Thank you for all of the support you gave to our family over the last year…God is doing some great things in Nicaragua and we are looking forward to 2018 with excitement!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love, The Farringtons
Below is our most recent newsletter…if you would like to support any of our ongoing ministries or our family click this link for donation information. Thank you again! Contact us at email@example.com for any other info.
The 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.
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!
Would you consider becoming a monthly donor through PayPal? (check the box on the link below) To have your partnership for the entire year would be very helpful to keep Club Esperanza going, $25 a month, $50, $100…every bit helps!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Henry 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!
Our 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!
Feel free to donate through Paypal if it is more convenient…we’ll make it happen!
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!
We want to share our recent newsletter one more time before we move into the Fall. Hopefully a number of you were able to receive it in physical form! If you would like to get it in the mail, please email us your address. firstname.lastname@example.org
We can now receive recurring donations through paypal. This is a huge help to us in keeping Club Esperanza, Casa Robles and Casa Havilah going every month. If you would like to commit to monthly giving there is an option in the link below, or you can choose monthly options in the side column.
These type of committments will also be very helpful as the excitment builds for re-opening the school at Club Esperanza! More to come on that later…
Thanks you for your prayers and support! -Chris & Krista Farrington
As Hurricanes have hit back home in the USA over the past month we have been praying and asking the Lord to help all of those suffering in every way they need…comfort in loss, protection in recovery, provision as everyone rebuilds! And we keep praying.
Last week Nicaragua got nailed by Hurricane Nate as it formed in the Carribean. It dumped lots of rain and some heavy winds on us. Several of you reached out to us and we appreciated your love and prayers. It was a bit more exciting than we expected, we lost a number of trees. But, thankfully they all fell away from our homes! For the most part the heavy stuff stayed away from Managua. The main thing we needed to do was some heavy clean up. So Mason and I went out and picked up a chain saw!
We spent this week cleaning up all of the trees that fell around the farm. Thankfully the sun did eventually come back out. This weekend our foreman Santos is taking the chainsaw home to his neighborhood to help with the larger trees that went down there.
If any of our friends here in Nicaragua need a crew to come by to clear trees, please let us know. We are on it! Shoot us an email email@example.com
Most importantly we covet your prayers for those who are in parts of Nicaragua that have been harshly affected. Down South and in some parts of Managua the Hurricane and heavy rains that preceded it did damage to homes and caused flooding. Our friends down here The Ohrans mobilized with food relief and other aide. As more needs arise we hope to be able help in any way that we can. Please be praying for the people in Southern Parts of Nicaragua as they are recovering from Hurricane Nate.
Thank you for your prayers, love and care for all of us here in Nicaragua!
Below: Video on the morning after Hurricane Nate passed…it was still pretty gusty.
Ruby Ranch has produced a harvest from the citrus groves! Krista’s brother Brinson who oversees everything out there are the Double R took these photos during the picking and packing process. He said that there was a total of 11,000 limes harvested off of the young citrus trees….Wow what a blessing!!!
I know I can speak for Brinson and say that the funnest part was the distribution of all the limes. Being committed to give them all away, he packed up the old 1990s LandCruiser and brought them in to town. He made stops at Casa Havilah and Casa Robles which certainly brightened the day of the house moms…limes are a premium in cooking. A sack of limes will go a long way at these homes!
There were other stops along the way. All of the workers got to take some home. We all took a good pile in to our homes for lemonade, and we also have big plans to squeeze hundreds here at Quinta Havilah to bottle up and use later! The next stop was Club Esperanza and Brinson got a fun reception there, the boys hopped in and started unloading! We feed 300 children everyday at the Club, so this harvest probably met its match at the club LOL! Praise Jesus for the blessings of land that produces. We are asking Him to pour out more and more of His blessings onto Ruby Ranch! Amen.
We all appreciate your continued prayers and support for Ruby Ranch!
We hope this blog post finds you well…we have been praying for all of our friends and family in Florida this weekend with Hurricane Irma, and we will keep praying for this hard time cleaning up after the storm. Love you all!
Our newsletter is four pages this time, but we hope this new format makes it easier to read. Thanks for taking the time to read it!
We appreciate your prayers for our ongoing ministry. Below is the newsletter, we hope it communicates well. If you would like to donate, find that info here.
God Bless from Nicaragua!!!
As you just read, the summer was full of so many good things. But, the best came at the end when Mema came down for a visit! We had such a good time with you mom! We even got to act like a bunch of space aliens to try and witness the eclipse together down here…we innovated with welding masks and got to see 1/4 eclipse!