Day 4: What a work day!

Posted on March 12, 2012

It is very clear to us that we are not in the Best Western Las Mercedes anymore.  The rooms are very basic, and mostly clean.  The showers are a little challenging as you cannot touch the faucet handle without getting a little stray voltage.  Bluefields is a very interesting place.  There is a mix of cultures including Nicaraguans, several ingenious tribes, and Caribbean blacks (called Zambos locally).  We ate a modest, but adequate “Americanesque” breakfast before heading to the work site.  Things were in full swing when we got there.  The foreman on the job is Abraham (pronounced “Ab-rahm”).  He and Steve Groff were busy making sure we all had enough to do.  Abraham was also making sure we weren’t in the way too badly.  Our jobs included a lot of manual labor like carrying blocks and boards down the hill, breaking up old footers, and tying rebar.  We were humbled by the preferential treatment we received at meal time.  The lunch was painstakingly prepared by the women of the church.  They served us on the best plates available.  We were not disappointed.  The women on the team left us after lunch to visit and minister to some of the local women of the church and surrounding community.

The pastor’s wife led the ladies group to five homes of families from the Lomas Frescus Church.  During our visit we learned of the difficulties they face on a daily basis.  We spent time praying for each of them, specifically for healing and for salvation of family members.  We sang, “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” and shared simple gifts with them.  Our hearts were blessed to see their acceptance of us and appreciation for the time that we shared with them.  Suhay, our translator, did a marvelous job helping to communicate and translate our prayers.  It was a sweet time of sharing Christ’s love.

Many of the children and teenagers were trying hard to help us and prove themselves to us and their older brothers.  The language barrier is starting to erode a bit, but we still mostly communicate in broken Spanish and many, many hand signals.  We are ending the day very tired, but much was accomplished today and the spirit of unity is strong between us and our brothers and sisters here.


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4 Responses to “Day 4: What a work day!”

  1. Jann Denlinger
    Mar 13, 2012

    Hey Team! It is great to see how you are all being used by God to show His love to our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua! Know that we are praying for your health and strength. Be sure to ask Marshall if he can find you some ice cream 😉

  2. Donna Rineer
    Mar 13, 2012

    Have been thinking about all of you’s. was wondering if you’s feel “rode hard & put away wet”!! sounds like you are! I can’t believe it is day 4 already!
    today is beautiful and warm, and dry here in lancaster county. reminds me of a nicgraua day! i never cease to be in amaze and awe the beauty of nicaragua and the resolve the people have! To those who’s first trip there: once you are home, you will always feel the presence of the country and it’s people. whatever you do or wherever you go you will hold in your heart the place and moment you are at this very moment!

  3. RoseMary Hess
    Mar 13, 2012

    Hi team, The weathr in Lancaster CO. is lovely. I am enjoying the pictures and all the updates. Continue to pray for each of you, for rest and energy for each day task.
    Love to all, but to Glenn especially.

  4. debbie detwiler
    Mar 13, 2012

    hola and blessings to all of you-keeping you in our prayers :). missed you at small group chuck and linda. daleen, bob & i had breakfast at willow valley this am and saw wil-he’s surviving! keep up the good work and a special hello and eh to pastor dale! love and prayers bob and debbie detwiler

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