Nicaragua // 2010// Day #2
Our day started exploring Granada. I was struck by the many symbols of faith throughout the town. Churches open for the community to partake in communion, crosses on many corners, and paintings of Jesus on the walls. After Granada, we went to Catarina for the view. Oh my, it was gorgeous! With the lake below, volcano in the distance, wind on my skin, and musicians serenading my ears, it was nearly impossible to take it all in at once. I had to drink it in, slowly, piece by piece. Thankfully I had time to over lunch, which was delicious.
Our afternoon was spent discovering Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. This city is filled with historical disasters, both natural and political. From harsh dictatorships to devastating earthquakes, the people of Managua have endured many hardships. Which makes since… why faith is so woven into the tapestry of life here. For the people who’ve seen the unimaginable, experienced the unthinkable, faith is all they had…their only hope.
I wish I had time to give you a history lesson of Nicaragua, especially of the last forty years. War, terror, uncertainty. Nationalism, passion, commitment. These are just a few of the themes of Nicaragua’s past. During our tour of Managua, we went to the peace park. After the revolution, the people were so sick of war that they sealed actually guns and warfare machinery in concrete as a way of burying this era of Nicaragua. If only we could forever bury our weapons in concrete today.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK, Jr.