Final Day in El Viejo

Posted on January 10, 2010

First off an update on Sugey. Tonight she is back to the hotel and is resting with the rest of the team. It was quite the experience for some of the team members to experience emergency and hospital care in a country like Nicaragua. Many are very thankful for what we have in the states and we are happy that Sugey is with us. Continue to keep her in your prayers that she can be released from pain and that her swelling will go down.

This morning a few of the team members wanted to get to the job site early since we were only scheduled to work until noon. Manny, Dan, Daryl, and Geoff taxied over about 1 hour before the rest of the team. When we arrived the tin was in place on an entire half of the roof and the other side was being prepped with more welding and some painting. Dan and Manny continued to get over there fears of heights by helping to paint the welds. On the ground the rest of the team painted the remaining tin for the roof. The rest of the morning we saw the remainder of the second half of tin being placed on the roof it was an exciting feeling knowing that we were going to be able to accomplish putting on the roof.

Since about mid-week Antonio insisted that we would all plan to eat under the roof on Saturday for lunch around one big table rather then outside spread across multiple tables. So, just as lunch was being served the final piece of tin was put in place and we all took a break for lunch. After lunch the team spent time with our new brothers and sisters from Nicaragua and prepared for the afternoon baseball game.

Tonight the team attended a farewell service. While Sugey, never made it to the service since she needed to remain in the hospital, the rest of the team did make it to the service. Some of the team sang “Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord” in Spanish and later in the service everyone was invited on the stage to personally speak the the church in El Viejo. We each took just a few moments to share our thoughts on the week. Common themes included thanks for the food, hospitality and Love that had been demonstrated to us throughout the entire week. The people of El Viejo truly showed selfless love towards us and it will be something we will soon not forget.

While what happened at the baseball game was truly unexpected and really shook us up emotionally we as a team really needed to pull together. Through this experience we have all grown closer together. The entire team is now exhausted from a very long work week and quite and emotional day. We are sad to say goodbye to the church and the people we have met here but we each have lifelong memories and experiences to take home with us.

Tomorrow the team will wake up pack the van, eat breakfast and head for Managua. We will unload our suitcases at our new hotel and travel to Marshall’s sons house to experience a coffee plantation. We hope to spend a few hours exploring what it is like for an average Nicaraguan to work and eat on a coffee plantation. Many of us are looking forward to this experience. Keep us all in your prayers as we will be doing a lot of traveling tomorrow. Pray for us as a team as we process all of the many emotions we are each individually feeling. Look for another post tomorrow night from Managua internet permitting!

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9 Responses to “Final Day in El Viejo”

  1. Lynnea Miller
    Jan 10, 2010
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    So glad to hear that Sugey is back with you all! I know that you will all be extremely sad to leave but also anxious to get home! Give yourself a lot of time in the next couple days to process and pray and don’t expect the transition home to be immediate. Stay safe in Managua and in your travels!


  2. Lynnea Miller
    Jan 10, 2010
    Reply

    Oh… and CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the roof!!!!!


  3. Joyce Slaymaker
    Jan 10, 2010
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    What a glorious sight to see the finished roof. You all have worked so hard and we know your work has not been in vain. The friedships and memories will go on and on and on. I can’t imagine the impact you have made in the lives of the people there? What great pictures. I can’t wait to hear your stories. I think we have some new pastors in the making too? Our prayers continue for the team and a very safe trip home…..11 degrees this morning. How’s that for a reality check??


  4. Jim & Sonia
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Thank you for the update on Sugey, we will continue to keep her in our prayers. Congratulations! Great Job on the putting on the roof! Looking forward to hearing your stories. And like always great pictures and writeup.

    Enjoy the coffee plantation experience.

    We will continue to pray for all of you as you travel.

    Blessings!


  5. W
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Good work on the roof! Glad to see that you got it completed! Have safe travels on Monday, and enjoy the coffee plantation today. Get ready for the cooooolllllddd!


  6. Steve & Donna Rineer
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Tell Sugey we continue to pray for her and love her dearly. i am sure she will miss the team so very much, as you will miss her too!
    we pray for your safe travels and will see you on monday at BWI.

    oh, marlin, make sure you save that sweaty shirt you had on yesterday…. cause you ain’t gona sweat and stink here in lancaster county. 10o and it’s a chillin’ day!


  7. Cindy Kauffman and Family
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Blessings to you on Sunday evening from “the ranch”! I just have so enjoyed the updates, the encouragement, your smiles, and we are so grateful for you and your hard work. You are an amazing team who has accomplished so much in just one week! Wow! I loved seeing all of your names on the roof! I’m so glad Antonio got to see his desire fulfilled to have the group lunch together under one big table (and under the roof) on Saturday. Glad you are getting to experience a coffee plantation and I can’t wait to hear what that is like! How is Sugey? She has been lifted up in so many prayers and we will continue to talk to God on her behalfin the days coming up! Safe travels home and we will keep you in our prayers! Thank you for leaving your personal legacy of love in El Viejo in the hearts of so many ….
    you are loved so much by your church family!


  8. Terri Miller
    Jan 10, 2010
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    It was so fun to come back from being with couples from your church at the marriage retreat and then go online to catch up on the blog and pictures. Once again, amazing pictures…Jeremy you have done a wonderful job capturing the faces of the children and the progress of the building. I celebrated the last piece of tin being put in place! Our family will pray for traveling safety and for each of you as you “re-enter” life here at home. Once again, thank you for being positive witnesses of Christ.


  9. Jim and Margaret Farkas
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Hey Team – You’re in the home stretch now – it has been a joy to share each step of your Nicaraguan trip and relive our memories of our time in Esteli. Glad to hear that Sugey is recovering. Our prayers will be with you for a safe journey home. The culture shock will be nothing – get ready for temperature shock – Baby, it’s cold out here!



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