We are doing well down here in Nicaragua and we wanted to give all of our friends and supporters an update on how things are going at Club Esperanza with COVID19 being a worldwide pandemic. We just finished Semana Santa (Spring Break for Easter) and our schools are scheduled to re-open in Nicaragua next week. The response to the virus has been strange by the government here. In their effort to avoid panic it feels more like it is intentionally being ignored. So, we have taken our own precautions at the school to protect our staff and teachers. We expect most families to not be sending their kids to school until there is a worldwide consensus on returning to school.
Even before Easter break we saw a dramatic drop in attendance immediately after the virus made international headlines. Most families are deciding themselves to stay home and ride it out. Our excellent teachers have made the efforts to get a version of “homeschooling” implemented. It is very difficult though, mostly because the community we serve is very poor and do not have access to home computers. Please pray for our teachers and students during this time…they will do their best! Computer access is actually a huge need for our school.
Another big are of impact we have on the community is our daily feeding program. We have made a very intentional decision to continue serving lunch everyday. We decided to follow the model of restaurants in the US doing “take out”. Our cooks have been preparing meals daily during this very difficult time and serving them to out of the front gate of the school…sort of a Club Esperanza drive through :-). Praise Jesus for this part of our ministry! To not be hungry in a time of crisis is a HUGE blessing.
Thank you for your prayers and support during this hard time. Below is an excerpt from our recent newsletter to give you further insight on how we are passing this storm, No Fear!…
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
-2 Timothy 1:7
We continue in ministry at Club Esperanza, at our rescue homes, on the Rio Coco, and in local neighborhoods as the Corona Virus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the world. Our school has once again been a haven of hope in the middle of hard times. We have hundreds of children from early childhood education all the way through high school scholarship students who are being cared for and our daily feeding program where we serve nearly 300 families a day!
We are going to be responsible in the way that we continue to serve. We will follow government guidelines and do all of those things. But one thing we will not do is serve our community out of a spirit of fear. God has given us Power and Love that overcomes all fear! So we will cling to that and continue to serve. We so much appreciate all of you who support us financially, pray for us daily and come down to serve hand in hand with us. We hope you will keep supporting us in those ways! At the same time, we do know adjustments will be made. Please stay safe, keep praying and enjoy the time with your families. Hopefully this will pass quickly and we will see some of you down here again!
God Bless and Stay Safe,
Chris & Krista Farrington
Below is a digital version of our Spring Newsletter. We share some of the current activities down here, some fun family happenings, and also the ways that the Corona Virus is affecting us in Nicaragua…check it out below.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family!
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You can also use the buttons below. We are very thankful to all of you who support us in this time of need…it has been a tough couple of years for Nicaragua.
It can really be a stunning experience to enter into a home here in Nicaragua. It is not something that I get to do very often because at Club Esperanza we have lots and lots of families who come to the Club. We typically end up meeting there and doing different things in life together. Earlier this month we went house to house delivering beds, and like I said it was a stunning experience. Poverty can be overwhelming and when you are welcomed into a house that a family of five lives in and you realize most people back home wouldn’t have this house even as their tool shed…it brings out a lot of emotions.
And you ask, what can I do? Lord….what can I do?!? The answer is not always the same, because God will call you and move you to act in so many different ways throughout your life. But during this day, God said deliver beds! Do you know why? Because all these smiling joy-filled faces share a bed with a few other siblings…or even with mom and dad. And to have your own bed is something awesome!
Our friends from Georgia had an awesome burden a few years ago when they entered house after house and saw children sleeping with three four and five siblings in the same bed. “Mission For Nicaragua” delivers bunk beds house to house wherever there is a need! This week I got to join their team from Ohio and Georgia to deliver beds in our neighborhood near Club Esperanza. Again…it was awesome!
We had such a wonderful time with each family. We surprised them with the bed thanks to our teachers at Club Esperanza doing some leg work ahead of time. We assembled the bed in their homes and let the kids jump on them and pick to be on the top or bottom. As we said good bye, we prayed for the Lord to bless the family, to bless the children who sleep in the bed, and to be the reality in the families’ life that they can go to for all of their needs. Ask God for everything that you need! Amen.
It was an awesome day! Praise Jesus.
Two guys on the team, Harry and Tommy play football for Ohio State University. We have known Harry for a number of years and he has started to bring down fellow students and teammates to serve in Nicaragua with us here. It was so fun for Mason to introduce Denis, Elery and Maryel from Casa Robles to them on Sunday at church…because they are HUGE! I know these guys covet your prayers over their lives, but also for the future work they have in Nicaragua…God glorifying things!
Harry making Mason feel like he is Huge! 🙂
February was our first month back at school at Club Esperanza. The year started with great excitement. The classrooms are FULL, the kitchen is cranking out hundreds of meals every day, Ileana’s school opened up our 4th grade classroom as the school continues to grow, the playground area is LOUD, the dining hall is bustling with lots of happy hungry little faces, GOD IS SO GOOD!
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.” -Psalm 9:18
We love the ongoing everyday ministry that happens at Club Esperanza and we hope you are encouraged as you support and pray for all of the children and families who pass through the front gate every day….almost three hundred kids and hundreds of parents! Our purposes are God’s purposes and our teachers and staff labor every day so that the Hope found in Jesus is made known in all their lives! We love being a part of it!
We are able to serve so many so well because of our awesome partners…and there are a number of you…THANK YOU! A special thanks to Orphan Network who stopped by and dropped off brand new Crocs sandals for all of our students last month. They are an incredible organization who have walked along side us since our days inside of the Managua dump, focused on the health and nutrition of every single one of our young students. Another special thank you to NicaWorks, who are providing school uniforms for our students this year. The uniforms are being locally made out of a sewing shop NicaWorks started to provide vocational training to families living in poverty.
My favorite part of our school and community center is that we are able to feed all of our students twice a day. The morning students get a small breakfast and a big lunch, then when we make the shift at noon to our older students also get a big lunch and a small afternoon snack. I love this part because amid all that is going on educationally and spiritually at Club Esperanza, our kids feel good….because they have food in their stomachs! Amen!!! Thank you Orphan Network and Lacrosse The Nations for your continued faithful support towards feeding our kiddos EVERY DAY!
WE NEED COMPUTERS!!! We have a group of High School students in our scholarship program at Club Esperanza. Computer access is essential and over the years we have been blessed by a big donation of mini laptops from our friends at Austin Samaritans. They have lasted a long time, but as it is with technology they are beginning to fade and spare parts can’t seem to keep up. So, if you or anyone you know would like to put together a campaign or donate or help in some way with computers please email us email@example.com OR donate directly through this link or the links below.
God Bless all of you who read our blog, get our newsletters, faithfully support, pray for and share interest in what God is doing here in Nicaragua. Many individuals and groups and churches….all of God’s people…is what keeps everything cranking down here. So thank you! Another year is underway at Club Esperanza!!!
Chris & Krista Farrington
A huge special thank you to The Tim Tebow Foundation who puts on Night To Shine prom all around the world in over 34 countries at over 700 churches…and a big thank you to Vida Abundante Church who made it happen in Nicaragua this year!!! We were so thankful that a group of our kids from Club Esperanza were invited guests this year and it was an incredible evening! Can you believe that this happened in Nicaragua??? We can’t either…well actually yes we can, because Jesus is awesome!!!
What is Night to Shine? It is an annual prom held the weekend before Valentine’s day. It is a special invite only event for individuals who have special needs and their companion for the night! It is basically one big party with a red carpet, paparazzi, everyone is celebrated, there is dancing and dining and by the end of the night everyone receives a crown as King and Queen of the prom! You may remember previous posts over the years about this awesome event coming to Nicaragua…Friday night was a continuation of that awesomeness!!! Check out the pictures and videos…scroll all the way to end to find out how you can help our friends on a daily basis!
For Krista and I, crowning Dayson was one of the highlights of our night. He wanted to walk up so we helped him to the front and he was soooooooo excited, giving high fives to everyone as we went up and as we came back to our table. He was just having a fun night at a dance party! He was so funny when we got back to the table…he decided to turn his crown upside down instead and declare himself a gladiator! He had everyone at our table cracking up!!!
This picture is Henrieth, Connie, Teresa and I the moment we all arrived. We were getting ready to go down the red carpet!!! Henrieth is a long time teacher at our school. She developed a program called “Junto Para Inclusion” at Club Esperanza. As we have served in the community for almost two decades we know a significant number of families who have family members with special needs. The program is our effort to include these families in all of the community activities we do at the club. In our Early Childhood education, primary school, feeding program, lacrosse, high school scholarship program and anything else we do…because of Henrieth’s effort we have made sure these families are included. It is pretty awesome. We also purchase and provide basic items they may not be able to afford like diapers, formula, medicines, wheel chairs, beds, etc…
If you would like to donate to “Juntos Para Inclusion” it would be a big help. Our monthly budget is $500. You can use the links below…thank you!
Last week was shopping time for the High School students in our scholarship program at Club Esperanza. Everyone piled into two vans, then Sheyla and Roberto took them all shopping for school uniforms, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, belts, socks etc etc etc…a fun day for sure!!! This group of High School kids is a select group students who match a desire to excel in their education with a need for some support to help them get there.
They are great kids and we would love your prayers for them during this school year! The group is a fun ministry we offer because of the success we have had. The students get help with their school supplies but also commit to being at Club Esperanza daily to receive tutoring and support with their school work. They arrive after school everyday, eat lunch together and then get to work. And when they are done with school work, they always make themselves available to help any ways that they can around Club Esperanza. Our two tutors Roberto and Julia also give them an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on as they go through life and all the challenges teenagers face.
We are looking forward to a great school year with this crew! Pray for them and pray that God would bless them greatly this year…a year of success!!!
School starts next Monday!
We will be starting our new school year in February at Club Esperanza! Ileana’s School has been a huge success and we are expecting a full class of new students as we open our Fourth Grade class this year. The demand is so high that we have families lining up at the gate before sunrise on registration day…it is so encouraging that parents want to send their kids to us. At the same time the demand evidence of the huge need for a place that is full of God’s love and a good education. That is what Club Esperanza is!
To open the 4th Grade classroom we are going to need to buy 35 new desks for 2020!
In just a couple of weeks all of these little desks will be filled again with life and excitement for a new school year. Please be praying as we prepare the school.
As many of you probably already know, we have an amazing staff of teachers at Club Esperanza. They dedicate their lives to all of the kids who come to the Club everyday and they have a huge impact on their lives.
This year we want to get new chairs for the teachers too!
Thank you for supporting Club Esperanza with your finances and with your prayers. You are a huge part of what keeps us going every year. As we are gearing up to start the 2020 school year, we hope your year is having an excellent beginning as well!
God Bless from Nicaragua!
The Birth of Jesus
The Gospel of Luke 2:1-20
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place whilea]”>[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
We hope your Christmas is blessed and that the story of Jesus’ birth brings you Peace and Joy this Holiday season. We’d love to send you our Christmas card that we are sticking on this blog post…just email your address to us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it away. We say that because we love to get your Christmas cards in Nicaragua. So if you have an extra one we’d love to get it in the mail, here is our address…
The Farrington Family
Apartado Postal MJ43
God Bless you and your families on this Christmas Eve!
Chris & Krista Farrington
We had a wonderful time together last Friday with our extended family of Casa Havilah and Casa Robles. Officially the first Christmas party of our year! This past year has been full of life, new things, salvation and ups and downs as well. God is so good and we celebrated each of these children we love with gifts and a fun time together.
The birth of our Savior! Humbly born in a manger. Emmanuel God with Us, experiencing all the of great things and hardships of life…knowing exactly what we feel. Then giving Himself as a sacrifice to atone for all of the sins of man in one beautiful stunning moment on Calvary. Thank you Jesus! We remember your birth this Christmas season with parties and live and life together!!!
All of our kiddos at the homes will be visiting their families over the Christmas and New Year break. Please keep them in your prayers during this time! Fredder, Naydelin, Denis, Alyson, Saxkia, Elery and Maryel….thank you for praying for all of them by name!
Gigi at the party with Elery and Maryel
It is the end of the school year and we are about to have our annual Christmas party down at Club Esperanza! The kids put together different dances and music performances, we invite all the parents, and we have a big meal together…it is always a great time and an awesome end to the school year! Celebrating Jesus’ birthday is the best party we have all year!!! (These are some pictures from last year’s fun.)
We want to make sure every student has a present, but when there are nearly 300 kids that bill can get really big really fast. So we are going to ask for help…your help 🙂
Maybe you can donate one, or two or ten? We have 287 students to shop for.
And we don’t want to leave out our incredible teachers and staff. They dedicate themselves to serving our kids all year long and many of them make big personal sacrifices to serve at Club Esperanza. It is a great group of people and we would like to do something special for each of them. So once we are able to raise enough funds for all of the kids, we want to raise funds for our teachers and staff’s Christmas gift.
There are 29 total faculty, staff and volunteers we would like to bless.
We hope you can help this year….and please keep our end of the year festivities in your prayers. It really is a special time that God uses to pour out blessings and joy on the children and families we serve at Club Esperanza!
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Thanks and God Bless!!! We’re pretty sure this is the best #BlackFriday #CyberMonday deal there is out there LOL!
Sincerely though, thank you so very much!
And hopefully we are the first to say…..Merry Christmas from Nicaragua!
– Chris & Krista Farrington