Mama Angelica was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the late spring. It was a really harsh diagnoses to hear, as you can imagine. She found the lump in an annual mammogram and the biopsy showed it was cancerous and fairly large. She and Papa Yuri have been going through this together, but it has been tough. It has hit all of us pretty hard as part of her extended family as well. So please be praying for her healing! We have been for the last few months and ask you to join us in praying for Mama Angelica!
The first good news she received after a number of disappointing visits was that it has not moved into lymph nodes, lungs, liver, stomach or any other major organs. That was a relief! But the treatment is pretty heavy even still. She began her first round of chemo in July. The intention of the chemo is to shrink the tumor and then operate. She feels confident in her doctors and the plans they have set for her. She will have a second round of chemo this Friday. So please be praying.
This week has been especially tough for her as the side effect of her hair falling out has begun. It’s a very emotional time that she and Yuri are going through together. Her confidence in God to heal her through this is higher than her confidence in the doctors. It is an inspiring faith that she has. It’s the faith of a mom who sacrificed daily for children who have become hers over years of leaning on God to be in charge of their little Casa Robles family. Incredibly, she did say her hair is the only major side affect so far and she has felt good. She said she has felt good every morning. So, we will keep praying for strength in her body!
Today she told me that the other mom’s at the boys school have been so supportive, especially as the chemo has taken affects on her hair. They told her “we will all wear hats, we will get all made up and we will go through this together!” That is what will carry her through, a community of believers who pray for her, reach out to her, love on her, cry with her and encourage her.
We come to the cross Jesus and we pray for Mama Angelica. God we ask you to heal her physically of cancer and give her body supernatural strength in this time. We ask you to give her wisdom and guide her through all the decisions she has to make. And Lord we ask you to wake her up every morning and touch her with your presence to help through this fight. Encourage her everyday Jesus and heal Mama Angelica. I ask this in your holy name. Amen.
If you would like to email a word of encouragement to Angelica and Yuri their email is email@example.com and they also both use Yuri’s Facebook page if you would like to “make friends” with them on Facebook.
Thank you for joining with Angelica in her fight against this cancer!
It has been a while since we have blogged about our Boy’s rescue home Casa Robles so we thought we would give a little Monday update on how things have been going. We had visitors!!! The Clouds came to visit with Andrew and Angel from Tally. It was such a great fun time…even the ride from the airport was exciting! Because of the political crisis it had been two years since the boys had been back, so this was a really special time together for all of us! We visited family, hung out together, did sleep overs, and Mason had a blast hangin with all the boys. And for our family personally we loved having a visit from the Clouds!
We even had a Mariachi band LOL!!! We actually celebrated Mama Angelica’s birthday together which was super special! Dancing, singing, some tears….and cake! The Buzbees always go all out and this was no exception…Papa Yuri even donned the sombrero for the picture.
Denis has been competing in Track and Field as part of his High School team. It was hard to give up soccer but the track coach saw real potential in him. He recently won the gold medal in the 600 meter race at the national competition. It was pretty awesome! He was recognized by the school in their local paper…..AND he is traveling to Honduras later this month to represent Nicaragua!!! So so awesome!
Samuel who is now the youngest in the home is a total rock star at school! He runs through saying high to everyone, being wild with all the teachers, and even when he gets in trouble it is hard to not laugh at him with his big smiling cheeks and serious little voice. He and his brother Elery have adjusted well to Robles and God is healing them physically, emotionally and spiritually in a home filled with Love and family. Samuel was a worm in the school play LOL!
Fredder is back from Virginia this summer. He had a very good year of school and is back speaking English very well, which is so cool! Unfortunately it did not work out for him to return to Virginia to complete his high school. So, if you would please pray with us to see what might be next for Fredder! He has been a great help this summer and was even able to work a little as a translator with our missions teams. God is working in his life in good times and in hard times and we absolutely know that God has big plans for him!
We appreciate all of your continued prayers for the boys and for Papa Yuri and Mama Angelica too! It is a great and impactful work happening in these boys lives and our prayer always is that they will grow to be good young Godly men! Thank you for your support of Casa Robles!
By far the best highlight of any trip out to Ruby Ranch is when the GIANT slide down the side of the hill that opens in the afternoon! It is so much fun and such a cool thing to be able to do in a country that does not have water parks. Well…the slide has a hole, or two or maybe three after so many years of fun! Can you help fix the slide?
Repairing the slide is going to cost $2,800
Click here for info to donate by Check, using PayPal or through the National Christian Foundation (leave a note: “Ruby Ranch Slide”)
Looking forward to keeping future slippin’ and slidin’ at the Double R!!!
Don Horadio has been working at Ruby Ranch as part of the full time staff that maintains the Ranch year round for over seven years now…pretty much since the beginning of the ranch. His house had gone into disrepair and was starting to fall down….because God is huge, just last month he and his wife received a brand new home! Praise Jesus!
Krista’s uncle Allen has had the idea of traveling to Nicaragua with a team of his co-workers from the State of Florida for a number of years. They came last month with goal of building a home for a family in need. It turned into a perfect trip because on their trip they were the hands the built Don Horadio’s house!
God does amazing things big and small and this week was one of those big things!
Our amazing friend Hilary Snook was on the war path for Jesus this summer with her organization Mission 4 Nicaragua! For the last month teams, guests, and friends have visited Nicaragua with her to get their hands dirty doing God’s things down here and it has been awesome! In this picture she is with our new English teacher at Club Esperanza and Club Los Brasiles. Hilary spear headed the effort to get a consistent weekly teacher at our education centers, because being able to speak a second language is a HUGE advantage. Veronica started last month teaching all of our elementary level classes and because of generous donations we were able to provide text books and work books as well, Praise God!
The teams that came through were an awesome blessing in the different areas they worked. Laying sod and painting out in Los Brasiles was a big part of the work. But more importantly walking around in the barrio and visiting with friends they have made over the years was just as impactful! There was a whole lot of life and love walking around Los Brasiles this past month!
A really cool project that has been led by Hilary’s daughter AnnaBelle is raising donations to buy beds for families in Los Brasiles. She was impacted after visiting homes and realizing how common it is to be sleeping multiple kids to a bed, or sleeping on really old mattresses or in the worse situations the children having no bed at all and having to sleep on the floor. Not any more! Every trip another load of beds is delivered and assembled, I know Anna Belle (pictured below at Ruby Ranch) has a goal to get a new bed in every home. It is happening one at a time, amen!
As missionaries, an equal joy to seeing all of the impact on the communities we work in, is also getting to see God move in the lives of those who visit. We had some incredible times of prayer at Ms. Ruby’s old house down by La Chureca. It is amazing how God moves in our hearts when we take a few hours, turn on worship music and spend time in his presence in a little old house that a powerful woman of God used to live in! We even had a baptism in the pool back at the Buzbees!
We appreciate your continued prayers for our families and ministry down here in Nicaragua. Its been a lively summer so far and it isn’t over yet! 🙂
Chris & Krista Farrington
Don Julio is the uncle of one of our students and a part of a family we have served at Club Esperanza for the last five years. He has a debilitating illness that has left him wheelchair bound. There is a dignity to being mobile and Don Julio has been suffering for months. He had to borrow a children’s wheelchair to come to a clinic at the Club last weekend. We would like to help buy him a wheelchair!!! Would you be willing to help? A new adult wheelchair will cost $250.
Thank you so much for continuing to support Club Esperanza!!! Helping friends like Don Julio is something that we do under our program at the Club called “Juntos Para Inclusion” where we assist families that have members with disabilities and special needs. Teacher Henriette who herself is the mother of a son with special needs founded this program a few years ago. It has been a huge help to the families and we have even done some fun things like “Night to Shine” Prom a couple of years ago.
There have been some pretty awesome things that we have been able to accomplish with your help over the years. Jason who you see pictured with Teacher Henriette last year recently received a brand new sophisticated wheelchair that cost nearly $1,000. Just last year he was in a makeshift chair made from a pool chair (as you see in the picture), but now he has a high quality chair that makes life easier for both Jason and his mom! God has placed us here to serve, there are needs that present themselves daily, and together we are the Lord’s hands and feet to serve his children’s needs! Amen.
We have a number of monthly needs in the program as well. We serve a group of about 15 families and there are needs like diapers, formula, ensure, monthly meds, etc… If you would like to make a donation for any of the below items it would be awesome!
Thank you! Please keep praying for God to move here in Nicaragua!!!
We would like to share with you our most recent newsletter. We appreciate your support for our family as missionaries and the ministries we operate here in Nicaragua.
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God Bless from Nicaragua! – Chris & Krista Farrington