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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The work is done. 1 comment

Our Team:

Tuesday morning we returned to Leon, in order to complete the job. Much work remained but an early start was not to be had as the trip from Managua to Leon can be close to two hours at the wrong time of day. 

We arrived on site at around 10 am. Perlines and walls needed to be painted and much electrical was still to be done. The team was ready to go and the result of that, was much progress was made by the end of Tuesday. 

The progress continued all through Wednesday, and by the end of the day, we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our goal would be to wrap up by Thursday, 3 pm. 

On Thursday, our last day here, the staff of the Dr. Marcos school, made us a wonderful homemade lunch, cooked over the open fire, inside the building just a few meters off the street. They hung balloons and we enjoyed the meal all in a large circle, all 20 of us or so. Maria, the principal of the school, made a nice speech, as well as Pedro, one of the parents. They expressed so much gratitude for their prayers being answered in this way. They were so happy to see the much needed renovations being done and they thanked us over and over for the help we could provide. 

We did meet our goal of 3:00 pm completion. The electrical and painting was done. The roof is not completed, but Felix and Pin will continue this work after we are gone. The roof portion of this job is a rather large project, and should be done in a week or two. 

After some heartfelt goodbyes, we left Leon for Managua. Tomorrow morning, we fly home. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The weekend ends. 0 comments

One of the great things about being on an Edudeo team is that it is not only about the work. Much effort is spent to ensure that the teams enjoy a balance of work and learning/fun experiences.

On Saturday, we had a Cultural day. We travelled from Managua to San Juan De Oriente, to Granada, to the Masaya Volcano and back to Managua in the evening. The day consisted of a pottery demonstration, a zip lining adventure where we all became proficient in The Freaky Monkey, The Freaky Bouncy and The Boiled Noodle, a boat tour around some beautiful islands in Lake Nicaragua and a viewing of an actual active volcano.

Sunday morning, we loaded back into the van and headed to church. This church service gave us all an opportunity to experience some very energetic praise and worship. It was wonderful to feel such genuine excitement for the Lord in this place.

In the afternoon on Sunday, we took a trip to the Pacific Ocean, to the town of Pochomil, one hour west of Managua. There we could enjoy the ocean’s waves and the beautiful sunny weather of Nicaragua.

Today, Monday, we had a day of learning. We learned about the work of Edudeo. We learned about the association of 92 Christian schools, ACECEN, which is doing such wonderful work throughout the entire country, connecting these schools together. We travelled to Escuela Christiana Gamaliel in Managua, Pequeno Benjamin School in Tipitapa, and Kenneth R Hanna in Managua, all schools that have benefitted from projects by Edudeo.

The above experiences all assist in our understanding the culture, the people and the passions of the Nicaraguans. The more we know, the more we can understand, the more we will respect our brothers and sisters of other cultures. We have learned that this is as important as the tangible assistance we provide. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Two days in. 3 comments

We arrived Wednesday evening, tired and ready for bed, but excited about what would lie ahead. Our project would begin the next morning, at the Instituto Dr Marcos A. Mendieta Cepad-Leon, a Christian school in the heart of the city of Leon, 1.5 hrs north west of the Nehemia Center in Managua. 

Thursday morning, we woke, had breakfast, and proceeded to travel the distance to Leon. We arrived, and were welcomed by many members of the school, staff, students and parents. During a short orientation, we were informed of the extent of the work to be done. The job would include the removal of approximately 80' of old steel roof sheeting and wood rafters, and the replacement with new steel rafters. Also, the electrical would be completely replaced, as well as complete painting and facelift within the 4 rooms below.

As soon as the orientation was complete, Corny, Jay and Gerrit were on the roof. It seemed no sooner they were up there, that the sheets of steel began being handed down to Walter, Brian and Jake and hauled away. Peggy, Marie, Pat, Steph, Alice and Grace began putting the rafters on sawhorses and proceeded to get the paint on them. Rob began to locate and disconnect the hydro, so that the wiring could be removed. 

By end of day Thurday, the roof was off, the rafters had their first coats of paint and the electrical had been removed and new electrical supplies purchased. We were all tired and dirty, and we enjoyed a quiet evening, and an early bedtime. 

Friday (today) saw the continuation of the rafter painting, the preperation of the walls and top plates for the new rafters, and the beginning of the electrical installation. The painting of the walls also started, and a room or two was completed, at least the first coat I think. 

We are now back at the Nehemia Center in Managua, and will be here for the weekend. Tomorrow we will enjoy a cultural day. It remains to be seen what that exactly means!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cattle Barn Restaurant Pork Roast 1 comment

We decided that we should, as did many Hands Teams before us, host a pig roast at the cattle barn restaurant of Adrian and Jane Vanderwier. This converted dairy barn is the perfect venue for a unique and enjoyable dinner.

Again, we enjoyed a wonderful day. The Lord blessed us with a marked improvement in the weather at exactly the right time, and the event was a huge success. 

We (The Hands Team) provided all of the preparation and served the meal. We were pleased to welcome Rising Hope for the live entertainment, and we also had a great silent auction. 

Again, thank you to all those who went above and beyond for this fundraiser. An event like this takes much work and cooperation and we are so thankful to all those who see this cause as a worthy one. 

Approximately 200 people from the church and the community were served, and we are grateful for close to $10,000.00 that was raised!

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