Day 13- Viernes (Friday)

July 17, 2015/ Nicarauga 2015/ Mission Team'

Last Team Picture at the Build Site

Last Team Picture at the Build Site

Friday was a day of celebration and goodbyes. The team spent the morning at the build site doing some light construction work, and mostly setting up for a hot dog lunch they had prepared for the congregation. It takes some strategic organization to cook and serve hot dogs, juice and cake to approximately 50 children and 25adults (and more than a few friendly neighbourhood flies)  especially when the only source of heat comes from an small fire/stove in the neighbouring home. It was a real team effort. Before lunch Pastor Pablo and Pastor Pedro from a neighbouring congregation lead a short worship service giving thanks to God for the construction of the new church and what it will mean for them and also for their community. All glory is given to God for answered prayer and the support fromtheir Canadian brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Pablo on behalf of he congregation gave each team member a crafted clay wall hanging of the native bird of Nicaragua.

Pastor Jose and Congregation Member Giving Away a Mercy Bag

Pastor Jose and Congregation Member Giving Away a Mercy Bag

Gwenna and Debora cooking the hot dogs

Gwenna and Debora cooking the hot dogs

Goodbyes to Our New Nica Friends

Goodbyes to Our New Nica Friends

Serving Up Hot Dogs Nica Style

Serving Up Hot Dogs Nica Style

Then the lunch was served. Hot Dogs with ketchup and mayo…yes ketchup and mayo! It is the “Nica” way to eat a hot dog. After lunch was when some tearful goodbyes and hugs were shared and some work boots, clothes, and other things that the team had were given away.

After our good byes were said the team piled into the van and set off for a “barrio walk” in the community served by Pastor Jose. Before we got to the barrio we experienced Friday afternoon rush hour through Managua. It gave us a deeper appreciation of our own traffic in the GTA and as someone commented “Turn the radio to 680 news…oh yeah we are in Managua.”

The barrio walk was truly a blessed experience. We hear the words of Jesus when he says, “when you have done it to the least of these you have done it to me.” (Matt 25) Houses made of about every material imaginable, left over scrap metal, plastic from used shipping containers, bits of wood and wire, surrounded by fences of barbed wire and wooded stakes fashioned from tree limbs. It is a long way from living conditions in Oakville and Mississauga. Yet the people received us with a gracious hospitality and when we gave them what we called the mercy bags (packages of beans, sugar, oil, spaghetti, rice) and a new bible it was great to see a smile on their faces.

After the walk we returned to the Jardin Shalom and enjoyed aa tortilla soup and salad and many went to bed after a long but good day. Saturday is a beach day at San Juan Del Sur to rest and relax before the flight home on Sunday.

We hope you have enjoyed this blog. We need to thank the several contributors from the team over the past two weeks who have written as one, sharing their experiences with many of you who have been followingand praying along with us. Adios…