Monday, October 05, 2009

Nicaragua - Oct. 2 - 10, 2009

Heath has joined a team of 17 other men from our church on a mission trip to Nicaragua for 8 days to minister to the Miskito Indians. This team is partnering with the International Missin Board who have served in that region for 25 years. The Miskito Indians live along the Coco river which divides Honduras and Nicaragua. The Mikitos are the LARGEST under reached people group of all of Central America.

This team will be doing several things while there, some of which is showing the "Jesus" film at night time, building 2 pastor's homes during the day and sharing faith in Christ regularly.

In order to get to the Miskito's, they will drive in a van for 5 hours and then the team must take dug out canoes up the Coco River for another 8 hours to this very primitive remote area. It is truly taking the story of Jesus to the "uttermost parts of the world." They bathe in the river, sleep on cots outside with mesquito nets over them and eat beans, rice and tortillas for every meal. It's truly a manly man kind of trip.

I am thrilled that Heath gets to be a part of this year's trip. This is the 3rd year that our church has sent out a team to the Miskito people and every year the men come back with the most incredible stories and they continue to go back each year.

So this past Friday, with the alarm set for 3:00A.M., we headed to the airport to say goodbye. He gets back next Saturday night, so it will be a total of 8 days that he is gone. Heath and I are used to be away from each other on different mission trips throughout the year, so the 8 days is not that big of a deal. What makes this time different, however, is that I get ZERO communication with him. Usually we can talk or email once a day no matter where we are. Even when we were both in the middle of the bush of Sudan, we were able to Skype Ella at home. So it's been a little difficult not being able to just pick up the phone. But we are managing.

Please pray for the men on this trip. It is likely that they will come in contact wtih some type of opposition. There's always heavy spiritual warfare to deal with when on trips like this. Please pray for their safety and for open doors and for receiving hearts.

Here's a picture from the airport of Heath and his mission partner for the week, Jared! They are great friends, so this is so fun that they get to spend this week together, helping each other and supporting each other in this capacity.

Thanks y'all!

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Becca said...

The Calverts are praying for the team in Nicaragua this week! Can't wait to hear the great stories. And, Bryan is just hoping Heath makes it back in time for the U2 concert on Monday night...oh the important things.

Ashley said...

My dear friend - been there, done that! When Brant was in Africa, he was there over a week before he got to call me...and even afterwards, the calls were few and far between. It is the WORST not hearing from them, but I KNOW that the Lord has them safe and sound!

I'm praying for you, the team, and all the other wives/children while their gone!

Lindsee said...

I just stopped and prayed for all of the men on the trip, especially Heath, and you and Ella, of course. I pray peace over your sweet mind as he is gone this week and that the Lord puts a hedge of protection around them. I can't wait to hear all about it! Sending hugs your way.

Helen said...

You have such an amazing husband.