We had tickets for June 15-29th,
(accidentally bought on expedia.com.uk payed in pounds):
The time came for us to leave. I had sent numerous emails to orphanages, YWAM bases, missionaries, friends, and friends of friends. NO ONE had gotten back to me yet. I had neglected to tell my brother Matt that simple fact just incase he might panic. One leg into our journey (Boston MA to Houston TX) Matt began to ask me about our plans.... I had no choice but to tell him all I had was one last phone number to try. He let me use his cell phone while he went to the bathroom. When he came back he asked, "Sooo what happened?"
"I left a message"
He looked at me with fear in his eyes.
All I could say as our flight to Managua Nicaragua began to board was,
"Don't worry, we will have a place to stay, a translator and we will have friends."
We turned off our only cell phone that would not work again until we got back and boarded our flight. I took the window Matt took the middle and waited to see who else would share our row on this adventure. A older beautiful Nicaraguan woman named Ermida Sanchez sat down next to us. We began to talk to her and the first thing she told us was, "Practica hablar espanol muy importante." We talked during the entire flight. I shared with her my vision to empower, educate and employ girls who have been rescued from child prostitution in Nicaragua. The first step towards this goal is buying land and establishing a self sufficient "off the grid" community including a surf hotel and a school for english, basic medicine and hygiene, trades, art and agriculture. I believe it moved her the most because she knows the need in her country for such a thing. And for me to care enough to step out towards it purely because God told me to truly touched her heart. She then proceeded to ask us about our more specific plans and was very surprised to find out we had NONE....... After a very long pause she said, "Well a driver and my niece, that you would like very much, are waiting for me at the airport you could come home with me for the night I have a few rooms. I have always considered converting my house into a bed an breakfast."
In the next 24 hours, we were escorted through spanish speaking customs, driven to a home, well fed, had two beds, a fan, an air conditioner that we couldn't bring ourselves to use, a pool in the back yard, a driver, a grandma, a mom, two translators, two house keepers, and three great friends: Lya a famous Nicaraguan jazz and blues singer, Kevin a semi professional basketball player in the UK, and Ermida. All of which we felt like we had known forever. On top of all that before our first day was over Matt had installed two ceiling light and fan fixtures for the house!
Talk about ADVENTURE!