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
What a great day yesterday! In our lives as Christians many of us remember our baptisms very fondly as an important part of our journey in faith. Yesterday Fredder and Denis were baptized in the pool here at the Buzbees. It was so awesome and we were so blessed to participate!
These boys are becoming young men and over the last year both of them came to Papa Yuri at different times asking to be baptized. Yesterday was the day we could finally all be together for their baptism. They both shared their testimonies of coming to believe in Jesus as their saviors, which was very special to hear in their own words. I believe that baptism is not just a moment of public profession of faith but also a moment where God does something deep and special spiritually in individual’s lives. That was evidenced yesterday. It was a very special time of worship for all of us. We hope that you will continue to pray for both Denis and Fredder as they continue to grow with Christ. Amen!
Some more excitement yesterday was Maryel’s graduation from Kindergarten. He is the most hysterical little guy and has brings so much life to everyone he comes in contact with. He has done that for all us over this past year since he and his big brother Elery came into Casa Robles. Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri have loved them as their own and it has brought incredible healing and growth in their lives. Congratulations to Maryel on this very special day!!!
Look at that smile…it is all the time! My favorite moments are whenever he sees me he always asks “Donde esta mi Tia Krista” hahaha…he is so excited to see Krista whenever we are all together…it is so sweet!
The week started with greatness on Sunday! We got to link in via the internet to see Angel be baptized in Tallahassee. Angel went forward at church and accepted Jesus as his savior last month and this Sunday he was baptized. It was so special that Papa Gary was the one to baptize Angel. And the internet is so awesome because we got to be witnesses…see the video above. God is good…all the time!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for Casa Robles! Please also keep praying for Mama Angelica as she continues chemotherapy to fight cancer she was diagnosed with in the Spring. We ask Jesus for total healing! Amen.
This will have to be a post with very minimal pictures, or maybe I will add some of our awesome students and teachers at the end. But we are having some incredibly bad problems with our septic system and our city water bill at the School! We need to resolve this soon, maybe you can help?!?
SEPTIC: We have a major problem that when the city sewage system on the road backs up, all of the sewage backfills into Club Esperanza because we are lower than then everyone else. Well that has been happening frequently this past month and it is unbearable. We arrived for school and our check valves on the sewage line that prevents back flow had malfunctioned and the “agua negra” back filled into all the bathrooms, spilling out into the classrooms and office. We had to cancel classes two days because the city takes that long to respond. It is incredibly unsanitary and honestly disgusting. But our teachers are incredible and go into action cleaning to keep things from being worse. Photos – First is our school flooded and the massive two day sanitization and clean up. The second is our sewage registry box that is overflowing, raising that metal lid and seeking a solution was definitely something where I felt like I was on that show “Dirty Jobs”, only worse because on TV you can’t smell anything! The third photo below is our teachers and staff working out in front of the club where the manhole was backed up…this is work the city should be doing, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do! Many of the parents of our students came to help as well…they are equally frustrated with the city!
SOLUTION: We need to install and independent septic tank and leech system so that we can be off of the city sewage lines. It will have to be a huge tank because we have 300 people a day and a full kitchen serving two meals a day.
WATER ISSUE: These photos below may look like normal toilets. But what if I told you that these were causing our water bill to spike to $500 a month! That is what has happened. The water company sent us a bill that was INSANE, so for the past two months we have been fighting with them. We thought we might have a major leak under the foundation that was not visible or that someone was stealing water from us. It turns out that our toilets are so old that the kits went bad and they were leaking two gallons a minute. It was hard to narrow it down because of the city water being high pressure at night and low during the day. Worse yet the internal kits for the toilets are no longer available in Nicaragua. We need to get this resolved as well.
SOLUTION: It is pretty simple. We need to buy new toilets to replace the old ones. It will be an entire overhaul to the toilets of all of our bathrooms.
Please pray for us as we seek temporary solutions for these major problems!
If you can donate in any way towards this please do so here or use the buttons below…thank you for your support of Club Esperanza!
It has been a heavy rainy season and we had a flash flood the other day that did some serious damage here in our neighborhood where we live. We had about ten inches of rain in three hours and it wreaked some serious havoc! Our entrance road was flooded during the rain while Krista was out…so she couldn’t even get home. All of the neighbors worked together to fixed the hole in the road that was left after the rain subsided, and then we were to get in and out again. It was wild! Our road is in desperate need of repair…it will be a huge project, but is something we are asking the Lord for!
The good news is that we had some rubble from a construction project we were doing on our kitchen. We went out with our guys here at Quinta Havilah and did some temporary patching on the worst parts. Now normal small cars can make it to our house again and not just four wheel drive vehicles…it has been crazy!
Then there was more bad news…the power went out in the middle of the storm for five hours and caused some damage to our water pump that feeds Read More