Rockin rhinos


Rockin rhinos!

Today we finished the floor on each house. We shared our thoughts and feelings with our homeowners, many of us in tears with emotion. We presented them with a Bible, full of messages we had written. We also presented handmade moon and sun to decorate the front of the house. We then put our hands on the house- everyone- the family, the volunteers, the habitat staff, the masons, even neighbor children. And then we prayed. The Nicaraguans prayed the Lord's prayer in Spanish, the volunteers in English, in unison. To say it was moving is an understatement. We spent the rest of the afternoon in reflection, cleaning up, and beach combing. A few pictures below. Dedication pictures to follow! ... read more

Day one of the build. Our team members are chomping at the bit to get this work of building started. Half of us are dropped at the first location (Jenna's group aka Team Piranha) where we are building for Doris who is 35 and has 4 children. Then the second group is dropped at a house we are building for a young family (ages 17 and 22 with a 1 year old daughter). This is Erik's team - Team Ramrod. The greetings are shy. But the teams are ready for work. Everyone jumps in with much eagerness. The houses are being built right in the middle of an existing coimmunity. It's incredible to be building a house right in someone's backyard' complete with the faint smell of woodsmoke, cactus fencing, and barbed wire clothes lines. The ... read more

First day, waiting for build to begin!... read more
I like papayas, I think that mangos are sweet!
Huembes market.

(Author: Jenna Rhyne) "Mommy, how much longer until Nicaragua?" "Just 2 more sleeps, honey. 2 more sleeps. And then you get to visit with Nana and Grandpa!!" Wait a second. 2 more sleeps?!?! 2 MORE SLEEPS?! Ok, permission granted to freak out. The packing list seems a mile long, but I am supposed to pack light. Have I thought of all the loose ends and tied them as tightly as I possible can? What am I missing? Will the kids childcare transitions be smooth? Are the pets taken care of? Do I have adequate coverage at work? It's just too much! I know I'm missing something huge! Almost every day this week has started like this for me. What brings me back to some semblance of sanity comes from a quote my Pastor shared on Sunday. ... read more

North America » United States May 17th 2016

Recruitment phase is over! We have an amazing team going, and I'm thrilled to take a break from the recruitment portion. We all continue to keep working and planning! Please follow our journey as we prepare to leave in June!... read more

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