We are now able to post our newsletter in a viewable format. (If you click the picture it will enlarge.) If you would like to receive our newsletter in the mail, please send us your address to firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively you can sign up with your email address in the right hand column of our Home Page.
In our most recent newsletter we have great news about a matching fundraising drive for our ministry sites, plus news from the different locations. We hope you enjoy reading and keeping up with things here in Nicaragua. Your prayers for these specific ministries and the people we reach is a huge blessing…we want nothing but the best of the Lord! Amen.
If you would like to participate by giving our giving info is here.
Thank you! -Chris & Krista
You may here us speak about “La Chureca” and the community of people who lived in the Managua trash dump whenever we share about Club Esperanza. Now that we have the video capability on our blog we want to take the chance to share this short film that was made for us a few years ago. It was made as La Chureca was closing, new houses were being built, and the Lord called us to continue in ministry with these families that we had served for over a decade. It really communicates our history well. (Sheyla, our director whom many of you will recognize from visits here, is featured in the film.)
Enjoy and please keep Club Cristiana La Esperanza in your prayers!
We also want to take this post to share a sensitive story. If you have continued to read down to this point, we ask that you would please pray for this family.
A tragedy has happened in the family of four of our students at Club Esperanza. These four beautiful children are pictured below with their grandmother. Tragedy struck at the end of May when their mother went missing and then two days later their father committed suicide. This indicated the worst and their mother’a body was found later that same day. This horrible news struck our staff at Club Esperanza deeply, and actually the entire community. Such a horrible evil thing to happen.
We are left with so many questions. And left with a helpless and hopeless feeling that something so evil happens so close to our center. Multiply those feelings by a thousand and that is what is facing these four children. So please pray for them. We are here for them as a greater family and we are imploring God to meet them and give them everything they need, emotionally, spiritually and physically. It is unthinkable for most of us, to go through this type of tragedy at such a young age.
Mike and Rocio Booth, who moved to Nicaragua this Spring to work with us at Club Esperanza as a pastoring and Bible teaching role, stepped in right away. Mother’s day was just days after this tragedy and so the Booth’s picked up the family and took them for a day of eating out and going to the movies. It was a first for the kids, which was so special. And in the middle of that time the Booths offered comfort, prayer and most importantly love and friendship during such a hard time. Grieving and adjusting is a day to day process for them, but we do see the Lord using the Club to give these children a refuge. Seeing the smiling face of the oldest daughter and getting a big hug from her earlier this week was a definite highlight of my day.
Please pray for them. So much to pray for. We are going to be sensitive with using their names, but please please pray for them, thank you!
Open Hearts partnered with an international organization called EMI earlier this year to develop a master plan for Ruby Ranch. EMI coordinates engineers, scientists, landscape artists and architects to assist Non Profits in developing large scale plans like we need at Ruby Ranch. As a ministry they do this at a fraction of what it might normally cost.
Check out the video below (our first video blog!).
These two photos are just a glimpse of the entire 100 page master plan, but you can see the images of future cabins, dining halls, amphitheater, water park and sports fields…
For a full copy of the master plan and more information on making these plans become reality here in Nicaragua please email Krista’s brother Brinson Buzbee at email@example.com
Also keep up to date on all the day to day action at Ruby Ranch’s Facebook Page.
If you would like to donate toward the master plan do so here (note: Ruby Ranch)
We are excited about a new fundraising campaign, news from our ministry sites, and fun family birthday news. The fundraising campaign is a matching donation that will directly fund our ministry sites, check it out if you have a moment…
FARRINGTON NEWSLETTER – SUMMER ’17 (Click to read)
Family News: Yesterday was “Dia de las Madres” (Mother’s Day) here in Nicaragua so we got to celebrate mommy all day long! In honor of Mother’s Day all Nicaraguan schools close and it is a National Holiday. Isn’t that cool? We had a fun day with the best Mother in the entire world! We Love You Mommy!
Krista’s younger siblings put together a fun full day of celebration too and basically cooked all day long breakfast, lunch and dinner for their mom. They included Krista and Melissa too, who just got into town for the summer. It was excellent food, fun gifts and beautiful flowers! A really impressive bunch of teenagers in the Buzbee house 🙂
We appreciate your love, prayers and support to our family here in Nicaragua!
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An update to our “Freezer Fundraiser” earlier this month. We just want say thank you to all of you who donated to help get the new freezer for Club Esperanza! We were able to get the freezer soon after the fundraiser and because of your generosity we were ALSO able to get the new industrial stove needed for the feeding program! (no more mini explosions when the gas is turned off…scary!).
Your prayers, your gifts, and your general interest in the children we serve at Club Esperanza really means alot. From the entire staff at the club, and especially the kitchen crew, we are so thankful for these new appliances!
The stove made its journey from “Food Machine” (that is the name of the store LOL!), was loaded on to the back of my truck, and then to its new home with Doña Uvaldina at Club Esperanza. Doña Uva has been cooking since the days we were in the dump of La Chureca. She worked with the old freezer and stove for over a decade. She loved getting the new appliances and passes on a huge thank you as well. She added, that we hope to get another decade out of these new ones! Amen!
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they might see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5:16) I often find myself saying, I am not a humanitarian, I am a crazy Christian that radically wants to see God glorified in all that we do here. Many of our ‘works’ in Nicaragua meet temporary needs like education, feeding, health, etc…and that is so awesome! But what is even more awesome and what motivates us, is that these things impact eternity!
This past month we had a couple of eternally important moments.
Doug was down here with Christ Journey Church and their youth missions team. During a time of prayer towards the end of our trip, Doug has a powerful experience with God. We were at Mrs. Ruby’s House praying together. It was an awesome time of the Lord moving in and around all of us. Doug was so moved, that he gave his life to Jesus and wanted to be baptized. He put it this way, “I have heard about God for a long time now, and heard about Jesus and all of the good things there. But today I have decided to start listening, I want to give my life to Jesus, and I want to be baptized” It was awesome! And even more awesome was getting in the pool that night and having his baptism! Amen.
This personal relationship with Jesus that is available to all of humanity is something that impacts eternity. And what Doug realized this trip is that eternity starts right now. There is no waiting for the streets of gold, he has got that special relationship with God now through His son Jesus Christ. And God wants to use Doug’s life to do even more good things here on earth right now and continue calling others towards eternity!
(you may be able to see in the pictures…Doug’s family was able to join us too from Miami…the wonders of the world we live in! Awesome.)
At Club Esperanza last week I got to see another beautiful moment that also impacted eternity. One of the mother’s from our preschool class walked by with Teacher Cecilia and headed into the office with Sheyla. I thought there may have been a problem with her child, but when I got to the office it was the opposite. Maria wanted to give her life to Jesus and pray to accept Him as her Lord and Savior! So Awesome.
I took a picture as I walked in because I was so moved by Sheyla and Cecilia taking the time to pray with Maria. When I saw it later on my phone I was so overjoyed. There wasn’t a revival meeting, or a Bible study, or a class on salvation…not this week at least. But, in the movement of all the goings on at Club Esperanza, salvation was happening. Maria has a tough story and life has been rough for her. But now, knowing Jesus will fill every void, heal every hurt and give hope for the future. I loved this moment.
I hope you are encouraged and celebrate these stories with us, moments that have that incredible impact on the rest of time.
Easter week in Nicaragua is vacation for all the schools to celebrate “Semana Santa”…Holy Week. The youth group from Christ Journey Church, our home church in Miami, came down during their Spring Break to spend the week with our kids at Club Cristiana La Esperanza. We had such an awesome time together!
Since the Club was empty for vacation we got to use the entire facility to hang out with the kids for the week. You really can’t replace having a place to chill, and that was the best part of the week. We did bible studies, and games, arts and crafts and music…played lots of soccer. But when you get to spend time together, finding out about each others lives, praying for each others needs, that makes for a great week!
Every day in the afternoon we put our hands to the shovel and built a sidewalk out in front of Club Esperanza. What used to be a run down entrance that was pretty sad is now a smooth sidewalk, with a grass border, flowers and two permanent potters with trees in them! The front of the Club looks beautiful now thanks to these kids hard work!
On our last day together we went out to Ruby Ranch and had an incredibly fun finale. The hardest part was saying good bye for sure. I watched our kids break down with tears. Then later when I talked to the teachers who rode home with the kids, they said the story was the same…not a dry eye on the bus. The beautiful thing is that the Lord’s presence was in the middle of these friendships as they formed and the influence will be an impact on the future. Every day that I have gone to club since they left, the kids are always asking about their friends in Miami. Praise God for that!
God gave us a great Easter week! Amen.