The Casa team split into smaller groups today. Several folks headed to Villa Camila Ortega to prepare and serve lunch at a pastor’s conference. The on-site crew landscaped a bit, tending newly planted trees and mulching using peanut husks. They also spent some time working with the children just outside the Casa gate. It was great to re-connect with them again, as we had met many of them earlier in the week.
The Casa team headed to Ojoche this afternoon. What a treat! This community has been in partnership with BWCM for several years and it was exciting to see what’s happening there. As we entered the community, it was strikingly clean. Hand made signs encourage locals to “care for your community” and, as simple as it might seem, feature scripture that emphasize stewardship and appropriate care of local resources (Deut. 23:12-14). The pastor there has helped establish a program for residents to raise chickens, rabbits, and gardens locally. It was especially encouraging to visit Ojoche on our last day here as it is becoming a model for other communities to follow. Inspiring!
And, lastly, we were blessed to have Sarah’s entire family come in this evening to sing. She has recently joined the BWCM team and is training as an interpreter. She, her sisters, brother, parents, brothers-in-law, and boyfriend sang beautifully. (We secretly wonder if the spouses are required to be musicians to be in the family 🙂 God bless the Martinez family and their ministry!
We head back to Managua tomorrow… then catch flights back to the U.S. on Saturday. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement this week!