January 26, 2014

Sunday evening

Grimsby HANDS Team:

Hola again from Managua

My apologies for missing this morning's blog, it's been busy here.  Let me fill you in on what's been going on.

The day began with church.  We had all been looking forward to worshipping here.  We had been promised a happy church and that was no lie!  The service began with about 45 minutes of singing and dancing, people on the stage and in the aisles praising the Lord.  People here worship with unbridled enthusiasm!!  We were happy that there were translation units available so that we could understand the pastor as he spoke.  He talked about God providing opportunities for us and that when He opens a door, we need to walk through it.  The sermon hit close to home for all of us.

After the service, we headed back to the Nehemiah centre where we met Lester's wife Zoyla and his 6 month old daughter Isabella.  We had a quick snack and then piled back into the van again (12 team members, Peter, Trudy, Lester, Zoyla, Carlos, Isabella..... if you're counting, that's 18 people).  We were thankful that the air conditioning was working.  

We drove for about a half hour to Zoyla's parent's place and dropped her and Isabella off.  The remaining 16 of us headed off to the Pacific ocean.  We arrived at the beach and it was stunning.  The Pacific ocean with kilometres of pristine beach and almost no one there.  We had a delicious lunch at the beach and spent our time exploring, playing in the waves or just relaxing.  Few, if any, five star resorts have a beach like that.

Back into the van again, pick up Zoyla and Isabella and then to the Nehemiah centre.  When we got there, we watched a movie called 'Reparando', the Spanish word for 'repairing'.  The movie was a documentary about Guatamala and people there who are bringing hope to desperate people by investing time and effort into relationships.  It was very moving and I'd highly recommend that everyone see it.  If you're interested, go to this link:


At our group session this evening, we began to talk about what comes next after our trip.  We have all been moved and impacted by this place and these people.  The question that we're struggling with is, "What now?"  We talked about it for a while and we still have three days of work so we will talk about it again in the coming days and nights.  None of us wants to lose this feeling.  We've been changed here and now we need to work out what to do about that.



John and Delina
Jan 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

Enjoying both the blogs and pictures of your Hands team trip. Blessings to all of you as you have touched and blessed so many lives around you on this journey - keeping you in our prayers. May His Name be praised!

Jan 27, 2014 at 6:56 am


Tim Bootsma
EduDeo Staff
Jan 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi Guys,

Glad the day went well. God has indeed blessed Nicaragua with wonderful people and a wonderful country. You are asking some great questions which I hope you will continue to wrestle with - together as a team and before the face of God!

Praying His Kingdom will come more fully in your lives and through your lives.

Jan 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

God is Good!!! :-)

Love reading these posts!!

Jan 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

Our team (team Niagara) LOVED Reparando! It has a huge impact especially when watching it in Nicaragua when you are in the midst of being overwhelmed by the whole experience.

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