January 4, 2019

Clearview Day 2: Starting the Work Project

Clearview 2019 HANDS Team:

My day began at 6 am when I woke up to Harry sitting up in the bed beside me (the bunk beds here protest noisily whenever their occupants shift their weight). Soon after an invigorating shower (a polar plunge!) we enjoyed an excellent breakfast of eggs, rice, beans and toast.

After cleaning up, our transport van arrived and the twelve of us piled into it with two EduDeo staff, Lester (our driver) and Nilda.

As we pulled up to the school (our work project) we were greeted with sounds of passionate Spanish preaching coming from what we soon learned was the church adjacent to the school.  Lester guided us to the church entrance where we were warmly greeted by the principal of the school after which we continued into the building. The welcome we received melted our hearts.  Most touching of all were the little kids who came up to each of us and hugged us with huge smiles on their faces. As we finally left to begin work, Lester said to us, "You have no idea how much you guys coming here means to these people".

Then it was time to get down to work.  Over the next week and a bit our team is tasked with helping to build two classrooms that is very much needed for the preschoolers of this Christian school.  Let me tell you, our first day of work was no picnic! We have come at the very start of the project, meaning that today we had to break the first ground. Today, in addition to starting to dig holes for the foundation, our team also prepared and tie rebar for the concrete footings and hand washed (with soap and water) steel purlins that will form the roof structure (to prepare for them for painting, which we will do later next week).  

My job today was digging holes along with several other team members.  We need to dig 13 holes 1 m wide by 1 long to a depth of 1.2 m. By the end of the day we completed the digging of 5 holes.... (I feel I have made a very good start of developing a relationship... with soil of Nicaragua!). One of the best parts of the day was that we had a bunch of kids visiting and "helping" us as we worked.  So indeed, we are actually establishing relationships!!  It was very fun communicating using our few Spanish words, animated facial expressions, pantomime skills and our desigated translator (Bethany). 

We finished our work day, quite spent physically, and have just finished an excellent Nica dinner at the Nehemiah Center and a very good team time devotion with singing and great discussion. All in all, our first full day here was fantastic!  Thank you for your prayers and for your comments on the blog - they are wonderful to see!!  (Patty, Tim is contemplating bringing a rocking chair home for you......:)  We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you in person!!  

Signing off....




Jan 5, 2019 at 1:59 am

Just one rocking chair??

Jan 5, 2019 at 2:20 am

Thanks for sharing about your day Derek, sounds like an awesome and memorable day! Sounds like you guys did some hard and meaningful work, I’m sure you’ll all sleep really well tonight. Enjoy the day tomorrow, stay safe and have lots of fun!

Jan 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

keeping you in daily prayers

blessing you to be a blessing of God there in all that you do

praying for unity and love on the team to supersede all trials

Jan 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

Sounds like a great day! I hope you enjoy every minute of your trip, team.

Someone may want to let Derek and Colleen know that her Nicaragua album on Facebook is already up to 1103 photos. Lots a lot of sharing.

Jan 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Great work! Keep it up! Praying for physical and mental strength and energy to dig those next 7 holes!

Nell & John S
Jan 5, 2019 at 9:54 pm

All sounds good.

We pray God may bless you, keep you safe, bless others,have lots of laughs and fellowship with your team and those you came to serve, and good work!

Love and prayers.

Keep your head covered outdoors Tim!

Love & prayers.

Jan 6, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Have been enoying. Colleen’s posts on Facebook since I was unable toconnect with this site. You look like you have your work cut out for you! What a job digging those holes. And it doesn’t look like soft dirt.

Praying you will stay safe and have a positive influence on this fragile society. God bless you!

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