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!!!
Don Horadio has been working at Ruby Ranch as part of the full time staff that maintains the Ranch year round for over seven years now…pretty much since the beginning of the ranch. His house had gone into disrepair and was starting to fall down….because God is huge, just last month he and his wife received a brand new home! Praise Jesus!
Krista’s uncle Allen has had the idea of traveling to Nicaragua with a team of his co-workers from the State of Florida for a number of years. They came last month with goal of building a home for a family in need. It turned into a perfect trip because on their trip they were the hands the built Don Horadio’s house!
God does amazing things big and small and this week was one of those big things!
Our amazing friend Hilary Snook was on the war path for Jesus this summer with her organization Mission 4 Nicaragua! For the last month teams, guests, and friends have visited Nicaragua with her to get their hands dirty doing God’s things down here and it has been awesome! In this picture she is with our new English teacher at Club Esperanza and Club Los Brasiles. Hilary spear headed the effort to get a consistent weekly teacher at our education centers, because being able to speak a second language is a HUGE advantage. Veronica started last month teaching all of our elementary level classes and because of generous donations we were able to provide text books and work books as well, Praise God!
The teams that came through were an awesome blessing in the different areas they worked. Laying sod and painting out in Los Brasiles was a big part of the work. But more importantly walking around in the barrio and visiting with friends they have made over the years was just as impactful! There was a whole lot of life and love walking around Los Brasiles this past month!
A really cool project that has been led by Hilary’s daughter AnnaBelle is raising donations to buy beds for families in Los Brasiles. Read More