Summer Fun: Big news at Casa Robles!

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Andrews and Angel have been a part of our extended family at Casa Robles for almost their entire lives.  Angelica and Yuri are affectionately their Mama and Papa here in Nicaragua.  We are all part of their family too, they call me Tio Chachi and know us all as part of their family.  Well, over this last year their family has extended even more with the Cloud family.  The Clouds have been involved in ministry with us for a number of years now and always loved all the boys at Robles.  Last year they began to feel the Lord asking them to give these boys a chance to live in the United States, go to school there, and be part of their family.  Over the last year the Lord worked out details for Angel and Andrews to be the ones to make this journey.  It was a bit of a “long suffering” process as we needed to have patience throughout the detailed process and let the Lord work things out in His perfect timing.

That perfect timing was evidenced in what happened a week and a half ago.  Over the past year we had gotten things in order in Nicaragua and on the U.S. side.  The boys biological parents were on board.  Our family, Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri were all excited about what this opportunity with the Clouds was going to bring to their lives.  The Clouds had made exciting preparations for the boys and were overjoyed to invite them into their home and their family in Florida.

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We had things as prepared as we could, but expected set backs.  We didn’t realize how quickly God would work.  The Clouds got here on a Saturday.  We had Nicaraguan visa appointments.  Then we had the big appointments at the embassy for the boys Student visas.  There were lots of documents to sign and things to have in order.  There was so much that could go sideways…but everything went perfectly and all of a sudden the boys were “leaving on a jet plane” by the next Saturday!!!  It was such an amazing thing to be a part of…..definitely an awesome part of our “Summer Fun”!

We are so excited to see what God is going to do for Angel and Andrews in the years to come.  They are going to become bilingual, they are going to get a great education, their entire worldview is going to change.  Even better they are going to continue to be loved and cared for as a part of God’s beautiful extended family!  And the excitement of what they will become in the future is so exciting!  We are praying for God to continue to grow them into young men of God.  That they would be know as “Oaks of Righteousness”… “Robles de Justicia”, as it says in Isaiah 61.  We pray they will become young men who will affect the future of Nicaragua and the world!  Amen.

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You can see in some of those pictures above that Angel and Andrew got there first test at language when they all went through Immigration together.  Then they got to fly on a plane for the first time.  Then the flight crew was so nice to them and the Pilot actually let them sit in the cockpit….they got their wings!

Please keep Angel, Andrews and the Clouds in your prayers this year!

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We also ask for your continued prayers for Denis, Heyler and Freder from Casa Robles as they continue their schooling here in Nicaragua.  They are gonna miss their Casa Robles brothers but are also excited for Andrews and Angel.  We hope and pray the Lord will do amazing thing in these boys lives as well…and any others the Lord would bring into our care.  Praise God for the good things he is doing at Casa Robles!

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God Bless from Nicaragua!!!


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Summer Fun: Tallahassee Crew

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Mrs. Mary Register brought a crew down from Canopy Roads Baptist Church in Tallahassee, FL. this summer to work with Open Hearts.  The agenda was packed with a remodeling project in Los Brasiles, a couple of Vacation Bible School events in Los Cedros and Monte Fresco and a trip out to Ruby Ranch to help finish planting trees on Chapel Hill.

Out in Los Brasiles it was makeover time for one of the classrooms at Club Los Brasiles.  Painting walls….and painting floors?!?  It had to be done, it was actually sealing the tiles and as funny as it was, it was a huge help! 🙂  Then, shopping for new books and stocking the shelves for the children when they got back from summer vacation.

For many years now, Mrs. Mary has been hosting summer VBS events in Los Cedros and Monte Fresco and this year the team returned to lots of smiling faces and kids ready to go for a day of fun learning about Jesus.  There was a miscommunication in one of the towns and the kids weren’t there in the morning, but a quick walk through the neighborhood and all of a sudden it was a packed house!  These types of days impact the children and their memories for years to come.  It is really really fun.

Then on a day that the crew had some extra time, they decided to make the most of it and volunteered to head out to Ruby Ranch and help finish planting rows of trees to give shade up on Chapel Hill.

Thanks so much to Canopy Roads and all of your all’s help!  We loved having you down and loved the times we got to spend in the Lord’s presence together.  Praying together at Miss Ruby’s house was such a good time too!  God Bless!

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Thank you also to everyone who has been reading our “Summer Fun” blogs.  We are so grateful for your support and your covering of prayers!  We may not get every single event out on our blog but hope you enjoy reading what we do post.

God bless the end of your summer!


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Summer Fun: …Family Fun!

Coburn, Melissa and all the Murray cousins came to Nicaragua….FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER!  And Aunt Ebi was here too!  The summer can be a busy time with lots going on, lots of great Jesus glorifying things!  But, probably the best part is that we get to have family fun together in the middle of it all!

We got to enjoy time with the Murrays all summer long while they were hosting summer teams.  It was COUSIN TIME from sun up to sun down.  Most days started with Papa blowing his shofar at 7a.m. and all the grandkids from all over the farm yelling Alleluia.  And then it was “can I go see Cobbie?”  “Can I go to the rancho and see Adelyn?” “Can we go to Aunt Lala’s house?”.  Oh it was so much fun, and we know for sure that this type of time together is a real gift from God.  These are times we will all remember forever, especially our kids.  Running barefoot all over Quinta Havilah and having their Papa laugh at all his “free range” grandkids.  We celebrated Mother’s Day with Gramma, a few summer birthdays, and we even snuck in a birthday party for Lilah even though she isn’t quite 1 years old yet 🙂  It was soooooo fun!  Aunt Ebi was able to come down early in the summer from Raleigh too.  She was hosting and coordinating the medical team from Florida State University.  So, all the cousins got to tackle her when she came home every day after clinics…ok maybe not literally tackle her 🙂

We just had to include our family fun in these Summer Fun blogs.  It really was a special time to spend together!  Thank you Jesus!  We do so appreciate your prayers and support for all of us and our big ol’ family.  Here are some photos of the crazy little ones…

 


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Summer Fun: On Mission for Nicaragua…

Our friends Hilary & Jack Snook, their family and a bunch of friends from Georgia came down this summer on “Mission for Nicaragua.”  They organized over the year under this banner and came down ready to Dominate for Jesus in any way that they could! They bought beds, visited churches, and loved on people all over the small rural town of Los Brasiles where Open Hearts has “Club Los Brasiles”.  This is a very impactful ministry center that Coburn and Melissa started years ago and keep operating, bringing all sorts of blessings to this rural area.  The Georgia folks were all in, and it was an awesome couple of weeks with people coming and going.  I loved hearing their stories in the evenings here at the Quinta, specifically one story where they were in a small little church service and the presence of God just began moving in people’s hearts and many were suddenly overwhelmed by God, tears in their eyes, worshiping our creator!

There was also time to go out to Ruby Ranch on a few camp days with kids from Los Brasiles!  This is always such a fun time…but of course this group of people were not just here for fun so they grabbed some shovels and go to work finishing some hard labor on the retaining walls surrounding the first dorm!  Dominate4Jesus#

Then to top things off, they visited Club Esperanza and walked with our teacher Henriette to visit with the children in our ministry who have special needs.  Henriette started “Junto por Inclusion” this past year and now cares for ten different families in the urban area surrounding Club Esperanza.  While visiting and praying for families they met Jason who is very severely handicapped and restricted to a wheel chair. His mom said he needed a new bed…so they bought him one.  Amen!

It was a great time with our Georgia friends…praise Jesus for all these good things!

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Summer Fun: New Rancho at Club Esperanza!

Last week Illuminate Church from Celebration, Florida came down to Nicaragua with a team of awesome people ready to bless all the kids at Club Cristiano La Esperanza with a new Rancho!  This is going to be an outside study area with a cool temperature roof that will serve our High School tutoring program, giving them a place to gather and get their homework done.  It will also be a great gathering area for student birthday parties and other fun events…all the parents are already excited about swing piñatas from beams 🙂  Check out the progress of this awesome addition to Club Esperanza!

The team was not satisfied just letting the professionals do the “high wire” work on the rancho.  While we waited for the moments they needed extra hands, we got to work on other projects at the club.  We painted one of our preschool rooms, served lunch, weeded and weed whacked the gardens, swept, cleaned, mopped and built a new fence around the garden!  It was such a good week and Club Esperanza was so blessed by this trip!

It is so great to make this kind of progress on different projects at the Club!

Praise Jesus for a great week!!!  

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The “Magnificant 7” up on Chapel Hill at Ruby Ranch!

 

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Summer Fun…Narrow Gaters!

Every summer we have some friends who want to spend a little more time in Nicaragua and jump into ministry for an extended period time.  Narrow Gate is a program Krista and I have hosted since we moved to Nicaragua in 2005.  We focus on learning, serving and living in community with the program.  We study the things of God together with some select reading and study.  We put our hands to work at all of our ministry sites as well as working with teams that come through over the summer.  We also focus on the refinement of our own character as we live in community together doing the “normal” day to day life.  It is a 40 day session and we love it!

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Walking on the New parks along Lake Managua.

This summer we have a crew of young adults from all across the United States.  Breanna is joining us from Oregon, Jess from Colorado and Jessica from Florida.  We’ve got a great cross section of the States this year!  These ladies have been such a blessing to our family and to our ministry this summer.  It is awesome!  We are about half way through the summer and actually are blogging about them now, so you can pray for the rest of our summer.  God is doing lots of cool things and we want to keep doing things with our lives that honor Him!  We have volunteered at Club Esperanza, done camps and manual labor at Ruby Ranch, joined in ministry with a number of groups in lots of different cities, had some great ministry and prayer times at Mrs. Ruby’s, and had lots of great meals together…doing the dishes together afterwards too 🙂  There are more groups on the way, more volunteer time at the Rescue homes, a solitude retreat and solo journeys where they will live in a home with a Nicaraguan family and go to work with them everyday.  Like I said, fun stuff.  Thanks for your prayers for all of us!!!  And thanks Jessica, Jess & Breanna for Dominatin’ For Jesus with us this summer!


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Summer Fun…Valor Christian School

We have been in a fun summer swing with visitors from the states coming down and volunteering in ministry with us!  Praise God for all the hands on deck!

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Valor Christian School from Colorado has been a partner at Ruby Ranch since its beginning and this year they were able to spend most of their time with children from the local community and working at the Double R.  In the above picture you can see the work they did rebuilding the outdoor chapel.  Probably the wildest moment of their trip was on their first day when a storm of Biblical portions rose up and dumped on them.  Getting home was a wild adventure.  They climbed out in the downpour to fix the road with the community (the road was becoming a river), then they had to forge a river the bus couldn’t cross and eventually make it out!  What could have been a disaster turned into a pretty awesome time working together and keeping the joy and patience of the Lord in the middle of a Storm (literally).

They also took a day and helped at Club Esperanza.  We painted the entire Early Childhood Education center.  This was much needed after hundreds of little hands smearing across the walls every day!  As much as they worked, they had as much fun with the kids at the Club.  It was another great bit of time spent…and as you notice in some of the pictures below all the paint didn’t quite make it to the wall.  LOL!

All the work was great, but the best part of the trip was what the Lord did in the students’ lives.  There was a move of God among them, several giving their lives to Jesus, others intentionally dedicating themselves to putting God first and thirteen of them got baptized here at the Buzbees!  It was an awesome finale to their week!  Praise Jesus!

Keep an eye on our blog as we hope to put up other reports from all our Summer fun!  God is good, all the time!  And all the time, God is good!

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