Last week we needed to go out to the ranch for a quick little project. It was nothing big, and in fact we went on to Leon afterwards to spend time with some friends, but we wanted to get it done. This interesting, and very fun thing has begun to happen anytime we drive to the Ranch now. Just before we get to RR, we pass a house with a bright blue gate, and if she is home, our friend Stacey runs out to say hi. She waves and waves, and we usually stop to just say hi, but this time I had the camera with me. So I asked her and her brother, Douglas, if I could take their photo. They said of course, and then we asked if they wanted to join us at the ranch. It would only be an hour or so, but they were out of school that day and could come if they wanted. They asked their mom, Ethel, and she agreed. Stacey ran inside to grab her Bible that the Westside team and given her, and we went on to the ranch.


While Landon was working on the project, I had the opportunity to sit and chat with these two precious kiddos. I ended up sort of interviewing them, and was so glad I did. Below are my questions and their answers. Answers that reminded me, yet again, why we are doing what we are here in Nicaragua.


  • How old are you?
    • 12 years old (he said in English)
  • What would you like to do when you grow up? After secondary school?
    • Be a teacher, but I want to teach English
  • What grade are you in?
    • 1st year of secondary school. (The United States equivalent of 6th grade.)
  • What is your favorite subject?
    • English
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • Homework. And this video game. (On his phone.)
  • What is your favorite part of coming to camp at Ruby Ranch?
    • The arts and crafts we do here in the rancho.
  • What is your favorite food?
    • Fried chicken
  • How long have you lived here?
    • About 1 year, in this community.
  • Where did you live before?
    • In Managua.
  • Which place do you prefer to live?
    • I like living here. In Managua it was loud and busy. There were always cars and big trucks, and our street was very loud. It is more quiet and calm here.
  • Which part of school is hard for you?
    • Math
  • Which part is easy?
    • English, Spanish and Science


  • How old are you?
    • 9 years old
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • A translator
  • So you could work with us here at Ruby Ranch?
    • Yes!
  • What grade are you in?
    • Fourth year of primary school.
  • What is your favorite subject?
    • Conservation. (I’m not exactly sure what that would translate as in US schools…)
  • What do you like to do with your free time?
    • Play. Like baseball, football, with my friends.
  • What is your favorite part of coming to camp at Ruby Ranch?
    • The slip’n’slide and the arts and crafts.
  • What is your favorite food?
    • Gallo pinto, chicken, cheese…
  • How long have you lived here?
    • The same as my brother. About a year. I like living here better. There are more things to do, and we can play more freely.


Will you join us in praying for Stacey, Douglas, and all the other kiddos who live out near the Ranch? We love those kids and are hoping for big things for their lives.

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