Today’s correspondent is Emilie McCauley.
Greetings from Nicaragua!
Today was an interesting day for our team.
It had rained hard for most of the night, and it was still raining when we woke up. We had a hearty breakfast of oatmeal, and fresh tamarind juice. Paula lead our devotion this morning with a touching story about 2 babies in a womb, wondering if they would meet their mother and if there was life after birth. From the story we were able to draw many parallels to our creator God, and our expectations of Heaven.
The weather forecast for the day indicated that we could expect rain for most of the day. Since our church build has been progressing so quickly, and there is no shelter from the rain there; the team decided that we would not go to the site (we were only supposed to be there for a few hours in the morning). Instead a few members made their way over to Pali (one of the local grocery stores) to purchase non-perishable food items that we would be sharing with the families at our build tomorrow (our last day at the build). The grocery store was not very large, so we must have been quite a sight for the other shoppers. We had 4 or 5 carts filled with goods! We picked up items such as rice, beans, oil, sugar, cornmeal and toilet paper.
After we left Pali, our next stop was Price Smart. Here we picked up hotdogs, hotdog buns, condiments, and a few other goodies for a lunch that we will be making for the families at our church tomorrow.
By noon the sky seemed to be clearing up, so the team decided to move forward with the plans for the rest of the day. We went out for lunch at a local spot along the Masaya highway “Mi Viejo Ranchito”, which translates to “My Little Old Ranch”. The food and service were excellent. We all left extremely satisfied!
After lunch we drove to Grenada (Nicaragua) for a boat tour, and a tour of the main square. The boat tour was on a lake that had 365 islands! Wow! We were also able to see the Mombacho Volcano from the boat.
Our last stop in Grenada before home, was to go to the town square. Here we saw many beautiful historic buildings, including a cathedral that was built in 1915.
We made it back to the compound just in time for dinner. We were treated to homemade enchiladas. We are quite spoiled here in Nicaragua. When we got back we also found out that despite the rain, much progress had been made at the build site. Pastor William’s wife informed us that they had taken down the small shack that was in the middle of the structure we were building. As well they had started to tamper the land, and build up a space where the stage would be. In this photo you can see the Pastor’s wife pouring concrete into the blocks to make sure they are secured in place.
After dinner we had a quick team meeting, and packed bags of food and clothes for us to share with our church families tomorrow.
Despite our slow and dreary start to the day it ended up being a truly great day for our team. As this is the rainy season in Nicaragua, we have to expect that it will rain, and we have had to learn to be flexible and work our schedule around it. Many Nicaraguans rely on the rain to help their crops grow so that they have food to feed their families, or have food to sell so that they can earn a living. In the following verse from the Book of Isaiah, the author metaphorically compares God’s blessings to rain showers. The vision is that of a new heaven and a new earth, in which righteousness is at once as the rain that falls from the one, and as the product of the other:
"Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.
Tomorrow is our last day at the church build. It will surely be an emotional one for all of our team members. While we are all looking forwarding to coming home to our loved ones, there are many new friends that we will have to say good bye to.
Until tomorrow... Buenos noches!