Matagalpa, Granada, and the Campo

Matagalpa, Granada, and the Campo
It's 4:30am. I've been up since 3:00. The roosters are crowing, and for awhile the innkeeper had "2 1/2 Men" on in his room adjacent to the lovely lobby. Two orange kittens are chasing each other around on the cool tiles. I don't know where the coffee is, but we got some Coke Zeros last night and put them in the fridge (20 cords each, so about 85c - not bad for a soda here), so I have some caffeine.  This is our 9th day, but I already feel enough at ...

How Not To Help

How Not To Help
With our upcoming move to Nicaragua, I have joined several Facebook groups of expats living in various parts of the country. Since I've been back from Uganda, there have been several US news outlet reports of various churches preparing "food aid" and sending it to Nicaragua. One church in Charlotte actually prepared 55,000 (yes, 55 THOUSAND!) packages of food. And I get it. I really do. It seems like a good idea. The youth can get involved. We're helping.

Our Scouting Trip to Nicaragua is NEXT WEEK!

Our Scouting Trip to Nicaragua is NEXT WEEK!
Nicaragua... My husband says with a smile, "Why am I letting you drag me off to Nicaragua?" I say, "Because you love me." Truth be told, we are both almost giddy with excitement and expectation. I've written about our journey to find out "elsewhere" on my life coaching blog and in my newest book, but I haven't added too much about the, well, GOD side of the story. If you've followed Ten Eighteen for any length of time, you know that God was 100% r

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough
Most people who have spent time in a foreign country will tell you that the best thing is the relationships you make. I don't mean a short-term-missions-kill-yourself-for-Jesus trip, where you really only interact with your own group of Americans. But if you go and really invest your time into the people, whether you're there for a week or a month or a year, you will find that the relationships you forge are quickly pretty deep and meaningful. We have lost...