talked about holding worship in the gym. This was as good or better than I've ever imagined.

To be gathered with people I love (a bunch of people, I wonder what the "count" was) experiencing the children sing with joy (motions are always nice too, they tend to sit still after that); confessing my sins; receiving absolution; praying for those of our community in need of prayer, both intercessory & jubliant was awesome. The presence of His love pervaded the atmosphere. The group that led VBS did a great job, loving their Lord & expressing it, both spoken and facially with eye contact. The music was well done, great selection of songs that pointed "The Way" including some of my favorites (Lead me to the Cross, Mighty to Save, . . .)

To gather with a group of people I love, singing and seeing joy, in a comfortable, unencumbered environment was pure pleasure (I'm not sure that as a "Lutheran" I should feel that good). A rare treat. If that is (our) idea of broadening our worship perspective (my words, not yours), lead on!

Then the bonfire in the parking lot afterwards, whose idea was that, I want to profusely thank them. Instead of going home to a quiet house, I got to come home smelling of campfire smoke, with good memories of watching children run, jump, play; being offered a 'smore' (not a big fan, but being offered in love, how could I refuse); great relaxed conversation, getting to know my 'brothers & sisters' better. . . . I came home with a stronger sense of the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Conversation in the parking lot... and seeing the smiles on their faces as they watched people practicing "Life together" was great.

Bottom line, good time (read that as good Christian time spent among the family). I could easily keep going... 


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Fellowship and Fun at Guardian

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Monday, January 10, 2011

The first full weekend back from Christmas break was filled with many activities at Guardian. 


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CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2011

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Friday, August 06, 2010

Confirmation will soon be underway for the Guardian Class of 2011.  Pastor A is really looking forward to meeting with the parents and students as they work together moving them to further grow in faith and in love for Jesus. 


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Financial Peace University Returns

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A new session of Dave Ramsey's Fincancial Peace University is coming to Guardian.  The new class starts on Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m.  FPU is a 13 week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life.  The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!  Register for the class in the church office or on Dave Ramsey's FPU website.  A limited number of membership kits are available for $75; otherwise the kits are $99.   


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Guardian Secures A Booth At Dearborn Homecoming

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Friday, July 16, 2010

Guardian Lutheran Church and School has secured a booth in the "Civic Tent" during Dearborn Homecoming.  Many congregation members and ministry and mission groups will be on hand to distribute information about all that Guardian offers our community.   


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Guardian launches the 5 plus 5 plus 5 Campaign!

Posted by Lay Ministry on Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Guardian Lutheran Church and School has been serving the city of Dearborn, Michigan for over 63 years.  Located on the corner of Cherry Hill Road and Denwood Street in west Dearborn, Guardian has been touching the lives of many area residents through weekly worship and it’s Lutheran Day School.  


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Guardian puts faith in action at Vista Maria

Posted by Ronda Roberts on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It’s a joy to serve together, as we remember the words of Jesus, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me,” (Matt 25:40).  And it certainly was a joy to be part of the transformation which blessed the girls and staff at Vista Maria. 


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