We recently got to do one of the more incredible things we ever get to do. We built a home for a young family here in Nicaragua. For over a decade we have been building Mercy Homes in a small community outside of Managua every Spring. This week we built with high school students from one of the schools that pioneered this project, Palmer Trinity School from Miami, FL. We want to introduce you to Mercedita and Joel (pictured left). They are a young married couple who came to us asking for help to have a home of their own. They have been married over a year now and live with her parents. When they reached out to us Mercedita was pregnant with their first baby. But, as you can see in the picture Krista is holding Jessica Alejandra who was born the week before the team came to build their new home!
The team of high school students was a pretty incredible group of young people. Most notable to us is that they are using their spring break to come to Nicaragua and bless a family in an incredible way. This is notable because each of them probably gave up a ski trip or a fun vacation to make this trip. For Krista and I that is really special, a bunch of teenagers doing this! They worked so hard in the blazing sun mixing cement, hauling blocks, painting roof beams, pouring the floor, leveling the ground, and getting down and dirty! It was a great week. A fun aspect of the above photo is that in the background you can see the house that Palmer Trinity built last year. It was so special to be able visit and see all the improvements the family made over the year.
On dedication day we delivered furniture for the home and had a party together with people from the neighborhood. It is really special to not just build the home but provide furniture as well! After bringing everything inside we took some time to dedicate the new home to Joel, Mercedita and Jessica. Tears flowed as we exchanged words of thanks in both directions. The teens were so moved to be invited here and welcomed with such love. Mercedita’s father Uerney shared this, “in a world with so many bad and evil things in the news, I am impressed and blessed to spend a week with so many good people doing something like this.” Amen to that! Krista’s father Mr. Buzbee led us in a time of prayer for this new young family and their new home and we all blessed them in Jesus name. It was an incredible time, and when we finished we handed them the keys to their new home. Granted the door wasn’t hung yet so we used the keys from the dresser 🙂
For Krista and I these types of trips are so encouraging to organize and be a part of. Of course we’ve learned a lot about construction over the years. But more than that, we love doing good things like this to glorify God. We also love that our kiddos can be with us on this crazy adventure in Nicaragua that Jesus has us on!
We love to say a special thank you to Adriana Truby the Academic Dean at Palmer who not only organizes everything from the U.S. for Palmer out of love for her students. But she always joins them on the ground here getting down and dirty!