Hello from Nandaime, Nicaragua! The final 150km out of Costa Rica was lively with a lot of media coverage prompting people to stop regularly to say hello or hand over some food or water. A particularly big thank you to Jonothan & Roberto from BeatFM (www.ritmodigital.net) who stopped regularly with a conversation & food. When I finally made it to their home town we gave each other a tour of our respective states via Google Earth. It was great to be able to spend more than just 5mins with someone. To finish off Costa Rica I found myself walking through Jaguar territory so singing loudly was the order of the day! The Padre on the frontier gave me a tour of the surrounding mountains in his ute but it was very soon time to let my feet do the touring again. I've now covered around 3500km on foot & no, the new boots still haven't arrived. I'm using a mixture of tissue paper & tape to keep the inside of the boots from ripping my feet up. It's sort of working. Nicaragua is a beautiful country with rolling countryside following the shore line of a massive lake with huge volcano islands spotted all over the place. I have found the people here difficult at times though. I was robbed again, but this time from the comfort of the place i was staying in on my first night here. Someone in the house lifted my spare cash from inside my passport leaving me with only a few dollars to make it to the next town. They took about a weeks worth of allowence. It was a disappointing start to the country. I've also been heckled a lot in the two days I've been here. I even had a 4yr old kid stand outside his house & give me a mouth full as I walked past. He was an angry little fellow. Almost as good as the 2 guys who heckled me from their horse drawn cart... Still, I have a lot to pray for & be thankful for. I was able to speak at an Assembly of God Church last night & then to meet with the Catholic padre here. The more I walk & pray the more I learn about the disunity of Christians & the travisty this is. I keep being reminded though that the fundamental foundation for unity is prayer & a desire to be united. A fellow I chatted with back in Costa Rica commented that we'd all be united if other churches just read their bibles. He then began to point out the errors of many churches & left it at that. Yes, correcting errors in theology etc is an elementary part of unification but one of the big problems I've noticed while walking is that many people are happy to cut down other churches but will then refuse to listen in turn. It's always someone elses fault... Let's start with self. I've also learned that I don't know all the words to "With or Without You" by U2. I´ll work on that. Peace folks! Sam.
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace." Eph 4:3