It has been almost five years now since we had to close Colegio Esperanza in La Chureca. We trusted God in that time and didn’t grasp at straws, because we knew that our service to the children and families from La Chureca was for His Glory. And we also know how much God loves all of His creation. We trusted that there was a good plan for everyone of our kiddos. Over the last five years Club Esperanza has been a huge beacon of light in the community all the families from La Chureca were moved to. We write about it often and it has been such an exciting thing to be a part of! Watching God prove over and over how much he loves these children!
Every year over the last five years it is so difficult when our Early Childhood Education students graduate, knowing we are sending them off into someone else’s care. And sadly into bad schools. Every year the parents ask, “When are you going to open Colegio Esperanza again?” They says, “We love it here, we want our children to stay here!”
BIG NEWS: Next year we are going to Re-Open the school at Club Esperanza!
We are in the process right now of ordering everything with the Ministry of Education. Our partnership with Love, Light and Melody has been an incredible help and drive to make this happen. Sheyla and the entire staff at Club Esperanza or soooooo excited to open the school again! Many of them were with us when we tore the walls of the school down five years ago. Now we will build the school back together again! Amen!
Please keep this in your prayers over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. In Nicaragua this is the ending and beginning of the school year, so all these things will be happening over the Holidays this year.
So, Please keep an eye out for news on the school and ways you can join in and help. We will need the help of individuals and organizations to see this happen.
Henry is the foreman at Ruby Ranch. He is a great guy and certainly cut right out of a John Wayne movie. He weilds a machete, can hammer nails with his hand, builds gates out of trees…and he is a horse whisperer! If you ever visit, you have to ask Henry to do some tricks with Reagan. The most impressive is when he gets the horse to lay down, while he is on its back…and then get back up again!
Our friends the Barons who moved down to Nicaragua to work with Open Hearts at Ruby Ranch have launched an awesome “go fund me”….a new motorcycle for Henry! A motorcycle is the best mode of transport to quickly access the 400 acres of Ruby Ranch. It is essential for the daily operation of things too; like running to the hardware store, meeting out at the road, getting things done quickly. It will also be a huge blessing to Henry!
Feel free to donate through Paypal if it is more convenient…we’ll make it happen!
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!