Tim and Chris Bagwell serve in the country of….. orphans, our missions trips.
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- Nicaragua ‘11 Day 2
Wow what a day of serving we had today. As usual, the first work day of a missions trip involves getting a lay of the land and picking up tools and supplies we were lacking. So after an early breakfast and a few trips to stores we were off to the village called Cristo Rey. Below are a few images of our trip there. The first is one of the new city dump sites, on the outside border of the barrio. As the main city dump is almost closed, other sites, like this one, have become dumping grounds in recent months.
Entering the barrio, we traveled to a church that is in the middle of the refugee camp. This is the basis of operations for our team, and the agent that decided which families among the thousands, to supply a new house to. Those that attend the church are given consideration, as well as those with critical living conditions.
We divided into four teams, each with at least one translator, and one carpenter type, and headed out to build an entire structure in one day. One of the things we found out is that many homes are being built over the site of the existing home, so in order for the family to have a roof over their head, we need to finish the job the day we start it. Yikes. The temp today was about 91 and humid…we even had a shower early in the afternoon. HOT HOT HOT!
Agua por favor!
Layout, digging post holes…which was a killer… and then the roof and walls.
Mixing concrete…we that’s why we have trucks deliver it in the USA…it was incredibly tough, in the midst of the hot day. But each team managed to get the job done.
Here is a finished house, with Ken Mannale putting on the some final touches.
Tomorrow we repeat the whole process again. With four more houses, if not more.
Please pray for strength and stamina for the team.
Pray for Carol Carlsen to not get another migraine at the site, as it smells of burning trash all day long.
Pray for Steve Rise doing counseling with several children and staff members of orphanages.
Pray for good weather, as a little rain makes traveling very hard, and our materials might not make it out to the sites.
Pray for good connections with families here, that they would be encouraged to trust Jesus because we have loved them in his name.
Look for another update tomorrow evening.
Past DHEFC Updates
- Nicaragua ‘11 Day 2 Wow what a day of serving we had today. As usual, the first work day of a missions trip involves getting a lay of the land and picking up tools and supplies we were lacking. So after an early breakfast and a few trips to stores we were off to the village called Cristo Rey. ...
- Nicaragua ‘11 Day 3- Four more houses built! Another amazing and tiring day at the Barrio Cristo Rey. Tonight we are going to allow each person to write a quick reflection on the day, or a prayer request. CHARISSA ARTERS: today was soooo fun. I cant believe how the people live like this and are still content. It’s amazing. It makes me feel awesome ...
- Nicaragua ‘11- Day 4 Out with the Villa Esperanza Girls What an awesome day to enjoy God’s creation in Nicaragua. We had a good breakfast and filled a school bus and drove to Granada. One of the oldest cities in the Americas that is still occupied today. in the bus each seat had one of the girls and one person from our team, and we ...
- Nicaragua ‘11- Day 5 Building Houses and Changing Our Own Lives More thoughts from the team… SARAH JEROME: Early this morning when we arrived at Cristo Rey we saw a woman with twin baby girls. The girls were only 7 days old and the mother was already up and walking and doing all kinds of things. We talked to the mother for a little while and she ...
- Nicaragua ‘11- Day 6-Sixteen Houses and 380 Pair of Shoes Our last day in Cristo Rey. It rained a bit in the night and that made for a muddier morning. On the last day, we decided to up the work by pulling off our bilingual people from the construction to work at Iglesias El Faro where we were handing out the donated shoes to the ...