Fireworks or Christmas Lights?

During a trip to Ochristmaslightsmetepe Island, Nicaragua in late November, I was awoken at 4:00 am to the sound of fireworks and loud music from about 1/2 mile up the road.  The local residents were celebrating a special day in Advent at church before their workday began at sunrise. I was made aware by my friends, Tom & Esther, that the entire month of December was a firework-filled preparation leading up to Christmas. Throughout that morning, afternoon and early evening, fireworks permeated the landscape on Ometepe as a reminder of Christ’s upcoming birth.

At first, I thought to myself, “what a contrast to the way Americans at home celebrate the season!”  But then I pondered deeper, and recalled the spectacle of light displays & sounds that adorn our homes, neighborhoods, churches, towns and cities in preparation for the Holidays. (Note: On Ometepe, consistent electricity is a luxury, even to those who can afford it.)

While fireworks and Christmas lights are very different methods, both are meant to light up the sky and draw our attention to the same, larger meaning of Christmas: the ultimate hope, promise & light of Jesus, our Savior!  John 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

When I returned home to the US in early December to all of the newly-hung Christmas lights in my neighborhood, instead of noticing how “pretty” the lights looked, I found myself reflecting on, and finding gratitude in, God’s perfect gift of grace through the birth of His Son, Jesus – wohoo!  It felt like fireworks inside of me.

This Christmas, I wish the same awesome feeling for you and your family (without the 4:00 am fireworks episode). Also, as you make your 2018 New Year’s resolution(s), consider how you can be a light for Jesus in your family, community or beyond.  He wants us to be a light for others.  Matthew 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Merry Christmas!
Rochelle & T.J.







An Asking Story

One attribute that my mother instilled in me at an early age was “to be an indpedent woman.”  I suspect she was emulating the changing times of the 1970’s & 80’s, when women were claiming their independence in the workplace and in leadership roles throughout American culture. I am grateful for her encouragement, and it has shaped me into the strong person that I am today.

To have to ask for help, however, is not an easy task for me.  Stepping into the missionary world and walking in faith, I need to learn how to better embrace this.  From asking how to say a word in Spanish, or asking directions, or to asking sponsors for donations, I need to put my ego aside and remember “the ask” is really from Jesus and not for me.

This was the mindset we had to embrace when making this video, and as I prepare to go to Ometepe  November 25 – December 2.

John 14:13-14 (NIV)13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Enoy the video below. Thank you for your support and continued prayers. Dios le bendiga!



Scholarship Recipient

Meet Julia Maria. She is the sister of one our medical sponsor recipients who unfortunately passed away in October 2016. Through her faith in Jesus and the inspiration of her sister, she’s completing year 1 of her 5-year foreign language degree at University of Managua. In July 2017, she joined us in Granada for sight seeing before meeting her family on Ometepe. Financial assistance is needed to supply books, materials, meals and travel expenses that are not covered by her education scholarship.  You can help Julia Maria by donating to our ministry (please specify One Body or Rochelle Scott in the ministry field).


Waiting on others can be a challenge.  For instance, have you ever waited in a long line at the grocery store and the cashier is really slow at bagging, or even worse, she encounters a glitch with the computer system?  Sometimes you just want to scream about When the time is righthow much time we spent waiting on others.

As I grow older, I have learned to embrace these times as a gift to talk to Jesus or to find gratitude that I have two healthy legs to stand upright in a line in an air conditioned building (living in Florida is hot).

Recently though, my patience has been challenged with slower-than-expected progress on our plans to build our mission house on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.   Luckily, I was able to take step back and remind myself that I am NOT in control of this process — He’s in charge!  Knowing this is so comforting to me.  Whether you are waiting to hear from someone about your next job, medical test results or delivery of a promise, when the time is right…the Lord will make it happen.

The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.
– Isaiah 60:22

Unfailing Love

cropped-img_9381Meet sisters, Arelis and Julia Maria.  Both of these young ladies are shining examples of complete faith in Christ’s unconditional love. Through their journies, they inspire us to remain strong in our faith and to traverse through whatever obstacles come our way. Our lights shine brighter because of them.  We are steadfast in our commitment to our calling.  We trust in His unfailing love.

Psalm 13:5 – But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation..