March 29, 2015


Gateway 2015 School2School HANDS Team:

We were excited to be going to church and worshipping together this morning! We went to a church named “Verbo” – a lively and upbeat worship experience! Although we did not know the songs, we did our best to keep up with the worship team and sing along as best we could. When it came time for the sermon, they had headphones for visitors to be able to use so they could hear a translator translate during the sermon.

    We came back to the Nehemiah Center after church for lunch and to pick up our luggage and supplies for the next two days. Then we headed off to the beach!

     We spent the afternoon at Pochomil Beach swimming in the Pacific Ocean, jumping in the waves, trying to surf, and enjoying the sandy beaches. We had an early supper ordered on the beach and then we headed off to Leon.

     We settled into the Phoenicia Guest house, where we will stay for the next two nights while we work at our work site. The guest house has a wonderful pool where the kids were able to swim in the evening before having group devotions and settling down for the night.


Student reflections from Sunday:


I felt amazing today. I thought it was amazing to see how free people were in their worship at church today. People were dancing around and singing and not worried about how other people might see them. The message was awesome too. The pastor talked about not being passive in our spiritual walk, and I felt like that is something that spoke right to me today and for my own journey. I thought the message was honest and simple, but very understandable and good (thanks to the translator). I really liked the beach, I liked jumping over the waves, but the salt water stung my eyes so I went searching for seashells. Our new hotel has three people to a room instead of 8, so that’s awesome. Overall it was a great day.


It was an interesting experience at a new style of church service. The worship seemed so out there. Dancing, drumming, loud singing - an outward expression of how Christ is to the people experiencing the worship. One man in a yellow shirt was so enthralled by the music that he was jumping up and down and waving his arm everywhere. It was a way different experience than what I am used to from home. The waves at the beach were bigger than any I’ve seen before. They were strong and could take you under if they wanted to. It was fun trying to keep a foot on the ground because deep holes where you couldn’t touch would seem to pop up. The experience there was phenomenal. I’m so glad that I’ve had this past week to get to know my team and all of these little experiences that we share together allows us to grow closer as a class and learn new things about each other that we didn’t know before.


We got to go to a Spanish speaking church today. It was really cool. There were people dancing in the aisles. The whole experience was so great. From the songs to the sermon, I’m glad I got to experience that. The sermon was in Spanish, but there was enough I could pick up on that I could still really enjoy it. We went to the beach. We had a lot of fun in the water. The waves were big, the water was quite brown - ew… I had lots of fun with all of our classmates in the ocean. I got to lie in a hammock until we had supper, it was so comfortable. The food at the beach was amazing. I had chicken (again). Delicious! We traveled to Leon where we are staying for the next two nights. It was a long ride, but we had fun singing and listening to music.


We went to church at Verbo today. It was crazy! People were dancing, it was loud, the drummer was really good. It made my hair stand up. We had a long bus ride to the beach. The ocean was fun. It was nice to go into some cooler water. I thought it would be hotter. We tried surfing. The waves were huge, and the board was way too small. Every time we got on the board it was two feet under water and wouldn’t float. The food at the beach was great, it’s been good this whole trip. My ears have been plugged quite badly for the last couple of days, but today I had some relief when they popped. They still hurt, but I can hear. 


Mar 30, 2015 at 9:03 pm

It sounds like you are all having such a good time and such a wonderful experience for you all,may God continue to bless you and use you.Jordan I an really looking foreward to hearing all about your wonderful experience and I hope you are taking lots of pictures to show me.God Bless you and you are all in my prayers.

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