March 25, 2012

Day 6 - A Day of Rest and Worship

Abbotsford HANDS Team:

 

We were able to sleep in this morning until 7:30 giving us a fresh start. Eating
delicious pancakes and fresh fruits, we were all pumped up to go to the church at Centro de Fe. Greeted by the smiles of the members of the church, we sat ourselves on the benches near the fans. We started the service with a couple of songs in spanish we recognized. Then, we led the worship with Alabare (Alleluia) and Them Lions. We listened to a spanish sermon which was translated by our awesome translator, Lenin. The pastor preached to us about how God has given us specific talents for jobs meant for ourselves. After wrapping up the sermon, we split up into age groups for sunday school. Us students and Lams went together with the teens of the congregation. Our SS teacher taught us about God's Amazing Love for us. Our teacher kindly made our lesson short so we wouldn't suffocate inside the unfamiliar scorching environment.

Coming back to the Nehemiah Center we quickly ate our tortilla snack and headed out for the ocean and beach.  Upon arriving, the team ordered our lunch, put on some hand sanitizer and jumped into the ocean's crashing waves. Swimming and playing hard for an hour, we prepared our bellies for our late lunch. Rice, salad, fries were served with our choice of fish, chicken or beef.

Some of us did some exciting activities after lunch. Karly and Coach G rode across the beach on the petite Nicaraguan horses. Allie challenged the huge roaring waves on a surfboard and succeeded. She was full of aches and bruises after falling many times, but never did her smile disappear.

Laughing and Playing hard together all day the team returned to our home, the Nehemiah Center. We watched a documentary called Reparando. The people of Guatemala sufferend greatly during and after their civil war, but in the midst of their pain God touched and transformed the lives of the country's own people. We hope the movie would inspire transformation in our team.  We also hope to transform the lives of those in our community at home and here at Centro de Fe.

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