**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:
The above picture captures the situation well. Here are seven university students who marched in a small group last week hoping Read More
THURSDAY APRIL 19TH
Some of you may have heard on Facebook or seen in the news that Nicaragua is in the middle of some pretty serious Political unrest. We want to let everyone know that we are all ok and nothing has escalated to a very dangerous level for most people. There are however protests going on in downtown Managua that have turned violent. So, we are avoiding those areas. The U.S. Embassy is keeping its advisories updated on Facebook. If you speak Spanish and want to follow local news here this is a great source using FB live to get the story out. (Update: I want to add La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario the major Nicaraguan print newspapers.)
We are staying close to home and keeping our ear on things. Please pray for Nicaragua! Here is our understanding of what is happening.
There has been unrest in recent months due the Sandanista governments lack of response to wild fires in remote regions of the country. There was clamor about the suppression of information as well. Those protestors made their way to Nicaragua to raise awareness at the end of March. It did not escalate at the time though.
This week’s unrest started on Wednesday. It actually has been an issue that has been boiling for a couple years now. The Nicaragua Social Security Institute (INSS) has been accused in La Prensa (as far back as 2009) of loaning out funds to political allies of the government for a wide variety of projects, buildings, housing developments, business building and then other more nefarious accusations. Read More
During Semana Santa vacation this year at Club Esperanza our friends from Love, Light & Melody held their annual event called “Dia De Luz” (Day of Light). This year’s timing during Easter Week made it all the more fun for the community. All of the children were on vacation from school for the week and didn’t really have much to do besides sitting around in the scorching heat. But not this year…it was a big Ol’ Fiesta at Club Esperanza! Read More
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Yesterday we visited Masaya Volcano and Aliyah took this picture. This volcano has a long history, and part of it is tragic. It’s open mouth filled with lava, molten rock and sulfuric smoke pouring out gained it the historical title “The Gate to Hell.” For a time in history, human sacrifices were made to try and appease the volcano. In our modern times it is hard to believe that not long ago such brutality took place. But then, centuries ago the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached in this part of the world and those who once made sacrifices into the volcano erected a cross on its highest peak. They stopped the sacrifices because they had come to a saving knowledge that many centuries before, One sacrifice was already made for us all. The burden of sin and judgement was already lifted from us. We needed not appease the Gate of Hell. Because as Isaiah prophesied, by the wounds of Jesus Christ on the Cross we are healed. Over two thousand years ago victory over sin and death was won…and the Gates of Hell cannot stand in the way! Jesus is alive, and by his sacrifice on the cross we are saved. And, because of His resurrection, we have eternal life. Easter is the most important day in history, Amen.
I think Aliyah’s picture captures this very well!
Victory. Jesus is Alive!
We hope you have blessed Easter Weekend!
This morning we said good bye to our Church family from Christ Journey Church in Miami (click the link to read about their trip and others to Haiti and Ecuador!). Above is our group picture. A missions trip was an awesome way to spend Easter Week! Read More
We hope you have some time today to read the digital version of our Newsletter. As you read, please pray for our family and for the good Godly things happening here!
If you would like to send financial support we are very grateful!
God Bless from Nicaragua, Chris & Krista
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As we started the school year at Club Esperanza I knew we had a space issue. As we have shared previously we have nine different classes in operation throughout the two school sessions each day. But, we only have three classrooms. In Nicaragua, one learns to just make it happen! So, we planned to have a classroom meet in the dining hall. But we needed partitions. Well I was itching for a manual labor project, away from all the administrative and fundraising efforts…so I gave it a go!
I took a pile of wood and a few pieces of plywood…
This is Daiyton, Faviana and Camila…last Monday they received a home built by a group of high school students from Westminster Christian School in Miami, FL. There is a back story and it is beautiful. Faviana heard about our Mercy Home ministry from a family that had received a home two years ago. They told her to drop a letter off at the gate to share her situation. Well Faviana decided to drop a letter off…ever week…for a over a year! We would sometimes see her at the gate when we were taking Juliette to school, often with Camila (who is probably the cutest 2 year old in Nicaragua). She was always very kind and would give her letter to us and be on her way. She persisted for her family, and she told us later about her constant prayers asking God to provide. Well when it came time for Westminster to build, we visited Faviana to see their situation and everything checked out perfectly…so it was time to build!
Faviana told Krista a sweet detail about the timing of the construction. We have to do some prep work before the team arrives so that we can finish the house during the trip. One day a couple weeks before the team Faviana and Dayton were sitting at her mother’s Read More
This time of year we have a program where we build houses with groups of high schoolers from Miami. Palmer Trinity School was working this week on their house and a local reporter from the National Newspaper stopped by. They interviewed some of the students and came again the next day when we went to Club Esperanza. Some of the students on the team are Nicaraguan and so the connection was even deeper.
Well, this morning their faces were on the front cover of the Nuevo Diario…. Read More
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You can also donate to Open Hearts by checks made to “Open Hearts Minsitries”…
Open Hearts Ministries
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God Bless from Nicaragua!
This video is my favorite and it captures the fun of the night so well! We celebrated a “Noche de Gala” (Prom) with over three hundred people at Verbo Church here in Nicaragua last Friday night! We had one hundred honored guests who were crowned Kings and Queens of the prom…it was an incredible night of fun for many kids who don’t always get to attend something like Prom. In fact, I can say they have never had a night like last Friday before in their lives….dancing, red carpet, being crowned, an elegant dinner, photo booth…it was awesome!
You may remember last year when Krista and I had the incredible experience to get to attend Tim Tebow Foundation‘s Celebrity Golf Classic. “Night to Shine” is an international event organized by the Tebow Foundation to have Prom for special needs young adults on the Friday before Valentines Day. It is held at over 500 sites in 16 different countries! This year we hosted it in Nicaragua and it’s happening was the fruit of our visit last year. We had a chance to say hello to Tim Tebow at that event. He said “How about ‘Night to Shine Nicaragua’?” We said, “Wow, that would be awesome! But you know there are lots of logistics to pull something like that off.” His response, “I like logistics.” And a year later…with lots of hard work from La Iglesia Cristiana Verbo, Tesoros de Dios, Club Cristiana La Esperanza, friends at the Tebow Foundation who love Nicaragua, and all of us here in Nicaragua with Open Hearts…Night to Shine happened for the first time in Nicaragua! Amen!
The red carpet entrance to the event is certainly one of the most exciting parts of the night! Every single honored guest got to do a walk of fame. With paparazzi on either side and lots of cheering fans they each walked down the red carpet to enter the Prom.
This is what it felt like!!! Read More
Yesterday was the first day of School at Club Esperanza…it was lots of fun! We were able to do a Facebook Live video and i attached it below…hope you have a chance to watch 🙂
This year we have Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Classes, Elementary School tutoring, High School Tutoring and our High School Scholarship Program. Additionally we have Lacrosse The Nations Athletic Program, Music Class with Jordan, and Bible Study with Michael & Rocio Booth. Every child also receives two meals a day, amen! Much more will be going on as well with all these beautiful children and young people God put under our care this year. We are praying for a blessed 2018!!!
We shared a blog recently with information about how you might support the school financially. As you pray for us please consider this as well….
A $25 monthly donation supports one child for the year. If 300 people committed, we could fund Club Esperanza for the year! Amen!
Now, we do know that 300 people is probably everybody we know LOL! So it might be a little unrealistic. But with everyone we know, and everyone YOU know maybe we can get there?!? So, please share our blog and help if you can…Thank you and God Bless from Nicaragua!
We have been back in Nicaragua for a few weeks now, but we wanted to share a little family update from our travels back to the U.S. We went home to Miami for Christmas….it was so much fun to be home at Mema’s house! It is such a blessing for our kids to get to be with all of their cousins who we really really miss all your round…and for Krista and I to see my siblings and their spouses whom we love dearly and miss year round too…plus my momma is my hero…so much fun!!!
We had so much fun together but I forgot to take pictures. You would think with a house full of 10 kids there would be lots of fights and craziness, but it wasn’t that way. Ok well maybe there was lots of craziness, but everyone just has so much fun together, non stop football and nerf guns, Read More