Greetings.  Grace and peace in Christ Jesus. 

What an awesome experience to be here in Nicaragua.  I have been trying to upload pictures to the blog, but have been unsuccessful so far.  I have a new camera and apparently my pictures are now to large to load.  Bummer.  I'm sure that there will be some way to fix the problem later.

I enjoyed teaching Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon at the school we partner with in Jinotega. Our school is called the Institute for the Preparation of Workers, which really says a lot about the servant aspect of the school.  In addition to teaching, one can spend time doing addiction counseling, building school buildings, giving kids shoes and boots, passing out gift boxes to kids, mixing and pouring concrete, making concrete blocks, getting a sunburn, evangelistic efforts, preaching and fellowshipping with some of the greatest Christian friends and co-workers in the world.  I left Jinotega tired, but satisfied and inspired.  I really appreciate the efforts of our partners in Jinotega.  Mision Para Cristo is making a real difference in the lives of people all over Northern Nicaragua.

I am currently in Managua teaching Greek for the faculty of the Nicaraguan Bible Institute.  We have classes from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch and were a little tired when we finished class today. I told them that I wished that Ron Bontrager, who teaches Greek in lubbock) could be with us to teach half the day.  I was blessed to speak at the graduation on Saturday and in the worship service on Sunday.  The Nicaraguan Bible Institute graduated 17 high quality students and I was very impressed with the quality of their graduation ceremony.  The graduates just completed their final evangelistic campaign as students and converted around 60 to Christ.  What a way to go!  A half dozen of the graduates were from Tipitapi where we have our newest school.  Tipitapa has begun offering videoconferencing classes and are excited about the possibilities for the future.  Our new students and their fellow Christians in Tipitapa also had a campaign and baptized about 50.  It's awesone to see the Kingdom growing. It's also awesome to see the work of Sunset growing.  This bring Sunset up to 4 locations for teaching in Nicaragua.

While I miss being home with Bren and have missed all of the parties, receptions, etc, in Lubbock for the holidays, I think everyone knows I would rather be teaching in some far away place than balancing a plate on my knee.  I am so blessed to be able to serve this way and am grateful to God for the opportunity.  While undeserving, I am blessed beyond measure.  I am so grateful to those of you who make such trips possible.

I will write more later.  I appreciate your prayers.  I have had some stomach trouble, but so far have not had to miss any opportunities for Bible studies, service projects or teaching.  It does make me wonder what missionaries did before Imodium however.

May God bless you all.

In Him, Chris

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