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YOMers paint a church & swim in Pacific Ocean

What a full day we’ve had today in Nicaragua!

We left the hotel at 8:30am for a town “La Concepion” where the YOM team painted a newly-dedicated church building. The YOMers applied a base coat to the concrete walls, and after it dried they applied the yellow-colored paint. The church looked great inside and out! After about 3.5 hours of painting and clean-up, we had a delicious lunch of grilled chicken, rice, and platano chips with the local church group (which they provided). Later in the trip we will be having church service in this very same church building in La Concepion.  The pastor was overjoyed at the quick work our YOMers did!

Since we finished painting early, after lunch, the YOMers hopped on the bus once again – this time heading to the Pacific Ocean! We visited a secluded beach and the only people there were the YOMers and a few Nicaraguan children. It was about a 1.5 hour drive there, but it was completely worth it! For most, it was their first time in the Pacific Ocean, and for many it was their very first experience with any ocean. Everyone had a blast riding the waves and swimming around enjoying the beautiful scenery.  It was a completely incredible experience!

After watching a breathtaking sunset, we left the beach at about 7pm and headed to dinner in Managua. We enjoyed dinner at a restaurant where we ate beef and pork steaks with rice and beans. Just before we left the restuarant, the YOM team presented the Missionary family and AIM family with gifts of foods and products from the U.S. that they cannot purchase anywhere in Nicaragua.  They were so thrilled.  They were totally shocked at the amount of gifts the YOMers brought.  It was very cool to see.

We’ve just arrived back at our hotel for the night, resting up for a morning tomorrow that will include baseball, volleyball and a day at the park with the youth from local churches.  Then we have a 3 hour drive for another church service.

New photos from today can be viewed at

  1. Denny & Evie Fedosa

    Can’t tell you how much we miss our Iowa kids!!! What a blessing these updates are; thank God for technology! It brings tears to our eyes to see you working for Jesus in such a sacrificial way! Hope you’re making life-long friends with this awesome Missouri crew. We are thinking about you and praying for you everyday! God bless you all as you continue working in Nicaragua! Love you, Rachel, and miss you like crazy!
    ~Mom, Dad, & the whole gang

  2. Great job YOMers!!! Glad there was enough paint for your bodies AND the walls. 🙂 What a blessing you were to that church! Missing you Amanda and Ryan.

  3. Bro & Sis Crider

    WOW!! Great Job!!! And to the HERMANNites (past and present)#1: Felisha and Em, love the “HANKERCHIEF” do!! And I also know who I can get to paint my kitchen. LOL. Fle, should of known you would have had a baby in your arms!! What a great mommy you are. Emily, really liked the new “spot” you were sporting on your skirt. hehe. And to the Stricklands, amazed I didn’t see BRO Strickland “working” but sure seen him at the dinner table!! Darrah what are ya gonna do with that man!! (I love ya Wessie) Hope you all are having a wonderful time..can’t wait to hear the stories when you return.
    p.s. Felisha: your hubby is missin you B-A-D!!!

  4. Bro & Sis Crider

    Brooke Smith,

    Just wanted to let you know that we were thinking of you and are so VERY proud of what you are doing. We love you! WOW Section 8 is represented!!!

  5. Awesome! All the new experiences will forever impact the MO – Youth and the people of Nicaragua. Awesome……

    Brooke – Your the greatest…..We send our love….Enjoy all you are doing…

    Section 8 is great…..

    The Smith’s

  6. Bro. J. R. Peyton

    It is great to see God using young people in todays world. You could be doing many things this summer, but you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. May God bless you all. We are so proud that our son, Johnnie, was able to take part in this great experience. Me miss him greatly, but our greatful for his burden to work for the Kingdom of God.

  7. Everyone looks like thet are having a great time! I love the church service pictures. So proud of every young person wanting to do something for the work of God especially you Tyler. We love and miss you But so thankful for Bro. Levine and the others that put this together for you to experience.
    George & Nancy Clemmons

  8. Kevin and Jill Fierge

    Great job, Henry, IL crew! Thrilled to see you painting like that. Watching the three of you brought tears to my eyes since you all three are my “academy kids”. So proud of you–looks like you are having a great time! You are putting into practice all those times in youth service we have taught about “giving back to the kingdom”.
    Love ya!
    Sis Fierge (and Mom) :=)

  9. You all were having way too much fun with that paint! 🙂 Sarah we’re so glad you were able to be a part of all this. Hope you enjoyed your swim in the ocean & what a beautiful sunset! We can’t wait to see what else God has planned for you! Love you & miss you!

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