Day 9 - sabado (Saturday)

Today’s correspondent is Heather Boyd.

My day began with rising with the sun and getting ready for the new day God has generously blessed us with. The roosters crow, the tropical birds sing to each other. Some days I have whistled back one of their songs. We wake up to a paradise of green life. We rise early, some of us try to catch a few extra minutes and we prepare for the day with a scrumptious breakfast never being disappointed.

Before breakfast we commune together in conversation and confirming our day plans. When the breakfast bell rings the first to pray eats first. Today we also prayed for the Nicaraguan government to continue to bring further aid to their public hospitals. Yesterday's visit was quite overwhelming. We were up close to the impoverished state of where cancer patients stay to receive their treatment.

After breakfast we worship God with our hearts and songs and dive into devotionals. The devotional passage today was from John 14: 15-21 about God's presence in our life. Barb Taylor shared her testimony concerning 4 important events where she knew God was with her. Since a young age He has been a friend and a father to her, guiding and strengthening her through whatever circumstance she faces. She feels God's presence here in Nicaragua. We get through each day by His grace alone. Barb ended with a prayer to take us into the day.

The ladies and girls show off their jewelry creations!

The ladies and girls show off their jewelry creations!

In the morning we were returning to the construction site to help with more building and playing with the children. The children and their mothers had loved colouring earlier in the week so we coloured some more today. When more children were coming to colour some of those who had already begun pulled the 3 square tables apart so other chairs could be placed around the table. I thought that was something special!

The children later moved onto creating necklaces, bracelets and rings out of pipe cleaners for their finger and their mothers joined them. One of the fathers was there supporting as well while most of the other men were building the church. Everyone had so much fun and we all looked incredibly stylish and we knew it!

Sue steadies the wheelbarrow while Barbara, Conrad and Laura filler-up!

Sue steadies the wheelbarrow while Barbara, Conrad and Laura filler-up!

Construction was still going on with the addition of the porch added with soil from that was wheel barreled over by our team. While others worked on rebar and additional work.

We came home and made our own lunches and ate with our team. We headed out for a more relaxed afternoon.

Since our 2015 team left, the Baptist Church of Niquinohomo have added grates to the windows/doors; finished the roof and added a sign.

Since our 2015 team left, the Baptist Church of Niquinohomo have added grates to the windows/doors; finished the roof and added a sign.

First stop was to return to see the 2015 church build in Niquinohomo that many of our current team participated in. We traveled down a road with trees that seemed tall enough to arch over to create a tunnel and we passed through a town which was very much alive with people and more vibrant coloured homes. We saw two horses grazing in the middle of a baseball field where children were playing. Many of us laughed. We continued on our way to see the 2015 church build. We got lost but found our way to the church soon enough. We got out and took some pictures and those who were there for the building wanted to go find the pastor's house. After asking many people along the road to point us in the right direction, we found his house. Unfortunately he and his wife were out.

The home, shed and garden of the Baptist Pastor in Niquinohomo.

The home, shed and garden of the Baptist Pastor in Niquinohomo.

Our second stop was in the town of San Juan del Oriente where we went to see a pottery shop. Most of us were quite amazed by the talent and the work of this potter. Several people bought something to take home with them. The potter was generous and gracious to have us watch him create his work right in front of us. It was wonderful to see and hear about his process. He imagines what he wants to create and then ensures he has enough clay to work with to create his masterpieces and he can create any style of pottery with the control of his fingers. A small pot can take up to 9 hours in his oven to bake sufficiently. And then he both carves and paints all his own work. He said that God is the potter and we are the clay. God does not make mistakes. He guides us, strengthens us, sustains us and creates masterpieces.

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With such a selection it is hard to make a choice!

With such a selection it is hard to make a choice!

Two freshly-made pieces.

Two freshly-made pieces.

We moved from the potter's workshop into the town where we found a giant mural and mosaic staircase where we took some serious and silly faced team photographs. Part of the steps had broken pottery piece mosaic jutting out as a relief work of art. Below on the road we found a hop scotch and two of us played on it. We ended with visiting some other little shops and headed back home for dinner.

Letting off a little steam and being a little goofy after a busy 9 days!

Letting off a little steam and being a little goofy after a busy 9 days!

Our day was a mixture of work and relaxation. God was present through it all and He will be tomorrow as He is here tonight.

Saludos, (regards)

Heather















Heather Boyd