I hope that all is well back in the States!
Today was a long day of hard work but it was filled to the brim with blessings. It was a big day of firsts. One Monday a month, all the Amigos staff comes to work in a community with the trip participants and today was that day. Not only was that special, but we were the first group to work on the water system in the village of San Marcos. After a two hour bus ride to the village, we arrived to excitement and joy from the people of the San Marcos community. The men of San Marcos have been working on this project for months, everyday from 7:30 to 4:30. Therefore you can imagine how excited they were to see a group of Nicaraguans and Americans to help them finish their water system. The community leader expressed his gratitude for our presence, and also led us on a hike to the river that flows through the community that serves as their current water source. We were struck by their simple living conditions.
Something that seemed to hit a lot of people in our group was the radical joy that the people in the community shared with us. Compared to our American life, they don't really have anything. Yet you never hear them complain or see them hinder in their work. We were also struck by the children's compassion towards eachother and us. They came to us with open arms, despite some of our language barriers. And they never stopped smiling.
After arriving back at the Amigos home site, we ended our night with showers, dinner and a time for reflection. This reflection allowed us to look at our day to see the ways that God appeared and moved in our hearts.
Tomorrow is going to be an even longer day of work for us in the community. Please pray for strength, health, and selflessness knowing that we are keeping you in our hearts as well.
Love and God Bless,
Rachel, Kelsea, Elizabeth, and the whole ASB Nicaragua Family.