Thursday, March 15, 2012 Less Rain!!

Posted on March 15, 2012

Well, it did rain a little (okay… a lot) this morning.  However, the sun did start shining after lunch.  The work site was a little more bearable, and it only took us three days to figure out that we could buy muck boots for US $8.50 less than a block away from the hotel.  The boys on the worksite are hanging around us constantly, trying to impress the men.  We have discovered that many of these boys are either fatherless or their father is away trying to earn money.  You can tell they are just starving for some male role models, and we are hoping that we are being a good example.  The work is continuing, but our focus is not on productivity, but on relationships.  The foreman, Abraham (Ah-bram), is great to work with, and is very capable.  His children join us frequently on the site.   Tomorrow holds the promise of a drier day for our last day of work,

The ladies of the group spent the day doing ministry instead of construction. It was a long and exhausting day but very fulfilling. We started the day at the Pastor’s home sharing, encouraging and praying with the Pastor’s wife. The women here in Nicaragua have many burdens and fears. Life is hard and the daily tasks of life that we breeze through quickly through the day like cooking, cleaning and washing dishes- here these tasks take sooo much time and are done in the most primitive of conditions.

After leaving the Pastor’s house, we walked through a maze of sidewalks, dirt pathways and around many small houses to visit the Pastor’s mother- Rafella is 85 years old and completely bed ridden after breaking her hip 3 years ago. Her legs are twisted and she is in constant pain. She leaves in a small shack with 5 other people. We have no idea how they sleep. The house is up on stilts because of all the rain and the floor boards are rotting through so we had to take great care as we entered the home. We had a wonderful time of prayer and encouragement with Rafella.

The ladies joined the guys are the job site for lunch and also practicing our singing. We have discovered that we have some good voices in the group so for church we sang a number of songs.

Missy has done a great job with the children’s ministry. Today was no exception as we have 40 kids crowd into the church for a lesson. The children have such joy and are very well behaved. They are so affectionate and love to give us all hugs. I think by now each of us would like to take at least one home with us.

We have church from 5-7. It seemed a bit long tonight as we were so tired. The Nicaraguans enthusiasm is really amazing. They are so sincere and passionate about their worship. It is going to be hard to say good bye to all of them tomorrow evening.


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3 Responses to “Thursday, March 15, 2012 Less Rain!!”

  1. Donna Rineer
    Mar 16, 2012

    Sounds like it’s been very intense week! Missy i could use more than one! If the muck boots are only US$8.50 maybe Dale would want to buy a suitcase full and bring them home and make some money on reselling them! I wear a size 8!!
    It is still unseasonably warm here, over cast but no rain. It is dry, so enjoy the mud!!! I wish i was with you’s-but i know steve groff is glad i stayed home!!
    praying for you daily and will be excited to hear the stories and see pictures of the country side.

  2. RoseMary Hess
    Mar 16, 2012

    Hi Everyone, May God bless you as you finish up your time there. Iam sure you would like to be there to finish the work started.
    I’m glad the rain was less, it is beautiful here in Lancaster Co The sun came out in the afternoon and it turned out to be a lovely day. I will be anxious to hear more about your work, but mostly about the relationships you built with our brothers and sisters of Nicaragua. Thanks again for keeping us up to date with story and pictures! Love to each of you, especially to Glenn!!

  3. Jim Farkas
    Mar 16, 2012

    Hi Team, Thank you for your picture and story updates. You’ve been in our thoughts and prayers throughout your travels and for safety at the church work site. Enjoyed reading about all the children coming to the church – brings back a lot of memories when we were in Esteli over three years ago. Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences in Nicaragua when you return home.
    En Cristo solamente.
    Jim & Margaret

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