This is Elliott, one of the team members of the Appalachian State Lutheran Students Association, who served here from March 11 - 19. He's the strong, quiet type who doesn't say much so we've been wondering how he's been processing the trip now that he's been back for two weeks. Yesterday at Grace Lutheran many of the students shared about their experiences here - all except Elliott. Instead he wrote a moving blog account of how Nicaragua affected him. Go read it! Here's an excerpt:
Seeing how we were welcomed and treated in Nicaragua I can't imagine any better welcome...anywhere! Seeing how happy everyone was made me kind of wish I could live like they do. Then I started imagining what it would be like to live in a 3rd world country and live the 'simple' life as they do. I thought and then decided I probably wouldn't last very long. They have lived in those conditions their entire life and know nothing else, therefore, they don't complain about it. They are just thankful for the life and things they DO have.
Now back to my original thought of how maybe the Nicas have more than
we do: We in the States rely on money to get through life when we
should trust in God to provide for us. The people in Nicaragua have
their priorities straight, their faith is so strong even though times
might be rough. Maybe we should take a page out of the Nica's book and
put our faith first and let everything else fall into place just as God
has planned for us.