Today was another great day. It was a little bit slower and relaxing – we needed it after the crazy last two days. Today we went to the school Wayne and Elaine run in Salinas. It’s a rural school located about an hour and a half northwest of Managua. The 60+ kids who go there have parents who either work in farming or on fishing boats. The live in poverty, but its a different kind of poverty than what you see in the dumpground. They live in conditions that might seem a bit appalling to us, but the kids have loving, hardworking parents and are very well-behaved. I think the sad part, for, me, is seeing their living conditions and knowing, that for them, they know no other world, no other way. Here’s a picture of one of the neighborhoods – I took it as we were driving by, so it’s not the best quality.
This is the school – Classes meet on the right, to the left is an assembly area that also serves as a church.
Here is the bathroom – when the girls go, two of them stand in front of the opening and spread out their dresses so their friend gets privacy. It’s hard not to feel like we Americans have a bit too much when you see this:
We played games for a while – it was lots of fun, and also, quite hot.
Alex and Maria, the missionaries I told you about yesterday, came out with us. They did music, I did another magic show – this time it was a lot longer with all my stuff, since I only got to be with the kids once – and then Maria had a lesson for them.
Above is the whole group, minus me and my camera, helping Maria sing a song. She made us all wear funny hats and dance. Again, lots of fun. After that, Maria had all the kids pray for us. That was humbling, to say the least. I may or may not have teared up a bit while watching these kids fervently pray for me. It was a blessing. I came to minister to them, and they ministered to me. Definitely a highlight for me. After that, we spent time praying for kids and their teachers. Here’s Russell and Kendall in action in my favorite picture of the week:
The kids only go to school until noon. We stuck around and visited and prayed for a while, then headed to see the ocean since it is only a few miles from the school.
Items nearby not seen in the above picture – boats, pigs, skinny dogs, and some very friendly little children, and a bar of some sort.
We headed back to Managua for a relaxing evening. Tomorrow is going to be a rough day – we’ll be visiting an orphanage and then a children’s cancer hospital. Please pray for strength for all of us tomorrow.
This trip has been amazing so far, and I can’t wait to see what more we do…