Beginning in October, Nindirí has been invited to participate in a KH build in La Paz, Carazo. Here, even when RBC existed, it never did in Nicaragua. What we have are construction groups who settle in an area 2-3 months and work with the local congregation and surrounding congregations to complete the KH. Each day, two different congregations are invited to support the work. So far, we have gone three times. I have attached some photos showing progress.
|Taken Sept 11, 2015. Only dirt. The men spent all day digging a 6 ft. deep trench in a square around that high pile of dirt you see.|
|Taken Oct 23, 2015. That dirt trench is now the retaining wall that you see surrounding the KH. Lots of progress, right?!|
Another big difference is comfort. If you come to work, you arrange your own transportation and bring your own everything. There's no snack girl walking around every hour giving you Gatorade and cookies. And even though it's over 90 degrees, everyone is completely covered because 20 minutes in this sun EVEN with sunscreen, and you're toast.
There's also a slight difference in the spiritual ambiance. The day does NOT start with a prayer or text consideration nor does lunch. It often seems kind of thrown together, but then again this IS Latin America.
To give you another example of things done by hand, we even made our own concrete...well, to be more specific, we make our own sand to mix with concrete bags. On Friday, my job was separating gravel from concrete. These sisters in the pictures show you how.
|Gravel was poured into screen netting first.|
|In the wheelbarrow is what we started with. The other pile is the gravel and a pile behind me (which you can't see) is the sand.|
|Just as a reminder, this is the land we've purchased as the site for the future KH in Nindirí|