Paris: lovely day in león

It was bright, hot, and early when we were dressed and Enrique met us outside of our house to take a bus to the market with him. (This is another person who has truly looked out for us and extended his friendship to us since we’ve been here.)

The market was less crowded than usual, being that it was New Years day. Nonetheless, there were various stalls, tables and coolers sprawled about, mostly selling chicharrones, cookies, and pop. We made our way on the bus to León, and Norland, Hayling, Orven and Orvin ( two brothers from the Caribbean coastal town of Bluefields) streamed in shortly afterwards.

It was a long ride that I have to say I didn’t mind because I cherish the rare opportunities I get to actually sit and not be on my feet. Two hours later we were in León, but had to board another bus to get to the park, where Gizelle was meeting friends. This bus was packed, as in we were hanging out of the doors. If anyone thinks hanging out of the doors is past capacity limit, other passengers can always ride too if theyre willing to climb seats and squat over a person’s head with a foot near each of the passengers shoulders. Yes, some one stood on a passenger’s seat . And yes, he really squatted over this guy’s head. No, the guy didn’t even flinch. Apparently this is a norm.  It just wasn’t a moment I could capture on camera, nor can even the most descriptive words do this scenario any justice. But it is more fun and probably less dangerous than it sounds.

We enjoyed a nice lunch at a hotel, where we met several Witnesses who coincidentally happened to be having lunch. There I met a brother from North Carolina who had visited once, went home and within six weeks packed his bags and moved to Nicaragua.

 

 

Gizelle decided to stay the night with her friends and the eight of us took a few pictures in the hotel’s beautiful garden before heading out on a tour of the town.

 

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A picture we took in the garden

A brother named Moises from León English lead the way as we walked for a brief time appreciating views and stopping for batidos (smoothies).

Walking around the city of León involved mostly conversation and sight seeing. These brothers love to joke around, so of course this includes laughter, but they truly appreciate discussion spiritual things. Everyone works so hard during the week, in the ministry and in caring for responsibilities of homelife. What means so much is being able to spend the weekends with new found friends and family.

Here are pictures from this lovely day in León:

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*Ariana took these pictures

 

After leaving León, we returned to Managua to go to the mall, and of course eat again.

It was a wonderful day, and I’m looking forward to many more to come.

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5 thoughts on “Paris: lovely day in león

  1. Paris, you know I’m always anticipating what you have to say…it’s so good to hear from you. I know you are so different from the typical writer. I can depend on your stories being authentic, organic, & unadulterated. This story reminds me of
    1Peter 2:17 “Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers.”
    My heart is filled with Joy as I sèe you widening out, making new friends; People who love Jehovah and the Ministry as much as you do. How refreshing it must be to be surrounded by humble warm friends willing to give of themselves in every way, even making sacrifices just to make sure you girls enjoy your stay. To see Bible Principles put into action!…case in point the poor widow who dropped in her two small coins of very little value, but Jesus was pleased, for he said “Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than they all did. For all of these put in gifts out of their surplus, but she, out of her want, put in all the means of living she had” Luke 21: 1-4.
    I am so thankful to the local brothers for being so loving, so giving, so NOT PRETENTIOUS. Please be sure to extend warm appreciation and gratitude for what they do…
    I love the beauty of Jehovah’s Organization. How you can expand your ministry and get a small taste of the New Earth and what it will be like. A Brotherhood under that Kingdom arrangement where everyone is loved, accepted, and treated with dignity and respect. Where we are promised that God will rescue the poor and the lowly. Psalm 72:12.
    It sounds like a beautiful stress free day after a hard week of work. I love the pictures…please extend our love & gratitude to the local brothers. And Tell Ariana she did a great job behind the camera…I love the pics. Love you Baby Girl and “Keep on Keepin it 100”!!! As they would say back home in Detroit…

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  2. Hello my pioneer sisters, I am so happy to see you enjoying the fellowship of Jehovah’s people.

    Paris, you look so beautiful, your tan is on fleek:) lol. We really miss you and appreciate your hard work in the ministry. Extend many thanks to the local brothers for their kindness and for looking after you all. Also I look forward to seeing more pictures.

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  3. Wow…. The joy that you have seems to radiate to everyone here and California. You look so beautiful. Your tan is just….. Yaaasss boo yaasss! The more you share about your experiences in Nicaragua, the more happy you make me. I want nothing more to see my sister happy! Jehovah has so kindly given me that opportunity by granting you prayers to serve. The brothers have been so loving and it truly does justice to the scripture John 13:35 ” By this all will know that you are my disciples- if you have love amount yourselves. ” The love that these brothers have shown, is so inspiring. Im starting to miss you a little poopyhead. But please thank the brothers for me, and tell Ariana I said hey and she looks beautiful. May Jehovah continue to bless your efforts, don’t forget about me.

    Summer

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  4. Hi Paris, I just wanted to say hi and that I really miss you. These are a couple questions for the interview. Is it better without us? Are you having fun? Can you bring back souvenirs? How long are staying? Just a little advice, don’t die. Do not forget to tell mom and dad happy anniversary. Bye Bye

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  5. I have to say I enjoyed reading your family’s comments just as much as I enjoyed reading about your day. Haha I love your stories about the busses down there. They make me laugh so hard. These busses down here are going to seem like luxury after what you have experienced. I think I would prefer yours though. Much more entertaining. Haha Sounds like you girls have met some life-long friends (doesn’t surprise me at all) Jehovah’s organization is amazing. Let them know we all send our love from California. Miss you and love you. Stay strong and keep up the good work.

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