This March a small work group from the Southern Idaho region of the Disciples of Christ visited to help la Misión advance a little further toward that goal. I've already blogged about an earlier preparatory trip with Santiago (a.k.a. Jim Piper) and Nick Green to visit the farm -- this time they came back with reinforcements: David, Michael and Marisol (visiting with Nick from the Lutheran Church of El Salvador) -- along with Sonia, Ruth, Anita, Edgar, Hector and Doña Pilar representing la Misión.
We headed out to the farm for a solid week of work and ended up having a fun time. Our task was to tear down the old, existing milking barn and build a bigger and better one in its place. With the help of two expert carpenters (both local church members) we managed to raise the roof on the milking barn, although the concrete floor, the cistern and the water line from the local spring were completed after we headed home. In its current state, all the farm needs now are the cows!
As I mentioned before, the northern region of Nicaragua is extraordinarily beautiful and very hard to get to. However, between the time of our previous trip and this one, electricity had very nearly come to the farm (thanks to a local hydroelectric project). The road was now lined with street lights and although it hadn't been turned on yet, there was a cable connecting the farm house to the grid. It was kind of cool to see the actual march of progress. Anyway, here are some photos.
The hill behind the farm affords a spectacular view of the northlands.
We got to ride around on top of trucks! Here's Ruth, Marisol, Nick and some local kids helping transport sand and rocks.
"Emerald green like none I have seen, apart from dreams ... that escape me..."
Our fearless leaders!
Santiago returning from a visit to the other part of the church's property.
The two carpenters did amazing work and all without most of the tools we would have on hand in the states. Here he is carving a joint in the wood ... with a machete! Totally hardcore.
Revdo. Orlando in front of the (mostly) finished dairy roof.