|Can you imagine this being your need-great territory? San Juan del Sur calling....|
|Some of the sights you'll see if you choose to serve in Bluefields|
SAN JUAN DEL SUR ENGLISH
I know not all my readers are Spanish-speakers or are possibly bilingual. If that's your case, you've got a great opportunity. In a prior post (here) I told you there's a new English group in San Juan del Sur. This year, they'll be doing their first Memorial. Wouldn't it be exciting to be a part of history? There's a TON of foreigners who live in San Juan del Sur and oh, did I mention you'd be right on the beach?! One of the prettiest beaches in Nicaragua. Look on the map below and you'll see it's location on the southwest coast of Nicaragua. Currently, there's a ton of Australians in SJDS serving in English so you'd get to see our international brotherhood firsthand as well as make a big impact on a brand new congregation.
MASAYA SIGN LANGUAGE
Nicaragua uses their own sign language but if you already know ASL it's supposedly veeerrry easy to pick up NSL as they only have about half the signs. There's quite a few in the congregation who know ASL also so you'd have support to help you if you got stuck. There's three foreigners serving there already so you wouldn't be alone. Although their congregation is in Masaya (see map below and look between the 2 lakes) their main need is in my city of Granada. That's part of their territory, but they only have one publisher (my roommate) living here right now. That means all 100 deaf in the community are her responsibility to invite. Nicaraguans can't always afford the bus transport between the two cities to be of regular help. The two cities are about 20-30 minutes away from each other by bus.
BLUEFIELDS SIGN LANGUAGE
This is also a new group that's sprung up recently. Bluefields is on the eastern coast of Nicaragua (see map below) and supposedly is gorgeous; I personally haven't seen it yet. It's a really unique place because the residents are black and speak Creole English. So if you only know ASL and English; it'd be a perfect match for you. It's a very different feel there--more Caribbean, less Latinoamerica. You'd be getting to see a very special place in Nicaragua while serving a new group that needs a lot of help and frolicking on the beach at the end of a long day in service. Doesn't sound too bad, huh?
LA SAVANA SPANISH
La Savana is a small town located about 20 km outside of Somoto (see the northwest part of map below). There's a couple in my congregation who just went there to serve in December for a month and said they had GREAT response; so great they themselves are going back during Memorial season. The congregation is only about 12 publishers with 6 students who regularly meet with them, but they have a HUGE territory. You would have an opportunity to speak to people who quite possibly haven't heard the Kingdom message in years. Another benefit is back, being up north, you'd be in a cooler area of Nicaragua. Something to think about as March/April starts our hottest time of the year.
EL ALMENDRO SPANISH
You can read about the special pioneer couple already serving there in this former post of mine. But just to refresh your memory, El Almendro has only about 6 publishers and a very large territory with great response. My friend Yahoska has dozens of studies; so many she only studies with them about 15 minutes at a time or does group studies to get them all done. And her husband Jairo is the ONLY brother there. If you're a brother reading this, just imagine....EVERY public talk, EVERY part on the service meeting, EVERY WT study...it's just you! Can you imagine the pressure? Wouldn't you love to help him? :)