Chinandega Monday – Day 3 – January 10, 2011

Posted on January 13, 2011

We woke to another beautiful morning in Chinandega; not a cloud in the sky. Consensus was that last night, everyone slept really well and woke feeling refreshed; even Jim who normally sleeps in short increments had the pleasure of 4 solid hours of sleep.

We gathered at 7:15 for a leisurely breakfast and were off to the church by 8:30 eager to begin our first day of work. The first 40 minutes or so were spent pacing while we waited for the steel roof channels to be laid out in preparation of first being cleansed with gasoline to remove the oil and then to have 2 coats of paint.

Two teams worked together to form very efficient production lines, thus began the work of painting the channels. Under the protective shade of the church overhang, we were somewhat shielded from the 90 degree heat and humidity, during our next 6 hours of painting.

After a late lunch hosted by Pastor German and his family, our band of travelers drove to El Viejo to visit Pastor Marvin and his family. We were warmly received by Marvin’s wife and mother-in-law, Ramona, the family matriarch. While there they provided us with a demonstration of their family business making rope. The simplicity of the equipment had no bearing on the fact that a 30 foot length of rope could be made within a minute. The rope was then presented to Pastor Dale as a gift.

But how do we convey to you, our Pequea family, what our senses experienced as we attempt to assimilate and process what seems profoundly unreal and contradictory. That Nicaragua is a beautiful country is without question. There are volcanic ranges and sweeping mountain vistas that will leave you in awe of their majestic beauty. Then you are assaulted and overwhelmed by the stark reality of the extreme poverty that no words can fully describe. The impact between the beauty of the country and the poverty of the people will leave an everlasting impression for us all.

After our visit, we returned to the hotel to share in fellowship and devotions. Our final destination was to the Buenos Aires Restaurante in Chinandega where we enjoyed an authentic Nicaraguan dinner.

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