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As I headed to the airport that Wednesday night, August 8th, I had a song playing over and over in my head. I decided to download it on iTunes before I got settled into my seat for the redeye flight to Miami. For a few hours I listened on repeat to "Sweetly Broken" by Jeremy Riddle. The chorus of that song ("At the cross you beckon me. You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love. I'm sweetly broken. wholly surrendered.") explains my trip to Nicaragua if I were to put it into words.

While in Nicaragua, we held an Impact Seminar for the youth as well as for the pastors and leaders the following day. What really touched my life was the hunger for God I saw in Managua. The youth that attended the seminar were so hungry for anything that could strengthen and intensify the relationship they have with Christ. We worshipped and taught for about 4 hours, I believe, in a concrete building with a tin roof. To say it was hot is an understatement, but seeing that their environment didn't distract them at all kept me going. As I taught on the subject of purpose and how God can take those that are least deserving and use them in such big ways, I remembered why I have such a heart for the older generation of youth, the ones that we say "should know better". They are human just as we are and have their own problems and daily struggles. They need Christ and guidance just as all of us do but are often overlooked. It touched my heart to get to share a week of my life with them, to teach and share what God has done in my life.

I was also able to worship and receive the Word of God in a couple of churches there in Managua. On Saturday night, we worshiped in a church that had half a roof and half a concrete floor. The uncovered part was packed dirt that turned to mud as it rained. Nicaragua is in their rainy season now as I write. The stage and speakers were small but the presence of God was SO BIG! I honestly don't think I have ever seen or felt the presence and hunger for God as I did in Managua. The people don't need big speakers, big stages or big buildings; they just want more of Christ and more of His Word. I watched a blind husband and wife praise God until they literally collapsed from exhaustion. It was extremely humbling because they use what they have to worship God without hinderance. As Americans when something is missing we allow it to effect the way we serve; that was far from the case there. They didn't allow the small things, that we call "necessities", to effect their relationship with God and it shows.

God opened my eyes to another culture, another nation, and other forms of ministry that NEED help. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have ministered in Nicaragua and it has me fired up and refueled to keep ministering to the nations that God calls me to! This is a life decision I have made, not to wait for people to come to me about Christ but rather bring Him to them. I plan to continue doing just that with my future wife, Amanda. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers, they allow me to be filled and serve the nations as God has commanded I do.

 

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by Vic Simonetti

My trip to Nicaragua with Relationships for Christ can be summed up in two words : Life Changing.  Our prayer before we boarded the plane was that God would not only do a work through us, but also in us. That’s exactly what happened!  God opened my eyes and changed my perception about what real ministry is.  It’s not about how eloquent of a speaker you are or how big and fancy your church building is.  It’s simply about loving others the way Jesus did.

Going to the orphanage to play with the children was such a blessing.  I’ll never forget the moment Pastor Timothy stepped out of the car.  A little boy named Frankie ran up and almost tackled him trying to hug him.  All of the children were eager to play, wanting us to hold them and let them ride on our shoulders.   An eight year old little girl who was blind asked me if I would play with her, and fighting back the tears I said, yes.  She grabbed my hand, desperate for me not to let go as we walked through the courtyard.  Walking through the courtyard with those children I realized that what was taking place was better and more important than any sermon I’d ever preached.  It was deeper than any small group devotion I’d ever given or prayer that I have prayed.  The opportunity to love those children, children in need, was the closest thing to connecting with the heart of God that I have ever been a part of.  That was the moment I truly realized what loving like Jesus is all about.

On the way home from Nicaragua I wondered how I could go back to life as usual.  The answer came to me. I can’t.  I can’t hold back any longer. I can no longer pretend like I don’t see the needs of others all around me.  I pray that this would not be just a good memory, a great experience, or a onetime thing.  I pray that a passion would continue to burn inside of me for the lost and those in need. I pray for the strength and courage to love like Jesus.

I would like to thank RFC Ministries for the opportunity to go and serve in the kingdom.  The Lord is using your ministry, not only to change countless lives of people around the world, but to change the lives of those who go with you.  I look forward to serving with you again next June in Zambia!

 

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We fell in love with the people of Nicaragua today; more specifically the people of pastor Quinto's church. Pastor Timothy and I lead a leadership seminar that couldn't have gone better. By the end, as Pastor Timothy brought it to a close, people that had been in conflict were reconciling and others were coming before the Lord pouring out their hearts and seeking the heart of unity. As I looked around I saw Courtney and Chloe crying with other women they were praying with. I was embracing a man that I did not know; heck I didn't even speak his language. That's part of what made it beautiful. It's the heart of Christ. Jesus has one body, not many. That body is the church. The church is His people. There are many members of His body. Each person acts as an arm or a leg or a mouth or an eye depending on their gifting. However we were meant to compliment one another in unity and love. Worshipping and praying with the church today gave me a glimpse of what we could accomplish as the body of Christ if we would not only be passionate about God, but passionate about one another; serving one another, praying for one another and making a difference in the world and in our communities together.

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When we take teams on Mission Possible trips, there will be a day to allow everyone to relax and enjoy the sights and culture. As the schedule would dictate, we ended up taking our free day and the beginning of the Nicaragua trip. What a day! Especially if you have never seen a volcano. We visited the historical but active Masaya volcano near Managua.

I've posted several photos below, however nothing can capture the experience of being there first hand. The rich earth-tone colors were beautiful and you could feel (and smell) the steam coming from the huge crater. While visiting several markets, we also got a breath taking view of a lake that itself used to be the mouth of a volcano.

While at Masaya, we ran into a family who were from Georgia, but had a relative pass away in Nicaragua. I told them that we would be lifting them up in prayer, and when we ran into them again at another location, I felt the urge even more. Please join us in praying for Leela, Orlando and Antonio.

 

 

 

 

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This is one of this trips that build with excitement the closer it gets. I also get excited when others experience things for the first time, whether it's seeing a classic movie or riding a roller coaster. This was Chloe's first time flying, and in her words it is like a "never ending roller coaster".

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