Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What I've learned

Over the past week, I have had the chance to do a bunch of new things and I have learned a lot. Some of the new things that I have been doing are continuing in the Oriente building project and making a trip to Nicaragua. Here are some of the things that I have learned -
- Building a second floor on a cement block building is not a simple project.
- It takes 30 bags of cement, 60 wheelbarrows of sand, 30 wheelbarrows of gravel, lots of water, 70 bars of re-bar, 30 steel beams, and 30 sheets of roofing aluminum to make a second floor.
- Today there was a wild fire in the area of the construction, We stopped the work on the building so we could save a house from burning. I learned that I am not cut out to be a firefighter.
- It takes 3 days for a cement floor to dry.
- Managua, Nicaragua is a lot hotter than Santa Ana, Honduras.
- It is against the law in Nicaragua to cross a double yellow line to pass (not so in Honduras).
- If you get caught crossing a double yellow line to pass somebody in Nicaragua, the fine is 300 Cordobas (about $15)
- The police in Nicaragua don't smile when they give you a ticket.
- Staying in a typical Nicaragan's house is a great experience.
- If you stay in a Nicaraguan's house, you can expect to eat beans, rice, and tortillias at every meal.
- Typical families in Nicaragua don't have a computer in their homes.
- Without a computer, not too many people are hooked on facebook. Instead, they have friends that they sit on the patio and visit with.
- Most typical Nicaraguan homes have more than one generation living there.
- Poor families seem just as happy as the rich folks that I know.
- It is an 8 hour bus ride from Tegucigalpa to Managua, Nicaragua.
- In 8 hours you can read one James Patterson novel (actually 6 hours).
- Even though it is hot, Nicaragua is a beautiful country.
Be a blessing to somebody today,
Marc

4 comments:

m&nfitz said...

IMAGINE THAT!!??! A COUNTRY HAS DRIVING LAWS?

Ginger said...

Dear Marc,
You know what?
You not only learned a lot but LEARNED a lot too.

I am just now reading this blog. I happened to check and I was surprised to find a new blog you had written. But there it was!!

You certainly accomplish a lot with your time.

It simply amazes me anew each time I read your blog or Terri's blog that I learn something each and every time about you and Terri.
About your struggles. About your compassion. Did you bet burned putting out the fire at the home of the construction site? I pray not.

I always hear a lesson on the definition of faith when I read these blogs. God speaks to me too when I read what God is saying to you guys. I wonder why that happens? I guess I need to hear what God is saying. You make me see I need to be moving forward when some days I am just treading water. Too often, I am afraid to say.
But I know our God is faithful. He will show you the way, or He will bless you and others through your struggles….and that is the cool thing. I can’t wait to look back here again and read more about your experiences.

Have safe travels tomorrow. Have a great time at graduation for the kids and have fun with that sweet grandaughter, Camille.
Love, Ginger

Ginger said...

Dear Marc,
You know what?
You not only learned a lot but GINGER FREEMAN LEARNED a lot too.

I am just now reading this blog. I happened to check and I was surprised to find a new blog you had written. But there it was!!

You certainly accomplish a lot with your time.

It simply amazes me anew each time I read your blog or Terri's blog that I learn something each and every time about you and Terri.
About your struggles. About your compassion. Did you get burned putting out the fire at the home of the construction site? I pray not.

I always hear a lesson on the definition of faith when I read these blogs. God speaks to me too when I read what God is saying to you guys. I wonder why that happens? I guess I need to hear what God is saying. You make me see I need to be moving forward when some days I am just treading water. Too often, I am afraid to say.
But I know our God is faithful. He will show you the way, or He will bless you and others through your struggles….and that is the cool thing. I can’t wait to look back here again and read more about your experiences.

Have safe travels tomorrow. Have a great time at graduation for the kids and have fun with that sweet grandaughter, Camille.
Love, Ginger

Ginger said...

Dear Marc,
Delete the first comment...I corrected my typos and sent a second comment. The second one makes a lot more sense since I left out words on the first one and mispelled words too. Sorry about that.
You get the main idea anyway I hope that I care and pray all the time for you. Ginger