Fortunately, our 3-hour tour around Nagarote won't be as infamous as the on taken by the mates of Gilligan's Island. Maybe it was because we have God on our side. :)
Most of the group set off on foot, while a couple of us decided to take advantage of the bicycle carts waiting for us outside Hostel Jerusalen. It only cost us $80 cordova (~$4 US dollars) for the roughly 2-hour ride.
First, we saw the old train station, which is where we plan to show The Jesus Film on Sunday.
Somewhere along the way, (I am sure this post isn't in chronological order) we also visited the oldest tree in Nagarote. Angela already showed you the group shot in the post below, but here is a picture of the tree - ~1,000 years old.
When we took a break to get "una coca" (1 coke), we also visited a historic church that is being renovated.
Then we headed over to the new library in Nagarote. It cost about $2 million cordova (~$100,000 US dollars) and includes a room full of computers. But they were sure to point out that only the good students were allowed to use them. Directly across the street from the library is the home of Gertrudis' family. (Pictured left)
In the afternoon, we spent time preparing for the first Children's Festival tomorrow. Rafael & Rick met with some local pastors to discuss their needs and how we might be able to meet them.
There were some really great stories today an I hope the people who experienced them get a chance to share them with you later this week as time permits.
Oh, and for those interested, lunch today was steak with rice, plantains, and tomatoes. For dinner we enjoyed a quesadilla type snack with beans and rice. But don't despair on our behalf, the beans were cooked using a different recipe and were delicious! Just like all our other meals.