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28 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 First Town Club will meet March 17 The First Town Club of Lewes will hold a general meeting on Tues- day, March 17, at 7 p.m., at the Lewes Presbyterian Church, located on Kings Highway in Lewes. New members and guests are welcome. Those who attend are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the church's food pantry. For more information, call 644-0801. Computer Club to meet April 7 The Lower Delaware Computer Club meets the first Tuesday of every month, usually at Bethel United Methodist Church, located on Fourth Street, Lewes. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. There is a bulletin board system online 24 hours at 945-7224, setup N81F Sysop. Rosanne Pack photo Cape Henlopen High School student Melody McIlvaine recalls her experience as a member of a winter youth ministry mission to Nicaragua. Since her return, she shares her pho- tographs and mementos when she makes presentations to church groups and civic organiza- tions. Cape studeJlt f'mds fellowship on Nicaraguan peace mission By Rosanne Pack For Melody Mcllvaine's New Year's Eve celebration, there was no ball dropping on Second Street, no countdown with Dick Clark on TV. The Milton teen-ager saw the transistion of 1997 to 1998 in Nicaragua while she lived among families who had no TV, often not enough food, and very little in the way of personal possessions. A member of a 32-person team traveling on a Northeastern Juris- dictional Council (NJC) Youth Ministries project, she spent al- most three weeks seeing a foreign country, sharing feelings about God and learning a lot about how meaningless stereotypes are. A primary goal of the ministries pro- gram is to eliminate stereotypes and preconceived ideas of those who live in different cultures. "Before we left, we talked about expectations of the people, what they would be like," she said. "We had heard that the Niearaguans did nothing but fight. "I'm not just saying this, they are the most beautiful people, in- side and out." A member of Cary's United Methodist Church in Millsboro, McIlvaine is one of only two peo- ple from Delaware who made the December-January mission team. Teen-agers and advisors from Pennsylvania, West Viginia and Vermont made up the rest of the group. Feenng or family The team lived in a conference center in the capitol city of Man- ague for much of the trip, but they also spent time in private homes with families And, the trip in- eluded a camping trip with Nicaraguan teen-agers. She has pictures of the small tin-roofed house where she visited for a few days. "These are my sisters in my family," she explains. "They treat- ed me like a princess. They want- ed to serve me first, they gave me the best of the food, and they did not want me to have to do any- work. "Everywhere we went, every- one was so generous, and yet, they have so little." While she visited with her fami- ly, they had a neighborhood pifiata party and children took turns try- ing to smash open the candy-filled ball before they all scrambled for treats. She said the families didn't have gifts for the mission mem- bers, so they brought a pony for everyone to ride. Mcllvaine said that an early ex- perience in Nicaragua made an impression on her that lasted throughout the entire trip. While visiting a church, the NJC mission group heard a musical presenta- tion by local musicians and a youth choir. She said it was obvi- ous that most of their shoes were too small, their clothes were old and probably hand-me-downs, yet their joy was contagious. "When they sang, you just knew that they loved the Lord," she said. "When you stop and think about everything that we have and how much we take for granted, you feel like a heel. They would give you anything. I know one man went and changed his shirt so Continued on page 29 ax00mos00 SOFA Wood trim in burnished oak. Naghead trim, DuoeoH premium coil spzing seating system, two accent pillows included. m Joe & Margaret Mansfield Serving the Eastern Shore of MD & DE Commercial & Residential Septic. Drain & Sewer Services. Drainfield Restoration with Money Back Guarantee. Never an overtime charge 24 hours, 7 days a week You'll love our Quality, Service & Reasonable Prices! "We'll behere tomorrow to keep the Promises we made today." .Gordy Insurance Agency, Inc. 102 Federal St. Milton I 684-3413 L & M Insurance Agency (a division of Gordy Insurance Agency, Inc.) 349-5003 .aN Specializing in Personal, I Commercial & Financial . )0 DAYS SAME AS CASH ((O.A.C. 6 MOS. SAME AS CASH.((O.A.C MINIMUM $400 PURCHASE HOME FURNISHINGS BRIDAL REGISTRY NOW AVAILABLE!" 00:urnisflinfls & 00siflns DECORATING a WINDOW TREATMENT CONSULTATIONS WITH DELORES JEAN INTERIORS BY APPOINTMENT. 302-684-0661 FAX (302) 684-0662 4 1/2 miles west of 5 points. Lewes I Georgetown Highway -- NEW HOURS -- FOR YOUR SHOPPING CONVENIENCE OUR HOURS ARE MON-THUR 10-6 FR110-8 SAT 10-6 SUN NOON-6