Day 4

Tuesday began with a morning devotional led by Lisa. We discussed having a compassionate heart, and Lisa shared an excellent verse from Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge; There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Lisa reminded us that although we may have frustrations in our ability to communicate with the locals through our limited Spanish skills, our compassion towards one another and others can speak louder than any words.

After our devotional, we had our first taste of Nicaraguan cuisine for breakfast – nacatamales. We enjoyed these tasty corn meal tamales filled with tomatoes, carrots, pork or chicken, wrapped in a large plaintain leaf.

After breakfast, Kelsey, Lisa, Kay, and Stacey (left to right in above picture) continued their pole painting project from yesterday. Although the picture may look like it was taken yesterday based on girls’ outfits, they did in fact wear the same thing to avoid green polka-dots on all their clothing! The girls resumed the efficient painting system they developed yesterday and successfully painted all 125 poles by lunchtime.

While the girls were painting, the men (Jason, Al, and Brian are shown in foreground above) began digging a long, deep trench where the foundation stones and cement base for the fence will be laid. The men worked hard with their shovels and pick axes to create a trench with a maximum depth of about 5 feet 6 inches!

After another delicious lunch provided by our missionary host, Kathy, the entire team went to work on the trench. Kelsey remarked how fun it was for the entire team to work together on a single project. We made great progress with everyone contributing, but after a long day of work, we decided it was time to play.

Kelsey, our star Stanford lacrosse player, brought six lacrosse sticks to donate to the sports center. We headed down to the baseball field, and she and Jason introduced the game of lacrosse to the neighborhood kids.

The boys were delighted to learn a new sport and picked it up quickly. Although they were initially shy to pick up the lacrosse sticks, we soon had more eager players than sticks.

With another full day of work and fun, we headed home to wash off our layers of dirt and rest for tomorrow.