Over the last five months Nicaragua has been going through a crisis that has destroyed the economy, claimed hundreds of lives, and continues to have an ugly face of daily arrests, stories of torture, violence, and protests with little hope in sight for the majority of normal every day Nicaraguans. In the middle of everything there are millions of kids just trying to keep on going. They hear their parents talk and have seen the news reports. The children are having a hard time, in a different way than their parents, but equally as hard.
Nicaragua is still going through a deadly crisis that has claimed over 300 lives in less than four months. Please keep praying for Nicaragua…
This is not a picture of Nicaragua. It is a portrait from American History, but it has given me hope and has led me to pray for Nicaragua in a specific way. We visited D.C. two years ago and the young intern from Marco Rubio’s office gave us a incredible tour of the Capital. We came to the rotunda and he pointed at this giant painting and said “This is when America was born.”
I don’t believe The United States is God’s country, not by any means. But 240 years of democratic elections and a change of power every 4 or 8 years is incredible. It is miraculous. Even more so in light of what we are living through today in Nicaragua.
Back to the painting. The young man certainly caught my attention with that line, Read More
We made another delivery of “Emergency Food Packs” this past week. This time to the community of Los Brasiles and our staff at Club Cristiano Los Brasiles. It was a special time, especially because we were able to have some friends in town for the weekend to help deliver the packs. Mission For Nicaragua teams had to cancel their summer trips because of the country’s deadly political crisis. Cancelling the trips was a heart breaking time for our friend Hilary and the teams that she and her husband Jack lead to Nicaragua year round. Nicaragua still isn’t stable enough for large teams, but this weekend Hilary was able to make the trip with her close friend and team member Kristina to make the delivery. Los Brasiles is a community that Mission For Nicaragua have adopted and they have some beautiful relationships there. They are also strong supporters of Club Los Brasiles, so like I said it was a very special delivery!
We packed up our Land Cruiser Ambulances and made our way to Club Los Brasiles on Sunday afternoon. Not only did we share the packs with teachers and staff there, Read More
When we sat in a Chili’s restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica with the Schancks and Fredder having traveled together with Mama Angelica, Papa Yuri, his mom and grandmother by plane from Nicaragua, we were all pretty sure not a single one of us would have ever orchestrated things in this way. But as we all shared and said goodbye’s with tears and telling stories, Papa Yuri made mention of “the unstoppable hand of God” on Fredder’s life.
This boy from the trash dump who is now a growing teenager is on to another journey with God in his life. He is surrounded by an extended family that loves him and will fight for the best things in his life. For Angelica and Yuri they were sending their son off to college a couple years early. Because, over the last decade they have loved for and Read More
With all of the chaos going on in Nicaragua over the last three months we lost some of our communications with Pastor Victor. But yesterday he made contact to us from a port city and shared some encouraging news. They are doing well and the Lord is blessing the church movement on the Rio Coco. He sent this video of last weekend’s church service. Praise Jesus!
I did laugh a little watching the video. Everyone must have been wondering why Pastor Victor was walking around with his cell phone! I don’t imagine he was wearing black and discretely filming from behind the drummer like some of the bigger churches in the world today :-). Even though I am sure he distracted someone I really was moved deep in my Spirit seeing the video, recognizing faces and knowing God is moving in people’s lives! Read More
Last step of the Packing Process….in super fast motion!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
This past week we completed Round Two of delivering Emergency Provision Packs during the crisis we are living through here in Nicaragua. We made sure to have some fun in the packing process and it has been a whole family effort! We made deliveries to Ruby Ranch workers, teachers and staff at Colegio Havilah, FCA in Nicaragua, and a few other individuals. It really can’t be overstated what an impact these packs are having…with tears of thanks flowing at every delivery we pray together for Nicaragua!
Here is our packing and delivery crew, we got the young guns on board and made sure to have them do all the lifting…I am injured so I “had” to be the supervisor LOL! Each of these packs need two people to lift them, they are heavy! We were curious as to how much each one weighed, so we had to boys weigh them and they are 108 lbs each!
As we completed round two we have packed and delivered 8,640 lbs. of provisions that will provide 2-3 weeks worth of food to 80 families. PRAISE JESUS!!!
If you would like to donate to help us keep delivering as many packs as the Lord allows here is the button to donate a pack through Paypal…as many as we can, amen!
Emergency Provision Pack
Provide two weeks worth of food for a family of six in the event of a food shortage.
Deliveries to Colegio Havilah:
This week we will find out if Fredder is going to be able to go the US next year to study. Will you please pray this week? There are two important foreign embassy appointments and approvals needed. Our friends The Schancks who have known Fredder and the Casa Robles gang for the last five years have opened their home to him for this amazing opportunity. They are awesome friends and will be a wonderful family to Fredder! If all goes well this week he will be going to Norfolk Christian School as an international student with a Student Visa starting in August!
Prayer Request: This week there are two key meetings. First is an appointment tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Costa Rican Consolate Office to apply for a Visa to travel to Costa Rica this weekend. Please pray that the Costa Ricans give the Visas for Fredder, his mom, his grandmother, Mama Angelica and Papa Yuri. Then even more important is his US Embassy appointment next Monday in Costa Rica. After months of paperwork and approvals, this appointment for an F1 student Visa is the final step…please pray that Fredder gets approved and can return home with the Schancks! Read More