It’s the rainy season, so suddenly we find water a big part of our day. When we arrived in Boaco to teach piano lessons last Saturday morning, the building had about half an inch of water all over the floor, so we spend the first half hour sweeping water from the classrooms, halls, and chapel, out the doors. Then Frank swept water for two more hours while I set up tables and taught lessons up on the raised area at the front of the chapel.
Mud and water are the norm here. Floors and walls are all concrete and tile—never a carpet or wood, so the water didn’t do any damage except to the bottoms of the doors. We slogged through several inches of standing water in the parking lot of our residence hotel when we got home, and carried dry shoes and socks back to church for our afternoon assignments.
As fate would have it, we got home from church Sunday afternoon to find water all over our little apartment floor too. Apparently the water we had seen standing outside on the walkway was not standing rainwater as we had assumed, but seepage from a broken pipe under the flagstone right outside our door. Being the expert, Frank took right to the broom. We survived without water for the rest of the day while a man broke out the sidewalk and repaired the pipe underneath. Even though there is no freezing and thawing to break the pipes, excess ground water causes the ground to expand and break things.
Things here break. The rainstorm Saturday night took out the internet tower on top of the hotel, so we were without internet for three days. Last night the electricity went out while we were eating dinner and was out for a couple of hours. And when there is no electricity, there is no water pumped into the tank that supplies our water. There is no water today; I have no idea why. It’s just the way things are here. We carry on.
Friday night, as a part of our marriage and family relations class, we taught a workshop on how to have a family home evening, complete with a scripture treasure hunt, concentration games, activity songs, and show and tell. Everybody had a lot of fun, and as we were singing the closing song, some more people arrived, so we repeated the whole class a second time. We’re going to present a lot of the same material for a combined meeting Sunday in Santo Tomas.
Sometimes we teach little lessons or have activities that are spontaneous. When we went to Juigalpa to teach piano lessons one day, I took along some silicone glue and wide tape to see if I could repair the spines of some hymnbooks. Two of our piano students were there and jumped right into the project. They checked and collected all the needy books, applied glue, cut tape, and then put the books back in place.
When we were through, I told the children I would sign off one of their requirements for giving service in their Faith in God booklets, and then we had a nice conversation about the program. It is designed to help them learn to apply what they learn in church in their everyday lives. The booklets help them work with their parents and teachers to set and reach goals for having personal scripture study and prayer, giving service, developing talents, and improving their family living. Neither one of them knew about the Faith in God program, so I will take them both booklets and get them started the next week.
Last night in a leadership training meeting, Frank taught the leaders of their branch about the church’s personal goal-setting programs for children aged 8-18: Faith in God, Duty to God, and Young Women in Excellence. It doesn’t really change lives to learn the doctrine of Christ but not apply the principles in your life, so we hope that by introducing loving family activities, personal evaluation and goal setting, and service projects we can help people find the joy that comes from living in the light of Christ.