Thursday, January 22, 2015


I'm baaaaaaaccccckkkkk!!!  Now whether you're clapping or groaning, the point is that I've got my new computer (I owe you big time, Andrea) and blogging again!  There's so much I want to catch you guys up on so you're going to be seeing a lot of regular posts, I promise.

I first wanted to share with you a fun congregation activity we did together back in November.  In Nicaragua, school vacation runs from the end of November through the beginning of February.  A couple fellow pioneers and I decided we wanted to take advantage of the vacation to do a kids party and catch everyone up on the Become Jehovah's Friend series.  95% of the homes here don't have Internet, it's available through phone by minutes only, and otherwise, one must go to a cyber (computer shop; you remember those from the '90s, right?) which not everyone has money for.  So I downloaded all the videos and songs and we invited all the kids and most of the adult publishers from our rural territory (where there's no access to cybers) to come to Clara's house and get to know them.  We had such a blast!  Most of the kids had only ever seen the Caleb video that was released at the Regional Convention over 2 years ago; my heart clenched a bit to see the kids mouth along with almost every word of that first video; they knew it by heart!!!

And to make it seem like a real party we had cupcakes, ice cream, sweet breads, fresco, and tostadas.  That is NOT common for Nica parties...usually some chips and soda and everyone feels like they've gotten something special.  Then a very generous sister put together "fun bags" for all the kids full of loud toys to annoy their parents.  You can tell from the kids' faces below how they felt about it all.

Selene and Clara, fellow pioneers and party planners


  1. What a great story - Love that! Thank you so much for sharing this and so happy the kids got to see the videos. You (dear sister) and the congregation in Nindirí are in our thoughts and prayers - thanks for the encouraging post!

    KathyC from Missouri:-)

  2. Uuuh such a fancy party without chips and sods Shawn ;)

    1. o sea!! That's how we do in Nindiri!!