We had a group of guys down from Pennsylvania last week and they spent the weekend out at Ruby Ranch. Our really good friend Scott brought down his friends from a Mountain biking club and he teamed with Brinson to put together an awesome race for kids at Ruby Ranch. It was an awesome couple of days!
The kids had a great time, as you can imagine. The trail was really really tough. A three mile loop that had some very technical spots…so technical that we forced the kids to dismount so we didn’t lose any off the side of the trail in one section! You can learn alot when you are pushing through a long trail and the team took the opportunity to teach the kids one of the great lessons in life. When it is hard, when it hurts…lean into God and ask Him to help you…push on and win the race!
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has called me heavenward.” -Phil. 3:13-14
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” -Phil. 4:13
In an interesting twist and a testament to the kind of kids Nicaraguans are, we underestimated them a little bit! The team did a test run the day before the race and it took about an hour to complete. So, we were all set to have the kids come in about the hour mark as everyone waited at the finish line. Well about thirty minutes in, John who was “the rabbit” came flying up to the last down hill….he was like “I have five of them on my tail”….so we scrambled and started yelling towards the finish live, “THEY ARE COMING!!!” It was so awesome. The first place winner Mario finished the race in a little more than half an hour! Can you believe that?
As all the other kids poured in over the next thirty minutes or so, the team received them with lots of cheering and hollering…most of their parents were there as well. It was a fun fun time! And guess what? For the winner of the girls group and the winner of the boys group….their prize was a new bike!!! (Special thank you to Josh at NicaBikeShop for help with all the bikes!)
We are looking forward to a great 2019 at Ruby Ranch and this was a great kick off to the year….Thank you to our Pennsylvanian mountain biking friends!!!
Keep up with Ruby Ranch on Facebook.
The 2019 school year is almost upon us, can you believe it? (In Nicaragua the new school year starts in February) During the month of January we will be getting everything ready to receive all of our students from last year and some new students as well, nearly 300 in total. I went to Club Esperanza last week with the plan to dream about the future, ways to use the new land, getting new building built, etc… There are so many big things to dream about! But you know what comes first…”the little projects”…there are many things that need to be done to make the school great for our students THIS YEAR.
So this January we are going to do as much as we can. We are starting with demolition of walls to make our third classroom big enough to handle our new group of 3rd graders (see above video). As that work is being done we will get as many of these smaller projects done as possible. We have all of them listed down below…
If you would like to sponsor any of the projects, just click on the link and it will take you to a PayPal link with the specific cost for that project. (If you do not have Paypal but would like information on donating by check you can find it here)
The Grand Total for all of the projects is $10,395.
We really appreciate your support and interest in Club Esperanza…please join us as we are praying for a great 2019 School Year!!!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” -Romans 5:13
Fix the Slide $70
Paint the Office $85
Polish the Floor $80
Water Pressure System $1,200
Garden Bench $120
If the Video at the beginning didn’t load here is a YouTube link…
We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and blessed New Year!
This is our prayer card that we mailed out this year and we hope it gets on lots of our friends and families refrigerators 🙂 We really do love and appreciate the support for our family as missionaries here in Nicaragua and to know that hundreds of people who love us are praying for us is the greatest encouragement we could ask for! Amen.
If you would like to get one send your address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send one from Nicaragua. We can also add you to our mailing list if you would like receive our newsletter in the mail. I know there are digital “refrigerators” too, and so we hope this digital version of the card will point your prayers in our direction too!
We also like to put pictures of friends on our fridge, so if you have some Christmas cards left over we would love to get one in the mail down here. You can mail it to…
Apartado Postal MJ43
Managua, Nicaragua Central America
I have said this several times, “I hope that 2019 is better than last year.” There is real hurt underneath that little line this year. The truth is, I don’t think we have ever gone through a year as difficult as this one. In the country we love and in our lives personally we have suffered some hardships that we could have never imagined. It has been a year where we have clung to the promise of God that He would hold us as we are suffering. We are not guaranteed when we give our lives to Jesus Christ that we would never suffer. His promise is that when we do suffer we would be held. We have needed God’s presence around us so very much this year. We are thankful that God knows us personally and has been here with us. (It is a beautiful Christmas song “O come of O come Emmanuel”, God is with us.)
Our friend Kerry Hasenbalg, who is an incredible teacher, wrote this yesterday “I have come to understand that brokenness isn’t something that can always be avoided in this life. Certainly, there are some sorrows we can avoid by staying away from volitional sin. But sometimes humans are “pushed off the counter,” so to speak, and end up shattered upon the floor. Other times God calls us to actively go into broken places to care for broken people, and in the process, we get broken ourselves. This is what Jesus did, and it is what He calls us to do also. Perhaps it’s less about avoiding brokenness and more about learning to properly Re-TREAT the broken pieces, so that we don’t become defined by them, but rather BECOME continually Re-MEMBERED in Him.”
As I read that second part a tear filled my eyes. It is truth and it is encouraging. If you are going through hard times we hope you are encouraged too. As we begin 2019 we lean into God even more to take care of us and keep us together.
We continue to try to understand how He is working in things that seem so dark. We will also continue to serve Jesus in the middle of it all, that is the purpose of our lives. Good News has come and eternity is the end game. We lay our brokenness at the feet of Jesus, and are expecting Him to take care of it all. As long as we have life, we will bring the Faith, Hope, Love, Truth and Life that is only found in Jesus to whoever the Lord puts in our path.
We look forward to this coming year. We are praying for the dark cloud to be lifted and for things to get better! Amen.
We are thankful to have you with us too.
God Bless your 2019!
Chris & Krista Farrington
A very difficult 2018 school year came to an end with an awesome Christmas Party at Club Cristiano La Esperanza! From all of our faculty and staff, our students and their families we want send out a huge…
¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!
Check out all of the fun photos from our Christmas party…there was a huge meal together, gifts for ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, Christmas performances by some of our kiddos, and a wonderful time together…we even had a clown!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support during this past school year. We hope that you will continue to follows news from, financially support and pray for this great ministry center that the Lord has planted right in the middle Managua…Thank you!
Everyone has come to town for Christmas, so we are a home full of fun this year! We had a little Christmas party with Casa Robles and Casa Havilah Saturday night. We snapped a photo with almost everyone…but getting everyone together is pretty impossible LOL! From all of our families, everyone pictured and not pictured…
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this year we are leaning even more into our Saviors arms. We are asking God to put 2018 in the rear view mirror and make this coming year a better one! We bless you this Christmas season and thank you for your support and prayers here in Nicaragua.
We had our graduation last week at Club Esperanza. These little faces are the future of Nicaragua…a country that is hurting right now. The 2018 school year was such a difficult one, but we trust in Jesus and know the future is bright! Thank you for your prayers all year long for these little ones! We are proud of them all!
We are proud of all our little graduates. Even more exciting is the way that God moves in their lives throughout the year. This year 67 of our students in all of our different programs accepted Jesus in their hearts. God’s hand also reached into the lives of their families as 60 parents decided to follow Jesus this year. Amen to that! I hope you are encouraged by this news as Club Esperanza doesn’t just affect the here and now but also touches eternity. And if you aren’t smiling already here is a quick little clip of our preschooler singing “Adios” :-)…
Every year we hope to have enough presents for all 300 students at Club Esperanza for our end of the year Christmas Party. If you are looking for a way to give this #GivingTuesday a $15 donation would really bless one of our precious kiddos with a Christmas present at our annual Christmas Party! Bless one, bless two, maybe a few….or be like Oprah “Christmas gifts for everyone”! Use the following links to donate…
In all sincerity we would love your help making this Christmas great and we know the Lord loves each one of our little children! The Party is coming up in December and we will put some fun pictures up on the blog after all of the festivities…
Please give if you can!
God Bless from all our our Club Esperanza kiddos!!!
No, that does not mean soap LOL! It is probably one of the funniest mistakes when learning Spanish, when you try to ask for some soap and use the word “sopa” instead….because “Sopa” actually means soup! Just imagine the stares when you ask “I need to wash my hands, do you have any soup I can use?” Hahahaha! 🙂
At Club Esperanza we have an amazing feeding program that feeds nearly 300 people from preschool to the elderly every single day twice a day. (Thank you Orphan Network and Lacrosse the Nations for being incredible consistent partners!)
This past week I happened to be there when we were serving “Sopa”! Look at that soup! This is what I mean by amazing, it isn’t just rice and beans with some water that we serve every day…it is chunks of meat and huge vegetables. A full healthy meal that will allow our kids to grow big and strong in a way that will help them to have a chance to be successful in life, Amen!
Keeping this kitchen running and clean takes a lot of effort and man power. It also requires our constant attention and the need to make improvements. Check out our most recent improvement….splash subway tile throughout the entire kitchen! This is gonna keep things sanitary and SO MUCH EASIER to clean! Praise Jesus!
There are other improvements we would like to make. We need more storage space, so some Cabinetry will be essential. Also the refrigerator is in the spot that is actually designed for a stove with an oven. Out of the picture is a wash area and we need a new wash basin and shelving to make that area work perfectly for our awesome staff. And coming this Christmas break we will need a new paint job. Please pray for those needs and email us if you would like more info email@example.com
Please keep praying for all the children who are growing up with us at Club Esperanza. Jesus told his disciples “you give them something to eat” when they had nothing to give. They obeyed and ended up feeding five thousand. (The Gospel of Mark Chapter 6) We don’t feed five thousand but we see the the Lord’s miracles every day that we are able to serve a meal. We stay obedient to His calling at Club Esperanza and the Lord always provides! Amen.
Chris turned 40 this past weekend! We had a fun time together celebrating and definitely had to blog some pictures of the “Ol’ Man’s” birthday celebration!
We hope you have time today to read our most recent newsletter. You can find it below (of PDF link here Fall Newsletter). God has been doing great things and has kept us safe in the middle of very tumultuous times here in Nicaragua.
Thank you and God Bless from Nicaragua!
Chris & Krista
Had to throw this fun picture in here at the end of the post…Aliyah choreographed a birthday morning show for Chris to the song “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole….it was super cute and may have gotten Daddy’s eyes a little teary 🙂
We made another delivery of Food Packs, we are well into round 6 and have delivered packs to 220 families! Thank you everyone for your help with this…it has been a huge blessing and a mighty help in a time of need. These packs affect the lives of over 1,300 people and equal nearly 24,000 pound of food…. Dominate4Jesus#
Nicaragua continues to suffer through the strife of months of civil unrest and deadly protests. In recent weeks protests turned deadly again and a fifteen year old student was killed and multiple people were seriously injured from gunfire. It is incredibly sad and the people are enduring the most difficult time of most of their lifetimes. The threat of a national strike always seems to be rumored, so these food packs will provide food that is needed if the economy takes a down turn. Please keep praying for Nicaragua.
This delivery we made to Tesoros De Dios ministry center. “Treasures of God” is a ministry that serves hundreds of families that have children with disabilities and special needs every day. You may remember our partnership for “Night to Shine” in the Spring Read More
Over the last five months Nicaragua has been going through a crisis that has destroyed the economy, claimed hundreds of lives, and continues to have an ugly face of daily arrests, stories of torture, violence, and protests with little hope in sight for the majority of normal every day Nicaraguans. In the middle of everything there are millions of kids just trying to keep on going. They hear their parents talk and have seen the news reports. The children are having a hard time, in a different way than their parents, but equally as hard.
Nicaragua is still going through a deadly crisis that has claimed over 300 lives in less than four months. Please keep praying for Nicaragua…
This is not a picture of Nicaragua. It is a portrait from American History, but it has given me hope and has led me to pray for Nicaragua in a specific way. We visited D.C. two years ago and the young intern from Marco Rubio’s office gave us a incredible tour of the Capital. We came to the rotunda and he pointed at this giant painting and said “This is when America was born.”
I don’t believe The United States is God’s country, not by any means. But 240 years of democratic elections and a change of power every 4 or 8 years is incredible. It is miraculous. Even more so in light of what we are living through today in Nicaragua.
Back to the painting. The young man certainly caught my attention with that line, Read More