Chinandega Sunday – Day 2 – January 9, 2011

Posted on January 13, 2011

What an awesome second day in Nicaragua. After a long day of travel we were all refreshed with a good nights sleep and awoke to a beautiful morning and enjoyed the start of the day with a great buffet breakfast  trying some of the tasty local foods. Our first challenge came trying to squeeze our luggage and 13 people into a 12 passenger van, but the guys came through in a pinch. It was tight but we all squeezed in and made it to Piedra Menuda Church to fellowship with Pastor Miguel and his congregation. What an awesome experience. After the service we shared hugs and greetings with the members and their children. They welcomed us with open arms. The children as always were precious and loved having their pictures taken and then enjoyed seeing themselves in the pictures.

On our way to Chinandega we made a stop at Masaya Volcano National Park. The trek up 179 stairs was our exercise for the day, but the view was so worth it! Most of us had never seen an active volcano before. At times the smoke cleared and allowed us to see down to the bottom but the sulfur fumes were sometimes very strong. From the volcano we made our way to the Tip Top Restaurant (similar to KFC) for lunch and then it was on to Chinandega, a 3 hour ride. It was interesting to see cattle leisurely strolling along the road as well as horses, and not to mention chickens narrowly escaping getting hit by cars and trucks (hence, we’ve solved  the age old question: Why did the chicken cross the road)?

After arriving in Chinandega, we checked into the San Jose Hotel and had about an hour to settle in before we met with Pastor German at Iglesia Evangelica Hermanos en Cristo for a welcome service. We had our first glimpse of the beautiful ceramic tile floor, which was just completed last week. About 95% of the Sunday school walls are already up, so tomorrow we will begin painting the tin roofs and support trusses. Pastor Dale preached the message with Marshall Poe interpreting. The team members who have never participated in a Nicaraguan worship service were surprised by the volume of music and the enthusiasm of the congregation.

We ended our day back at the hotel for a time of devotion and fellowship. Pastor Dale surprised us by giving each team member a letter of encouragement written by a member of our Pequea family.

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