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Our First Day Of Work in El Platanal

Our First Day Of Work in El Platanal

October 3, 2016

What a great first day of work! Today we drove to El Platanal, about 20 minutes away from Sunnyside, with hopes of renovating and painting the Christian school; but more importantly, sharing God’s Word with the people there. The school was made up of two buildings, each with two classrooms. When we first arrived, the head teacher, who spoke minimal English, and a herd of students greeted us. Our first task was to remove everything from inside the school buildings. This involved carrying desks and gently removing everything from the walls so as to not waste their limited resources. The students from each classroom were a huge help in clearing out their desks, and the excitement on their faces was unmistakable. Then, once the rooms were all clean, we took a break. Severns Valley students played soccer, jumped rope, and shared Snapchat filters with the children. At a break in the action, Pastor Jeff gathered all of the children and Carson O'Daniel shared his testimony. The kids listened intently, and were eager to answer Pastor Jeff’s questions about where salvation comes from. Late on, Pastor Jeff informed us that he had baptized the little girl who answered the majority of the questions two years ago, and prior to that, she knew nothing about Christ. It is awesome to see how God continues to tug at the hearts of our friends in Nicaragua after our time here is up.

Following Carson’s bold profession of faith, we went back to work with painting the school. By the end of the day, we had finished the white portion of the interior on three of the classrooms. Tomorrow we have to do the white portion of the fourth classroom, the blue portion of the interior of all of the classrooms, and the entire exterior. I think that tomorrow will run much more smoothly because the classrooms have already been cleaned and are just awaiting paint.

After a long day of work, we headed back to Sunnyside. I, along with Brittany, Nathan, Jake, Clayton, Ethan, Eric, and Josh, went out to the street in front of the mission house to talk to the children of the neighborhood. Personally, this is by far my favorite part of the day. The children are accepting of my broken Spanish, and they’re always eager to see us. Along with the usual kids, a three-year-old named Joanna ran down the street to meet us. Joanna told me that I looked like her mother, and Josh that he looked like her father.

Later that evening, we went to the park to get ice cream. I enjoyed watching some guys play soccer, and getting to know others on the trip more personally.

In short, today was a hot, busy day full of fellowship, hard work, and blessings from our almighty Lord!

Olivia Hamilton

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