Yesterday and today were challenging, to say the least. Yesterday, most of the team spent the morning at a beautiful church to celebrate in Communion with the local Nicaraguans. Before we went to mass, a deacon on the Amigos staff read the readings and gospel in English to us (about half our group can speak Spanish, the other half...eh, not so much! We are here with 4 other schools, totaling about 100 students and faculty. Amigos divided us into chore groups to carry out various tasks, like doing the dishes and making lunches. It's a good way to get to know some of the people we will be spending the next week with.
The most challenging part about yesterday came after enduring another long and hot 2 hour bus ride...we climbed the youngest active volcano in Nicaragua! That's right, we all made it to the top of Cerro Negro. The wind was beyond brutal (seriously, like 60 mph) and made it even more difficult, but the views that we saw on the way up and at the top were more than worth it.
Today we started our real work out in the community. We are working Nance Dulce (we think that's how it’s spelled), which is about two hours north of Chinandega. We worked alongside the people of the community there and began to pick axe and dig the trenches that will later be filled with pipes for clean water! It was extremely hot and sunny today, so the Amigos staff mandated food and water breaks pretty regularly for all the workers (which we were completely okay with taking them!). From interacting with the locals to seeing the progress that was made in just one day, we are beginning to realize our purpose and beginning to "come alive" (our theme for the week). It was most definitely a humbling day and we can't wait to get back out to the community tomorrow to begin working again!
Some of us are struggling a little with symptoms of dehydration, but other than that we are all in good spirits and doing well. Please pray for us and all those in the Nicaraguan community that we have the privilege to encounter!
Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers! We love you!!
Elizabeth, Emily and the whole ASB Nicaragua Team