Club Esperanza…we have our land title!

After many months of praying and getting papers in order, we have the official land title for our land at Club Espernaza! In fact, we were selected to be recognized by the local government offices to receive the title in person at a ceremony last week. What a blessing! It is so great to find favor and be recognized for the hard work and impact that we are having at Club Esperanza. Jesus is glorified in these good works that our team are doing every day of the year…amen! “Let your light shine before men, so that they might see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.” -Jesus (The Gospel of Matthew 5:16)

Why is this important? Having this land title will allow us to move forward in building our educational building, arts center and sports fields with all proper permits and approval of the local municipality. We have been operating in make shift classrooms for the last two years…but we are out of space, so this will be amazing! Now for the next big steps, because this is a $250,000 endeavor. But Jesus is huge and all things are possible with God. Please be in prayer as we move forward into the next big things at Club Esperanza…and if you want to give to help with the building of the school we would be greatly blessed by that! (link to donation info here).

Members of our Junta Directiva for MCCA/OH receiving the land title…

We are so excited about the future! But that certainly has not kept us from continuing in ministry. Most recently we celebrated “Dia de Madre” and “Dia de Papa” at the club. As you look through all of these fun pictures please keep praying for these families we are serving. We know that the Lord wants families to grow in healthy ways and be able to be united and strong. The daily efforts by the men and women of God who serve at Club Esperanza are having a huge impact. Praise the Lord!

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A little family update…

Since switching from doing paper newsletters by mail to sharing almost entirely on our blog, one of the things we sometimes omit is sharing family updates. Having your support for our family means so much to us and we want to give a little update and let you know we are doing well, our kiddos are growing up, and life is charging along…

Our daily life consists of a lot of random and wild ministry happenings that can hardly ever be predicted, while at the same time Krista keeps us all sane by bringing at least some order to our lives everyday at home. Homeschooling four kiddos (two high schoolers) is quite the task but all of them are doing really well with school. Having online classes available has been a huge blessing and has helped to keep things pretty consistent. Aliyah is actually preparing to start doing college courses in certain subjects…getting college credits as she finishes her final years of high school. We are super thankful to have so many resources for homeschooling. Krista can testify, that it is not an easy task being a full time teacher for all four grade levels at the same time…but God is good and we are blessed! Life at home is full of lots of fun and laughter…and maybe some crazy moments too, but we are doing well!

Even with its unpredictability, all things are going well in ministry too. Chris will head out to Club Esperanza on a weekly basis, stopping by Casa Robles and checking in with the boys and house parents. Krista has been joining the Tuesday morning prayer meetings at Club Esperanza and most recently hosted the women for an online seminar of The IF Gathering. The randomness comes in the phone calls from the rio coco, the house constructions projects, bug infestations, the repair projects we don’t anticipate, the crazy administrative things to keep everything going, the earthquakes, you know totally normal stuff…but it is an awesome Jesus journey that we are on, and we love it!

Mason and Aliyah have both gotten into a local club soccer team. It has been a great experience for them on many levels. Mason is 14 playing with an Under18 team of all older kids. He is in the starting line up on occasion and has gotten significant playing time. It’s a huge challenge to be the smallest and youngest, but he is fighting through that. They are winning games which is fun…he started in a 4-2 win over Colegio Bautista last week! Bautista is the school our boys from Casa Robles go to, so that was extra fun.

Aliyah is doing really well too! She joined the varsity girls team at NCA in the fall and this club team grew out of that. They are winning some games too and are in the middle of a big tournament with other Managua teams this week. An added bonus is these teams are run almost entirely in Spanish, so that has been a big help in both of them to grow in their second language.

Sports can be a great place to share Jesus with others and lead in a direction that glorifies God even while you compete fiercely. We are proud of both of them in the way they have been a good influence on their teams. Teenage years can be tough, but when a group of kids get a focus on the greater things of God in the middle of those years, it can change their lives for ever. That is our prayer for these teams!

Life here at Quinta Havilah is always full of fun and activity too. A big part of our lives and ministry changed over the last few years. We used to have lots of visitors stay here with us and join in ministry. That slowed down a great deal with the worldwide pandemic, but we are starting to have friends visit again. This doesn’t mean we haven’t had to maintain the property and keep things on the up and up. The rainy season is starting so things will be green again soon and we are constantly making improvements at the Quinta. Thank you to all who have helped with that, your generous support has helped so much to sustain us all! Being down here all these years with extended family close by on the same compound has always been such a big part of our ability to sustain life. Not only do we have a place to live, but we have a constant bit of support with each other. One big part of being together is BIRTHDAYS! We celebrated a bunch of them the last few months…most importantly is Krista turned 40! We had so much fun with her birthday, and Juliette’s, and Gigi’s, and Papa’s….birthdays galore! There are probably more, but these are the only pictures I found on my phone 🙂

Having good friends down here also makes life a joy and we are blessed to have people in our lives that we love and call friends. We don’t get to see each other all the time, but those friendships are also a very big gift to us! We may have on occasion piled into the back of our 4 ton truck and gone to watch fireworks on Nica Holidays! We make it out to movies, get together for Taco Tuesdays, play some poker nights, go to the beach for surfing and sun, and sometimes just lounge around together watching sports. We have lots of normal moments in life that we enjoy too!

We will say goodbye for now with our family picture from Easter. Isabella and Juliette are both doing really well too. As those of you who have been parents know, when you watch your youngest move through stages of life and there isn’t one to follow them up it can be kind of sad. So, we are loving these years where they still both enjoy playing with Playmobil sets in their room for hours on end and hanging Christmas lights in their bunk beds to make the nights a little bit more fun. Bella loves to read and will sometimes disappear for an hour to get a few chapters in of a Nancy Drew book or keep working her way through the Lord of the Rings. Juliette loves to make pancakes for everyone for breakfast before they wake up…we would have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner if she could make the menu! They are both doing so very well, thank you for all of you who bless us by praying for our children!

God Bless from our little Farrington Family in Nicaragua!

Thank you for supporting us financially on this adventurous life Jesus has called us to. We don’t take your support for granted. We love it that in all these years of living as missionaries on faith we have never run out of funds. Our family has been supported and so have all the great ministries God uses us to do!

We love you all and hope you have a great weekend!

Los Farringtons

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Walakitang Happenings…

We continue in our support for Pastor Victor in Walakitang and the church planting network along the Rio Coco in the indigenous region of Nicaragua on the Honduran border. We support Victor and the churches under the banner of Verbo Church here in Nicaragua. Recently Verbo organized a pastoral training seminar in Puerto Cabezas for the Pastors from all the churches along the Rio Coco. It is so important to take the time to train and equip these men who have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel to the most unreached regions of Nicaragua.

Pastor Earl, who is the national director of Verbo church and an awesome brother in the Lord, organized the seminar and reported that it was a great success. He was thankful that we were able to step in later in the planning to help get all of the pastors transportation to Puerto Cabezas. Depending on where they were coming from it was a three hour bus ride or a full day boat ride. The dedication of these men is admirable, and we are always encouraged by the stories we hear of lives being changed.

Pastor Victor recently shared this photo he took from a village named Tigni Sangni. Victor decided to make the two our hike through the forest to get to the village to share the Gospel there. By the end of his stay he was in the river baptizing men and women into the Kingdom of God. The Good News of Jesus Christ reaches to the ends of the earth.

We support the work along the Rio Coco in many different ways. Over the last year we have sent tons of food up and down the river to assist as the people recover from the Hurricanes that hit. We send school supplies to the kids in Walakitang and their small school there. We have helped build boats, and homes and have supported Victor and his family for years. But pictures like this one are what it is all about.

That man in Tigni Sangni met the Lord that day in a personal way. Because of the amazing plans of God he now has a new life in Jesus to live with joy and peace and service and purpose, and he also has that promise of eternal life with Jesus. Amen and Amen!

We appreciate your continued prayers and support for Pastor Victor, his family, Walakitang and the Miskito churches along the Rio Coco!

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It is the little things…

I write that it is a little thing, but do you ever think about the bed that you sleep in every night? Have you ever not had a bed? In my entire life I have never not had a bed to sleep in. I know that I should never take that for granted. The work we do and the people the Lord has put into our lives, make us realize that having a little thing like a bed is not a guarantee. A bed is a blessing, not everyone has one. Have you ever thought about that?

Just a couple of weeks ago we had a group of athletes from Ohio State University down, led by Harry Miller and Mission for Nicaragua. Some crazy airline cancellations cut the team in half, the trip down then detoured through Coast Rica and ended with crossing the border by land…it was a wild adventure to get here! But in the end Kaitlyn, Harry, Big Jack and Little Jack (he is bigger than big Jack) made it down, Praise the Lord! When they visited Club Esperanza we had the funniest experience. All the kids asked if they could take pictures of them…it is usually the opposite where we are getting fun photos of all our new friends. But, they were impressed at how big the team was and thought Harry was Thor…so they were just taking pictures of us! Of course we entertained them making for some fun laughs, and then got a picture together at the end.

It is so fun to just visit, spend some time together and build relationship with the kids we do ministry with on an ongoing basis. These are relationships that can last a lifetime. But this team also had a great blessing to bring. They brought beds.

As I said at the beginning most of us do not think about having a bed to sleep on every night, it is almost a gaurantee. But the families we minister to down here in Nicaragua often make due with sleeping on the floor with old mattresses or cushions. Sometimes in the worst situations, children end up having to sleep on card board boxes to soften the concrete. You can see in this photo above one of the families had their make shift bed out…they didn’t want pity when they showed it to us. It was actually a moment of great joy for them, they said “look, that is what we used to sleep on, we want to show you so you know how thankful we are to you for giving us a new bed today for our family!” It can be a bit overwhelming, as you might imagine. But if you don’t step into the hardest situations, you can’t make an impact.

It is a special time when families invite you into their home. Even though we were delivering beds we still made sure to take time to visit together. We brought Bibles for each family that we visited that day. There were lots of smiles and laughs…and the kids liked to sit at the windows as the team worked and watch Thor swing the hammer! As we left every home we knew we had brought a sweet blessing to them, but we didn’t want to just leave it at that. We made sure to pray for each family and each child that would be sleeping in their new bed. It was a sweet time and we treasure in our hearts that this time sweating and working and blessing these families is something that honors the Lord and we know it is pointing people to Jesus…the biggest blessing any of us can have is eternal life, and we thank Jesus for that!

We really appreciated them pushing through and making it down to Nicaragua. Travel has been difficult if not impossible for a couple years now, but month after month things are getting easier. So we hope to have more friends down to help in the coming months. It is such a joy to serve the Lord together!

You Ohio State folks are awesome and we sure hope to have you down again!

God Bless!

Chachi….for all of our Open Hearts gang!

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If you would like to donate to our ongoing ministry at Club Esperanza or any other part of our ministry you can click here to follow a link for info to donate by check OR you can click one of the donate buttons above.

Our ministries here in Nicaragua operate year round, so we also hope you would consider setting up a recurring donation through Paypal or National Christian Foundation to make a year round impact. Thank you!

Ruby Ranch: Weekend Camps!!!

We have great news….camps have begun at Ruby Ranch! After months of hard work Brinson and Todd have reached the place where we can now have sleep over camps at Ruby Ranch!!!

Have you ever been to camp? For me it is one of the most important times of my life. I got saved at Camp University when I was thirteen years old…100% the best moment of my life! There is so much adventure, so much time for God to speak into our lives, time for fun, time for friendships, time for all kinds of awesomeness…AT CAMP! A few weeks ago was the first camp of the year with leadership and youth from Verbo Church here in Nicaragua.

Brinson was just telling us the other night how Isaac had tears in his eyes as he left camp expressing how grateful he was for the time they had, and how impacted he was by Mr. Buzbee’s prayers and teaching. Isaac is the leader of the group, so just imagine how God impacted everyone else!!!

Our goal for this year is to do as many camps as possible. Two dorms are complete, the bathrooms are complete and so we can handle 40-50 people for three day two night camps. We will be doing these camps on a national level and already have several churches and organizations in country that are making plans. So please be in prayer for this awesome season we are entering into at Ruby Ranch!

If you are interested in donating to help make weekend camps happen that would be awesome! You can sponsor a camper ($40) or you can sponsor an entire weekend camp ($1,600)…this would be a huge huge huge blessing! Nicaragua is still one of the poorest countries in our hemisphere and sometimes that cost can be difficult to come up with. So, if you wanted to join with us in that way, Praise the Lord.

Click here for the link to Donate to sponsor a camper…or a full camp!

Thank you for your continued prayers for Ruby Ranch. It is all of our hope that one simple thing happens at every single camp…a life is changed and drawn closer to Jesus! Amen.

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Club Esperanza: ¡Sopa!

We have had a rough beginning to the year down here with our family. Battling Covid and the lingering affects have messed up our routine a good bit. There was nothing life threatening as so many of our friends and family have had to deal with, but it kept us from starting our year in February as we normally would. But praise Jesus, we have been getting back in to the groove of serving this week….so I wanted to share this awesome photograph!

I was at Club Esperanza this week as lunch was being prepared and noticed the wind blew the cover off the food. Wow! What may look like just a bucket of food to you is a HUGE feast! Tuesday was soup day….¡Sopa! We see with our eyes everyday the harsh affect of poverty, hungry children on every corner. So, when I saw the sopa come out it impacted me…there are over 300 kids today who will eat well…a big piece of meat, a chunk of yuka, a piece of corn, a chunk of butternut squash…it is amazing! I love that God has made this possible. At Club Esperanza we have made great efforts with our partners to make sure that the children and families we serve don’t receive scarcely at our feeding program. They are provided for and given the opportunity to grow and learn with a full stomach….amen amen amen!

Thank you for partnering with us! Thank you for donating! Thank you for praying!!!

God is soooo good and we hope this random picture of a big pot of ¡sopa! encourages you today!

When Jesus had finished a day of ministering to thousands of people, over five thousand people as told in the Gospel of Mark (Ch. 6) his disciples were in a real bind. It was evening and there were thousands of hungry people who didn’t have anything to eat…

…By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and but themselves something to eat.”

But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat”

Friends together we are seeing Jesus provide abundantly for hundreds of children every day. I know it is not feeding five thousand, but you can be so encouraged that this isn’t a one day thing…this is every day of every week of the year! Together, we are giving them something to eat….amen, so awesome!!!

We love doing this together with you….if you want to see the beautiful faces of all the children we serve click here to check out our Club Esperanza Facebook page…the sopa is a great picture, but the kids are way cuter! And get in contact with us via losfarringtons@gmail.com if you want to come down and serve in person…we are looking forward to seeing friends down here again!

Love, Chris & Krista Farrington

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PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH US!!!

Denis is a HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE!!! Denis has been a part of our family at Casa Robles for most of his life. He has accomplished something so amazing in graduating from high school. He is breaking generational chains, he is doing something no one in his family has done, he is doing something none of our boys at Casa Robles has ever done…Denis we are so so proud of you!!!

He graduated from Colegio Bautista de Managua. This is a prestigious school that has been operating in Nicaragua for over 100 years. As you can see in his pictures, his promotion ceremony was held in the Ruben Dario National Performing Arts Center…it was beautiful, and none of us complained that it was air conditioned. It was an invite only event and the graduates were all very excited…watching them throw their caps was soooooo awesome! (But I forgot to take a picture…dang!)

Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri escorted Denis across the stage, and honestly it was pretty emotional for us as they walked together. There was the beautiful moment where Mama Angelica followed the tradition of putting Denis’ graduation ring on his finger. It was beautiful to watch Papa Yuri standing there proudly looking at his son in his cap a gown as a graduate. And of course we brought some levity to the event but jumping up and down and shouting Denis’ name! We are just so very proud of Denis. Jesus has been so amazing in rescuing him and changing his life, and in these last two years Denis has made decisions in his own life to draw closer to God and really embrace the future he has walking with the Lord.

Some great adventures await. Denis is actually just now turning 17 years old. This coming year he will enroll at the Nicaraguan Technical University and pursue a degree in Engineering…following in his Papa Yuri’s footsteps. The University is located in Managua so he will keep living with our Casa Robles family and learning that new life rhythm of being a university student. Please pray for Denis as these vacations days come to an end and he starts this next adventure in his life. Papa Yuri and Mama Angelica will be there with him every step of the way…and we will too!

THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING DENIS WITH US!!!

WE ARE SO SO SO VERY PROUD OF HIM…PRAISE JESUS FOR THESE GREAT MOMENTS IN LIFE!

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If you would like to read more about Casa Robles you can click here, or use the search feature of our blog to find stories about “Casa Robles”…you can find the oldest posts and see pictures of Denis as a weeeee little guy…I found one below! So fun! If you would like to financially support Casa Robles you can do so with the buttons above or click the Donate tab for information on donating via check. We will need all the help we can get heading into 2022…we have a kid in College, LOL! Praise the Lord for that!

Happy New Year!!!

We have had a wonderful time closing out this year with all of the year end activities and family coming in to town to visit. Krista and I want to take a moment today to wish you a very Happy New Year! Even though this year has been very difficult and we have experience some heart breaking loss, our hearts still bless the name of the Lord!

Our perspectives on life have changed and at the same time our resolve to live a life that has eternal impact has been strengthened. We take time to count every blessing and know that we have been blessed beyond all measure! We hope and pray that as you ring in the New Year, that God will give you great hope for tomorrow and visions of great things for year to come. God’s promises are beautiful throughout all of scripture, but Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John have become some of my favorite verses of Scripture….

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) I love these words because it encourages my heart about eternity and the glorious future we have with Jesus. He is victorious, and we are His!

If you need encouragement as we start this new year, grab a Bible and read the Gospel of John. So much good and so much encouragement can be found there. We love you and are blessed greatly to have you in our lives! Feliz Año Nuevo! (P.S. Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister Kim Rahal…love you Tia!)

All of our ministry in Nicaragua and support for our family comes through donations. So, if you are looking for an opportunity for year end giving, we would be blessed by that! You can click here or click a button below….God Bless you and again HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Chris & Krista, Aliyah, Mason, Isabella & Juliette

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Managua, Nicaragua at midnight 2022

Many Christmas Blessings!!!

We want to send you and your family the blessings of a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Being with family and friends over the holidays is so special and we know that this year hasn’t been the easiest for getting together, but we hope you found encouragement in the moments you did find together with people you love. Christmas is such a beautiful time of happiness, hope, joy and love…it really is such a special time of year. All the things that Jesus brings into our lives when we have that personal relationship with God are celebrated…I love that! In the hardest times like the ones we are living in, we can be encouraged that God is with us! How amazing is that?!? Merry Christmas friends!!!

We had a great time together with our extended families at Casa Havilah and Casa Robles earlier this month. (click the house name for more info on the homes) We had so many wonderful things happened throughout the year. Alejandra graduated into High School and Denis graduated from High School. All of the kiddos are doing well, and Maryel is still the funniest little kid you will ever meet! Also two new little faces arrived at Havilah this year…Abu and Diego, two sweet little dogs that are a great comfort for the girls. Our girls are having the best time baby sitting them while everyone is visiting family for the Holidays! Merry Christmas from our bigger family! Also, thank you for all of the financial support and prayers throughout the year!!!

Christmas happened at Club Esperanza too and it was an awesome time! Check out our facebook page to see the live videos we did. We pray for each and every one of our students as they celebrate the holidays with their families. We look forward to seeing them back again in January for the start of a new school year in Nicaragua! Thank you for your prayers and support of Club Esperanza and the 300 children we serve every day….Merry Christmas!!!

And finally, we hope that everyone has wonderful New Years Eve Celebrations!!! We pray that 2022 is a great year of new beginnings and a year that the Lord does great things in your lives! Happy new Year!!!

God Bless from Nicaragua,

Chris & Krista Farrington

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Hurricane Relief: A Christmas report of Praise!

This past week we got to participate in one of the best Christmas gift givings you could ever dream of. We made the trip back over to Port to visit fifteen homes that were being completed this week in Wawa Bar and in Hallover. Hurricanes Eta and Iota completely destroyed these two communities last year. Helping to rebuild has been one of the ways we have joined with Verbo Church and Pastor Earl in Hurricane relief. So, it was such a huge blessing to be able to be there when each of these homes were dedicated! What an amazing amazing Christmas gift…getting to move in to a new home this December!

In every house we visited with the team from Verbo Church we got to join in celebrating with each of the families. We spent time with three sisters who grew up as orphans and had lost everything. We spent time with Jackson who was filled with so much joy in receiving this new home. His joy made each and every one of us on the trip lift up our heads and PRAISE THE LORD! There was a young widow with her four children, a home with four generations moving in as the grandmother was taking care of her ailing mother, a family of five moving from a temporary shelter of plastic and drift wood, and many others.

We dedicated each of the homes with a time of prayer and gave thanks to the Lord. The prayers were so sweet and the words of thanks were so deep. Person after person saying in Miskito, “thank you thank you thank you, never in my life did I think I would have a home like this!” And so we pass on that thanks to all of you! The Lord used a might army of His people to get these homes built, thank you. That last picture is incredibly sweet. As Todd prayed for one of the sisters receiving their home, their eldest sister was unable to get out of bed but she joined us in prayer silently from the other room. It wasn’t until after we finished the dedication that she was introduced to us…we definitely spent more time with her and praying for her afterwards, we gave thanks again and prayed for healing and new life…in Jesus name, amen!

This is Jackson! He was severely injured almost twenty years ago during Hurricane Felix when he was twelve years old. A house collapsed on him and left him partially paralyzed. He and his brother lived with their mom through Hurricanes Eta and Iota last year, but they lost everything they had. He sends this special greeting of thanks to everyone…if there is one thing you watch today on the internet, make it this video. Praise God! Great Joy!

These are the faces that make everything worth it!!! Thank you all for all of the prayers and support for this work. This is Christmas week and we celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a time of year filled with such joy! We know the Lord coordinated something beautiful in Wawa Bar and in Hallover this Christmas….Amen, Amen and Amen!

If you would like to still support the rebuilding of Hallover and Wawa Bar, there is still need. We plan to stick this out even if it takes years. It just might, Amen.

As we left Port we left a donation to help with Pastor Earl’s planned Christmas Feast in Hallover. Last year the church went out together and prepared a huge traditional soup with everyone in the community. It will be another hope filled Christmas in Hallover as they feast together and worship God, things are getting better!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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SIDENOTE: It was a really special time for Mason and I to be back out there together. When we first visited after Hurricane Eta we were together in the group. It was Mason’s first time being on an official mission trip and it impacted both of us deeply. To get to see the amazing things God does when He moves in big ways was so awesome! Even awesome-er, is that this time we took Denis from Casa Robles with us on HIS first missions trip!!! Denis graduated High School this year (blog post coming soon on that…we are so so proud of him!) and God put it on Krista and my heart to invite him to join us for a Senior trip of sorts. It was so fun, and crazy because Denis had never been on an airplane before…so his first experience flying was on these puddle jumpers we fly in to reach Port! It was smooth sailing and it was a very blessed time to be together!

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