We had our graduation last week at Club Esperanza. These little faces are the future of Nicaragua…a country that is hurting right now. The 2018 school year was such a difficult one, but we trust in Jesus and know the future is bright! Thank you for your prayers all year long for these little ones! We are proud of them all!
We are proud of all our little graduates. Even more exciting is the way that God moves in their lives throughout the year. This year 67 of our students in all of our different programs accepted Jesus in their hearts. God’s hand also reached into the lives of their families as 60 parents decided to follow Jesus this year. Amen to that! I hope you are encouraged by this news as Club Esperanza doesn’t just affect the here and now but also touches eternity. And if you aren’t smiling already here is a quick little clip of our preschooler singing “Adios” :-)…
Every year we hope to have enough presents for all 300 students at Club Esperanza for our end of the year Christmas Party. If you are looking for a way to give this #GivingTuesday a $15 donation would really bless one of our precious kiddos with a Christmas present at our annual Christmas Party! Bless one, bless two, maybe a few….or be like Oprah “Christmas gifts for everyone”! Use the following links to donate…
In all sincerity we would love your help making this Christmas great and we know the Lord loves each one of our little children! The Party is coming up in December and we will put some fun pictures up on the blog after all of the festivities…
Please give if you can!
God Bless from all our our Club Esperanza kiddos!!!
No, that does not mean soap LOL! It is probably one of the funniest mistakes when learning Spanish, when you try to ask for some soap and use the word “sopa” instead….because “Sopa” actually means soup! Just imagine the stares when you ask “I need to wash my hands, do you have any soup I can use?” Hahahaha! 🙂
At Club Esperanza we have an amazing feeding program that feeds nearly 300 people from preschool to the elderly every single day twice a day. (Thank you Orphan Network and Lacrosse the Nations for being incredible consistent partners!)
This past week I happened to be there when we were serving “Sopa”! Look at that soup! This is what I mean by amazing, it isn’t just rice and beans with some water that we serve every day…it is chunks of meat and huge vegetables. A full healthy meal that will allow our kids to grow big and strong in a way that will help them to have a chance to be successful in life, Amen!
Keeping this kitchen running and clean takes a lot of effort and man power. It also requires our constant attention and the need to make improvements. Check out our most recent improvement….splash subway tile throughout the entire kitchen! This is gonna keep things sanitary and SO MUCH EASIER to clean! Praise Jesus!
There are other improvements we would like to make. We need more storage space, so some Cabinetry will be essential. Also the refrigerator is in the spot that is actually designed for a stove with an oven. Out of the picture is a wash area and we need a new wash basin and shelving to make that area work perfectly for our awesome staff. And coming this Christmas break we will need a new paint job. Please pray for those needs and email us if you would like more info firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep praying for all the children who are growing up with us at Club Esperanza. Jesus told his disciples “you give them something to eat” when they had nothing to give. They obeyed and ended up feeding five thousand. (The Gospel of Mark Chapter 6) We don’t feed five thousand but we see the the Lord’s miracles every day that we are able to serve a meal. We stay obedient to His calling at Club Esperanza and the Lord always provides! Amen.
Chris turned 40 this past weekend! We had a fun time together celebrating and definitely had to blog some pictures of the “Ol’ Man’s” birthday celebration!
We hope you have time today to read our most recent newsletter. You can find it below (of PDF link here Fall Newsletter). God has been doing great things and has kept us safe in the middle of very tumultuous times here in Nicaragua.
Thank you and God Bless from Nicaragua!
Chris & Krista
Had to throw this fun picture in here at the end of the post…Aliyah choreographed a birthday morning show for Chris to the song “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole….it was super cute and may have gotten Daddy’s eyes a little teary 🙂
We made another delivery of Food Packs, we are well into round 6 and have delivered packs to 220 families! Thank you everyone for your help with this…it has been a huge blessing and a mighty help in a time of need. These packs affect the lives of over 1,300 people and equal nearly 24,000 pound of food…. Dominate4Jesus#
Nicaragua continues to suffer through the strife of months of civil unrest and deadly protests. In recent weeks protests turned deadly again and a fifteen year old student was killed and multiple people were seriously injured from gunfire. It is incredibly sad and the people are enduring the most difficult time of most of their lifetimes. The threat of a national strike always seems to be rumored, so these food packs will provide food that is needed if the economy takes a down turn. Please keep praying for Nicaragua.
This delivery we made to Tesoros De Dios ministry center. “Treasures of God” is a ministry that serves hundreds of families that have children with disabilities and special needs every day. You may remember our partnership for “Night to Shine” in the Spring Read More
Over the last five months Nicaragua has been going through a crisis that has destroyed the economy, claimed hundreds of lives, and continues to have an ugly face of daily arrests, stories of torture, violence, and protests with little hope in sight for the majority of normal every day Nicaraguans. In the middle of everything there are millions of kids just trying to keep on going. They hear their parents talk and have seen the news reports. The children are having a hard time, in a different way than their parents, but equally as hard.
Nicaragua is still going through a deadly crisis that has claimed over 300 lives in less than four months. Please keep praying for Nicaragua…
This is not a picture of Nicaragua. It is a portrait from American History, but it has given me hope and has led me to pray for Nicaragua in a specific way. We visited D.C. two years ago and the young intern from Marco Rubio’s office gave us a incredible tour of the Capital. We came to the rotunda and he pointed at this giant painting and said “This is when America was born.”
I don’t believe The United States is God’s country, not by any means. But 240 years of democratic elections and a change of power every 4 or 8 years is incredible. It is miraculous. Even more so in light of what we are living through today in Nicaragua.
Back to the painting. The young man certainly caught my attention with that line, Read More
We made another delivery of “Emergency Food Packs” this past week. This time to the community of Los Brasiles and our staff at Club Cristiano Los Brasiles. It was a special time, especially because we were able to have some friends in town for the weekend to help deliver the packs. Mission For Nicaragua teams had to cancel their summer trips because of the country’s deadly political crisis. Cancelling the trips was a heart breaking time for our friend Hilary and the teams that she and her husband Jack lead to Nicaragua year round. Nicaragua still isn’t stable enough for large teams, but this weekend Hilary was able to make the trip with her close friend and team member Kristina to make the delivery. Los Brasiles is a community that Mission For Nicaragua have adopted and they have some beautiful relationships there. They are also strong supporters of Club Los Brasiles, so like I said it was a very special delivery!
We packed up our Land Cruiser Ambulances and made our way to Club Los Brasiles on Sunday afternoon. Not only did we share the packs with teachers and staff there, Read More
When we sat in a Chili’s restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica with the Schancks and Fredder having traveled together with Mama Angelica, Papa Yuri, his mom and grandmother by plane from Nicaragua, we were all pretty sure not a single one of us would have ever orchestrated things in this way. But as we all shared and said goodbye’s with tears and telling stories, Papa Yuri made mention of “the unstoppable hand of God” on Fredder’s life.
This boy from the trash dump who is now a growing teenager is on to another journey with God in his life. He is surrounded by an extended family that loves him and will fight for the best things in his life. For Angelica and Yuri they were sending their son off to college a couple years early. Because, over the last decade they have loved for and Read More
With all of the chaos going on in Nicaragua over the last three months we lost some of our communications with Pastor Victor. But yesterday he made contact to us from a port city and shared some encouraging news. They are doing well and the Lord is blessing the church movement on the Rio Coco. He sent this video of last weekend’s church service. Praise Jesus!
I did laugh a little watching the video. Everyone must have been wondering why Pastor Victor was walking around with his cell phone! I don’t imagine he was wearing black and discretely filming from behind the drummer like some of the bigger churches in the world today :-). Even though I am sure he distracted someone I really was moved deep in my Spirit seeing the video, recognizing faces and knowing God is moving in people’s lives! Read More
Last step of the Packing Process….in super fast motion!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
This past week we completed Round Two of delivering Emergency Provision Packs during the crisis we are living through here in Nicaragua. We made sure to have some fun in the packing process and it has been a whole family effort! We made deliveries to Ruby Ranch workers, teachers and staff at Colegio Havilah, FCA in Nicaragua, and a few other individuals. It really can’t be overstated what an impact these packs are having…with tears of thanks flowing at every delivery we pray together for Nicaragua!
Here is our packing and delivery crew, we got the young guns on board and made sure to have them do all the lifting…I am injured so I “had” to be the supervisor LOL! Each of these packs need two people to lift them, they are heavy! We were curious as to how much each one weighed, so we had to boys weigh them and they are 108 lbs each!
As we completed round two we have packed and delivered 8,640 lbs. of provisions that will provide 2-3 weeks worth of food to 80 families. PRAISE JESUS!!!
If you would like to donate to help us keep delivering as many packs as the Lord allows here is the button to donate a pack through Paypal…as many as we can, amen!
Emergency Provision Pack
Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.
Deliveries to Colegio Havilah:
This week we will find out if Fredder is going to be able to go the US next year to study. Will you please pray this week? There are two important foreign embassy appointments and approvals needed. Our friends The Schancks who have known Fredder and the Casa Robles gang for the last five years have opened their home to him for this amazing opportunity. They are awesome friends and will be a wonderful family to Fredder! If all goes well this week he will be going to Norfolk Christian School as an international student with a Student Visa starting in August!
Prayer Request: This week there are two key meetings. First is an appointment tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Costa Rican Consolate Office to apply for a Visa to travel to Costa Rica this weekend. Please pray that the Costa Ricans give the Visas for Fredder, his mom, his grandmother, Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri. Then even more important is his US Embassy appointment next Monday in Costa Rica. After months of paperwork and approvals, this appointment for an F1 student Visa is the final step…please pray that Fredder gets approved and can return home with the Schancks! Read More