March 31, 2015

Tuesday - Our Last day at the Work Site

Gateway 2015 School2School HANDS Team:

We had to pack everything up this morning, since we would head back to the Nehemiah Center in Managua after finishing our work today.

     After breakfast we were on the road back to Chinandega and the school to continue painting. We worked hard and finished 4 of the classrooms, after having completed the entire front of the exterior of the school yesterday. Again, the heat was difficult to work in, but everyone did a great job of taking breaks when needed, drinking lots of water, and working hard to complete the job. The team did a great job on the work site!

     We went out for lunch together and then traveled to see Lesther’s house and meet his beautiful family. After a stop at Lesther’s, we traveled to Azarias – the first school a Gateway team had worked at (5 years ago). We met Martha, the Principal of Azarias, who has a heart of old and who serves God and his beautiful people in Nicaragua so faithfully. She is such a dear soul, and simply lives out the love of Christ to every student AND staff member that she comes in contact with. One cannot help but immediately feel loved by her, and inspired by her! We brought some balls and sports equipment for the school and visited the tiny building – amazed at the number of students housed in the tiny school. Such a ministry!

     Nilda lives just down from Azarias, and so suddenly it was time for us to say our goodbyes to her. We visited her family’s wonderful home and then said our thank yous and goodbyes before heading back to the Nehemiah Center.

    After supper it was time to begin the packing party. There was a LOT to be packed in preparation for our trip home! We all worked at packing our own items, as well as packing the items purchased to bring back for next year’s team. We had the last of our cold water showers and headed to bed for a few hours of sleep before beginning the trip home. … We simply cannot believe the days have gone by so quickly, and that it is time to say goodbye to this place and these people!  

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