January 10, 2019

Clearview Day 8: The People of Nicaragua

Clearview 2019 HANDS Team:

The people of Nicaragua 

Not only are we here to help build a school but we have the privilege of building relationships with some wonderful Nicaraguan people. Let me introduce you to them:

Lester, our driver fled Nicaragua as a boy with his family many years ago. He returned later as an adult to the country he loves and is working for EduDeo as a project manager, driver and guide. 
Nedi, our construction superintendent has built many schools with EduDeo. We sat with him for lunch one day and listened as he told his amazing story about some of the military strife in the past and how he overcame great difficulties and became a believer. 
Nilda, the project coordinator and translator really helped us on the job site.  She was also our boss as we scrubbed and painted steel purlins (beams). 
Over lunch the principal, Angela and her administrator, Carlos answered our many questions about the history of the school. We also heard from the pastor, Roberto from the church here. Amazing stories! We then had the opportunity to bless and pray for them. 
Mirabel, an excellent helper with us on the purlins. 
Heidi, Genesis and Rosemary, the local girls who loved to come and help and hug us 
Lourdes, our amazing cook at the Nehemiah Center who serves us so graciously.  

Our experience with the Nicaraguan people has been one of warmth despite the underlying concerns of the unrest that has occurred. We have found that our presence here has really given hope to these people, since we are the first team from out of country to serve in Nicaragua in 9 months.
Knowing them has changed us and enriched our lives - thank you!

Colleen

Comments:

Cindy
Jan 11, 2019 at 8:06 am

Thank you for sharing pictures, the people who have impacted your hearts this week and the love you have shared for this beautiful country. Everyday as I read your blog, I’m grateful that it was safe for you to travel to Nicaragua. Thankful for the hope and encouragement, you as representatives of ClearView have shown these beautiful people. I’m praying that your presence this week will give them more hope, excitement to live life and a peace that they know they are not alone. Thank you ClearView team.

Patty
Jan 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Hello Friends — by this time, I imagine you are no longer a team of Clearview members, but rather a family of friends working among Nicaraguan friends. A party of friends — what could be better??!! Wait — a nine-day sleepover!! How rich your experiences have been and continue to be as you deepen and enlarge your capacity to love your neighbour as yourself. God is so good, and for His providence and protection over and through you, we are incredibly thankful. Thank you for strengthening connections with the beautiful people there and reminding us that Triume God is the same Father, Friend and Comforter of is all. Hugs and love to you all!! Can’t wait to unwrap the rocking chairs that Tim is bring home!!! Blessings, friends

Andrew
Jan 11, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Hello everyone, it's been great to read about your activities and adventures for the past few days. I pray that your work will be a blessing to the people there and that you have made many good friends during your time there. I pray that you will have safe travels on the homeward journey and I can't wait to hear more stories when your back. Thanks.

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