Today we did food distribution in a different community, much different than working in downtown Managua! We went to Los Brasiles, a much more rural and spread out community. In Managua, where we were the previous day, homes touch each other and share walls. In Los Brasiles, homes are more spread out and most have the tin roofs with bricks or logs holding them on. The streets are dirt with drainage water running onto them. Horses and goats roam streets freely. Quite different from city life! We were able to visit 16 families of special needs individuals, pray with them, talk about God’s love for them, and just be present with them. You really feel great love for each other when you take time to be present.
One of our team members (Jill) wrote a beautiful summary of what we saw during our day of food distributions today. She wrote, “In the midst of severe poverty I still see joy, smiles, generosity, hospitality, a sense of community, exuberance, friendliness, and a love for God. In the midst of the most dire living conditions, there is still hope, strength, patience, goodness, kindness, and faith. Some of the best things this world has to offer cannot be quenched by the most difficult living situations. Love and laughter is a universal language found everywhere.”
While part of the team was distributing food to families in the community, the other team members spent their time keeping children busy while they waited in line to receive speech evaluations. They played with balls, bubbles, and anything they could find to keep them busy! Kids have the ability to bring such joy every time we see them!
We returned back to LaQuinta for quick showers and dinner, then we headed to Ciudad Sandino, Traders Point’s sister church, for an evening worship service. We were able to bless them with 32 new chairs for their congregation! We performed a skit to the song “Oceans” by Hillsong, Alec sang a song in Spanish, and our whole group performed a Spanish song. We were blessed once again by worshipping with the congregation and enjoying their enthusiasm and joy for the Lord. I can only imagine we get a small glimpse of what Heaven will be like when we worship with others cultures!