There is a huge hill in the northern part of Esteli that overlooks the central part of the city which is our new area for six weeks. We think the hill behind the city and the cathedral would be a perfect place for a temple!
The area behind us is called "La Jolla" but I looked all over the beach and couldn't find it! The sunsets, however, are just a beautiful. We are now working with these wonderful sisters; Hermana Fackrell from Albuquerque, NM and Hermana Largaespada (long sword) from Honduras. They will be with us for the next six weeks. We are already experiencing success. We've had a nonmember family (investigator) attend church as well as two inactive families. The Lord continues to bless us as well as these wonderful people who are trying to improve their lives.
We found the biggest papaya in the world. Marvin is one of our inactive members that we've been working with and the sisters (Hermana Zafra, Hermana Melendrez) can't wait to pick and eat this massive fruit. He promised to call them when he cuts it down.
A Nica washing machine which is in our laundry room. Most missionaries us this to wash their clothes. A few missionaries have mamacitas who wash for them, and others, such as our new sisters, have a rock and a bucket of water. Many of the elders' collars of their white shirts are frayed because of the pila.
We are blessed to have an American washing machine with Spanish labels/directions. Unfortunately, there's no dryer or hot water but feel fortunate to have modern lavadora.
Because we don't have a dryer we hang our clothes on a clothesline that I've strung on our back patio. Most missionaries have a clothesline in their apartment because they don't have a back patio. We have to use our indoor clothes hanging contraption a lot because of rain.
Here are a few things you don't see everyday...
|A watch dog watching the house from the roof...|
|his and her plants...|
|a motorcycle in the living room...|
Most Nicas keep them in their house to prevent theft.
Those fortunate to have a car usually park it in the living room as well.
|220 pounds of beans got wet, so they are in the living room drying.|
This is one of the nicer homes we've been in... notice the floor is cement and not dirt.
|Our Nica garbage can.|
You don't have to worry about animals getting into it or the can blowing away.