Things are going well and God is moving here in Somotillo. This morning, we had a crew of young men drive out to the riverbed and shovel a truckload of sand into the Because We Care dump truck. The sun was beating and the sand was heavy but we had Colossians 3:23 in our heads. “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man.” As we drove to Villa Esperanza we were greeted by smiling faces and children running. “Gringos! Gringos!” As we delivered the sand, we quickly realized that we were contributing to something much bigger than ourselves. “La Iglesia futura?” I asked one of the children as I pointed to the sand pile. “Si, Si, Si!” was the response from the children with heads nodding and grins from ear to ear. Yes, our work is for the Lord, but to see the excitement on the children’s faces at something as simple as a dump truck full of sand and gringos was a blessing from God, even more refreshing than the water in our bottles.

While the guys were out shoveling sand for the new church in Villa Esperanza, the ladies made a trip out to La Escuela de Ruben Dario to minister to the children. They sang songs, played with the team members, and even performed an interactive skit with the children. The parable of the lost sheep gave students a great visual about God’s love for his children. This afternoon the team headed out for a new village called, St. Louis. Because We Care Ministries is praying about planting a church in this village and we were able to meet the pastor and pray for him and his family as well as bless the people there with a meal and some clothes for their family. It is amazing to see how God continues to work in these villages and how churches are being built up all over Somotillo.

Please continue to pray for Because We Care Ministries. God has been doing so much but there is still much more work to be done. Chris Dowd and Donald Gillette have returned from Pastor Training in Honduras and rejoined us at the Casa De Shelly. They’ll continue their journey through the book of Romans with several more pastors here in Nicaragua, tomorrow and Friday. Pray for the pastors as they travel tomorrow morning and pray for clarity and insight as they continue to grow. Also pray that God would raise up laborers to contribute to the ministry in Central America. Pray for those hearing testimonies through the radio ministry. Pray for the local villages of Somotillo, that they would see the love of Jesus and know Him personally. Pray for the families plagued by illness and disease. But most of all, pray that people would place their faith in Jesus and walk with Him daily.