June 24Arts Camp 2013
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Most of the team either got sent to paint one of the roofs (the roofs are galvanized roofing but because of the combo of moisture/heat you need to paint to keep them from rusting out) or plant some bushes along the walk. It's been nice and toasty most of the time here in Los Cedros but sure enough, we planned to paint and we had a very heavy dew in the morning. The plan was to get up at 4:30, be ready by 5, paint till it gets really hot, come down rest and then finish later; we had a great time fellowshipping, then breakfast and painting. But it went fast and got done. Had time later to play soccer with the older boys and time with the little ones too (mini VBS). Got all the planting done but have stuff left over that we'll need to find out where they want it planted. Kristi, Amy, and Gary went with the CHE representatives to visit the Nehemiah Center. We met with the Director and heard of the different ministries that work together to help bring health and wholeness to the communities. One of the areas they focus on is bringing pastors and wives together, to help strengthen their marriage. We left there and traveled approx. 3hrs to Boaco, a community up in the mountains. We visited 3 different communities, they provided lunch at one of the small rather primitive homes. It was wonderful and we were very blessed by them. It was great to hear how CHE communities have come together to help provide for one another and even others that are not a part of their community. Very long day but rewarding seeing the body of Christ functioning like the body of Christ should. Saturday we will work on some projects in the morning and then go to the market in the afternoon. Thank you all for your continued prayers (a few scrapes, bumps, and bruises but nothing too much).
Yesterday - The weather has continued to be warm and on the muggy side, but cooler than our first day in Los Cedros. We finished the planting here at Los Cedros that we started the day before. While some of the team finished the planting the rest of the team walked the property here praying over the orphanage and crops, the children and the workers. Later in the day, the team was able to go to one of the local markets and do some shopping to buy hammocks, local crafts, etc. Last night the power went out around 2am for quite a large area. Three of us led worship at a local English speaking church that we attended this morning. The power was still out just before church started and we were scrambling to setup and change our songs to simpler ones since we wouldn't have the projector we had planned on, let alone the piano, speakers, and mics we had expected. Thankfully, right before church started, the power was back and worship went well. After lunch we took the older boys and toddlers to the beach. Three team members were baptized as well as the head missionary's adopted son. It's always amazing and uplifting to see baptisms in the ocean in Nicaragua. We then got surfing lessons from a missionary who works at the orphanage and also does work with Surfers with a Mission. It was a lot of fun to play soccer with the boys on the beach, to see the toddlers play in the surf and relax with the kids under a rancho. Tomorrow, our last full day in Nicaragua, we're planning to go to a local barrio to pray for and meet the people who live near the orphanage.