A very big thank you to our friends from Pennsylvania who came to the club to put together a dental clinic! There were huge efforts made to get the team into the country and not just be present but also be ready to do the best job they could. Dental care is an extra for most people in Nicaragua. It costs extra money that most don’t have, and it often loses priority to other health needs.
This team was an incredible blessing the neighborhood we serve at Club Esperanza! They came with excellence…it is often an easier solution to just pull a tooth. But this team didn’t want to pull teeth if they were able to save them. So, they made the extra efforts to have all the supplies and equipment to do fillings. That made this clinic top notch! It was a fun weekend too!
The relief brought by a dentist to someone’s life that is dealing with a bad tooth is probably worth a million bucks for that person. If you have ever had a tooth ache you know exactly what that is like. There was lots of relief this weekend!
I do want to add some funny comic relief here though. The end of the day is relief. But the moment you first sit in the dental chair….well that is not full of many smiles LOL! Pictures tell the story a little better….look at those faces!!!
We can’t wait to have you all back again at the club! Thank you again to the entire team from Hearts, Hands and Smiles!
If this post get your mind thinking about a way that you could help here in Nicaragua, we would love your help! Shoot us an email… email@example.com
Club Esperanza operates entirely on donations. If you would like to donate you can find that information here. (Please Note: Club Esperanza on your donation.)
We had a great summer with visitors and teams and other activities. Our recent newsletters highlights some of the summer fun! Thanks for reading and keeping up with us via our newsletter. Your prayers and support sustain us!
If you would like a paper copy, send us your mailing address firstname.lastname@example.org
God Bless from Nicaragua! – Chris & Krista Farrington
Elery turned 9 years old on Tuesday. Normally we try to have a little cake and party for the boys, but since it was mid week so we were gonna hold off. Well the other Mom’s at his school told Angelica they wanted to make a part happen….TODAY! They love Elery and Samuel at school and these mom’s are good friends with Angelica and know what she is going through in her battle with breast cancer. So they made a party happen for Elery that day….no need to wait!
Grab a cake, grab a piñata and grab a stick….¡FIESTA!
Have you ever taken a swing at a Piñata? It is one the most violent birthday celebrations anyone could ever invent LOL! But it is always comical and lots of fun to swing a stick as hard as you can at a stuffed animal that shoots out candy when it bursts open….just keep your distance because you don’t wanna get hit by the birthday boy!!!
Elery has really adjusted well to Casa Robles. Being a part of a family where he is safe and all of his needs are taken care of has led to incredible changes in his life. Earlier this year, when we took him and his brother Samuel in they were in really bad shape…in fact in the first round anti parasite medicine they took, you can’t imagine what came out of them…not safe for blogging! It was sad and shocking at the same time. God is good and God loves Elery….you can see in these two pictures what a difference Casa Robles has made in his life….you can also see the stash of candy he got from the piñata 🙂
Happy 9th Birthday big boy!!!
Please keep praying for him as he grows and for all the boys at Casa Robles!
This post is a few weeks over do…..but what a finale to our summer we had with our church family from Miami! As everyone’s school year is starting up I thought it would be a fun blog post to share pictures and stories from the ending of our summer days down here…we love our church and love all of our friends we get to see in person when teams come down! Christ Journey’s young adult team was our summer finale…it was awesome!
We spent the week ministering at Club Esperanza and in the surrounding neighborhood. For a few of the days we broke into small teams and walked the neighborhood. We prayed as we walked, met new people and prayed for their needs, entered into homes and prayed for the hurting and for the sick. We actually don’t have any pictures of that time, but you can imagine after you pray for someone and share the Love of Christ with them in their suffering, asking to take a picture isn’t always the appropriate thing to do. A hug, an amen and a God Bless you always seemed more appropriate!
It was a really powerful time though, I remember praying for a man in a wheel chair, a teenager who had tragically lost his parents, a young teenage soon to be mother and a 96 year old grandmother walking along the street who was so full of life it was contagious! One of the more tragic moments was being with a family who had just lost their young child in an electrical accident. God calls us to moments of mourning too, when things don’t make sense, when hurt it so strong, when anger wells up inside…just to be there, to listen and to pray for God to comfort the family was important. It was a hard time, but God was there. And it was good to be there too, as sad as it was.
There were also uplifting moments like spending time with a woman who had recently been living a wild life of drugs and parties even with their children present. She gave her life to Jesus at the Church that meets at Club Esperanza and was baptized only a few weeks earlier. Spending time with her was sweet, giving counsel, hearing fears, loving on her and her family. God is on the move, and it is awesome!
Everyday in the afternoon we also put together some programs for the kids at Club Esperanza. We have children from preschool aged all the way up to high school aged and there was something for everyone which was so fun. This time we were taking pictures all the time so we have the fun photos to share! The kids totally loved the craft where they go to print a Polaroid picture of themselves! Teaching new songs in the classrooms and getting everyone to interact and then just hanging out on the playground afterwards was so much fun. In a short time you just hope to make memories that last, and ask God to be at work in the life of each of the young people you get to spend time with. I am 100% sure that our kiddos at Club Esperanza got some life long Jesus memories that week!
Spending a week at a place it is also nice to get your hands dirty, to do some manual labor and leave a little bit of improvement after you are gone. Club Esperanza got an awesome facelift this week. Our two main buildings were in desperate need of a some new shine and beauty, so the team made it happen! It may have gotten messy at times, especially when all the little kids tried to “help” LOL! But it was so much fun, and yes a little complicated as parts of the wall kept chipping off…but in the end the place looked beautiful and nobody was seriously injured in the process!
As if they hadn’t already done enough, the team joined forces with some of our teachers and planned a two day Youth Event. The first day was a fun time of teaching and games…including a special drama skit for the teenaged audience. It went really well and as it goes with older kids you actually get a chance to get to know them a little better and share life a bit more. I know the young guys and young ladies really appreciated that. The next day we took a trip to Ruby Ranch, spent the entire day together having a blast out at this incredibly awesome place God is having us build in Nicargua….AND all afternoon we partied at the new water slide!!! Mountain Slide 3.0 is legit!!! Check out the videos and the new addition at the bottom of the slide! What a great day!
Thank you Christ Journey Church for all that you did at Club Esperanza! And thank you for all that you do for our family! We love our friendships, we love your support and we love doing God’s great things together all around the world!!! Our family is so blessed.. the team took us on a special treat that last day to one of our kids’ favorite places in Nicaragua, “La Abuelita” restaurant on Laguna de Apoyo. We had lunch at the lake at their super cool water front restaurant and spent the afternoon launching off their docks into the lake. That was such a treat for us!
We love you church family!!!
Mama Angelica was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the late spring. It was a really harsh diagnoses to hear, as you can imagine. She found the lump in an annual mammogram and the biopsy showed it was cancerous and fairly large. She and Papa Yuri have been going through this together, but it has been tough. It has hit all of us pretty hard as part of her extended family as well. So please be praying for her healing! We have been for the last few months and ask you to join us in praying for Mama Angelica!
The first good news she received after a number of disappointing visits was that it has not moved into lymph nodes, lungs, liver, stomach or any other major organs. That was a relief! But the treatment is pretty heavy even still. She began her first round of chemo in July. The intention of the chemo is to shrink the tumor and then operate. She feels confident in her doctors and the plans they have set for her. She will have a second round of chemo this Friday. So please be praying.
This week has been especially tough for her as the side effect of her hair falling out has begun. It’s a very emotional time that she and Yuri are going through together. Her confidence in God to heal her through this is higher than her confidence in the doctors. It is an inspiring faith that she has. It’s the faith of a mom who sacrificed daily for children who have become hers over years of leaning on God to be in charge of their little Casa Robles family. Incredibly, she did say her hair is the only major side affect so far and she has felt good. She said she has felt good every morning. So, we will keep praying for strength in her body!
Today she told me that the other mom’s at the boys school have been so supportive, especially as the chemo has taken affects on her hair. They told her “we will all wear hats, we will get all made up and we will go through this together!” That is what will carry her through, a community of believers who pray for her, reach out to her, love on her, cry with her and encourage her.
We come to the cross Jesus and we pray for Mama Angelica. God we ask you to heal her physically of cancer and give her body supernatural strength in this time. We ask you to give her wisdom and guide her through all the decisions she has to make. And Lord we ask you to wake her up every morning and touch her with your presence to help through this fight. Encourage her everyday Jesus and heal Mama Angelica. I ask this in your holy name. Amen.
If you would like to email a word of encouragement to Angelica and Yuri their email is email@example.com and they also both use Yuri’s Facebook page if you would like to “make friends” with them on Facebook.
Thank you for joining with Angelica in her fight against this cancer!
It has been a while since we have blogged about our Boy’s rescue home Casa Robles so we thought we would give a little Monday update on how things have been going. We had visitors!!! The Clouds came to visit with Andrew and Angel from Tally. It was such a great fun time…even the ride from the airport was exciting! Because of the political crisis it had been two years since the boys had been back, so this was a really special time together for all of us! We visited family, hung out together, did sleep overs, and Mason had a blast hangin with all the boys. And for our family personally we loved having a visit from the Clouds!
We even had a Mariachi band LOL!!! We actually celebrated Mama Angelica’s birthday together which was super special! Dancing, singing, some tears….and cake! The Buzbees always go all out and this was no exception…Papa Yuri even donned the sombrero for the picture.
Denis has been competing in Track and Field as part of his High School team. It was hard to give up soccer but the track coach saw real potential in him. He recently won the gold medal in the 600 meter race at the national competition. It was pretty awesome! He was recognized by the school in their local paper…..AND he is traveling to Honduras later this month to represent Nicaragua!!! So so awesome!
Samuel who is now the youngest in the home is a total rock star at school! He runs through saying high to everyone, being wild with all the teachers, and even when he gets in trouble it is hard to not laugh at him with his big smiling cheeks and serious little voice. He and his brother Elery have adjusted well to Robles and God is healing them physically, emotionally and spiritually in a home filled with Love and family. Samuel was a worm in the school play LOL!
Fredder is back from Virginia this summer. He had a very good year of school and is back speaking English very well, which is so cool! Unfortunately it did not work out for him to return to Virginia to complete his high school. So, if you would please pray with us to see what might be next for Fredder! He has been a great help this summer and was even able to work a little as a translator with our missions teams. God is working in his life in good times and in hard times and we absolutely know that God has big plans for him!
We appreciate all of your continued prayers for the boys and for Papa Yuri and Mama Angelica too! It is a great and impactful work happening in these boys lives and our prayer always is that they will grow to be good young Godly men! Thank you for your support of Casa Robles!
By far the best highlight of any trip out to Ruby Ranch is when the GIANT slide down the side of the hill that opens in the afternoon! It is so much fun and such a cool thing to be able to do in a country that does not have water parks. Well…the slide has a hole, or two or maybe three after so many years of fun! Can you help fix the slide?
Repairing the slide is going to cost $2,800
Click here for info to donate by Check, using PayPal or through the National Christian Foundation (leave a note: “Ruby Ranch Slide”)
Looking forward to keeping future slippin’ and slidin’ at the Double R!!!