There has been so much loss of life, pain and suffering in Nicaragua over the last two months. With all the uncertainty, violence and unrest happening here, we feel burdened by the Lord to help as much as we can. We asked our staff at Club Esperanza if there were specific needs that they have during this dark time. They shared that a big concern is not having enough food if the country were to go on a prolonged national strike. Most people live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have the ability to stockpile. If food shortages become a problem it will be very difficult. They got together and came up with a list of non-perishable foods that would provide for a family of six for two weeks.
Our game plan is simple…purchase and assemble as many of these packs as possible and distribute them to the families we work with. We will start with our teachers and staff at Club Esperanza and then in Los Brasiles, at Ruby Ranch, in Los Cedros and hopefully more. It’s a small way to help our friends who are suffering through the most difficult times the country has seen in decades. We know the Lord cares and are trusting Him to help us all through. Please keep praying for Nicaragua! And if you can help by purchasing a pack do so below…
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” -Psalms 46:1
Would you join us and help by donating an Emergency Pack? We plan to post updates on our blog every time we make a delivery. Below you can donate a pack using PayPal or click here to donate by check. We are looking forward to this and hope you are too!
God Bless Nicaragua! -Chris & Krista Farrington
Emergency Provision Pack
Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord. Walk as children of Light.” -Ephesians 5:8
Nicaragua is going through very dark times right now. There is constant bad news of fighting and violence. Everyone is nervous, scared, filled with fear even in their own neighborhoods. It is a very dark time. But Jesus’ calling on our lives remains…
Club Esperanza has not closed and our incredible Nicaraguan staff has gotten there everyday and continued to be the Light in these times. We shared this story below in our last newsletter from the earliest days of the crisis in April…
In the two months since those first days of turmoil here in Nicaragua, our teachers and staff have seen with their eyes what a place of LIGHT the Lord has created Club Esperanza to be. When school ends every day, the children do not want to go home because it is safe at the Club. We had a prayer service with Mother’s of our students and cried out for Nicaragua. The Holy Spirit fell and overwhelmed many of the mother’s with hope, with joy, with peace that destroys fear. These past two weeks have been even harder for four of our teachers as deadly violence has been happening in the street right outside their homes causing crippling panic, but they come to the Club the next morning. We have had government workers inquire as to why we are still open, what are we doing, whose side are we on. We are on Jesus’ side, we know that in the middle of such dark times the Light of the Lord shines and helps people in need.
Please remember to pray everyday for Club Esperanza. The 300 children and their families that we serve need your constant prayer. And please keep praying for Nicaragua! Pray that the Club remains a safe place of peace for anyone who comes inside the walls. Amen.
How can you help?
The threat of a prolonged national strike is out there. There has already been a one day strike. If that were to happen our teachers are very worried about running out of food as most live from paycheck to paycheck and can not stockpile. We are working with our friends the Booths and the Ohrans to create an “Emergency Provision Pack” that would last a family of six for fifteen days if a strike were to happen and the nation shut down for a longer period of time than one day.
Please check back with us in the next few days as we are trying to be thorough and get an accurate list of non perishables needed by most families, find out what is available, and price the packs. We hope to have it done by the end of the week.
We are asking Jesus to bless this project and bless as many lives as possible. We plan to start with our staff at Club Esperanza and go from there…please check back later!
We hope you have time to read our recent newsletter today. Things have gotten worse in Nicaragua since our writing. We are so appreciative of your continued prayers and financial support, now more than ever!
Some specific ways to pray for us:
– For our family and Nicaraguan team’s safety amongst the violence and lack of police presence to deter crime. Things have quickly become very unsafe in Nicaragua.
I went on a ride with a group of guys out to Ruby Ranch on Thursday. It was gonna be a fun day riding back roads out to the Ranch and then back home, but I had an accident on the first leg. Our friend Jace was behind me and actually caught it on his GoPro, and when a young creative guy has the footage well…
This is actually what happened 🙂 😉 🙂 ….
Thankfully I didn’t knock myself out or have anything more serious. But, unfortunately Read More
**This is a new post to try and keep things easier to follow. Click here for our previous post if you would like to catch up on how things started two weeks ago…
Please keep praying for Nicaragua. The unrest continues as the country is trying to move forward after the violent crackdown by the government on protests led to dozens of deaths. We believe that God can do miracles and we are asking for peace, justice and truth in Nicaragua…Peaceful non violent changes, justice for the families who had loved ones killed, and truth to be told about the atrocities.
Update Monday May 7, 2018:
The above picture captures the situation well. Here are seven university students who marched in a small group last week hoping Read More
THURSDAY APRIL 19TH
Some of you may have heard on Facebook or seen in the news that Nicaragua is in the middle of some pretty serious Political unrest. We want to let everyone know that we are all ok and nothing has escalated to a very dangerous level for most people. There are however protests going on in downtown Managua that have turned violent. So, we are avoiding those areas. The U.S. Embassy is keeping its advisories updated on Facebook. If you speak Spanish and want to follow local news here this is a great source using FB live to get the story out. (Update: I want to add La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario the major Nicaraguan print newspapers.)
We are staying close to home and keeping our ear on things. Please pray for Nicaragua! Here is our understanding of what is happening.
There has been unrest in recent months due the Sandanista governments lack of response to wild fires in remote regions of the country. There was clamor about the suppression of information as well. Those protestors made their way to Nicaragua to raise awareness at the end of March. It did not escalate at the time though.
This week’s unrest started on Wednesday. It actually has been an issue that has been boiling for a couple years now. The Nicaragua Social Security Institute (INSS) has been accused in La Prensa (as far back as 2009) of loaning out funds to political allies of the government for a wide variety of projects, buildings, housing developments, business building and then other more nefarious accusations. Read More
During Semana Santa vacation this year at Club Esperanza our friends from Love, Light & Melody held their annual event called “Dia De Luz” (Day of Light). This year’s timing during Easter Week made it all the more fun for the community. All of the children were on vacation from school for the week and didn’t really have much to do besides sitting around in the scorching heat. But not this year…it was a big Ol’ Fiesta at Club Esperanza! Read More
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Yesterday we visited Masaya Volcano and Aliyah took this picture. This volcano has a long history, and part of it is tragic. It’s open mouth filled with lava, molten rock and sulfuric smoke pouring out gained it the historical title “The Gate to Hell.” For a time in history, human sacrifices were made to try and appease the volcano. In our modern times it is hard to believe that not long ago such brutality took place. But then, centuries ago the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached in this part of the world and those who once made sacrifices into the volcano erected a cross on its highest peak. They stopped the sacrifices because they had come to a saving knowledge that many centuries before, One sacrifice was already made for us all. The burden of sin and judgement was already lifted from us. We needed not appease the Gate of Hell. Because as Isaiah prophesied, by the wounds of Jesus Christ on the Cross we are healed. Over two thousand years ago victory over sin and death was won…and the Gates of Hell cannot stand in the way! Jesus is alive, and by his sacrifice on the cross we are saved. And, because of His resurrection, we have eternal life. Easter is the most important day in history, Amen.
I think Aliyah’s picture captures this very well!
Victory. Jesus is Alive!
We hope you have blessed Easter Weekend!
This morning we said good bye to our Church family from Christ Journey Church in Miami (click the link to read about their trip and others to Haiti and Ecuador!). Above is our group picture. A missions trip was an awesome way to spend Easter Week! Read More
We hope you have some time today to read the digital version of our Newsletter. As you read, please pray for our family and for the good Godly things happening here!
If you would like to send financial support we are very grateful!
God Bless from Nicaragua, Chris & Krista
(click here for info to donate by check)
As we started the school year at Club Esperanza I knew we had a space issue. As we have shared previously we have nine different classes in operation throughout the two school sessions each day. But, we only have three classrooms. In Nicaragua, one learns to just make it happen! So, we planned to have a classroom meet in the dining hall. But we needed partitions. Well I was itching for a manual labor project, away from all the administrative and fundraising efforts…so I gave it a go!
I took a pile of wood and a few pieces of plywood…
This is Daiyton, Faviana and Camila…last Monday they received a home built by a group of high school students from Westminster Christian School in Miami, FL. There is a back story and it is beautiful. Faviana heard about our Mercy Home ministry from a family that had received a home two years ago. They told her to drop a letter off at the gate to share her situation. Well Faviana decided to drop a letter off…ever week…for a over a year! We would sometimes see her at the gate when we were taking Juliette to school, often with Camila (who is probably the cutest 2 year old in Nicaragua). She was always very kind and would give her letter to us and be on her way. She persisted for her family, and she told us later about her constant prayers asking God to provide. Well when it came time for Westminster to build, we visited Faviana to see their situation and everything checked out perfectly…so it was time to build!
Faviana told Krista a sweet detail about the timing of the construction. We have to do some prep work before the team arrives so that we can finish the house during the trip. One day a couple weeks before the team Faviana and Dayton were sitting at her mother’s Read More
This time of year we have a program where we build houses with groups of high schoolers from Miami. Palmer Trinity School was working this week on their house and a local reporter from the National Newspaper stopped by. They interviewed some of the students and came again the next day when we went to Club Esperanza. Some of the students on the team are Nicaraguan and so the connection was even deeper.
Well, this morning their faces were on the front cover of the Nuevo Diario…. Read More