Club Esperanza: Vacation Bible School

24775097_10159657972250537_6251582260444055953_nThe school year ended in Nicaragua the last week of November and all of our kiddos at Club Esperanza are officially on “Summer Vacation”.  Yes I know it is December, but down here the nicest time of year is while it is winter time in the United States.  The rains have stopped, all the grass has not dried up yet for the dry season, and it occasionally drops below 70 degrees in the early morning!

Rocio and Mike Booth organized a Vacation Bible School for this first week of vacation for the kids in our tutoring program at Club Esperanza.  The Booths have been an incredible blessing to the Club this year investing in the Spiritual growth of our kids with Sunday Bible Studies, weekly devotionals, fun outings with our staff, basically functioning as the Chaplains at Club Esperanza, really an instrumental part of the Club!

Rocio has mad skills with children’s ministry and didn’t leave any of the kids disappointed.  Instead of being out in the streets and roaming around in a neighborhood that has so many risks, they all got to come to Club Esperanza on their vacation!  What was really fun for us too, is that our children are on vacation.  So, Krista went down to the Club everyday with our gang to help Rocio put together the fun!

You can imagine with Rocio and Krista in charge it was tons of fun!  I can’t think of a better way for the kids at Club Esperanza to learn that Jesus loves them, that God has specific plans for their future, that God’s presence is always there for them and that we have an eternity that awaits each and every one of us.  It was a great time, and as they finished there was a sweet time of prayer together.

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Please keep all of these beautiful children in your prayers during their “Summer Vacation”.  It is festive time of year with Christmas celebrations, we just ask the Lord to keep each and every one of them safe!

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Ruby Ranch: Thankfulness…Motorcycle Update!

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They call it “la machina” at the motorcycle dealer!  If you have checked in on our blog over the last couple months you will remember that we shared about a Go Fund Me to raise money for a new motorcycle for Henry who is the foreman at Ruby Ranch.  Well Praise Jesus last week Brinson delivered the beast to Henry and he was floored by everyone’s generosity!

There is a bit of a back story in getting to this point.  When the GoFundMe closed down we had not met the goal for the full purchase of the bike.  Brinson spoke with Henry about it and let him know what we would like to do for him.  After thinking about it for a couple days, Henry told Brinson he had sold two of his cows to make up the difference.  That was so awesome to hear him going “all in”.  So, Brinson started the purchase.

In the following days we received a couple of emails from friends asking how much was left on Henry’s motorcycle.  Your all’s generosity is sooooo awesome!  We got to full price of the motorcycle, and you can seeHenry’s emotion in these pictures below.  When Brinson gave him the keys, he also gave him the envelope with his cash that he had brought after selling his livestock!  Henry was shocked, so thankful!!!

Henry is such an instrumental part of Ruby Ranch growing.  This motorcycle is going to facilitate things in dozens of ways.  There is much to do out there with all of the future plans, it is an exciting time.  We are also so thankful to have been able to give Henry this huge blessing…from all of us!

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Club Esperanza: A Thanksgiving Thank You!!!


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Wow what a response on the desks for the new school!  We want to tell you thank you times a million for the Thanksgiving blessing of the new desks for the re-opening of our school!  Your response was incredible, we ordered the desks and have had them delivered….Amen!  Our staff was so encouraged by the support for this small step in getting the school ready to re-open and it encourages all of us that the Lord will provide for all of the details to bless these children times a million.  So, as everyone in the United States was celebrating Thanksgiving this past week, please know that all of us down here in Nicaragua at Club Esperanza were having a celebration too!  Maybe we didn’t eat Turkey, but we might have celebrated with some gallo pinto and big smiles!

We do appreciate your continued prayers, specifically with the Ministry of Education.  We are doing all of this prep work to open for the 2018 school year.  As soon as we hear from them we will let you know…but our prayer is that they give us approval to re-open the school!

In the mean time the kiddos from our Early Childhood Education program have already started taking over the desks for their reading time…they fit perfectly 🙂

Thank you again and Happy Thanksgiving from Club Esperanza!

Urgent Need: desks for the new school…

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Can you help us buy desks as we re-open the school?  To be authorized by the Ministry of Education here in Nicaragua we need to have 54 desks (1st and 2nd grade size) for school next year.  Our deadline for authorization is the end of November…two weeks away!

Click here to buy a new desk for Ileana’s School at Club Esperanza!
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Each desk costs $22  (click here to donate by check)

We hope everyone can help.  Maybe you can donate one, maybe two, three…maybe your small group can donate a few?  It will be a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving by helping make opening the school next year possible!

This is Sefora and Kayla…two of the students who will benefit as we re-open the school!  You can see Kayla is a little small for the desks we have.  That is why the Ministry of Education is requiring us to purchase new smaller desks.  It is important that our students feet can touch the ground! 🙂  It was not in our anticipated budget and we were not expecting to be required to have new desks for authorization.  Combined with the hard cut off date, you can see why this is urgent.

We appreciate any help you can give…praying for 54 desks!  Amen.

Thank you!

Re-Opening the School from La Chureca!

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.


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Ruby Ranch: A Motorcycle for “El Chele”

24420124_1507159835.8878Henry 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!

24420124_1507160091.7094_funddescriptionOur 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!

Click here for the Go Fund Me page if you would like to help!

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We saw Henry at Hipica Horse Parade!

 

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Exploring Ruby Ranch with Henry

Club Esperanza: God’s provision…

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!


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