These past two weeks our school have participated in sporting events against other local schools in the area. Sports are done a little differently at schools down here
Top: Cheering on the team...sportsmanship at it's finest.
Middle 1: Coach Carlos celebrating a win...1st and 2nd graders should get an award for their support.!
Bottom: We happy faces and sad faces all throughout the week.
We have found in watching and helping these two weeks to see how all of the students perform since half of the games they participated in they have rarely ever played.
For instance, basketball proved to be a mixture of American football, soccer and volleyball particularly with the girls. It was honestly hilarious to watch them batting the ball back and forth, scrambling for it, kicking it, essentially doing anything but putting it through the hoop. Our girls lost their game 4-0...by far the lowest scoring basketball game we’ve ever been to. The style of the game didn’t change much with the boys either, although they did win their first game! If anything it was even more physical (hence the football part) there were fouls left and right and traveling and double dribbling ran rampant. But every basket that went in was like it was the winning point at the end of a very intense and close game. Although our teams didn’t win very many games during the events, it was fun to be a part of it and to see our kids having so much fun.
Other than that, August has been a pretty uneventful month for us. No family or teams have come down this month to make the weeks fly by. Instead we’ve found a quiet contentment in being back out here on the “
“God has not called [us] to be successful, God has called [us] to be faithful.” As we reflect on these past seven months, in some ways we question “what have we really accomplished since coming down here?” We still don’t have internet, or fully functioning computers, and it often feels like my students haven’t learned a word in English. But what we’ve accomplished may not be the point, the obedience and endurance it has taken in coming to this wonderful and challenging country may be the lesson in itself for us.
Finally, I read this quote and thought it so beautifully portrayed the poverty we see every day: “The beauty is not in poverty but in the courage that the poor still smile and have hope in spite of everything…I admire their love of life, the capacity to discover richness in the smaller things.”
We see this truth portrayed in the faces of our students and Nicaraguan friends every day. While life is hard and for most every day holds immense struggle, there are still things to smile about. There is a strange and often unexpected beauty that is found in the simplicity and poverty of life these people live in. What a reminder that is for us when we long for the comforts and familiarity of home. Stuff is not what makes you happy, it may make things easier at times, but there is a beauty in the rawness of life that we often miss out on because we have so much.
So, that is it for August. We’re sorry this was the only update for the month, but September is looking like it will be packed for us, so there will be much to write about. With a team and then family coming down, along with