Greeting from the Tropical Rainforest! Nicaragua Update #1
After an eventful trip (we were supposed to leave on Sunday and finally flew out on Monday) Calvin and I finally joined the rest of the team in Juigalpa on Monday Night. The team here is in good spirits and has already been very active. Almost all of the upper half of the painting at the Orphanage has been completed and that will be finished today and the bottom half will be started tomorrow. Andrew Patterson spent the day yesterday giving his testimony at the Christian School while the rest of the team at the school had a great time teaching english to the kids. The children’s program started off well even with a small attendance because of the rain. Dan and Mary began the teaching on Marriage at the Bible Institute with a bang and feel very good about how that went. We started out the week with around 100 in attendance which is a great start for the week. We have just finished breakfast and everyone is very excited about the day before us.
As the team starts its third day in Juigalpa we can finally see blue skies overhead. This is not only a welcome relief from the mud but it is also an answer to our prayers because it will allow more people to make it to the Bible Institute and Children’s program tonight. Yesterday was a very productive day, especially at the Orphanage. Wayne Howser, John Moss and Robert Burks have been amazing work horses as they have finished the painting of the orphanage in just two days. It looks great and the kids all love it (Thanks Judy for picking out the colors). At the end of the day yesterday, Wayne Howswer turned into Tom Sawyer and they got all of the kids involved in the painting. They had a blast. Then John Moss, who had mentioned earlier how cool it would be if an ice cream truck would show up was annoyed by a man outside the door of the orphanage ringing the bell on his bike, it was an ice cream bike. Another answer to prayer as John was able to get ice cream for the entire orphanage for $20.00. Quote of the day, “Do you want to know how to find out how many kids are in an orphanage in Nicaragua? Buy them ice cream.” Today they will do a little touch up and begin some repair projects which are sure to send Jim A. looking for supplies all over the city.