July 25, 2013

Visiting Schools in Managua

Just 4 Teachers HANDS Team:

Day two - It is the morning of the third day. Each day is so absolutely full, that it already feels as though we've been here much longer. It is five in the morning, and I am the first one up.  I was too tired to post last night, but was raring to go this morning to share with everyone the wonderful day we had yesterday.

After breakfast, we boarded a van for our first school visit.  At Bautista Libertad, we met Hilda, the principal, and several of her staff.   She invited us into her office, where she welcomed us most warmly. She was delighted to have a group of Canadian Christian school teachers come to Nicaragua and visit her school. She told us of a school in Alberta with whom they had been cultivating a relationship.  Groups of students from each school have been corresponding and a team from Alberta had visited the school recently.   Hilda proudly showed us letters the students from both schools had written thanking the Lord for the tremendous opportunity to meet each other.

We spent a great deal of time interacting with the students in their classrooms and on the yard. The children were particularly pleased with members of our team fluent in Spanish, but our hosts served well as translators for the rest of us.  I got to learn what Ballitos are and how to say my colours in Spanish.

After our visit, we walked through the neighborhood to visit the home of a student of Bautista Libertad.  Eduardo's mother was so very gracious to open her home to our fellowship.  She told us of her life in Managua, and before we left we prayed together.  What I will remember most about this truly special lady, was how she would encourage her children to trust God daily for their wants, their needs, and even for the realization of their dreams. I hope one day that her son, Eduardo, will make the trip to Canada to further his education.

After a stop for a delicious lunch, we headed to Antorcha Divina.  There we met the principal Marta. Her students attend school from early morning until lunchtime. In the afternoon, Compassion offers children a chance to eat some food and received some Christian education.  I was particularly touched by one student who returned from receiving her snack and offered to share it with me.  This is not the first time we had encountered the wonderfully generous spirit of the Nicaraguan people.

Spending time with Mercedes was very rewarding. She shared over and over again how thankful she was for the opportunity to serve in a Christian school. She has many challenges around accessing resources to fund and develop her ministry, but as she told us, she trusts God daily to provide whatever she needs.

In the evening, we topped off the day by watching the movie, Reparando. I really have no words to describe the movie, but can say that it impacted me greatly.  EduDeo has done a marvelous job creating a context to help us understand their strategy for impact and change in Nicaragua (and elsewhere.)  The documentary was most helpful in providing a solid example of how the strategy can work.  It was deeply emotional for me as I said earlier, left me speechless.

All in all, it was a full day, and so rewarding.

Submitted by 
Jennifer Shoniker


Jul 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

I went on my 2nd HANDS trip this past January and we stayed in Managua at the Nehemiah Center (worked at Gamaliel) We too saw Reparando and I think I can speak for the rest of the team when I say we felt the same way as you did while watching it. Soul-moving! We ordered copies once we were back home so we could share it with our families. (it's also possible to order the dolls online from Maria, the Doll Lady!)

Jul 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I was so struck by the hospitality of the people. It was a wonderful day.

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