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
A very big thank you to our friends from Pennsylvania who came to the club to put together a dental clinic! There were huge efforts made to get the team into the country and not just be present but also be ready to do the best job they could. Dental care is an extra for most people in Nicaragua. It costs extra money that most don’t have, and it often loses priority to other health needs.
This team was an incredible blessing the neighborhood we serve at Club Esperanza! They came with excellence…it is often an easier solution to Read More
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God Bless from Nicaragua! – Chris & Krista Farrington
Elery turned 9 years old on Tuesday. Normally we try to have a little cake and party for the boys, but since it was mid week so we were gonna hold off. Well the other Mom’s at his school told Angelica they wanted to make a part happen….TODAY! They love Elery and Samuel at school and these mom’s are good friends with Angelica and know what she is going through in her battle with breast cancer. So they made a party happen for Elery that day….no need to wait!
Grab a cake, grab a piñata and grab a stick….¡FIESTA!
Have you ever taken a swing at a Piñata? It is one the most violent birthday celebrations anyone could ever invent LOL! But it is always comical and lots Read More
This post is a few weeks over do…..but what a finale to our summer we had with our church family from Miami! As everyone’s school year is starting up I thought it would be a fun blog post to share pictures and stories from the ending of our summer days down here…we love our church and love all of our friends we get to see in person when teams come down! Christ Journey’s young adult team was our summer finale…it was awesome!
We spent the week ministering at Club Esperanza and in the surrounding neighborhood. For a few of the days we broke into small teams and walked the neighborhood. We prayed as we walked, met new people and prayed Read More
Mama Angelica was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the late spring. It was a really harsh diagnoses to hear, as you can imagine. She found the lump in an annual mammogram and the biopsy showed it was cancerous and fairly large. She and Papa Yuri have been going through this together, but it has been tough. It has hit all of us pretty hard as part of her extended family as well. So please be praying for her healing! We have been for the last few months and ask you to join us in praying for Mama Angelica!
The first good news she received after a number of disappointing visits was that it has not moved into lymph nodes, lungs, liver, stomach or any other major organs. That was a relief! But the treatment is pretty heavy even still. She began her first round of chemo in July. The intention of the chemo is to shrink the tumor and then operate. She feels confident in her doctors and the plans they have set for her. She will have a second round of chemo this Friday. So please be praying.
This week has been especially tough for her as the side effect of her hair falling out has begun. It’s a very emotional time that she and Yuri are going through together. Her confidence in God to heal her through this is higher than her confidence in the doctors. It is an inspiring faith that she has. It’s the faith of a mom who sacrificed daily for children who have become hers over years of leaning on God to be in charge of their little Casa Robles family. Incredibly, she did say her hair is the only major side affect so far and she has felt good. She said she has felt good every morning. So, we will keep praying for strength in her body!
Today she told me that the other mom’s at the boys school have been so supportive, especially as the chemo has taken affects on her hair. They told her “we will all wear hats, we will get all made up and we will go through this together!” That is what will carry her through, a community of believers who pray for her, reach out to her, love on her, cry with her and encourage her.
We come to the cross Jesus and we pray for Mama Angelica. God we ask Read More
It has been a while since we have blogged about our Boy’s rescue home Casa Robles so we thought we would give a little Monday update on how things have been going. We had visitors!!! The Clouds came to visit with Andrew and Angel from Tally. It was such a great fun time…even the ride from the airport was exciting! Because of the political crisis it had been two years since the boys had been back, so this was a really special time together for all of us! We visited family, hung out together, did sleep overs, and Mason had a blast hangin with all the boys. And for our family personally we loved having a visit from the Clouds!
We even had a Mariachi band LOL!!! We actually celebrated Mama Angelica’s birthday together which was super special! Dancing, singing, some tears….and cake! The Buzbees always Read More
By far the best highlight of any trip out to Ruby Ranch is when the GIANT slide down the side of the hill that opens in the afternoon! It is so much fun and such a cool thing to be able to do in a country that does not have water parks. Well…the slide has a hole, or two or maybe three after so many years of fun! Can you help fix the slide?
Repairing the slide is going to cost $2,800
Click here for info to donate by Check, using PayPal or through the National Christian Foundation (leave a note: “Ruby Ranch Slide”)
Looking forward to keeping future slippin’ and slidin’ at the Double R!!!