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Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 11---Homeward bound 2 comments

Our Team:

Well after a long day of travel we have returned home safety leaving behind many memories and friendships.  What an amazing experience!! Looking forward to sharing some of our stories with our congregation on Sunday.  Good Bye Nicaragua we will miss you. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 10--So sad to leave this beautiful country 1 comment

Our last day….

This morning the school put on a very elaborate performance to show their appreciation to our team.  A lot of effort and preparation went into this event.  It was held outside in the blistering heart-31° C (felt like 38 ° C –today seemed like our hottest day!)  Each class presented something- a song, dance or play.  The children were all dressed up- mainly in their cultural costumes.  Our team also sang.  Jason expressed our appreciation for the opportunity to serve them and also presented the school with a farewell gift from out church (books that were selected with the principal’s help and some sports equipment.  The children clapped politely for the books, and cheered enthusiastically when they saw the basketball, soccer ball and volleyball.

 

The foundation is complete – the walls are going up! We are leaving the work in the capable hands of Felix and Pinn.  They estimate that the project will be completed by Christmas. On our way home, we stopped to see a completed library exactly like the one we have been working on.  We appreciated seeing what our project will look like when completed.

 

After supper, we had a debriefing session with Peter, Trudy and Lester.  Each member of the team shared something they had learned, benefitted from or will be taking home as they continue to grow from this experience. We said our good-byes to Lester and will be saying farewell to Trudy and Peter tomorrow.  This is hard to do – we have formed such deep bonds with these 3 team leaders who have such servant hearts.  They have blessed us so much!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 9--Footings poured, ready for the walls!!!! 4 comments

Oh Canada,

Glorious and Free!

We love and appreciate our country-especially as we remembered today all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom.  Ger brought poppies for us to wear- which prompted many questions.

This morning the pre-school class was having their pictures taken for their December 15 graduation. Both Grade 6 and Pre-school will graduate that day. The school year in Nicaragua runs from February-December with a spring and summer break.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Day 8 - Back at Work 7 comments

It was good to be back at work today!  Much was accomplished!  Filling and tamping holes, prepping for concrete, painting and tying more rebar!  The men’s work was largely in the sun-tedious work prepping for tomorrow’s pour.  Clouds and the occasional breeze were most welcome!  Sheila was given a unique assignment- watering the bricks! (to keep them from getting too brittle in the sun).  This afternoon several young people came to help us.

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