Food Pack Delivery: Los Brasiles

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We made another delivery of “Emergency Food Packs” this past week.  This time to the community of Los Brasiles and our staff at Club Cristiano Los Brasiles.  It was a special time, especially because we were able to have some friends in town for the weekend to help deliver the packs.  Mission For Nicaragua teams had to cancel their summer trips because of the country’s deadly political crisis.  Cancelling the trips was a heart breaking time for our friend Hilary and the teams that she and her husband Jack lead to Nicaragua year round.  Nicaragua still isn’t stable enough for large teams, but this weekend Hilary was able to make the trip with her close friend and team member Kristina to make the delivery.  Los Brasiles is a community that Mission For Nicaragua have adopted and they have some beautiful relationships there.  They are also strong supporters of Club Los Brasiles, so like I said it was a very special delivery!

We packed up our Land Cruiser Ambulances and made our way to Club Los Brasiles on Sunday afternoon.  Not only did we share the packs with teachers and staff there, but also with a local Pastor and a few families that Hilary has developed relationships with over the years.  It was emotional to be together and we made sure to spend some time praying for Nicaragua.  Everyone is so exhausted from the months of violence.  But, we are trusting God to be the one who will put everything back in order and re-establish peace here.

Driving around with Hilary and Kristina to deliver the packs was a fun experience.  Lots of people happy to see them and lots of hugs and smiles on the dirt roads of Los Brasiles.  In spite of all that is going on, there is a joy in people’s heart and a spirit of friendship and love when they get to see someone they didn’t think they would see for a long time.

Being able to provide these Emergency Food Packs with over two weeks worth of food for all these families is a Huge blessing to be a part of.  Thank you to everyone who has helped!  We plan to deliver as many of these as possible so if you would like to donate a pack, you still can!  We will be visiting Calvary Chapel Managua and another ministry sight later this week.  We are looking forward to it, Amen.

Emergency Provision Pack

Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.

$95.00

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” -Psalms 46:1

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On a fun football side note to this trip, Kristina brought a bunch of Ohio State University t-shirts.  If you know me you know this is the last place you would ever see Ohio State gear, but this is a very special circumstance!  Kristina’s son Harry is a highly regarded football recruit and he loves Nicaragua.  He planned to announce his commitment to play football for Ohio State this summer but couldn’t because of the trip’s cancelation.  Harry wanted to make sure all his little buddies got their shirts so Kristina brought them down this weekend.  He had a football game so he wasn’t able to make this trip either.  It was a fun delivery and all the kids had fun rockin’ their new swag!  And for any of you Buckeye fans out there, you are probably the only ones who like these pictures LOL!  Congrats to Harry and Kristina, he is a great young man and a great athlete…but the best part is he loves Jesus and loves the things God is doing here in Nicaragua!  

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247 Sports did a good article about Harry and Mission For Nicaragua after the trip, click here to read the article.

 
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Crazy Boys…Mega Grubs!

We have had a little more down time this summer without as many visitors.  One positive is that both Mason and Timo have been able to focus on school and stay caught up with all their work.  Another “positive” is lots of free time running around the farm here, and they have certainly found a bunch of cool things to do.

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If you are wondering why I put positive in quotation marks, well that is because depending on how you feel about what they dug up during their down time you may not want to consider it a “positive” LOL!  They dug up an old trunk next to our house and found a treasure trove of grubs…giant alien looking nasty grubs!!!

I am sure I have never seen grubs this big…and they were nasty.  Right before this picture one bit Mason and took a chunk out of his finger…blood dripping off your finger type of bite.  It was crazy, and that is why he is so focused in the picture…poor dude!

In the end, it did turn out to be a positive because the boys realized Toucan Sam, our pet Toucan, really likes grubs!  And since they found a few dozen of those monsters we had a couple weeks worth snacks for Sam!  “Lucky” bird, right?!? hahaha!

Casa Robles: Unstoppable hand of God…

When we sat in a Chili’s restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica with the Schancks and Fredder having traveled together with Mama Angelica, Papa Yuri, his mom and grandmother by plane from Nicaragua, we were all pretty sure not a single one of us would have ever orchestrated things in this way.  But as we all shared and said goodbye’s with tears and telling stories, Papa Yuri made mention of “the unstoppable hand of God” on Fredder’s life.

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This boy from the trash dump who is now a growing teenager is on to another journey with God in his life.  He is surrounded by an extended family that loves him and will fight for the best things in his life.  For Angelica and Yuri they were sending their son off to college a couple years early.  Because, over the last decade they have loved for and raised Fredder at Casa Robles.  For Karen and Hillery after helping from afar they were bringing Fredder into their home with full intent to love him and provide for him as part of their family.  For Fredder’s grandmother and mother there was a thankfulness for the help through impossibly hard times and an excitement for his future.  For God, it was his hand on Fredder’s life, giving him opportunity, giving him education, giving him talents, giving him influence, and who knows what else…God’s unstoppable hand!  What Yuri said was 100% true, and we got to experience that in the way we all ended up there.

This exciting possibility of Fredder being able to go the US to study with the Schancks began in the early Spring.  The Schanck family had spent years visiting and working with us at Casa Robles and with Open Hearts Ministry in general.  That is how they got to know Fredder.  So, when I asked about something like this happening for him they were in and we started the process.  Then we had a very unexpected curve ball, Nicaragua suddenly descended into a deadly political crisis.  All of a sudden the U.S. Embassy was closed, travel to Nicaragua was restricted and American citizens were told not to travel to Nicaragua.  How were we going to do an interview for an F1 Student visa if the Schancks couldn’t come down and the embassy was closed?!?

It was a huge curve ball, but God’s hand is unstoppable.  So we patiently waited for things to change as the summer passed.  But, they only go worse as the government viciously oppressed the people.  Things were not safe, and the only other option was to go to another embassy in Central America…..Costa Rica here we come!  There was a pretty big obstacle though, nobody had ever flown before from our Nicaragua crew.  So, we had a lot to do.  We had to get passports for Fredder’s mom and grandmother, which was complicated by the lines of thousands trying to flee Nicaragua.  Everyone needed a Visa from the Costa Rican government to travel as Nicaraguans.  Things were so full in Managua that the only appointments available where in Chinandega a two hour drive away.  The Schancks had to make plans now to travel to Costa Rica and meet us there as well as shift all the US Embassy appointment and paper work from Managua to San Jose.  Oh and we also had to get legal documents allowing Fredder to travel as a minor as well as apply for exit Visas to travel from Nicaraguan Immigration.  It was crazy….but all of a sudden we were flying on a plane to meet in Costa Rica!  A crazy awesome experience …nobody had ever been on a plane before, so you can imagine how cool that was!

In Costa Rica we had the last curve ball thrown at us…but God’s hand is unstoppable.  All things were in order with paper work.  We had the expectation that Fredder, his mother and the Schancks would go in for the interview.  When we arrived and got in line we were told only Fredder and his mom would be allowed in!  HUGE curve ball…how will Fredder do?  How will his mom do?  What about all the personal info only the Schancks could answer?…if you know me, you know I insisted and insisted LOL!  But they did not budge.  We handed Fredder and his mom all the paperwork, we prayed together right there in that line (I even asked the embassy lady to pray with us…she did), and then we sat outside the embassy.  Waiting and praying for two hours.  Hillery is awesome, while we were waiting he leaned to me and said, “The Lord’s put all this in order, Fredder’s got this, I am not worried.”  Amen!  They came back out two hours later and said APROBADO!  I definitely did a football game yell and we all jumped up and down!

God’s hand is unstoppable.  Fredder said that inside during the interview, the first thing he saw was a passport off to the side that said “Denied”.  He told us they started the interview with him only in English and asked about seven different questions.  The first one was “What school will you be attending in the U.S.?”  We didn’t do much prep for him being alone, but he said he just remembered, “Norfolk Christian School.”  Papa Yuri had spent time with him online looking into the school, we’ve had friends visit for years from Norfolk as well, so that helped him remember.  Then he went on to do the entire interview in English!  He was such a champ and I am so proud of him, we all are.

The way everything came together really was a wild experience, Praise Jesus!  We really appreciated all of your prayers over everything.  Please keep praying for Fredder and for the Schancks as this school year starts.  It is an entirely new experience for Fredder and certainly a new experience for the Schancks too.  There will be lots of adjusting I am sure and many things, big and small, that the Lord will have to order and bless.  It is so exciting and encouraging be a part of a community of friends who love God and are willing to go all out to do wild things for Him.  We love all ya’ll Schancks!  And we all love and will miss you Fredder!  It is so exciting, Amen.

The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD has done glorious things!”  -Psalms 118:16

 
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Walakitang: Church is growing…

With all of the chaos going on in Nicaragua over the last three months we lost some of our communications with Pastor Victor. But yesterday he made contact to us from a port city and shared some encouraging news. They are doing well and the Lord is blessing the church movement on the Rio Coco. He sent this video of last weekend’s church service. Praise Jesus!

I did laugh a little watching the video. Everyone must have been wondering why Pastor Victor was walking around with his cell phone! I don’t imagine he was wearing black and discretely filming from behind the drummer like some of the bigger churches in the world today :-). Even though I am sure he distracted someone I really was moved deep in my Spirit seeing the video, recognizing faces and knowing God is moving in people’s lives! Read More

“Emergency Packs”: Round Two complete…

Last step of the Packing Process….in super fast motion!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present

help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

This past week we completed Round Two of delivering Emergency Provision Packs during the crisis we are living through here in Nicaragua.  We made sure to have some fun in the packing process and it has been a whole family effort!  We made deliveries to Ruby Ranch workers, teachers and staff at Colegio Havilah, FCA in Nicaragua, and a few other individuals.  It really can’t be overstated what an impact these packs are having…with tears of thanks flowing at every delivery we pray together for Nicaragua!

Here is our packing and delivery crew, we got the young guns on board and made sure to have them do all the lifting…I am injured so I “had” to be the supervisor LOL!  Each of these packs need two people to lift them, they are heavy!  We were curious as to how much each one weighed, so we had to boys weigh them and they are 108 lbs each!

As we completed round two we have packed and delivered 8,640 lbs. of provisions that will provide 2-3 weeks worth of food to 80 families.  PRAISE JESUS!!!

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If you would like to donate to help us keep delivering as many packs as the Lord allows here is the button to donate a pack through Paypal…as many as we can, amen!

Emergency Provision Pack

Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.

$95.00

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Casa Robles: Prayer request for Fredder…

This week we will find out if Fredder is going to be able to go the US next year to study.  Will you please pray this week?  There are two important foreign embassy appointments and approvals needed.  Our friends The Schancks who have known Fredder and the Casa Robles gang for the last five years have opened their home to him for this amazing opportunity.  They are awesome friends and will be a wonderful family to Fredder!  If all goes well this week he will be going to Norfolk Christian School as an international student with a Student Visa starting in August!   

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Shcanks visit…Fredder up a tree

Prayer Request:  This week there are two key meetings.  First is an appointment tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Costa Rican Consolate Office to apply for a Visa to travel to Costa Rica this weekend.  Please pray that the Costa Ricans give the Visas for Fredder, his mom, his grandmother, Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri.  Then even more important is his US Embassy appointment next Monday in Costa Rica.  After months of paperwork and approvals, this appointment for an F1 student Visa is the final step…please pray that Fredder gets approved and can return home with the Schancks! Read More

First delivery of “Emergency Packs”

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We have delivered the first round of 40 “Emergency Provision Packs“.  It was an incredible blessing to everyone that received one…Thank you to everyone who donated!  We plan to do another round of 40 soon, so if you thought about donating a pack but haven’t yet, please do!  Lets keep the blessings going…

 

Emergency Provision Pack

Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.

$95.00

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

 

Our first delivery was with our teachers and staff from Club Esperanza.  Unfortunately we were unable to deliver such a large number of packs to the Club because of the circumstances in the country and the surrounding neighborhood.  But we gathered at our director’s house for the first delivery and they sent the message above!  We had a great time together and everyone shared specific words of thanks, then we prayed together for Nicaragua.  We are asking God to do a miracle…as quickly as the country has descended into crisis, we are asking God to end it just as quickly! Read More

A way to help during the crisis in Nicaragua…

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There has been so much loss of life, pain and suffering in Nicaragua over the last two months.  With all the uncertainty, violence and unrest happening here, we feel burdened by the Lord to help as much as we can.  We asked our staff at Club Esperanza if there were specific needs that they have during this dark time.  They shared that a big concern is not having enough food if the country were to go on a prolonged national strike.  Most people live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have the ability to stockpile.  If food shortages become a problem it will be very difficult.  They got together and came up with a list of non-perishable foods that would provide for a family of six for two weeks.

Our game plan is simple…purchase and assemble as many of these packs as possible and distribute them to the families we work with.  We will start with our teachers and staff at Club Esperanza and then in Los Brasiles, at Ruby Ranch, in Los Cedros and hopefully more.  It’s a small way to help our friends who are suffering through the most difficult times the country has seen in decades.  We know the Lord cares and are trusting Him to help us all through.  Please keep praying for Nicaragua!  And if you can help by purchasing a pack do so below…

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” -Psalms 46:1 

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Would you join us and help by donating an Emergency Pack?  We plan to post updates on our blog every time we make a delivery.  Below you can donate a pack using PayPal or click here to donate by check.  We are looking forward to this and hope you are too!

God Bless Nicaragua!  -Chris & Krista Farrington

 

 

 

Emergency Provision Pack

Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.

$95.00

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Club Esperanza: Light in dark times…

“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord.  Walk as children of Light.”  -Ephesians 5:8

Nicaragua is going through very dark times right now.  There is constant bad news of fighting and violence.  Everyone is nervous, scared, filled with fear even in their own neighborhoods.  It is a very dark time.  But Jesus’ calling on our lives remains…

Club Esperanza has not closed and our incredible Nicaraguan staff has gotten there everyday and continued to be the Light in these times.  We shared this story below in our last newsletter from the earliest days of the crisis in April…

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Spring 2018 Newsletter: Revolution in Progress

We hope you have time to read our recent newsletter today.  Things have gotten worse in Nicaragua since our writing.  We are so appreciative of your continued prayers and financial support, now more than ever!

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Some specific ways to pray for us:

– For our family and Nicaraguan team’s safety amongst the violence and lack of police presence to deter crime.  Things have quickly become very unsafe in Nicaragua.
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Ol’ Man fell off the motorcycle…

I went on a ride with a group of guys out to Ruby Ranch on Thursday.  It was gonna be a fun day riding back roads out to the Ranch and then back home, but I had an accident on the first leg.  Our friend Jace was behind me and actually caught it on his GoPro, and when a young creative guy has the footage well…

This is actually what happened 🙂 😉 🙂 ….

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Unrest in Nicaragua…(cont.)

**This is a new post to try and keep things easier to follow.  Click here for our previous post if you would like to catch up on how things started two weeks ago…

Please keep praying for Nicaragua.  The unrest continues as the country is trying to move forward after the violent crackdown by the government on protests led to dozens of deaths.  We believe that God can do miracles and we are asking for peace, justice and truth in Nicaragua…Peaceful non violent changes, justice for the families who had loved ones killed, and truth to be told about the atrocities.

Update Monday May 7, 2018:

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The above picture captures the situation well.  Here are seven university students who marched in a small group last week hoping Read More

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