One of the richest parts of our day begin each morning with our own quiet time reading and writing in our journals, then we gather for our group time for the next half hour. Each team's morning meeting can be a little different, this team gathers to worship, pray for the day and pray over one team member a day. It's a really special time. ( Oh, and did I mention we have fresh coffee too?!?! )
The rest of the day was spent at the Villa with the other team getting the property ready for the
big Quinceanera celebration tomorrow! Tonight we went to the Cafecito for a authentic Nicaraguan meal (I forgot to take a picture!) The Cafecito was started by one of our missionaries to raise money for the Villa. It's a cafe and coffe shop all rolled into one with awesome food and drinks! We were joined by our head Villa worker William, his wife and two kids and another due in a week!
When we returned home we had "girl time" until 9pm! Special relationships have been formed with the girls and we just love hanging out with them.
Following this was our nightly debrief meeting where we are beginning to discuss the reality of leaving this little Eden in Nicaragua. Lots of emotions to feel and talk about.
Tomorrow we will be prepping for the HUGE Quinceanera party for 5 of the girls here. There will be 180-200 people here to celebrate, so we have a lot to prepare for. This is such an honor that we will be able to be here for. SO excited!
p.s. I do want to follow up on the story of the baby we met on Tuesday.
Our schedule was changed on Tuesday and it is now apparent why we worked at Chiquilistagua, it was for this mother and her baby!
Our schedule was to go to a local church and help with a small building project there, but a local school called and needed help with their yardwork so it could be fumigated again for mosquitos.
We arrived at the school to be greated with another round of darling kids! The woman above was waiting for one of her children to get out of school and holding her what appeared to be a newborn baby, but he was 7 months old. One of our Nicaraguan workers, William noticed the child's size and labored breathing. Just by looking at him he could tell he had a heart condition and was failing.... William's daughter went through this two years ago. The mother had missed the child's heart doctor appt because she didn't have the money for the transportation to the public hospital.
On William's day off on Wednesday he picked up this woman (a single mother of 4) & baby, took them to the hospital and begged the staff for another appointment. The next appt was a year and a half out! Because of Williams experience here and his persistance they "found" an opening on Sept 30th. They were able to see a general doctor on Wed and discovered the baby had a malformed chest cavity, 2 heart valves that were connected and fluid in his lungs! They checked the baby in to start medications for rehydration and getting rid of the fluid in his lungs, and I got word back today that he was released.
William will be picking them up again on Sept 30th for their cardiologist appt.
Flexability is a big part of our schedule down here, and when a plan is changed we always know it is for some reason. This time is was so God could work through a father to help save another person's child. It is so humbling to be part of God's work and be able to see these amazing things unfold before our eyes. We are all so honored to have been part of this week!