Today we spent the day at NCA Matagalpa, a sister school to NCA Nejapa. After three days either at the House of Hope or working a job site, we were all eager to take a drive into the mountains towards Matagalpa. Especially excited were Rick, Aurora, Dave and Liz; as they visited the site of NCA Matagalpa two years prior when only a plot of land existed and the school building was still just a visionary plan.
We set off in the a.m for the 2 ½ hour drive north. Erik took advantage of our car ride together to inform our team on current events within Nicaragua and helpful information via entertaining stories. Upon arrival at NCA the school director, Kerrie, gave us an intensive tour of the existing classrooms as well as the buildings currently in progress. Kerrie is a passionate teacher’s educator dedicated to the heart behind NCA Matagalpa and mission. It’s amazing to see how far this school has come within the six months it’s been in action. Due to this being its first school year, the student body is quite small. Though they obviously anticipate increased numbers by next year, the small classes have given the school a chance to really establish a strong foundation in community and supportive teacher student relationships.
The building itself is a beautiful expansion surrounded by green mountains and open land. As Kerrie explained to us, the dream to plant a Christian school within Matagalpa began about 3 years ago. The dream for a school was propelled by the need within the city of Matagalpa for solid education accessible to the working class Nicaraguans. Public schools within Nicaragua are packed full of students and are often unpredictable and chaotic. NCA Matagalpa serves as the middle bridge, filling the gap between the overpopulated public schools and upper class private schools. Their vision is to continue building until they eventually have space for preschool through high school grades, as well as a place for children with special needs or learning disabilities; a rarity within Nicaragua. Continue praying for their unique vision within this community and for their dedication to building up students within a biblical worldview while providing a quality education. Seeing the beautiful buildings and uniform laden students, it’s difficult to believe only two years ago stood only a plot of land. It is such an incredible testimony to the persistence of God’s plan and provision.
After the tour, we spent the day shoveling sand in order to pave the way for continued building projects. We shoveled sand and relocated it from here, up top the hill, to there, down the hill. Quite the process. With a short break for a delicious lunch ( thank you Matagalpa cafeteria!!) we worked hard until our departure at 2:30.
Our car ride back to Matagalpa was uneventful until the sky got dark and the traffic stopped moving. Just as we were entering the city we got caught in an impossible traffic jam, completely stagnant, due to some mystery event up ahead. Frustrated, we had to turn around to forge a new route home. A thunderstorm hit overhead and soon the roads turned to rivers and the thunder rolled above us. We thus commenced our adventurous journey- just chaotic enough to remind us that we were indeed in Nicaragua. One hour later than anticipated, we finally made it home.
So one full day of work, information, and adventure! Seeing the school, working together, and getting home safely are all such great examples of the faithfulness of God; a characteristic we continue to witness here.
We look forward to all that is to come!
Cheers until next time,