Day 3

Monday morning started off with devotions and a pancake breakfast. Our fearless jobsite boss (Halle) mapped out the current project at El Salero (“The Salt Shaker”) – help build a fence to put around the sports complex. The fence will keep cows off the baseball and soccer fields so they won’t eat the grass.

Luckily two US missionary teams were here, along with a group of Nicaraguan guys from Thomas’ church, to help share the workload. They won’t be here the rest of the week so we’re on our own with Halle’s work crew. We’ll show them the gringos (but here they call us gringos ‘Cheles’ ) can put in a hard days work too – gulp…

Kay and Lisa painting fence posts and trying to stay in the very limited shade. Despite excessive Deet use, the bugs still enjoyed giving Lisa quite a few bites!

Today the gals took on the task of prepping and painting the multitude of fence posts. At dinner tonight they showed off their very stylish new green nail polish. The ladies were on track to finish all 120 poles when a rainstorm struck. We all quickly retreated to the front porch to wait out the storm. Luckily the poles were mostly dry and the water resistant paint repelled the water. Whew!

Kelsey and Stacey painting fence posts Nica style. Not sure whether they got more paint on themselves or on the poles, but they were working hard!

Kelsey hauls a heavy steel pole with her bare hands…. Behind her is the front porch we all ran to during the rain storm.

Brian, Jason and Jimmy helping to set 120 pound concrete blocks – the base for the fence. Look at those muscles!

Brian, a missionary from St Louis, taking a chain saw to the tree. Using a chain saw – another first for a bunch of us today.

Here’s Al cutting rebar with the help from Brian, a missionary from Azusa.

The guys work today was best described by Al. He said – “Today I got to do three things I’ve never done in my life – using a machete to trim weeds, cutting rebar with a hand saw and rolling giant tree stumps”. In order to build the fence, a path needs to be cut through the fields – this means whatever might be in the way must be removed. Including using a chain saw to remove and cut up any trees in the way.

Brian and Jimmy (the baseball studs) along with the Nicaraguan helpers from Thomas’ church. Lunch was a great chance to introduce ourselves to the local guys and to get to know each other better. Timmy even adopted a Nica nickname, “Shaggy.”

We had a great time working with the Nicaraguan youth. We taught them some phrases in english in return for them teaching us how to clear a path with a Machete like a pro. Their much needed advice was sought only after several bandaged ankles. Luckily, the cuts were only minor and everyone was able to work for the rest of the day.

So we will hit our beds hard tonight in anticipation of the rooster’s early crow and more adventures tomorrow.