Day 1- Domingo (Sunday)
July 5, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team
After enjoying a delicious breakfast that included — yes, you guessed it — rice and beans, our group headed out to worship with the congregation of Ministerio Apostolic Elim church, the site of our build in 2011. We were warmly welcomed by Pastor Jose and his wife Cecilia and theircongregation. It was great to see that the church has grown since our last visit. We also found out that they are starting a sister church and we plan to do a barrio (neighbourhood) walk where the new church will be built. We were delighted to have Pastor Cecilio join us today and he will be helping us with our build again this year.
Pastor Ian preached on David and Goliath, with help from Dragos, in the role of the famed philistine. A young boy from the congregation delighted in playing David and slaying Goliath to cheers all around.
The service included some spontaneous scripture recitation (from memory) from various members of the congregation. It was humbling and inspiring to witness the close walk of these folks with the Lord. Paster Jose and his congregation pass along their thanks and blessing to all those at Glenbrook and friends that have helped to construct a permanent structure for their church.
After the service our team had a brief tour of Managua and visited a miniature model of what the city looked like prior to its devastating earthquake in 1972. We also toured “revolution square” where the Palacio Nacional (now a museum) is located, as well as the oldest Cathedral in the city and the Presidential Home “Casa de los pueblos”.
We then headed back to Jardin Shalom (Peace Garden) — the residence and land now owned by PAN (Presbyterians Aiding Nicaraguans) for a quick sandwich before heading out to the Mombacho Volcano in Granada for some zip lining! The zip line is located at the Volcano, whose rich and fertile soil is used to grow coffee. As we zoomed from treetop to treetop the views were breathtaking. Geraldine wasn’t sure whether she had the courage to zip line and said a quiet prayer beforehand asking God for a sign as to whether she should give it a try. Her answer came when her guide introduced himself: “Hello, my name is Jesus,” he said. Needless to say she felt safe in his hands!!
Our team exhilarated after their ziplining experience, pose with their Nicaraguan guides.
As we write we are now safely back at Jardin Shalom for the evening. A cool breeze is restorative after the heat and humidity of the day. We can hear the geckos clicking, the crickets chirping and we look forward to being awakened bright and early to the sound of the roosters crowing!!
Tomorrow we head off for our build in Niquinohmo. Stay tuned to this page for daily updates! We hope you enjoy these in the meantime.