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The Downtown Church of Bellevue, WA sends team of 21 to Dario Christian Academy

Led by The Downtown Church of Bellevue, WA, a team of 21 people, the largest team ever to visit DCA, traveled to Dario this summer for a short-term mission trip packed with projects and relational activities. Below are some reflections of one of the participants. The team ranged in age from under 10 to over 60. In the coming months we will share more of these reflections, trusting it will be an encouragement to all of you, our friends and supporters of Compassion in Action.

This was my fourth trip to Nicaragua. Each of the first three was wonderful and significant in terms of my own spiritual journey and growth so I expected that this trip would also be fulfilling in the same ways.

Still, this trip was extra special for me because it was the first mission trip in which my whole family has participated together.

We were so grateful to be able to join the team sent out by The Downtown Church. Although our family added to the complexity of such a large group, we felt very welcomed and the trip was made extra special by bringing together such a diverse group of gifted and compassionate people. We were very blessed to form so many new friendships and benefit from the strong tactical, spiritual, and worship leadership that Aaron and Crystal, Pastor Jay, and Pastor Jeremy all provided, respectively.

The Dario Christian Academy is a place where God's handiwork is so clearly evident. Many young people and members of their families have come to know the Lord because of the biblical teaching and outreach which happens there. The school is filled with students and teachers who are eager, thankful, and joyful to have us visit and work alongside them in their classrooms, play with them at recess, or just sit and visit with them in their humble homes. Dario is a place where I am stretched and awed with regard to understanding how God sees the world and how He longs to use me to bear witness to the blessed hope of relationship with our Lord Jesus.

We had a trip filled with lots of bugs, sticky heat, cold showers, unusual food, strange odors, weary bodies, slow moving vehicles, bumpy dirt roads, and other things the families in Dario, Nicaragua deal with every day of their lives. Their living conditions are incredibly difficult but, despite all these things, me encantar estar en Nicaragua (I love it in Nicaragua). I love it because, for me, being there is such a clear reminder that my reason for being, no matter where I am, is to let my light shine before men in such a way that they might see my Savior through my joyful works, and that doing so might point the way to Christ and bring glory to my Father in Heaven.

I think it wise for every Christian in America to gain a 3rd world experience. I am very blessed to have been able to do so with my whole family this time, and thankful to The Downtown Church for allowing us to join them on ROAD TRIP NICARAGUA, 2013.