A member of the Mississippi United Methodist Volunteers in
Mission (UMVIM) team is sharing a praise report following his part in a project to convert a building behind a church in Condega, Nicaragua into a parsonage for a pastoral family. Danny Box, of Windborn Chapel UMC in Lucedale gives his account for a labor of love and the fellowship.
I arrived in Managua on December 8, where Rich Mroczka met me at the airport and I spent the night at his house. Mroczka has been working on the project in Condega and we had time to discuss the project while I was with him.
On Monday, December 9, I picked up Rigo and we drove up to Condega. We went to the church and met with Vicente, our construction leader,who has helped with the project at Condega for the past two years. We developed a plan that included preparing the bathroom by installing toilet, laboratory and shower and all piping related to the bathroom. We met with a drywall professional who gave us a price for putting up and finishing the drywall and installing doors. We completed both of these components during the eight days in Condega.
Each afternoon, I held Bible classes for the children where we averaged 30-35 children each day. We studied the Creation Story from Genesis devoting one lesson to each day in the story. We sang creation songs, completed activities and participated in learning evaluation activities. One Monday, we had a celebration with the children and had cake and soft drinks. Each child received a gift bag containing essential items along with a single toy. Smiles and laughter abounded.
I attended one night service and I attended the Sunday morning worship where the pastor from Mateare was the guest speaker. Alfredo, the new pastor at Condega had just returned from a week of training in El Salvador.