January 28, 2014

tuesday afternoon

Grimsby HANDS Team:

¡buenas tardes

Another day of hard work behind us.  Things are progressing well and everyone is still healthy and happy.  After work, I hopped in the shower and for about three minutes there was hot water!!  (if you've never been here, you probably don't understand why there are two exclaimation points behind that, if you've been here, you know).

For those of you who are worried about us in the heat (not too many of you I think) I should probably confess that the weather in Diriamba is not the same as in Managua.  We are at about 530 metres above sea level here and it's generally about 6 or 7 degrees cooler than Managua.  There's also a constant breeze here so the weather has been nice since we've been here.

One more day of work.  Tomorrow, we're working till about 3pm and then the kids and teachers at the school will be putting on a short program for us.  We plan to sing a song for them as well (we'll see how that goes).

Every night, Pastor Sid leads us in a small group session.  Our theme has been 'humility'.  We also share our stories with each other.  Our team has really grown together because of these sessions, we didn't all know each other really well before this trip but that's changed. 

We're slowly trying to wrap our heads around the fact that in 48 hours we'll be back in Ontario.  For now, we'll focus on tonight and tomorrow.

till tomorrow


Jan 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Its hard to believe you only have 2 nights left, I'm pretty jealous of the weather you are having at the moment as its bitter cold here right now! Randy you write a super blog! Enjoying it everyday! Blessings everyone!

Jan 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

It was so nice to see the pictures of the various crews in action! It looks like you are getting quite a lot of work done! I also wanted to say thank you to Randy for this excellent blog. You are a gifted writer and your words have helped us to connect to the work that God is doing through you in Nicaragua. May He continue to bless you all with health and unity and give you a safe journey home.

Jan 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Wow! It's really starting to look like a classroom. Great work guys.

Jay Vanderwier
Jan 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

Hey guys, ya loved seeing the pics, and ya, randy u are great writer. And funny too! Love keeping up with u guys through this. Well done edu deo and computer people for making it possible to follow the guys. Pretty cool world we live in. Can't wait to hear about it in person.

And Sid, disregard my phone message from Tuesday night lol, totally forgot u were still down there.....

Jan 29, 2014 at 8:19 am

Thanks for keeping us in the loop Randy. It almost feels like we are experiencing your adventure along side you...minus the weather... certainly can't imagine warm temperatures right now. Some good shots Ron...Pastor Sid : is the dirt from working hard or chasing birds in the jungle?

Looking forward to Thursday and hearing more details about your experience.

May God bless all of you as you prepare to say good bye to many wonderful people you have met and worked with in Nicaragua.

Rose Schulenberg
Jan 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

When I read that Pastor Sid chose humility as your theme, I got tears in my eyes. I've done this trip before and I know how emotional this is for you all and how it will impact your lives back home. EduDeo does a wonderful job. Peter and Trudy and Lester are truly blessed with a beautiful gift. They have empathy and a desire to serve the Lord and it shows in the way they host.

Thank you so much for representing our church and for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Randy, this blog has been wonderful! God bless you all!

John & Shirley Bergshoeff
Jan 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

Our prayers are with you

Have a safe trip home.

Jan 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

It has been interesting to see what you have been up to each day.

We have been reminded again, of all the riches we have, and not to take anything for granted. Have a safe journey back to the cold North!!. Praying for a smooth journey home.

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