Day 9- Lunes (Monday)

July 13, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team

Today’s progress on the sanctuary walls.

Today’s progress on the sanctuary walls.

The children proudly display their new Bibles!

The children proudly display their new Bibles!

The morning dawned clear and bright — because Nicaragua does not participate in daylight savings time, the sky begins to brighten around 4:30 a.m. and it is dark by 7:00 p.m. After breakfast and before we head out for the day we have a time of worship and devotions.  Today we looked at Acts 1: 1-11. Are we being spectators or participants in Christ’s ministry?  This devotion really resonated with us today as we are here actively doing work building a church where residents in Niquinohomo can worship.  We feel joy each day as we work together toward this common goal. Each of us have unique gifts that we bring to our group and as we’ve come to know each other even better we have become a well-oiled ministry team.
 

Butterflies made at our children’s program.

Butterflies made at our children’s program.

Today scaffolding went up at our build site and the lighter cinder blocks began to be laid over the heavier 80-lb foundation blocks (on one side of the sanctuary — the heavier blocks are still being used on the other side of the sanctuary where there will be no windows as the sanctuary is too close to a neighbouring home).    By day’s end four rows of these had been laid on one side of the sanctuary and we could see the outline of where the windows will be.

In the afternoon the ladies on the team left the build site to lead another children’s program at the Pastor’s home.  The enthusiasm of the children is contagious.  We taught the children how to jump rope, did small crafts, sang songs and played games such as musical chairs.  Thanks to our Crafts leaders, Sarah and Emilie for coordinating and planning these activities.

Before they left, each child received a Canadian pin and a children’s Bible.

On our way back to our “base camp” (PAN’s Jardin Shalom) we stopped in Catarina to view the lagoon that was formed from a Volcano’s crater and to do some souvenir shopping.

Pastor Pablo surprises us with fresh coconut water to refresh us!

Pastor Pablo surprises us with fresh coconut water to refresh us!

Tonight we are resting ….and blogging!  Tomorrow more construction awaits us and then we will visit a nearby orphanage.

For now, we bid you “adios” from Nicaragua.  Thank you for all your support and prayers.  Please watch for our update tomorrow!