Sunday Spirit March 11, 2018

Our teens spent a week building homes in Nicaragua.  Teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL have rallied people throughout the country to march on March 24 for March For Our Lives.  By 2020 our current teens will make up about a third of the US population.  They are worth paying attention to.  Talk with your child about what it means to Be The Reason Someone Believes in the Goodness of People.  Talk with your child about how you can never be too young to make a difference.

Book Suggestion:  March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

Life-Changing Community

This will be Elyssa Michael’s 9th(!) trip to Nicaragua with our Bridges to Community group. Here she talks about how these trips, especially the first one, have changed her life, and widened her community:

Meet the Families

Here is an introduction to some of the people we will be meeting and working with to build new homes when we are in Nicaragua.


Rosa Flores, age 66 lives with her husband Santos and four other family members in her current home pictured below. She and her husband at this point in their lives are retired, but sustain themselves through agricultural activities.


Jose Cerda Martinez, age 82, currently lives with his wife Julia, 3 other adults and 2 kids in their home pictured below. He is now retired, and recently his health has been declining after sustaining a foot injury. One of their daughters works as a professor but is currently injured and receives a pension. Pictured together below are one of Jose’s granddaughters and great granddaughter.



Ana Silva, age 40, is a single mother who teaches at the local elementary school in San Joaquin. She lives with her two children in a room connected to the side of her parent’s home. At total of 8 people (4 adults, 2 adolescents, and 2 children) all live together in the same home pictured in the photos below.


Maria Barrera, age 40, lives with her husband Willian and two children. Axel is 4 years old, and her older son William is 9. In her schooling, she finished the first two years of high school.

She runs a small convenience store (Pulperia) out of her house that provides their family with a small secondary income of about $35 a month.

Their home is located in a neighborhood, where the land was donated to families by the local government of Nindiri. Their family has been living there for the past 5 years. Her current living situation and small shop are pictured below.

Planning the Work

Before we even arrive, our local contacts are working together to plan the work. Here is one of those meetings:

Meeting New Friends

Our Bridges to Community trip to Nicaragua is not just about building houses, it is about connecting with people. We meet the families who will live in these houses, and get to each other, see their day-to-day lives, and create new friendships. Here is one of those families: