Day 7- Jueves (Thursday)

Today’s correspondent is Laura Fujimoto.

This evening begins our second week of ministry here in Nicarauga.

God has been so good to us throughout our journey showing us His hand in so many things we do.

Our day started with Annette (PAN Executive Director) leading us in devotions. She showed us how the number 7, the number known as the number for God can be seen throughout scripture in the original text. She also talked about how the chosen lambs to be sacrificed in the temple and tended by the shepherds who came to see Jesus were also swaddled to protect them while they were young and growing.

Off we went to the job site to spend some time with the women and children who were patiently waiting for us The men were busy preparing for the top row of cement and the columns for the front door. Such amazing workers who are so grateful for the gift of a church where they can worship together.

The rest of the team as spent time with the women and children doing crafts.They do love their stickers and sparkles. They are so creative.

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Too soon we had to leave to get to our appointment at the rehab center where certain offenders go to get rehabilitated.

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If they mess up however, then they go to jail. We were all quite surprised at the young age of some of the residents. Jessie, Pastor Ernan's wife, lead in a few praise songs after which pastor Cecilio gave a brief message about the importance of God in our lives and how he helps us everyday and forgives us. Two young men came forward for prayer. We then we gave each person a toiletry kit and left them two cakes to enjoy with their lunch.

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We decided to stop for pizza on our way home. A nice treat and a change from sandwiches.


After lunch we sorted more clothing and prepared to go to the barrio where most of Pastor Cecilio's church people live.

Bags of clothing are unloaded prior to distribution. Local churches help provide such basic necessities as part of thier outreach.

Bags of clothing are unloaded prior to distribution. Local churches help provide such basic necessities as part of thier outreach.

We join in an impromptu gathering to praise God in a parishioner’s garage.

We join in an impromptu gathering to praise God in a parishioner’s garage.

We spent some time with them and had a brief time of worship.

[Afterwards, clothing was laid out on two tables and each family was given time to pick out some adult and children's. After the clothing was distributed, we cut up another cake into 70 pieces to share with this church family.


Yum!

Yum!

Home we came just in time for a yummy dinner of oxtail and squash soup. Try it sometime; it was delicious as have been all of our meals here at Jardin Shalom.

Tomorrow is another busy day, with a hospital visit and activities at the job site.

Thank you all for your continued prayers.

Dios te Bendiga,

Laura