Sunday, May 19, 2013

Saturday, March 24- 8:01 AM

Well, yesterday was great. In the morning, I chopped up carrots for the soup we made for the kids. The width of these carrots was at least 3 inches wide. They were huge. The rest of the soup had jalapenos, onions, garlic, beef, and potatoes and yuka. Then, I hopped on the back of the truck with Brooke and some of the other guys and we headed into the village to deliver 15 sinks. That was incredible! Each sink was 200 lbs. Tony and Debbie have a list of people that need them and they draw names to see who gets them.

The first place that we went is Carmen's house. Carmen is a 12 year old first grader who was funded by an American to go to school last year. Her mom looks so old and her name is Sophia, but she is so sweet. She's missing teeth but her expression of gratitude was precious. I can't even describe it. They were stunned and grateful. These concrete sinks have a washboard built in to one half of the sink. They can use water from their well to wash clothes, children, or food in it. Another place we went to was all sand roads and we walked up and a lady was holding a chicken upside down.. and from mom's farm stories, I knew what she was about to do! We all wanted to watch her kill it but she didn't do it. Everywhere we go, it's shacks and dirt floors. It smells horrid in the places where they live right next to the slaughtering pens.

9:13 AM

After we delivered sinks, we came back to the ranchos and served the soup to about 100 kids. They brought Rubbermaid containers, beach buckets, cups.. There were a couple naked babies and several that were just in rags, but it was special because these were the kids we were getting to make a connection with because they were always waiting on us to come back from errands. They made the soup in a huge iron bowl over fire and it was SO hot. Really hot. And it was hot outside, so Tony promised us we could go swimming at 2 in the bay. We walked to the bay where the current is weaker and we played so hard. It was salt water. Somehow we ended up in a huge sand fight between the teenager Nicaraguan guys and our team. It was so silly, but so much fun. I would never let someone throw dirt at me in America, but it was one of the funniest things ever and that made every person there laugh.

I found out more about Victor today. He's 9 and he sleeps at the ranchos in a hammock because he's an orphan and he belongs to his grandparents now. His grandpa is an alcoholic that abuses him. So Tony and Debbie have basically taken him in and he goes everywhere with us. An American came and brought him $500 worth of clean clothes one year. But, his grandparent's sold every bit of it and bought more alcohol. It's horrible!

Last night, we played on the beach and looked for crabs with flashlights, but I did not last long, due to being chased by guys with crabs, and they were speaking spanish faster than I had ever heard. haha

Today, we went to the highschool. Their cafeteria is a little food stand outside and their classrooms look like jail cells and are basically outdoors with barred open windows. I gave my testimony and Rosa translated. I think Rosa is awesome. Most unbelievers go into prostitution to try and get out of poverty according to her. She is 26 and so pure and waiting for the right man to come along. Short David's sister is 16 and married and pregnant. We came home from the high school and then went to the community's soccer field and they played until dinner. Me, Michala, and Kayla Millikan were going to play but when we walked up there were so many Nicaraguan guys there, so me and Michala went to watch with the other girls.

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