Day 6

This morning we all went to work in the Ministry Center, which is about a mile and a half away. Some of us got to ride like true Nicaraguans – in the back of a pick-up truck with all the tools. At the Ministry Center, around 60 children are fed lunch every Tuesday and Thursday (except this one) and 5-9 children attend nursery school 3 days a week. It was a cool, breezy building surrounded by shade trees and bushes, which was a great reprieve after spending some long hours sweating in the hot sun.

Today I was especially blessed by our Lord’s plan for the church: to be the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:27 Paul says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” And he continues by pointing out that each “part” has a special job. That was apparent today. I got to do my favorite thing (gardening) as I pruned trees and shrubs and pulled up weeds. Dennis, Mark and Greg showed their strength, creativity and engineering expertise by putting a block walk complete with steps in a ditch that had been washed out in the rain. Samantha loves to paint, and she, Jenny, Amanda, Monique and Vebecka spread cheery yellow and soft blue paint in all the right places (not counting the spots they wore home.) I can’t understand it, but Monique loves to clean. She and Kelsey scrubbed walls and floors (and each other?). Kathy and her usual ministry lunch crew, made up of some sparkly local Nicaraguan women, served us lunch. And Halle ran countless trips back to the Sports Center to bring tools, blocks, cement and whatever else was needed. After some play with the neighborhood children, and taking pictures of them (which they love), we piled the tools and new brush to burn in the back of Halle’s truck and we all drove home, exhausted and refreshed all at the same time.

Now we’ve had a delicious dinner cooked by Kathy, and it’s time for games and a movie. God is good!