Day 5- Jueves (Thursday)

July 9, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team

Our apologies for posting this a day late – we lost our Internet connection, but it is now restored!  Here is yesterday’s update.  We will write today’s a little later today.

Janet and Geraldine place mortar between the blocks.

Janet and Geraldine place mortar between the blocks.

We had eggs, rice and beans (Gallo Pinto) and assorted fruit for breakfast this morning. A devotional on Peter’s denial of Jesus before being crucified on the cross followed.

The children arrive for the program.

The children arrive for the program.

Rain plagued our construction efforts this morning but we finished parging the 80-lb blocks on the one side of the sanctuary and the assembly of rebar for the other side of the sanctuary. After blocks are laid three high, it is necessary to prepare forms on top with rebar inside. This creates a cement platform on top so more layers of bricks can be laid.  We had a 15-minute work stoppage when we had to evacuate and seek shelter in our van because workers were spraying pesticides in the neighbourhood to control the mosquito population.

In the afternoon the Nicaraguan workers formed the other side of the sanctuary and the men mixed cement to pour in. The ladies were off at one pm to begin a children’s ministry at Pastor Pablo’s house a km away. The men completed the construction tasks by 3:30 pm.

Our team led by Jonathan teach the children some songs.

Our team led by Jonathan teach the children some songs.

At Pastor Pablo’s house we had 50 children ranging in age from 2 years to 15 years eagerly anticipating our children’s program. We likely would have had more, except we had to cap it given the physical space in the home and the amount of craft material we had available.  Fortunately we also hired a local man, Jonathan, who has his Masters in Education and is now studying to be an English teacher help us.  We enjoyed songs, crafts, stories and games with the children and were rewarded with big smiles and laughter.

Our Nicaraguan foreman Rolando (right) works on rebar with one of the local workers.

Our Nicaraguan foreman Rolando (right) works on rebar with one of the local workers.

The children here are on a three-week break from school and unlike in Canada, there are no organized activities or programs for them here.  Our visit will likely linger a long time in their memory.  We plan a second day of activities with the children on Monday afternoon.

Today is Pastor Ian’s and Gwenna’s twenty-seventh Anniversary. Congratulations to them. We enjoyed a special celebration this evening with a wonderful meal and a special cake to commemorate the occasion.