Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #6

by Adam Setmeyer | Mar 14, 2014

Dear Family, Friends and Loved Ones, 

We are getting close to the end of an awesome week. Even though we were not there to help yesterday, the community still worked out on the trenches. It was incredible to see how far the community had progressed! Today was another work day out in the sun in San Marcos. We were able to dig on the other side of the river, so things are moving along really well for the project. Although we are all pretty exhausted, we still continued to work hard alongside the members of the community. While some of our members dug in the trenches, others found joy in playing baseball or playing soccer with the kids. They are beyond adorable and they truly never stop smiling.  

Dakota, Noelia, and Rachel, our group's education majors, were able to go on a trip with amigos' education team today. After a nice bumpy drive, we arrived to a village of people beyond excited to see us. We visited each of the school's classrooms and were able to share memories with all of the students through games and laughter. In the afternoon while some of the Amigos team spoke with the mothers of the village, we led a values lesson and taught the Nicaraguan children some American games, in Spanish, of course. By the end of the day, it seemed like the entire village was in someone's backyard, watching us play with the children. It was definitely a day filled with joy and breath-taking views. We are thankful to the Amigos staff for this special opportunity to align our passions with our service. 

Today's reflection was special. There was no devo with all three groups and the amigos staff, instead it was on our own. We were allowed to make this reflection more personal and intimate within our Marian University group. Father John, from Marist High School, offered to have a mass specifically with our group. We were very grateful for this offer and so, we celebrated the Eucharist with him. Our next activity involved writing affirmations. We all have our own individual affirmation journal, and so we set down in a circle and passed them around. Each person read aloud to the group their affirmations of each other. It was a great moment of bonding for our team and we all look forward to continuing our friendships in the future. 

Tomorrow is our last full day in Nicaragua. We are sad but our hearts are filled with the blessings we have experienced here. We are excited to get back to the States and be able to tell y'all more about our journey. 

As always, pray for us and know that we are praying for you, too! 

Love and God Bless,

Kelsea, Elizabeth, Rachel, and the whole ASB Nicaragua Family

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