Day 4- Martes (Wednesday)
July 8, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team
Humidity hung in the air this morning as we began our day with a moving time of praise and devotions.
After a nourishing bowl of oatmeal and fresh fruit we journeyed once again to our build site. Now we can really see progress as the walls of the church begin to rise! We are almost half way there on one side of the sanctuary. Today we learned some new skills: how to screen sand, mix mortar (as opposed to cement) and how to mortar between the 80-pound blocks that are being used for the bottom portion of the walls. Wonderful to see how God is using us as an encouragement for this congregation and its Pastor.
This afternoon, Gwenna and Debora went with Annette Vickers and Pastor Pablo to visit two ladies who were ill. The first was a lady experiencing pain and inflammation in her right knee. She had been unable to walk for two weeks. We laid our hands on her inflicted knee and prayed for healing using a bold new prayer technique Annette has been studying. After the first prayer, the woman reported a marked improvement and was able to cross her right leg over her left — something she had been unable to do of late. We prayed again and this time she was able to walk. Twice more we prayed that the illness would leave her completely and it did. With tears in her eyes she thanked us profusely. Her father and daughter likewise were filled with gratitude and wonder at what had taken place.
Our second stop was at the Pastor’s home. His wife, Maribel, has suffered from chronic rhuematoid arthritis for five years. She has been experiencing pain and reduced mobility in her elbows and right knee. Once again we prayed using the same technique and she experienced improvement and finally complete relief.
We are so humbled by the deep faith of the people we encounter here.
When we go on our daily walk through Nicquinohomo (Niki-no-mo) after lunch we attract attention as everyone is curious about the “extranjeros” (foreigners). We kindly explain why we are there and invite them to church or the children’s program we have planned for tomorrow and Thursday. Please pray for Emilie and Sarah as they are our team leaders on crafts and games for the children. We are expecting approx. 50 children aged 4-12 years tomorrow at our children’s program.
We had a torrential downpour for most of the afternoon (it is the rainy season here in Nicaragua), so we had to leave the job site earlier than we would have liked. However we went to a local supermarket to buy snacks to serve to the children tomorrow and enjoyed seeing the local produce, desserts, cheeses, etc.