March 7, 2017

Day 7, 8 & 9

Covenant HANDS Team:

Day 7
We walked to church which is less than a 5 minute walk from our hotel and is right next door to the school we are working on. The congregation was very welcoming and happy to greet us. Many of the songs we sang were familiar tunes so we were able to sing along in English. We even went to the front of church to sing a song to the congregation. After the service we felt a bit like celebrities- everyone wanted to take a picture with us! It was definitely nice to get so many great group shots. We returned to the hotel for lunch and changed into beach clothes. We travelled to a local river with many members of the church where we had a fun and relaxing afternoon. The new scenery was beautiful and everywhere is so lush and green. We returned to the hotel for a quick change out of our bathing suits and we headed out again for a tour to a pineapple farm. The farmer fed us so many delicious and juicy pineapples; some of us almost ate an entire one! We walked around his yard and tried sugar cane, cloves, and saw many different fruits and vegetables. After the tour we had a short break before supper. We decided to try a local restaurant for pizza. Afterwards we walked to a nearby park where a service was being held. The city has been a hub of activity with all of the anniversary festivities. After devotions many of us headed to bed to get a good rest for our final day of work.

 

Day 8:
Today was our last day of work at Alpha Omega School. Unfortunately the kids were not at school because of the holidays. after a morning of tying rebar and painting purlins we were ready to pour our last share of concrete. After saying good bye to the workers and looking at all the work we've accomplished this past week we had dinner at the school with the pastor, his family and some of the congregation. After our very good meal, we all received our own hand made key chains and said our goodbyes. Miss you mom.

 

Day 9
Early last breakfast in Nueva G. Happy 21st birthday to Ilja! We load up the van and are ready to leave by 7:45 for Managua. It's a long hot drive, and the temp climbs the closer we get to Managua, 35 plus! After almost 6 hours and a couple stops, we visit the school the Covenant HANDS team 2015 worked on. So great to see the finished product and reconnect with the people there. Next, to the Nehemiah centre where we will stay for the next 2 days. We enjoy a relaxing dinner and social time and a birthday celebration for Ilja with cake and balloons! Another great day.

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