Tío Pablo y Tía Ani

The Secret

Posted by Paul Barmaksezian on March 20, 2017

Sometimes a passage I've read or heard about in the Word maybe hundreds of times finally hits home.  It's amazing how His Word sheds new light at different seasons of life.  We've been watching a sermon series by Albert Tate on the 10 commandments, or as he calls it, a love letter written in stone; this was the final commandment ("do not covet").  Pastor Tate helped remind me of the secret to life in a fresh light through this sermon.  I encourage you to watch it, it's worth a nice sit down.

The core passage (along with the commandment) comes from Paul's letter to the Philippians, in a verse I've grown up with and yet didn't fully grasp until these past couple of years living down here.  It says:  "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Phil 4:12-13).

There is a mystery, something hidden, something not obvious, in how we can live our lives in peace no matter the circumstances He has us in.  It's contentment.  In Him.  To be saturated in His presence, person, and acts that our circumstances do not take away our focus.  See how Paul says he has learned this?  It's daily, it's part of our walk, to learn the secret of contentment.  And how is this done?  Yes, as one would have guessed, through Him who gives us the strength.  He provides.  Then we can focus on the Provider.  As Pastor Tate says it so well, it is by Him, through Him, and for Him.  I have much to learn of this no-longer-a-secret, to be content when I have plenty and to be content when I lack.  Because one day, full glory is coming, and He'll turn His face and give us peace.


Canadian Bungee Jumpers at the 2017 NCA Fair

Posted by Paul Barmaksezian on March 4, 2017

We just had a blast at the 2017 Nicaragua Christian Academy Fair, all set up with an international theme.  Each classroom was decked out in one of the countries the NCA students are from.  In honor of their mom, we got some Canadian dress shots.  And, for the first time ever in Nicaragua, a brand new Bungee jumper was introduced :).  The kids had a great time trying it out!  The poor guy working the jumper, he had a crazy workout throughout the day pulling kids to shoot up in the air.  It was a great break for us from all the routine of ministry and school.  Well, except for poor Ani, who had to work her classroom's booth most of the day.  But hey, it was a fun daddy and kids time, at least :).


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Managua Christmas Lights

Posted by Paul Barmaksezian on January 5, 2017

You know, I'm not sure if we've ever posted what Christmas time looks like here in Managua.  I just found some photos Michelle took with my camera when we went out to see the lights with some of the gals from House 4 at the Villa.  It's too bad I don't have a shot from the distance to see the whole road.  But just to give you an idea, the main road in downtown Managua gets completely decked out with Nativity scenes, loud music, food carts, and lots and lots of people.  It's kind of a crazy scene with all the lighted up trees; no wonder we have blackouts every so often - must be saving all the juice for Christmas! :).

Here is a gallery of the photos from Michelle:

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2016 High School Graduates

Posted by Paul Barmaksezian on November 2, 2016

In the middle of all our residency issues, I forgot to write about something I'm very excited about.  Two of our girls, Reyna and Ileana, will be graduating High School (and, for Reyna, vocational school) in less than a month!  This is a huge achievement (why does that word always make me think of first-person shooter games?) and we're just so proud of them both (I feel like a proud spiritual papa when I see these girls accomplish their goals like this).  See their quick bios below and pray for them.

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Prayer for Our Residency

Posted by Paul Barmaksezian on October 28, 2016

Some folks have been asking for an update on our residency here in Nicaragua - here is the not-so-quick story.

We've been here for 5 years and, thank God, all has gone relatively OK in terms of getting an renewing our residency over the years.  The typical pain and anxiety (this is a big point of anxiety for me) is something we go through every year, with constant changes in the requirements and the multiple trips to get a packet approved.  But each year, after all the pain and waiting, we get approved and keep our legal status here.

Well, this year has been ... let's say ... quite different.  It's election year here, maybe that's why.  But things have not turned out the way we were expecting.

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