We awoke this morning to the usual jungle symphony of roosters, birds, and insects. Our devotional today was themed around on gratitude. The team shared how we have been thankful for good teamwork, cool weather, and hospitality far surpassing our expectations (courtesy of Halle, Kathy, and Amanda).
After breakfast, the team put in a few hours of work removing stumps and gathering dry brush from some of the prior weeks’ weeding. We piled on enough to start a couple of mini bonfires.
At midday we headed over to El Farito (The Little Lighthouse). Twice a week, Kathy hosts an activity time with local boys and girls (age 2-12) singing songs, eating lunch, and sharing in fellowship. There are typically anywhere between 50-80 kids. We were invited along to help get a taste of this ministry. We helped pass out care packages that had been donated from a German church.
After returning back to the sports center, we got back to our final afternoon of work. Like most of the week, activity revolved around fence construction: digging trenches, hauling piedra contierra cement blocks for foundation (roughly translates to “hernia” in English), and backfilling trenches once the blocks had been set.
As a little reward for completing the manual labor phase of our itinerary, Amanda took us to a local eatery (past Nica folks – remember going to Juanitas?) for some carne asade/pollo, fried plantain chips, andother great Nicaraguan food.