January 29, 2014

Wednesday evening

Grimsby HANDS Team:

Hola from Managua

It's hard to believe but our (physical) work here is done.  By the time we left from the school this afternoon, all of the concrete was poured, the lights were hung and wired in all of the lower class rooms, the tiles were all layed in place and the steel was all cut up (although not quite all sanded and painted).  God is good!

We worked till 3pm and then the staff at the school put on a short program for us.  They sang, they danced and they presented us with small tokens of their gratitude.  We also had a chance to thank them for their hospitality and for their commitment to providing Christian education to so many children in Diriamba. Even our singing sounded pretty good.

After many goodbyes, we left the school and headed back to Managua.  Before dinner, Lester left to spend the evening with his family so we said our goodbyes to him.  I'm (we're) going to miss that guy.  After dinner we had a half hour debriefing session with Pete and Trudy. They asked us to share some of the ways that we saw God here in Nicaragua and whether we had any suggestions on how to improve the HANDS experience.  We talked a lot about the former and very, very little about the latter.  Peter, Trudy and the whole Edudeo team are doing amazing work here.

So tonight is our last night.  This whole experiece has been so intense (not really the right word but the best one that I can really come up with).  We've been bombarded with new experiences, new people, new relationships.  We've learned many things about this beautiful country and the people who live here.  We've learned a lot about ourselves and about each other.  We've seen God at work here.

We'd like to thank everyone who's been following along online for their support as well.  Each time I open my computer, a crowd slowly develops asking whether there were any comments on the blog.  It has truely been a pleasure writing this, helping you all to live (at least a little) along with our experiences here.  Please note however, that you really need to live this to get the full effect (ask any team member and they will concur).

It will be an early morning tomorrow.  Pete is picking us up at 5am.  Please pray for travelling mercies for the team and we will see you soon.





Jan 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Praying for safe travels, looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing more stories!

Jan 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Praying for a safe and uneventful return trip. Hopefully the Atlanta snow storm won't cause any delays.

Jan 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

thank you for sharing! it's been a joy to follow along. Hoping that your long day of travel goes by quickly.

Jay v
Jan 30, 2014 at 12:34 am

Love it!

Jan 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

Thank you for sharing every day. I just went to the DR,on the HANDS Burlington Team. A rewarding and life-changing trip, as you wrote "you must live it,to feel it". God bless you all.

George and Sylvia
Jan 30, 2014 at 8:36 am

Thanks so much for sharing. Through your blog we have also been given a small taste of your experience.Looking forward to hearing your stories and your singing!

Safe travels and welcome back to Canada. Temperatures will be creeping up and there is also the promise of new snow in the forecast.

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