March 1, 2014
Here you can read about the experiences of people who are either in Nicaragua at the moment or have been in Nicaragua and know the people, the place, the church in our sister parish community.
Mary Pat Potts is in Jinotega right now! She will be there until March 7, leading several parishioners in a pilgrimage. They will be e-mailing their progress, impressions, and such throughout their visit. Check back frequently to see what’s going on!
On Saturday we did a service project with the Prison Ministry group.
In the morning Marilyn, Sue and I worked alongside the women to cut up vegetables for the meal they would serve the prisoners, while my husband Ken played guitar and practiced with the singing group and Jeff visited people in the hospital with our friend Renae. We so enjoyed working right with our fellow volunteers and chatting and singing with them! Then we went over to the jail with Vilma and the choral group to sing and pray with the prisoners. In the past there has been a maximum of only about 120 prisoners in that jail, but now there are 250 because the other prison (that they would send the most dangerous ones to) is over-full. Vilma is amazing to watch as she preaches and gives hope to the prisoners! The Spirit really touches them through Vilma. Then we served the lunch to the inmates and blessed them. It was quite humbling to intentionally look into each one’s eyes and see the face of Christ, then remind them that God loves them. It was quite a powerful experience for us.
Later we went to the church of the Black Christ – Señor Escipula. There we said the rosary with them, then went to Mass. We even got to witness two Baptisms! It is called the Black Christ because there was a small town in one of the Central American countries that apparently was not following Christ. The church in their town burned completely to the ground except for the crucifix, which was charred completely black. The people took this as a sign that they should repent and they turned back to Christ. That is the story of the Black Christ that we heard, and it has become very powerful to the people in Central America.
That was our Saturday — MaryPat