Isandra is a part of our “Juntos Para Una Inclusion” program at Club Esperanza. She is from a wonderful family that lives in a neighborhood surrounding the Managua Municipal Dump (formerly La Chureca). Her parents Daniel and Mercedes have actually been the family responsible for keeping Miss Ruby’s home and the Prayer Upper Room in good order for the last three years. Isandra is one of their five daughters.
We got a pretty scary call from Daniel telling us that Isandra was severely ill with abdominal pain and a fever. On their first visit to the clinic they were told she would be fine. But, as her parents, Daniel and Mercedes knew something was wrong. They went to the hospital and Isandra was taken in for emergency surgery for a ruptured Appendix! Appendicitis can be life threatening in cases where it ruptures. Daniel asked us to prayer and we passed on word to all of you through social media. Wow their family was so deeply touched by all of your prayers!
Daniel even reflected with me when I visited him while Isandra was in recovery. He said over the last few years his wife and one of his other daughters had been hospitalized and they just sort of felt like they were in a desert by themselves. But with Isandra just by happenstance of seeing us recently and reaching out for prayer there was such a movement of people who hit their knees…and he said he could feel it! They didn’t feel alone. He went on to say with tears in his eyes how he thinks Isandra is special, how the grace of God seems to settle on some in powerful ways. As he was crying Daniel said Isandra has a special anointing of God’s grace on her life.
We say amen to that! Here is a special video from Daniel and Isandra….
Isandra’s Story is Amazing! Praise the Lord! Daniel told me as they left the hospital after only five days, there were two others in the Intensive Care that had been there for a long time after surgery for ruptured appendices…one for over 20 days and another for over a month. Wow! So encouraging how the Lord brought Isandra back to health so quickly! And also an encouragement for all of us to pray for those other two people as well….amen amen amen!
Some of you have reached out to us asking if you can help Isandra and her family in some way. You can do so by donating below and we will make sure to take care of them! Here is a short list of some of the things we can help with: Pampers, toiletries, wet wipes, fruits and vegetables, dietary supplements, a bed that reclines for her special needs.
Thanks for your prayers everyone! A beautiful testimony!!!
This month we had a special guest come to the Club and give a presentation to all of our students at Ileana’s School! Sergio Bustamante is a Nicaraguan children’s author who has created original characters and brings them to life in his stories….Baky, Jimmy, Tito y Rayo…all with an intentional message of helping children in Nicaragua see the world as bigger than what is in front of them.
We happened to meet Sergio randomly at Pop’s Ice Cream Shop when we were there celebrating Gigi’s 92nd Birthday. Krista’s sister Hope recognized Sergio from videos she watched with her daughter Sofia. We took some pictures and Mr. Buzbee prayed for him there in the middle of ice cream shop. It was one of those fun random God moments and you could feel the presence of the Lord blessing this young man.
Sergio got in touch with us later and asked if he could come to Club Esperanza and present his books in real life. He is a story teller and he has his own speakers, microphone and life size cutouts of his characters. We said yes of course and knew it would be awesome! Needless to say this was a HUGE treat for our kiddos. It was such a cool event to be able to do for them! Here are some photos from the day!
Our feeding program continues to have a huge impact on the community surrounding Club Esperanza. As we have said in the past we serve meals twice a day to every one of our students at all age levels from preschool all the way up to our High School Scholarship students and the University students that are a recipients of college scholarships from of our Enmannuel College Scholarship Fund.
Beyond the daily reach to our kids, the worldwide pandemic has made life very very very difficult in Nicaragua. As a world economy slows, it has a dominoe effect on very poor countries like Nicaragua which is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We could see the affect of this, especially in some of the elderly in our neighborhood…so we opened up the feeding program to them as well. It is very sweet. After all the children have been served, they show up a little later and are served in a very dignified way. God is good….we are His hands and feet…we worship His holy name as we serve!
One of our major partners in Nicargua for our feeding program is Orphan Network. We got a call just this past week to come and pick up a load of about two tons of rice, beans, soy, and powdered eggs. There was a little urgency for us, but we were able to use our new pickup to stack it high and get the shipment with no problem! Of course, having the help of our awesome staff at the Club is what really makes all of this possible!
God is sooooo good and we love serving Him! Club Esperanza is an amazing beacon of light for the Gospel of Jesus Christ lived out in every hand held, meal served, student getting educated, family being restored, child being protected and allowed to live a “normal” life where they can see the world as bigger than what is in front of them. God has great purposes for everyone person we serve every day…we know it!!!
Please be in continued prayers for Club Esperanza. So much good happens, but at the same time there are constant battles against sin and darkness. We have to make hard decisions, we have to shine light on difficult things, it is hard at times. We press on.
Your prayers sustain us….thank you!!!
Hello Hello Hello to all of our family and friends! We have been moving and shaking and living life down here in Nicaragua over the last few months….but I have been a poor updater and newsletter writer. But alas today I thought I would do a fun long blog of pictures and happenings with our family and ministry. We are so very thankful that you cover us in your prayers, it has been a difficult last few years in Nicaragua. And we really appreciate your financial support to all God is doing here!
We appreciate you!….Chris, Krista, Aliyah, Mason, Isabella & Juliette
We recently received a large shipment of Bibles donated by our friend Pastor Mike Booth at Calvary Chapel Managua. Among the Nicaraguan population in general there is a real desire for God’s Word, and almost as often as we are asked for help with a monetary need, we are also asked if we happen to have a Bible. Praise God for that, and praise God for this donation of over 1,000 Bibles. Daniel (pictured) has become the caretaker for Ruby’s Prayer House and is an awesome man of God. He spends his days when he isn’t able to find work sharing the Gospel on street corners and markets in Managua. He went through an entire box of Bibles the first few days. We are asking the Lord to bless these Bibles and use them to bring people into a place of having a personal relationship with Jesus!
You may remember Fredder from Casa Robles. He went through a pretty deep valley last year, giving up on his schooling at NCA, moving out of Robles and back into a very hectic life outside the dump with his family. But the God of the mountain tops is also the God of the valleys, and He met Fredder there. Fredder now has moved up north and is an apprentice in his uncle’s carpentry shop. He is learning hard work there and has also gotten a new perspective on life from the Lord. He volunteers at his church in Matagalpa, even leading worship and sharing a message during mid week services. Fredder is doing great personally and we praise God for that! These Bibles have been going up to Matagalpa by the box load too! Amen.
In our little homeschooling household things have been cranking along. I snapped this picture the other morning because it was too cute. Bella working on computer while she and Juliette sipping tea and Mason supervising the math lesson LOL! We are very thankful that God has given us the chance to teach our kids in the way we do. Krista puts in many hours and does an incredible job. This semester has some fun online experiences too with French class, English class, and special tutoring with Mrs. Kevin Randal. We appreciate your prayers for each of our kiddos as we raise them up…it is a joy and we need prayer! Amen that those two things aren’t mutually exclusive LOL!
The school year at Club Esperanza has started off with lots of excitement after the 2020 school year was so tumultuous dealing with the Corona Virus. We have made the appropriate adjustments and are getting back to normal as much as possible for our kids. We believe that God has us in this specific community for the specific purpose of affecting the lives of the children. So, getting school going for them has been a priority numero uno! Teacher Eliza started the year with an incredible project helping the students create art projects based on the Bible stories she was teaching them. It was so fun to watch them show off their work!
Another fun time at Club Esperanza this spring, was when Teacher Veronica turned her English lesson on naming all the fruits and vegetables into a life sized experience. Grapes, tomatoes, strawberries and more were seen wandering around the school yard on day in March…..it was lots and lots of fun!
Churches are slowly opening back up in Nicaragua and we have enjoyed getting back in to our community at Verbo Church here in Managua. But one of the fun times we had together during the pandemic, was gathering at Uncle Brinson’s house to watch church online with the family. It is always fun to get together with Krista’s entire family for church and lunch afterwards…we also had fun when other families would join us during the Spring.
In April we got to celebrate Mommy’s birthday! Gramma always gets up early on birthday mornings to make her special sweet bread….it is the best way to start a birthday morning!!! We would never mention any age after 29 but this one was the last of a certain digit and next year may be monumental! 🙂
Denis, Elery and Maryel are all doing very well adjusting to all of the crazy ways Covid has affected Nicaragua. Casa Robles has been an anchor for them and they are really thriving. Mama Angelica just got their report cards and both Maryel and Elery were on the Honor Roll! And Denis is going to graduate High School this year….we are so so so excited for that! But as everyone know around the world things have been slow….so when things are slow what do you do? You do puzzles! It may sound funny, but we have had the best time passing puzzles back and forth between our house and Casa Robles. We appreciate all of your continued prayers for Casa Robles!
We spent the big Spring holiday of Semana Santa out at the beach camping at Costa Azul! Mason found a way to turn a giant blue barrel into the best outside bathtub on earth LOL! We also had fun with our friends the Ohrans…our girls are such good friends with their girls and we had a fun time camping at the beach with them!
Speaking of the Ohrans….Jace, Todd and Brandon went to work out at Ruby Ranch doing a build of some awesome adventure bike tracks. These guys are incredibly talented and just go to work to build some exciting new things whenever they can. Things are still in the works but it was so fun to go out and visit them with Isabella while they had the bobcat in action! This thing is going to be EPIC!!!
As the world calms down with the Corona Virus we are definitely looking forward to getting camps up and running again out at Ruby Ranch. It is an incredible treasure and place that God will use to really impact the lives of anyone who has the chance to visit. Even in this slow time we have still been able to do some camps….check out the Ruby Ranch Website to stay updated!
After over a year of not cutting his hair, Chris finally yielded and cut it all off! It was a sort of silent protest against Covid….but the darn virus keeps persisting and it was finally time to get a trim. He was also getting ready to travel to Texas to help with a fundraiser for our friends at Austin Samaritans. They have partnered with us at Club Esperanza since 2007 and asked Chris to speak at their Spring Dinner. So he had to clean up a little bit!
It was a wonderful event to be a part of and we are very thankful to Austin Samaritans for being such a faithful partner with us serving the families that used to live in the La Chureca dump! We look forward to many more years partnering together with them to reach as many children and young adults as possible, giving them as much help as we possibly can to help them grown into young women and men who have great success in life and are grounded in the things of God.
Traveling to Texas meant passing through Miami. As I waited to get all the Covid testing to return to Nicaragua, I got to visit my family which was AWESOME! Uncle Matt and Aunt Reina have a new baby…..baby Levi is a miracle! He was born a bit premature and had some serious concerns and spent two weeks in the NICU. Reina and Matt got to bring him home a few weeks ago and he is such a beautiful baby boy! God heard all of our prayers and has been with the McDonalds through all of this……I was soooooo excited to get to meet my youngest nephew for the first time! I loved spending time laughing with all of the McDonald’s over meals, it was such a fun visit…and I got to spend time with my mom too, who is my favorite person in the world! We love baby Levi…he has an awesome mom and dad and some pretty awesome big brothers! I was very thankful to get a surprise visit home.
Covid has caused some major issues with travel and Nicaragua has been affected greatly. The testing and the protocols here have made it incredibly difficult to travel, there is only one flight each day….for the whole country! So as you can imagine we have many friends who are unable to visit….and they have friends down here who they occasionally send support to for medical issues or assistance in the economic crisis or many other things. Because we have a solid established footprint in Nicaragua over the last fifteen or so years we have also been able to help with any of these random needs that arise and make that connection from overseas to Nicaragua…Praise the Lord! It is one of those random things we are able to do, but it honestly brings a great joy to our hearts.
Lastly in our little family update was our weekend trip to Little Corn Island with the Boone and Booth boys. Nicaragua has so many fun places to see and this spot was one of them we have never seen before. It was also a good bye trip for some of Mason’s best buds here in Nicaragua. We love the entire Boone fam and are going to miss them tremendously as they follow the Lord’s leading back home to California. This was an EPIC trip together for the boys…..remote island, hiking and climbing a tower for the view, snorkeling in reefs and touching a shark, hanging out on the beach doing boy stuff…it was just awesome! We were super pumped to get to do this father son trip! And we are going to super miss the Boones…it is going to be a very hard good bye!
Well that is all from our little update…thank you again so much for caring about our family and about the work the Lord is doing here in Nicaragua. It is the best adventure we could ever be on, amen!
God bless you and yours….The Farringtons
UPDATE: We wanted to make sure and share an update on Connie and her new wheelchair! When I saw her mom Teresa she was overwhelmed and said thank you a million times…I told her how we decided to put the word out and what a great response we had! I told her any other need she had you all have got it covered. (Which you do because you all are awesome…thank you!). We will use any extra funds to help any other needs that come up for the “Juntos Para Una Inclusion” program…Teresa was also excited to know that!
The chair was completely custom made so it took a couple weeks but just yesterday Teresa sent some photos of Connie in her new chair…..PRAISE THE LORD! Thank ya’ll!!!
One of our alumni of our preschool and a very sweet little girl has a need that we want to make happen for her. Connie’s mom who lives in the neighborhood and actually started working with us at Club Esperanza left a card for Chachi today asking for a loan. Connie has some special needs that make life challenging for her. Her mom is asking for a loan to get her a new specialized wheelchair that will better suit her specific needs. She asked for a loan for $600 to be able to buy the chair. Instead of a loan, we are going to buy the chair for Connie and bless their family! If you would like to help that would be awesome! Praise God for Connie’s life and praise God for her mother that loves her and does all she can for her. Amen….
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matthew 19:14
We had the best bus for so many years of serving the Lord here in Nicaragua and today she went on to a new home. There are many many many memories of serving the Lord in this old Alachua County School District School Bus! Many friends commemorated their trips to Nicaragua by signing the roof…so there is huge sentimental value to us all!
But God is so good and during a time that we have not been using the bus very much at all, Mr. Buzbee started to feel led by the Lord to give the bus away. Around the same time our long time friends Edgard and Judith had found themselves in need of a way to transport people with their new church and ministry that has been growing over the past few years. They are an awesome couple and family and are doing great Jesus things here in Nicaragua. So our Ol’ Glorious bus has found a new home…Praise The Lord!
When the time comes again to host teams, we know the Lord will make a way to move everyone around! But we know everyone will be just as excited as we are to see this bus glorify Jesus. We think it is awesome when things that are only of material earthly possession have such good use for God’s good things…Amen to that!
We have built the first of what we hope to be dozens of homes working towards rebuilding the Miskito Indigenous communities devastated by Hurricanes ETA and IOTA last year. It was an amazing trip and so beautiful to be a part of God’s people coming to the aid of those in need. “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:13
Out of the ashes hope will rise! This was the scene as we approached the construction site. It was quite the contradiction to see something new and beautiful rising from so much destruction. It was a huge blessing to give Alberto’s family a new home! More on this story below…but first, would you consider donating to build another home? Little by little we can make a huge difference in rebuilding these communities!
The cost to build a home is $8000
The picture above is of Alberto, his wife Fatima and part of their family after we dedicated their new home to them with a time of prayer and blessing. On our first trip to Wawa Bar after Hurricane ETA and as Hurricane IOTA was arriving our friend Todd Ohran found Alberto sitting on the front porch of what was left of his home. He was crying. We spent the rest of our time with Alberto gathered around him and listening to the story of the beautiful house he had, the little store they had built on the front of the house, how this store was what allowed him to provide for his family which included his children and grandchildren. They all lived together there. The entire front of his house where the store was had been torn off. Alberto was sitting on the slumped over remains of the back portion of his house. It was sooooo hard to see. I remember having Mason with us that trip, that was the only time I saw tears come into his eyes. We had seen lots of destruction. But, to sit with a grown man who couldn’t hold back the emotions was a hard moment. We prayed together as we left and I remember Todd telling Alberto that we won’t forget about him. As we left, the evacuations were starting because Hurricane Iota was approaching. This was the hardest part about remembering that day. Hurricane Iota took what was left of Alberto’s house…it was devastating!
Todd didn’t forget Alberto. Todd led the team of chain saw crews to return to Wawa Bar after Iota to help clear large trees, he went and found Alberto. His house was completely gone and he was huddled under temporary shelter with seven other families…..SEVEN! This was when the ball started rolling to get something done! Pastor Earl from Verbo Church was able to develop a cost estimate and design for rebuilding houses. I remember talking with Todd when he returned and asking about Alberto. It felt like God was going to move and make something happen! As 2021 turned we were heading over to Puerto Cabezas together to build three houses…the first one for Alberto in Wawa Bar!
The trip was pretty awesome! There is something very special doing things on the micro scale….the overall devestation is still so evident on the ground in WawaBar. Verbo Church was delivering water to the community as we worked on the house because clean water is still not available. The landscape is still scattered with debri as people have built temporary shelters out of the scraps they have found. It is hard hard hard when you look at things from the macro level. It is overwhelming. So, for God to give us this special time building a home that will last for decades and be a shelter for several generations in this one family was really really really awesome!
It was very special to spend more time with Alberto and hear his heart for his neighbors and for his community. He told us how his little church next door has started meeting in the open air (the church had been completely destroyed). He told us he was a musician and they asked him to lead times of worship but he was ashamed because his dental bridge had been damaged. But they told him not to worry we don’t have electricity and nobody can see you anyway! We talked with other church members that visited about permanent water solutions. His wife even cooked lunch for us one day…imagine that, a family that has lost everything is cooking you a meal in the midst of all that had happened. You can bet we ate every single bite, and it was really good!
The most memorable moment for me was listening to Alberto talk about the day he realized his house was going to get rebuilt. Communication is difficult in Wawa Bar, so there was no real way to let him know the decision that had been made. He said he was in his house praying one morning. He had his Bible open and was taking the morning to spend time with God and set all of his heavy burdens before the Lord when he heard someone calling his name outside. “Alberto Medina, Alberto Medina”. He walked out to see who it was and said “I am Alberto Medina”. The men arriving said “we are from Verbo Church and we are here to start building your house, can you help us carry the wood up from the shore?” How awesome is that?
God is so very good and it was such a great work to be a part of! There is still so much to be done, but we are happy to go little by little and make a great impact for God’s Kingdom.
Please consider donating or passing our information on to organizations who may be able to donate. (email is best… firstname.lastname@example.org) These houses really are pretty amazing for the cost it takes to build them. Todd and I even joked about how we were working with shiplap out in the middle of nowhere! We stopped short of our idea to start our own reality tv show LOL!
Love and blessings from Nicaragua,
Chris & Krista
This week we are preparing for the 2021 school year which starts NEXT WEEK! We serve over 300 families every day at Club Esperanza with our feeding program, Ileana’s School, early childhood education, Lacrosse The Nations, High School Scholarship Program, Juntos Para Inclusión (Special Needs Program) and our newly formed Emmanuel College Scholarship Fund…..sooooo we need your prayers!!
We hope to get some posts up next week as things kick off but just wanted to put up a quick blog as we are preparing!
We are decorating walls, distributing school supplies, installing dry erase boards, painting walls, and we already opened the feeding program…amen amen amen…thank you for your prayers and support as we prep for next week!!!
With all of the COVID issues, the two Hurricanes hitting Nicaragua, and our travel home being cancelled…TWICE! We didn’t get ourselves together this year for a year end Newsletter or Christmas card….but Aliyah is savvy on the iPad and got a little video together really quickly…
…MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!
We do hope and pray that the peaceful presence of God blesses you this Christmas season! It has been such a difficult year, and knowing everyone is probably not as close to loved ones as they may like to be is really sad. But Praise God….He knows how we feel and feels what we feel. Because on Christmas, God came down to earth. Jesus’ birth is amazing and we celebrate it!
We are blessed to live in a time in history that God is not distant, not far off, but wants to be in a relationship with us. Jesus promised before his resurrection that His Holy Presence would be with us until the end of the ages. God is with us. So, our prayer and our hope is that in this difficult year God would meet with you, that you would feel His presense in mighty ways, and that he would bless you as a friend would bless their friends, a parent would bless their children, as a spouse would bless their love….that this Christmas season you would personally feel God with you…and that that would make all the difference!
We love and miss you! Merry Christmas!!!
Chris & Krista Farrington
Thank you all for your generous support of Nicaragua during this difficult time. Within a two week period, Puerto Cabezas on the Northern Carribean side of Nicaragua was hit by two massive storms, Hurricane Eta (Cat 4) and then Hurricane Iota (Cat 5). In the weeks since we have mobilized to support our local church Verbo in Puerto Cabezas and the churches along the Rio Coco. We put out a call for support and your alls response has been amazing!
Below we share some stories…but there is still so much to do!
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER SO FAR! We’ve sent over 100,000 pounds of food for immediate food relief in the areas directly hit by the Hurricanes. There are tens of thousands of people affected by these storms. We have delivered food packs to families in shelters and to their homes as they are returning to their devastated villages.
We purchased eight chainsaws and delivered them to Puerto Cabezas to begin the massive clean up effort. The team worked for the week in Port as well as in two Miskito villages. Since that first trip, members of Verbo church have been going to each remote Miskito village, staying for several days working with the local community to clean up their properties of fallen trees and destroyed homes.
We purchased a boat motor to make it possible for Verbo Church to deliver food packs and relief to the most remote Miskito Villages along the coast that took a direct hit from the Hurricanes. Hallover is a village of 105 homes on the coast. This village was the landing point for BOTH storms and it was split in two by the storms. All of the homes were destroyed except for one, and now the Carribean connects to the Bay right through Hallover. It was very very sad to witness such massive destruction.
We have also purchased 1,100 pieces of roofing tin to help people rebuild their homes as they return to their villages from the shelters in Puerto Cabezas. On our trip last week to deliver food to the villages of Layasiksa and KukaLaya we were given some advice by the village elders on how to help rebuild there. The people said they need tin for roofs, but if we get them gas and chainsaws they will go out into their land and work for a week to get the wood they need to be able to rebuild their own homes. We will get to work on that immediately but also know in other villages people will need help to build homes from scratch.
On our trip last week we also had friends from Hydrologica, a well digging company based here in Nicaragua. Brandon and Dave have knowledge from years of experience working with wells and came to assess the water situation as people return to their villages. We tested wells for salt content to make judgements on immediate fresh water relief. Of equal importance, Brandon is going to put together a report on long term water solutions, including installation of sustainable wells in these remote villages.
Along with all of this material support we know more than anything that the people need our love and care in this difficult time. We prayed for many many people and asked the Lord to heal them and help them during our trips. We also just sat and listened to their stories. Amazingly and as an answer to many prayers, there were no deaths in any of these villages! I sat with Doña Rosa in Layasiksa and listened to stories of men using rope to tie themselves together to wade through flood waters to get to safety in the middle of the storm. Stories of the elderly being rescued by being carried in sheets just above the storm surge as the flooding started. It was harrowing to hear…but absolutely incredible to NOT hear of many many deaths!
This morning at church Pastor Earl (who is coordinating Verbo’s relief work in Puerto Cabezas) shared about his first trip back to Hallover after the second Hurricane. He gave a woman from the shelter a ride on their boat to return home. As they got closer to land, tears started streaming down her face and she was weeping. Her family was large and had thirty homes between all of their relatives. Every home was gone and she wept. The devastation is real and it is overwhelming. But, we are able to help. We can do a lot together, and honor the Lord as we do it!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Krista will be in Puerto Cabeza’s this week with her brother Brinson and a group of four others. This will be our fourth relief trip. They will be visiting the shelters, spending time with people and praying for them. They will also deliver 500 more food packs to remote Miskito villages. These packs will be provide food for 3-4 weeks for a family of 5-7 people. We also know they will be getting a vision for the long term work of helping people rebuild their homes. Please keep them in your prayers for safe travel and much success in helping people.
God bless you all…and again thank you for supporting this relief work in such a hard time for Nicaragua!
We hope all of our friends and family back home are having a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! It has indeed been quite the year, with what would seem much more tragedy than good. But we LOVE this Holiday because even when times are tough, it is so important to be Thankful for all the blessings we have in our life. We hope you are enjoying those blessings this weekend too!!!
Happy Thanksgiving 2020! Love, The Farringtons
We were pretty sad that our flights home for Thanksgiving were cancelled because of Covid by American Airlines. It is our first time missing Thanksgiving at Mema’s Cabin since Aliyah was just a baby. Our internet was out all day yesterday too and we didn’t even get to do our zoom call with family! But we do trust the Lord in this time and realize there are reasons to still be here in Nicaragua serving in this difficult time of Hurricanes hitting. So we are trusting God and being thankful and ready to serve!
Krista finished up school with the kids in anticipation of traveling home. So another “silver lining” is that they are able to head down to Club Esperanza and serve more and just visit with everyone. In the middle of this pandemic we opened our feeding program up to people who are showing up hungry at the school gates. It has grown and we still have had to keep Covid protocols but are feeding almost a 100 additional people a day, mostly the elderly and children. Praise God for that! Our kiddos were down there this week helping their Aunt Hazel serve lunch. We are very thankful that our children see with their own eyes how much we all have to be thankful for…and at the same time they are able to help serve others. We praise God for that too!
We enjoyed our time together with family and friends yesterday here in Nicaragua. We had a great Thanksgiving meal together at the Buzbees. It was so nice with lots of food and drinks and little kids running everywhere…full of life and love! Then, today we took a hike with some great friends up a dormant volcano and hiked around the crater in the rain forest. Nicaragua has so many beautiful places to visit and we hope we can have friends visiting and serving with us again soon! Amen.
Prayer Request: Chris will be heading out on Monday for another trip to Puerto Cabezas to provide Hurricane Relief. He will be traveling with three others and will deliver 18,000 pounds of food, 400 sheets of roofing tin, and donations collected at Club Esperanza and elsewhere here in Managua. They will also be doing research and assessment on the water situation with our friends at Hydrologica, a well drilling company here in Managua which has also been our staging area for collecting and shipping food. As people return to their devastated communities clean water is going to be of great importance!
Among all the things we will be “doing” to bring relief, we also know that there is deep loss and devastation in this time. So, we will be ministering to people as we go, praying for them and sharing the eternal hope we all have in Jesus Christ. We want to glorify God in all that we do! Thank you for your continued prayers for these Hurricane Relief Efforts!
Hello family and friends, we are getting hit by another Hurricane. Hurricane Iota made landfall last night in nearly the exact same spot that Hurricane Eta hit only two weeks ago. Please pray for Nicaragua and our friends in Puerto Cabezas and along the Rio Coco.
We were able to make our trip to Puerto Cabezas on Friday and delivered a first round of aid we wrote about in our previous blog post. But, as we were assessing damage in the Miskito villages of Karata and WawaBar the evacuations were beginning for Iota. We were able to safely evacuate on Sunday and made it back to Managua. We do plan to write a full blog post about that trip and future plans to aid and assist the areas affected by ETA.
But right now we ask for your prayers. Iota hit as a Category 5 storm. This morning I know the people in Puerto Cabezas and the surrounding areas are waking up to severe destruction. We have not heard yet from Pastor Earl. So, we pray and ask the Lord to have spared life and that the only losses are material losses. Amen. We can all work together to rebuild and help…but protection of life is the focus of our prayers right now!
We are safe in Managua with our family. We are currently under Tropical Storm conditions. Also, please pray that this storm moves on so that flooding and landslides do not become a major issue.
We love you and so appreciate all of your prayers and support!
Chris & Krista