(AKA - "The most fun you can have at a morning meeting!")
SuNica’s team in Nicaragua has a lot on their plate these days. They’re the ones Discipling kids, training up communities on how to run a water project, or working on the El Limonal community center. The recent unrest has added additional challenges to their ability to perform the work, but they’ve pressed on and really Thrived through the adversity. They’ve taken on new leadership roles, continue to engage with kids right where they are, and even completed the San Carlos water project!
A big part of that is thanks to the SuNica-culture that’s been carefully established over the last several years. And at the center of it is something that a lot of us dread…
MONDAY MORNING MEETINGS!!
But we do it a little different in Nicaragua. As you’ll see in the video, after the entire staff gathers together, the very first thing they do is play a game. In this case it’s the old favorite Bananagrams!
Once everybody’s wide awake and engaged from the fun, it’s time for the devotional. The team takes turns leading, with recent topics including “poverty vs. riches”, “how our pain can be perceived by others”, and “trust”. After that, Josh poses a big question - “Where did you see God this week?”
Everyone then shares inspirational observances from their daily lives, or powerful stories from the communities where they’re serving. Sometimes the answers are less direct, or ends up being more about where we -haven’t- seen God throughout the week. This part of the meeting can go for hours as the team digs deep, and it’s a big part of what makes these Monday morning so powerful. Plus they eat breakfast together!
And then, following the fun, conversation, and breakfast, it’s down to business. Who’s going to what community? How do we figure out transportation, or discussions about our latest building projects. These days the Discipleship Staff is ramping up to serve a fourth community of kids in San Carlos. And the Water & Sanitation Team has started building Modern Bathrooms in El Porvenir while laying the community groundwork for the Salinas Grande water project.
So if you haven’t already, check out the video for a behind the scenes peek… and be sure to share pics if you decide to open your next staff meeting with Bananagrams!