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Friday journey by boat to Rama Village

March 26th, 2011 2 comments

LISA LANDIS-Greetings from Bluefields, Nicaragua.  Yesterday morning we left the hotel and walked to a house along the water where the family owns many boats and rents them to groups like Friends in Action.  Here are pictures of our journey waiting for the boat, traveling across the Bay in the boat, followed by a visit to the Rama village which is the size of just two city blocks.  In a future blog I will post pictures of our journey across the water to the mainland where Friends in Action is building houses, construction cabins for work teams, experimenting with wind power, and much more to creative a sustainable village.  Here are some of the sights that we witnessed yesterday of the Rama village.  There is a great need here and FIA is doing amazing things to bring hope to the future of the Rama people of Nicaragua.

I have many more pictures to share, but that’s all the time I have for now.  We are getting ready to leave the hotel today (Saturday).  Our flight to Managua leaves at 4pm.

lisa@wjtl.com

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Thursday journey from Puerto Cabezas to Bluefields

March 26th, 2011 1 comment

LISA LANDIS-

Here are some pictures from Thursday when we traveled with Friends in Action Intl. from Puerto Cabezas down to Managua then over to Bluefields.

The Hotel sign is where we are staying and the street scene is the street outside our hotel.

Yesterday (Friday) we traveled by boat to the Rama village and then the mainland where FIA is building them a village.  I will post another blogs with those pictures.

lisa@wjtl.com

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Building a block house in Boom Sirpi

March 24th, 2011 No comments

LISA LANDIS-Here is a look at the Friends In Action Intl. crew building a house in the village of Boom Sirpi, Nicaragua.  FIA supplies the materials, while the people receiving the house supply the labor and work teams from the states visit too!   Find out you can be a part of an FIA work team at FIAintl.org.

 

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Boy at the Well

March 24th, 2011 No comments

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When I saw this boy I thought, “he could be someone’s sponsored child”.  A typical chore for little boys-pumping water at the well then carrying the water home.

 

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Wednesday in the Village of Boom Sirpi

March 24th, 2011 2 comments

Greetings again from Puerto Cabezas.  Early Wednesday Pablo drove us to the village of Boom Sirpi-home to the Miskito people. It took about 30 minutes thanks to the newly grated road.  Friends in Action is working in Boom Sirpi to help the people rebuild after Hurricane Felix, which hit the Mosquito Coast in 2007.  FIA is supplying materials & a block press to help the people build sturdy homes to withstand any storms which might the coast in the future.  Here are some pictures from our visit to the village.  I hope the pictures will give you a better idea of how the people live as well as their beautiful spirit.

So these are just a few pictures from the village.  The last picture is my breakfast-this is for you Radio Friend Phil-and that picture before that was the view from the balcony as I Skyped last night with Radio Friend Phil.  The country cries out to be photographed with its bright, vibrant primary colors, endless sunshine and fabulous cloud formations!

Whenever I visit a third world country I get an overwhelming sense of urgency.  I say to myself, I need to help, but what can I do as one person?  This is an opportunity to come alongside a Christian organization that is working to be Jesus to the people in their great time of need.  And what a joy these people are.  A beautiful spirit, with so little, yet so much joy and the believers have such a great passion for God.  That is something I hope to never forget.  FIA can really use your help to compete these projects.

Just visit them here for more information.  FIAintl.org

 

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Tuesday in Puerto Cabezas

March 23rd, 2011 4 comments

Greetings from Puerto Cabezas!  I am staying at the Hotel Monter-upstairs from a grocery store and across the street from the baseball stadium.  The town is made of up English, Spanish, Miskito and Sumo speaking people. The majority of the people from the city  are Spanish speaking; however, almost all people from the province speak the Miskito language.

This town is popular for its Miskito Market and seafood restaurants which serve up fresh daily catches to customers.   The Miskito Market is one of the best places to go for fresh vegetables.  Tim is taking us there in the morning.

Today I had the chance to walk through the village of Boom Sirpi where Friends in Action International is helping the Miskito rebuild after Hurricane Felix.  Here are a few pictures from our visit.  Tomorrow I will spend 4-5 hours there interviewing the people, shooting video and pictures and calling in live reports to WJTL.

 

One of my favorite snapshots from the day was watching a young village boy pump water from the well and then carry the water back to his family.  I thought, “this boy could be someone’s sponsored child!”.  I will upload the video to WJTL.COM as soon as I get a faster connection so you can experience it too!

It’s been a long day with a slow internet connection!  I will talk to you in the morning.

Buenos Noches!

 

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Pictures from Monday in Managua

March 22nd, 2011 4 comments

LISA LANDIS-Here are a few pictures from Managua Market Monday:

Market girl selling peanuts

Which hat should I choose?

FIA executive director Tim Johnston & his wife Jan

This is the lady who creates the leather scrolls that Tim uses as a “Thank You” to donors

Market lady selling cacao powder

Flower at The Best Western Managua

Best Western Managua across from the airport

Airport art

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Monday in Managua, Nicaragua with FIA

March 22nd, 2011 1 comment

Buenas Tardes from Managua, Nicaragua!

I arrived in country around 12 noon (2pm Eastern time) today (Monday, March 21).  I had a smooth, uneventful flight (just a bit of turbulence leaving Harrisburg) with Friends in Action Intl. Executive Director Tim Johnston and his wife Jan.  Wow, am I loving this tropical climate!  Not too hot here yet.  We were in the mid to upper 80’s today, but the severe high temps and high humidity haven’t yet hit.  Nicaragua is entering the dry season after an extra wet rainy season.

This week we are getting a closer look (& listen) at Friends In Action Intl. and the amazing work they are doing to bring the Gospel to people groups around the world that have not had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ.

We are staying the night at The Best Western in Managua, conveniently located across from the airport.  This is where FIA brings work teams before flying out to “the field”-in this case the village of Boom Sirpi, which is located approximately 12 miles outside of Puerto Cabezas (which is where we will be flying tomorrow) and an island called Rama Cay-a half-hour boat ride from Bluefields, on the Caribbean coastline, where FIA is helping the Rama people build a village among other projects. (I will visit there later this week).

Had a wonderful time today strolling through the Managua open air market stocked with artisan crafts like hammocks, chairs, leather goods, clothing, toys, and my favorite-PINATAS!  Pictures coming soon!

On a personal note, it was 12 years ago this month that my husband and I spent 3 1/2 half weeks in Guatemala finalizing the adoption of our son Alex.  Now my son is several weeks away from turning 13 years old!  Everywhere we went today I was reminded of that sweet time in Central American with my husband and me trying (as new parents) to figure out what to do with this new little baby Alex and to get him to settle down and go to sleep :0)

Speaking of sleep, it’s off to bed for me.  I’m going on 21 hours in my day so it’s time to sign off.

Buenas Noches

Learn more about how FIA is at work in the world at FIAintl.org.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day-Here’s my favorite from The Electrics

March 17th, 2011 1 comment

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The Countdown to Nicaragua with Friends In Action

March 15th, 2011 3 comments

LISA LANDIS-I invite you to listen March 21-28th as I travel to Nicaragua with Friends in Action Intl.

Friends in Action (FIA) is a “Friend to Missionaries”…Equipping, Sending, Drilling, Building, Assisting, Accelerating the work of reaching the unreached around the globe.

Since 2004, FIA has worked alongside two indigenous people groups-the Rama and Miskito peoples who live on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Projects there include helping to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Felix in 2007, as well as helping to move 40 of 220 families living on Rama Cay (an overcrowded island) to the nearby mainland and develop an environmentally stable and self-supporting community.

FIA takes a holistic approach by working to help the people in all areas of their life including education, training and helping to establish the church.

I travel early Monday, March 21 and return late Monday, March 28th.  Listen to WJTL FM 90.3 for reports throughout the week live from Nicaragua and visit WJTL.COM for pictures, videos, and blog entries updated daily.

And please be in prayer for my trip.  Pray for safety and that the people of Nicaragua will have the opportunity to tell their stories of faith including their joys and trials.  I’m looking forward to helping you witness FIA at work in Nicaragua!

 

 

 

 

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Still in shock from my KCB Smart Car Christmas surprise!

December 23rd, 2010 14 comments

(LISA LANDIS) Wow!  They got me.  The first time I was ever truly surprised.  In case you missed the big surprise live on the radio, Doug Desmond of Alan Manufacturing and Supply Lancaster and Desmond Construction walked into the Get Up & Go Show studio during the 8:50am live radio break.  He was dressed as Santa and between, “Ho Ho Ho’s” he urged me outside the station door where a shiny KCB Cookie Smart Car was waiting! Fred McNaughton, Chris Strayer and the entire gang knew about the donation and kept the BIG secret.  I was impressed they could keep a secret!  The special KCB Smart Car was cleverly designed by Bill Dussinger of Penny Lane Graphics.  Bill, you thought of EVERYTHING-down to the smiling cookies and cookie hubcaps!

Again, I can’t thank Doug Desmond enough.  I’ve known Doug a long time and I always knew he had  a generous, giving spirit and big heart, but I never dreamed he’d donate a car to KCB!  Doug told us that it’s important to him that we reach the kids while they are young, so this is for the kids!!!

We plan to have fun with the KCB Cookie Smart Car and can’t wait for you to see it live and in person.  The next chance to see the car live on location is the KCB Skate at the Castle Roller Rink in Lancaster, Saturday, January 8th, 2011.  The skate runs from 10am-noon.

Here are some fun pictures of the car AND our first KCB Cookie Smart Car assignment-a trip last night to Best Buy Lancaster to award the KCB Picture Taking Contest winner her camera!  Congrats to 12-year old Bethany Wenger of Denver.

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