archive-ca.com » CA » G » GLENBROOK.CA

Total: 218

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Day Ten – Martes (Tuesday) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    pleased when we greet them in Spanish During the day we had another interesting encounter this time another gentleman and his wife who happened to be driving by the build site He shouted out and asked if we were Canadian It turns out that he is Pastor Fred a French Canadian from Quebec City he left Canada to become the pastor of a new Pentecostal church in Niquinohomo The size of his congregation is currently 15 but he and his Nicaraguan wife are going door to door inviting people to his church He was pleased to see a Canadian mission team helping out in Nicaragua and invited us to his church service tomorrow evening We would like to go but it is likely that our schedules will not permit it The Right Wall Nearing Completion We spent most of the day building up the walls of the church which involved the usual tying of re bar mixing cement and laying mortaring cement blocks When we left the site the walls at the back and right side of the sanctuary were almost complete The front and the left walls were complete up to the tops of where the future windows will be Ice Cream Buffet We left the site a bit early as we had an appointment to visit the REMAR children s orphanage at 4 30 When we got out of the van we were greeted with big hugs Annette arrived shortly afterwards bringing 4 tubs of ice cream with syrup The Children Proved to be Tough Soccer Players sprinkles candies and small cookies for toppings In assembly line fashion the children and workers were treated to a made to order sundae Following the ice cream party the team played with the children Although the men played soccer and the

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-ten-martes-tuesday/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Nine – Monday (Lunes) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    feel joy each day as we work together toward this common goal Each of us have unique gifts that we bring to our group and as we ve come to know each other even better we have become a well oiled ministry team Pastor Pablo surprises us with fresh coconut water to refresh us Today scaffolding went up at our build site and the lighter cinder blocks began to be laid over the heavier 80 lb foundation blocks on one side of the sanctuary the heavier blocks are still being used on the other side of the sanctuary where there will be no windows as the sanctuary is too close to a neighbouring home By day s end four rows of these had been laid on one side of the sanctuary and we could see the outline of where the windows will be Butterflies made at our children s program In the afternoon the ladies on the team left the build site to lead another children s program at the Pastor s home The enthusiasm of the children is contagious We taught the children how to jump rope did small crafts sang songs and played games such as musical chairs Thanks to our Crafts leaders Sarah and Emilie for coordinating and planning these activities The children proudly display their new Bibles Before they left each child received a Canadian pin and a children s Bible On our way back to our base camp PAN s Jardin Shalom we stopped in Catarina to view the lagoon that was formed from a Volcano s crater and to do some souvenir shopping The sun setting over Jardin Shalom Tonight we are resting and blogging Tomorrow more construction awaits us and then we will visit a nearby orphanage For now we bid you adios

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-nine-monday-lunes/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Eight – Sunday (Domingo) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    which is cooked in a banana leaf As usual it was yummy Living Stones We went back to our build site for our Sunday worship service We were warmly welcomed by Pastor Pablo and the congregation Almost everyone wanted to shake our hands including many of the children Pastor Ian gave a message on Living Stones where the physical church that we were in the process of building was compared to the spiritual church Like the blocks that made up the walls of the church building we are the living stones that make up the spiritual church The children sing Esta Lucecita This little light during worship The team sang in English I Am a New Creation and We are Marching Many of the children brought with them the candle craft that they made during the children s program on Thursday Sarah and Emilie led the children in singing Esta Lucecita This Little light of Mine Debora gave in Spanish a faithbuilder message entitled Five Smooth Stones Our team celebrates the climb to the top of the Masaya volcano with a new friend a tourist from Israel far right Notice the gas rising from the crater behind us After the worship service we drove to the town of Grenada lunched at a nice restaurant followed by a peaceful boat ride on Lake Grenada We ended the day with an evening tour of the Masaya Volcano Although we didn t get an opportunity to see actual lava we entered an old lava tube tunnel and saw bats in a bat cave We apologize for the delay in this posting on our return to Jardin Shalom we encountered an Internet issue that prevented us from posting until Monday evening Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-8-sunday-domingo/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Seven – Saturday (Sabado) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    of the Nicaraguan workers We had two matching caps leftover which we promptly gave to the two young twin boys who are always playing around the site It s amazing how God provides exactly what we need Children waving bibles given to them today Marta is an enthusiastic Christian woman who provides lunch and runs a Bible Club for children every Saturday As a team we were able to serve the children a nutritious lunch and participate in a portion of the children s program afterwards We joined in singing Spanish songs accompanied by lively actions Our group recognized one of the songs as Jesus You re My Superhero which has been sung on numerous occasions at Glenbrook We too had the opportunity to sing a couple of Spanish songs as well as two English songs for Marta s kids No matter the language you sing the country from which you come we all can praise God s name together Later in the afternoon a young boys baseball team joined us at the compound The team s leader Mauricio runs a Sports Ministry for boys of a variety of ages What was supposed to be a friendly game of soccer was quickly changed due to a downpour to the watching of a movie about David and Goliath followed by puppet making and snacks The boys were thrilled to work with crayons and stickers something that is not very familiar to them What joy was reflected in their faces as they created with these new materials We also provided them with gift bags containing candy gum stickers and little inflatable balls to name just a few Although we are sure that all who we meet are blessed by God through us we know too with certainty that God is richly blessing

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-seven-saturday-sabado/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Six – Friday (Viernes) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    administration office and dropped off the Medi Packs that we had raised funds for Most importantly we visited with the children and their families and handed out stuffed toys activity bags for the kids toiletry kits and Bibles Sarah giving smiles and gifts to a patient While visiting each family we prayed for healing for each child It s safe to say that it was the most emotional aspect of the trip so far Reflecting back on our visit to the hospital we can parallel it to riding a roller coaster There were many smiles and laughs but there were many tears as well But what we believe to be most important is that we were there to be with the children and their families in a time of great need Annette praying for healing We hopped back onto the bus to go find lunch at a local shopping mall We gave new meaning to the term fast food considering we were on an EXTREMELY tight schedule and we were already running behind We quickly returned to the PAN compound changed into our work clothes and headed straight to the job site for the afternoon Once we arrived it began raining AGAIN The foreman informed us that the rain had only begun once we arrived and that they had worked all morning without a single drop Pitaya dragonfruit dessert with Guanabana juice just some of the local treats we have been savouring Annette Vickers of PAN and Debora went with Pastor Pablo on a few pastoral care visits and prayed for healing for the sick Once again two of the three people prayed for reported healing from their pain while the third an elderly woman with Parkinson s who was also experiencing dizziness experienced marked improvement It is great to

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-six-friday-viernes/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Five – Thursday (Jueves) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    it is necessary to prepare forms on top with rebar inside This creates a cement platform on top so more layers of bricks can be laid We had a 15 minute work stoppage when we had to evacuate and seek shelter in our van because workers were spraying pesticides in the neighbourhood to control the mosquito population Our Nicaraguan foreman Rolando right works on rebar with one of the local workers In the afternoon the Nicaraguan workers formed the other side of the sanctuary and the men mixed cement to pour in The ladies were off at one pm to begin a children s ministry at Pastor Pablo s house a km away The men completed the construction tasks by 3 30 pm The children arrive for the program At Pastor Pablo s house we had 50 children ranging in age from 2 years to 15 years eagerly anticipating our children s program We likely would have had more except we had to cap it given the physical space in the home and the amount of craft material we had available Fortunately we also hired a local man Jonathan who has his Masters in Education and is now studying to be an English teacher help us We enjoyed songs crafts stories and games with the children and were rewarded with big smiles and laughter Our team led by Jonathan teach the children some songs The children here are on a three week break from school and unlike in Canada there are no organized activities or programs for them here Our visit will likely linger a long time in their memory We plan a second day of activities with the children on Monday afternoon Today is Pastor Ian s and Gwenna s twenty seventh Anniversary Congratulations to them We enjoyed a

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-five-thursday-jueves/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Four – Wednesday (Miercoles) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    We laid our hands on her inflicted knee and prayed for healing using a bold new prayer technique Annette has been studying After the first prayer the woman reported a marked improvement and was able to cross her right leg over her left something she had been unable to do of late We prayed again and this time she was able to walk Twice more we prayed that the illness would leave her completely and it did With tears in her eyes she thanked us profusely Her father and daughter likewise were filled with gratitude and wonder at what had taken place Our second stop was at the Pastor s home His wife Maribel has suffered from chronic rhuematoid arthritis for five years She has been experiencing pain and reduced mobility in her elbows and right knee Once again we prayed using the same technique and she experienced improvement and finally complete relief We are so humbled by the deep faith of the people we encounter here When we go on our daily walk through Nicquinohomo Niki no mo after lunch we attract attention as everyone is curious about the extranjeros foreigners We kindly explain why we are there and invite them to church or the children s program we have planned for tomorrow and Thursday Please pray for Emilie and Sarah as they are our team leaders on crafts and games for the children We are expecting approx 50 children aged 4 12 years tomorrow at our children s program Making friends with the locals It was this little fellow s 1st birthday today We had a torrential downpour for most of the afternoon it is the rainy season here in Nicaragua so we had to leave the job site earlier than we would have liked However we went

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-four-wednesday-miercoles/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Day Three – Martes (Tuesday) | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    However we have great confidence in our driver At the jobsite the work continued on the rebar cement and pouring the footings We shovelled gravel and sand to be mixed with cement and water We repeated the process many times throughout the day Everyone is pitching in I ve never seen a group work so hard and work so well together Gwenna and Geraldine mixing cement while Dragos supervises Dragos is a patient knowledgeable and caring foreman At our lunch break we went for a walk through the Nicquinohomo with our translator Samuel We visited a fruit stand and bought some limes and an onion We continued onto another fruit stand and bought three dragonfruit The lady was so appreciative she went into her home and came out with a gift of a watermelon for us Emilie reflected on this as she said grace before dinner Her emotional grace touched on how we all have so much and this woman has so little and yet she wanted to share her family s food with us This woman s generosity touched us all and reminded us of the story in the Bible of the widow and her two mite Emilie also reflected on her own appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of this mission She also reminded us of how grateful and thankful we are for all the support we received to make this trip possible Emilie wants to let you all know that we are sharing your generosity with the people we meet here Before we left the job site for the day we shared a few gifts with the children who have been at the site I have never seen such joy at our small gifts The needs are so great and our contributions seem so small

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/day-three-martes-tuesday-2/ (2016-02-13)
    Open archived version from archive