February 7, 2017

Day: Eight

Golden Horseshoe HANDS Team:

A regular sweat day and we were on the road at 7:30 AM.  Though some of us may have secretly hoped that the previously dug holes would somehow be magically connected with the required trenches, the rebar all assembled and the steel all painted…..such was not the case. Our muscles were again to be stressed.  The work started out with some breeze to fan our labouring bodies but this subsided to leave us in a temperature of about 38 C.

One team member, Andrew, is suffering with a debilitating ear ache and stayed back at the centre. Please remember Andrew in your prayers as in two days we expect to be on a plane and that will undoubtedly exacerbate the pain.  Despite his absence we made it through the day and are thankful for the progress made.

Our evening was closed with the viewing of a video entitled “Reparando”.  The story related the devastating long-term repercussions of the war in Guatemala in the lives of children and families and how God, through another long term of relationship-building, is slowly bringing healing to a community within the capitol city.  We saw that ultimately homelessness is fundamentally more of a spiritual issue than a physical problem.  The purpose of showing the team that video was to make us aware that Nicaraguans also endured a war in recent memory and are still suffering from the spiritual and physical devastating consequences.

Tomorrow we anticipate a lot of cement mixing and wheel barrowing, which will cap our construction efforts of the trip. We are thankful for the Woodynook segment of our team: although they arrived a day after us, they will also stay one day after our departure and we don’t mind at all for them to finish the concrete work.



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