Day 10- Martes (Tuesday)
July 14, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team
Today was another hot sunny day with some cloudy periods. It started with apraise time followed by another delicious breakfast, this time French Toast and fresh fruit. After eating we had our devotional time led by Pastor Ian; today’s focus was “Fearless Confidence”.
When we arrived at the build site, some of the team (Janet, Geraldine, Gwenna, Debora, and Conrad) walked to a small grocery store not far from the church. There we purchased 90 juice packs, most of which we plan to distribute to prisoners on our jail visits tomorrow. On the way back we had an interesting encounter with a somewhat rough looking gentleman. He came right up to us and told us that he fought in the war. He felt that with those credentials he’d make a good body guard for our group. Although he was rather persistent, we politely declinedand quickly made our way back to the build site. We always feel safe here. Most of the local people are curious about us and very pleased when we greet them in Spanish. During the day we had another interesting encounter, this time another gentleman and his wife who happened to be driving by the build site. He shouted out and asked if we were Canadian. It turns out that he is Pastor Fred, a French Canadian from Quebec City; he left Canada to become the pastor of a new Pentecostal church in Niquinohomo. The size of his congregation is currently 15 but he and his Nicaraguan wife are going door to door inviting people to his church. He was pleased to see a Canadian mission team helping out in Nicaragua and invited us to his church service tomorrow evening. We would like to go but it is likely that our schedules will not permit it.
We spent most of the day building up the walls of the church, which involved the usual tying of re-bar, mixing cement, and laying/mortaring cement blocks. When we left the site, the walls at the back and right side of the sanctuary were almost complete. The front and the left walls were complete up to the tops of where the future windows will be.
We left the site a bit early, as we had an appointment to visit the REMAR children’s orphanage at 4:30. When we got out of the van, we were greeted with big hugs. Annette arrived shortly afterwards bringing 4 tubs of ice cream, with syrup,sprinkles, candies, and small cookies for toppings. In assembly line fashion, the children and workers were treated to a made-to- order sundae. Following the ice cream party the team played with the children. Although the men played soccer and the ladies taught skipping, boys and girls participated in both. Before leaving, our very tired team dropped off gifts of school supplies, craft supplies, books, toiletries, caps, and two brand new soccer balls.
After dinner at Jardin Shalom, the team completed packing special kits for the prisoners we will meet tomorrow during our two jail visits in the afternoon. These kits contain toiletries, toilet paper, and a small drink. We’ll round out these kits with a small snack item we will purchase for each prisoner tomorrow.