In reading Christian history and the amazing things men and women of God have done throughout the centuries, there is inevitably a beautiful story told of God’s provision at the perfect moment. I remember reading about an orphanage of hundreds of kids in England. There was no food or milk for the many mouths. At meal time, with everyone gathered to eat, the news was given “we have no food.” Lets pray and ask God for food. After amen, they heard a knock at the door. The milkman couldn’t make deliveries that day and instead of letting the milk spoil he was wondering if they could use it!
Teresa of Calcutta sat with the many sick and dying that she cared for. A visitor was there, a man of affluence. Seeing all that was being done for so many in the most dire circumstances he asked if they had funding to keep everything going. He was concerned and anxious because he had heard that there were big financial troubles. Almost uninterested she looked back at him and said, “Jesus is my banker.” And she kept on caring for the sick and dying. I knew a powerful woman of God named Miss Ruby Temple. I can almost picture that uninterested look…past the anxiety and concern….”Brother, The Lord wants me to tell you, you think too much.” The puzzle doesn’t always seem like it fits together, but our Father who is in Heaven owns the cattle on 1,000 hills. We rely on Him to provide…for everything.
Last week at Club Eseperanza we got our electricity bill. We have been in constant dispute with the power company because the bills are so high and we do all we can to keep them low! Ten minutes after the electric man brought the bill, a good friend who runs a ministry center nearby stopped by and handed me an envelope. “We wanted to help with your light bill this month.” He turned and left. Our bill was paid….IN FULL!
This was 100% a “Jesus is my banker” moment. These are the faces that Jesus is taking care of at Club Esperanza!
We want to share our recent newsletter one more time before we move into the Fall. Hopefully a number of you were able to receive it in physical form! If you would like to get it in the mail, please email us your address. email@example.com
We can now receive recurring donations through paypal. This is a huge help to us in keeping Club Esperanza, Casa Robles and Casa Havilah going every month. If you would like to commit to monthly giving there is an option in the link below, or you can choose monthly options in the side column.
These type of committments will also be very helpful as the excitment builds for re-opening the school at Club Esperanza! More to come on that later…
Thanks you for your prayers and support! -Chris & Krista Farrington
As Hurricanes have hit back home in the USA over the past month we have been praying and asking the Lord to help all of those suffering in every way they need…comfort in loss, protection in recovery, provision as everyone rebuilds! And we keep praying.
Last week Nicaragua got nailed by Hurricane Nate as it formed in the Carribean. It dumped lots of rain and some heavy winds on us. Several of you reached out to us and we appreciated your love and prayers. It was a bit more exciting than we expected, we lost a number of trees. But, thankfully they all fell away from our homes! For the most part the heavy stuff stayed away from Managua. The main thing we needed to do was some heavy clean up. So Mason and I went out and picked up a chain saw!
We spent this week cleaning up all of the trees that fell around the farm. Thankfully the sun did eventually come back out. This weekend our foreman Santos is taking the chainsaw home to his neighborhood to help with the larger trees that went down there.
If any of our friends here in Nicaragua need a crew to come by to clear trees, please let us know. We are on it! Shoot us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most importantly we covet your prayers for those who are in parts of Nicaragua that have been harshly affected. Down South and in some parts of Managua the Hurricane and heavy rains that preceded it did damage to homes and caused flooding. Our friends down here The Ohrans mobilized with food relief and other aide. As more needs arise we hope to be able help in any way that we can. Please be praying for the people in Southern Parts of Nicaragua as they are recovering from Hurricane Nate.
Thank you for your prayers, love and care for all of us here in Nicaragua!
Below: Video on the morning after Hurricane Nate passed…it was still pretty gusty.
Ruby Ranch has produced a harvest from the citrus groves! Krista’s brother Brinson who oversees everything out there are the Double R took these photos during the picking and packing process. He said that there was a total of 11,000 limes harvested off of the young citrus trees….Wow what a blessing!!!
I know I can speak for Brinson and say that the funnest part was the distribution of all the limes. Being committed to give them all away, he packed up the old 1990s LandCruiser and brought them in to town. He made stops at Casa Havilah and Casa Robles which certainly brightened the day of the house moms…limes are a premium in cooking. A sack of limes will go a long way at these homes!
There were other stops along the way. All of the workers got to take some home. We all took a good pile in to our homes for lemonade, and we also have big plans to squeeze hundreds here at Quinta Havilah to bottle up and use later! The next stop was Club Esperanza and Brinson got a fun reception there, the boys hopped in and started unloading! We feed 300 children everyday at the Club, so this harvest probably met its match at the club LOL! Praise Jesus for the blessings of land that produces. We are asking Him to pour out more and more of His blessings onto Ruby Ranch! Amen.
We all appreciate your continued prayers and support for Ruby Ranch!
We hope this blog post finds you well…we have been praying for all of our friends and family in Florida this weekend with Hurricane Irma, and we will keep praying for this hard time cleaning up after the storm. Love you all!
Our newsletter is four pages this time, but we hope this new format makes it easier to read. Thanks for taking the time to read it!
We appreciate your prayers for our ongoing ministry. Below is the newsletter, we hope it communicates well. If you would like to donate, find that info here.
God Bless from Nicaragua!!!
As you just read, the summer was full of so many good things. But, the best came at the end when Mema came down for a visit! We had such a good time with you mom! We even got to act like a bunch of space aliens to try and witness the eclipse together down here…we innovated with welding masks and got to see 1/4 eclipse!
Many of you who read our blog or who have visited us here in Nicaragua would know Landon and Jamie Baron. They left their life in Oregon almost two years ago to come to Nicaragua and serve as missionaries, with an emphasis on Ruby Ranch. They are an awesome couple, great friends, Jesus lovers and expecting their first baby! Wooooohoooo! Ok that was a side note, on to the blog post…their church Westside came down last week with a missions team! The group felt a really special calling for this trip to bless the rescue homes and all the kiddos that live there, so they spent the week renovating and doing home improvement projects at each of the houses…
At Casa Robles the majority of the work was done on the front porch area. The sun has beaten the paint of that area into a faded mess of ugly over the past few years, so the folks from Westside made it pretty again! Amen. Not limited to painting, the team also got power tools out and built custom shelving to organize the storage area of the house. As we all know storage areas are universally just one big mess LOL…Not anymore!
Casa Havilah became a complete overhaul of painting inside and out. There is some serious bonding that goes on when the team and the girls are painting together in sweltering heat and trying to laugh their way through it! We really really are blessed to have friends and churches so willing to come down to sweat and work to keep these homes running and beautiful. That picture at the top is after a day out at Ruby Ranch with both of the homes. I think I had so much fun playing soccer, volleyball, and water sliding that I never took any pictures while were were there. What I know is, that all of these kids that we love so very much had a great time, and that is awesome!
We always appreciate your prayers for Casa Robles and Casa Havilah. Will you please pray for everyone by name…MariaElena, Pamela, Naydelin, Nateli, Alyson, Saxskia, Sarai, Denis, Heyler & Freder….thank you!
Because Westside is an awesome church filled with awesome people, they went even beyond their work at Robles and Havilah. On one special day they delivered personalized Bibles to every child at school in Club Cristiana La Esperanza! When it comes to missions trips, this was certainly the “mic drop” moment! 🙂 I will end this blog now, mostly to spare the world any more of my trying to be cool in my posting!
We do love the Word of God. We love that it penetrates individual hearts and nourishes a deeper understanding of God. We love that salvation comes through the Word. That is our prayer for each of those Bibles! Amen.
We met with Pastor Victor and two church leaders in Managua this past week. We had a great time discussing some of the great things happening there. They recently had a teaching seminar on Biblical training, which is a great blessing for the pastors along the river. It is so remote that getting good training is not always available to them. Also, as the churches along the river grow under Victor’s leadership they have developed a “reunion de consejadores” (meeting of counsel) that gathers in different villages monthly to keep each accountable and give support in a variety of different needs that arise. It was very encouraging to hear from them directly about how things are going with the church!
You may remember last spring when we posted about the outbreak of the “Crisi Siknis“. It was an intense time in Walakitang. You may remember our update as well. After the prayers of many all over the world, that darkness was pushed back almost immediately in the name of Jesus! We were able to catch up with Victor to hear more about the stories. It was intense to hear about; family members digging up witchcraft jars buried under their homes, the witch doctor claiming victory, praying for specific church members whose family was affected, and then all of the destruction. You may also remember the church building being ripped apart in the outbreak.
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – Jesus (Mt.16:18)
Well, in meeting with Victor we felt led by the Lord, that now is the time to rebuild the church building in Walakitang. But this time with a concrete foundation and concrete walls. It has been a long time dream to have a building with a solid foundation in Walakitang for the church to meet in. The church has been making blocks there and already have nearly 1,000 made! In the pictures below you can see the destruction.
We have a goal to raise $15,000 to rebuild the church in Walakitang.
Will you please pray for this project? And if you would like to give towards the construction or can pass this story on to others who may want to help, it would be an incredible blessing to the people in Walakitang! I know I speak for Pastor Victor and all of the church members to say thank you for your prayers and your support.
Thank you and God Bless from Nicaragua!