April 12, 2013

Day #10 - A Time of Worship and Rest

Gateway 2013 HANDS Team:

 

Today we joined the congregation at Bautista Libertad for worship together.  After breakfast we rehearsed our songs one last time and loaded the bus for the church/school.  

We received a warm welcome at the church upon our arrival.  The service began with singing songs of praise together, some in Spanish and some in English, for our benefit.  After a time of worship, the congregation dispersed to attend a variety of Sunday School classes for 40 minutes.  We were invited to join the Pastor’s class, and adult class that meets together each week.  The students thought that our time of “Sunday School”  would have meant time helping to teach or interact with young children for Sunday School.  And while this would have been more than fine to do, they were pleasantly surprised to participate in an adult study class.  They enjoyed the lesson and the conversations in the class.

The congregation returned to the church service where we were then invited to share what we had prepared with the congregation.  We started by introducing ourselves.  Then Kirsten sang the song “How He Loves Us” while playing the piano.  The acoustics rang throughout the church and it sounded beautiful!  Next our group performed the skit that we had prepared with the church.  Finally, we sang two songs:  10, 000 Reasons and Hold My Hand … we sang both of the choruses in English and in Spanish (Lennin helped us practice our pronunciation and our timing … He even sang with our team during the service!  J

After church we returned to the center for a snack, changed and got on the bus to head off to Pochomil Beach.  What a beautiful afternoon we had, enjoying the beach, a delicious meal, and time of relaxation together.

In the evening we stopped at the store to buy snacks for the evening at the Nehemiah Center.  We relaxed, Face-timed home, and then spent a lot of time organizing and separating the gifts that we had brought for our friends at Bautista Libertad.  We also prepared gifts for some of the staff at the Nehemiah Center.  We worked throughout the evening together to get prepared for our final day here.  Finally we finished the day by having our evening devotions together.  While we had a wonderful day together, we also were struck with the realization that tomorrow is our last day here hanging over us.  The time has gone quickly here in Nicaragua and we are not ready to say goodbye to our new friends.    

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