So….is it a mission trip?

That’s the question Arlene and I get the most when we tell people we’re heading to Nicaragua for a holiday in December.
I’m not sure why that’s the first thing that comes to mind.

Anyway, we are going to Nicaragua in December to stay at a resort on the Pacific side called Milagros Del Mar.

We came to know about it from a guy who hails from Plum Coulee, Patrick Hiebert. Patrick heads up a foundation called Help Them Help Themselves and his ownership in this resort helps fund the project, as I understand it.

Nicaragua is not a wealthy country and they do need help building clinics and schools, which is what Patrick is trying to do.
So our purpose in going is not solely to sit by the pool and be waited on. We both feel that if we’re going to spend our hard earned dollars to travel this far, we want to see as much as we can while we’re there.
Fortunately for us, Patrick will be down there at the time and is willing to show us the volcanoes, historic sites and the projects he’s getting his hands dirty on. We think that’s a huge advantage for us in terms of making good use of our time there.

According to what we’ve read, Nicaragua has a much different political climate than it did back in the ’70s and ’80s. Patrick and others have said that it’s one of the safest countries in the Americas.
He says he feels safer in Managua than in Vancouver, where he is planning to move from.

Nicaragua is in the middle of Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. It features, active volcanoes, jungle, beaches, surfing (not on your life) and other things we hope to capture in picture form.

December is typically right after the rainy season so we’re told. So it should be green with sunny days.
And if we get some rain, no big deal. The trip is more about exploration than sitting at the beach.

So are we on a mission? Perhaps. But not in the same sense that most consider in these parts.
We’re on a mission to see another part of the world and observe another culture. We’re certain there’s something we can learn while we’re there.

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