The Estrada Family

A Nica-Canadian family, living in Nicaragua and starting a family!

Thank God for Answered Prayers.

on November 1, 2014

I have been working as a translator for almost 5 years.

Almost. Five. Years.

When I started it was easy — sometimes I spent a week in another city, but I knew my hubby could fend for himself while I was gone. While I was pregnant with Bethany I hoped and prayed that some kind of job opportunity would come up (for me OR David) that would make it possible to stay home. But, alas, only 2 months after she was born I left for my first week away. Since then I have heard, “I can’t believe you have to leave your baby girl, I just couldn’t do it.” more times than I could count. Let me tell you, that doesn’t make it any easier on me. Actually, it just made me feel sad and guilty.

Don’t get me wrong. I love translating. I have worked with teams from all over the US and Canada. I have met tons of people –some of whom have become great friends; I have gone to places in Nicaragua that I never would have visited otherwise; I have seen and learned invaluable things; and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world.

But leaving home for 5 or 6 days at a time, sometimes 3 or 4 weeks in a row hurts. It kills me when I can’t see my hubby and my daughter every day. It makes me so sad when I call home and Bethany is crying for me, or doesn’t even want to talk to me. It is a hard job. It’s mentally exhausting. I am working full time for 5-7 days, and then I am back home being mom. Certain times of year are harder then others, so when jobs are available I have to take them.

Translating is great; I really enjoy it, but I  have been doing it for almost 5 years, and for almost 5 years I have been praying for a job that would allow me to sleep at home every night, in my own bed, 365 days a year.

And almost 5 years later, God answered that prayer.

answered prayers

Two weeks ago I received an email from a ministry where I have been translating for the last year, asking if I was interested in applying for a position that they were creating, or if I knew anyone who would fit the job description. I talked it over with David, and we decided I would send in my resume. one week later I interviewed for the job, and I was told that they had me in mind from the beginning. They had a few more interviews to do, but I would know by the end of the week. Later that night I got a call saying I had the job.

On Monday, I start my full time job at Tesoros de Dios, as their Team Coordinator.

Its 20 minutes down the highway (I can take the bus or drive easily). Its a Monday-Friday job (most jobs in Nicaragua are 6 days a week), and I get a full time salary and health insurance for me and my daughter. God didn’t just answer my prayer, He gave me exactly what I wanted!

And luckily, I live right next door to the ministry I have been translating for the longest, so when my good friends come for their yearly visit, I can walk across the field to see them. (That’s you, Jill, Grace, Sue, Greg, Kristie, Debbie, Tommy, Amy, Eric, etc).

I will truly miss translating. I will miss the great translators I have worked with over the years, I will miss my fav teams that keep coming every year, I will miss the 3 hour yellow-school-bus rides into the mountains (wait, probably not), I will miss the people we work with in the clinics.

But I am so ready for this next chapter in my life. I am so excited about coming home for dinner every night and seeing my family. I am so excited to get to know the kids and staff at Tesoros.

And I am so thankful for answered prayers.


3 responses to “Thank God for Answered Prayers.

  1. Kristie Gamble says:

    I am very happy for you !!!! But you will be missed !!! This is wonderful for you and your family!! I hope I get to see you in January ! love to all

  2. Lois Orozco says:

    Wow, I’m glad to hear this good news because I know you and also know Tesoros! I even knew that they were looking for a team coordinator. It is a wonderful program. we have a little boy from our church there and a neighbor boy also. God is good and I am glad that he is providing for you and your family!

  3. debbie creech says:

    Oh Julia! I am so happy for you and your family!

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