Nicaragua Special Needs Mission Trip Day 1

Today we broke from our first morning meeting knowing that our day would give us a glimpse of oppression. We were challenged to ask ourselves is this trip just a “good idea” to do something to help change that…or is it really biblical justice like that commanded in Luke 4:18? Like the faithfulness of Job, this team believes the latter. The faces of the children, families, and teachers told us so.  Image

We wound through the crowded streets and withstood lots of honking before our trusty yellow school bus made it to the doors of Rey Solomon. But what a safe haven we found. Our morning session was spent building relationships with the teachers and delivering gifts from sponsor families to their sponsored children. Gratitude was so evident in so many ways. The teachers were gracious in allowing us to offer input and expressed how blessed they were to be teachers there. When the sponsored children received their gifts, they were asked what they wanted their family to know and the overwhelming response was, “Tell them thank you, I love them, and I know they love me.”Image
 
Too hot and sweaty with too much good work ahead of us, we grabbed a quick gourmet lunch of PB&J, filled up our water bottles and split off for an afternoon of “Rotation Stations”. Armed with a translator to facilitate communication with each group, the activities allowed for over 80 special needs children and their families to enjoy such things as silly picture taking, photo framemaking, parachute play, painting, and more. Did we mention we had some fun???
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