Greetings from Nicaragua,
This has been a week full of serving the people of Nicaragua and sharing the life changing truth of the Gospel. So far, our team has had the opportunity to share our testimonies on the radio broadcast and provide words of encouragement in truth from Scripture. We also spent each day going door-to-door in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. Our goal has been to share the Gospel and to invite these families to the church Principe de Paz. If they choose to visit Principe de Paz, we know that the believers will grow in God’s Word and the non-believers will be presented the Gospel. Praise God that several individuals prayed to accept Christ this week and others agreed to visit the church.
In the afternoons this week, we have visited several villages to love on the people, share God’s Word, give medical treatment, and provide them a meal. So far, we have visited Villa Esperanza, Las Mesas, Jinocuaito, and Madrono. We have been able to share the love of God through simple things such as giving out gifts, playing soccer, throwing water-balloons, making balloon animals, sharing the story of Jesus through making Gospel bracelets and telling stories from God’s Word that magnify the name of Jesus, serving them food, and simply spending time with them. While we have been visiting these villages, others have been training local pastors and encouraging them in their ministries. Truly, many disciples are being developed through the power of the Holy Spirit in this ministry.
May all praise go to our Father!
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Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
What an amazing past couple weeks of Kingdom building. Our Mission teams have been working in the areas around the new church plant, (Prince of Peace 2). Each day the team members have gone out with folks from the church just to knock on doors and pray with the families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Daily we have seen people pray to receive Christ and the team has been able to pray with hundreds. Its hard to explain the joy of just loving on people and being there for them in a time of need. Praying for God to continue to open doors.
Its also a great joy to hear team members talk about sharing their stories in these neighborhoods and never dreaming they could do such a thing. Praying as we Proceed…..
Happy New Year from Somotillo, Nicaragua! The New Year’s Eve celebration in the adjacent neighborhoods must have been subdued…. or more likely, the team was tired enough that we slept through the fireworks which were going off like mortar rounds!
The first day of 2015 was clear, hot and beautiful in Nicaragua. We started off our day together with breakfast and the morning devotional and then headed into the fields of the training center. The team continued where we left off yesterday; pruning and trimming the lemon, lime and orange trees, clearing brush, and mowing back growth to open up the area and make it more favorable to growing. The limes that we recovered while pruning and trimming yesterday were taken to the market and sold for 400 cordoba. This will provide a day’s wage for one of the workers. As hard and hot as the work was, the team labored under Christ’s yoke (ref. Matt 11.28-30) and not a single whine or complaint was heard by anyone! Praise God…
After lunch, we loaded up in the truck and headed for Confradia. This village is near the town dump. It is extremely impoverished. Our three vehicle caravan pulled off the dusty street and we quickly set up and went to work. The stew pot was started, the medical table set up and the engagement with the children began. While this was most likely the poorest village that the team visited this week , the faces of the children were no less beautiful. The med team distributed more antibiotic in this village than all of the rest this week. It indeed, was heartbreaking to see such beautiful children living in such squalor. Even so, the love of Christ was shown to these villagers and there was at least one adult male who received Christ into his heart.
After the food was eaten and everyone who wanted to see the doctor was able to do so, the team packed up and headed out. On the way out, we threw every last toy, piece of candy and bit of clothing that we had to those villagers running after the truck.
We finished the day by taking a short but steep hike up to the radio tower. This hill was actually the high ground held by the Sandinistas during the revolution. Now it is held by Christ. This is the location of our radio station’s broadcast antenna, which reaches into three countries.
Most of the team will begin the return journey tomorrow. Pray for our safe travels and once again, thank you for your prayer support along the way!
There could be no better way to end 2014 than to spend it in the mission field in Nicaragua. After another great morning devotion and breakfast, we invested a couple hours of hard work on the land around the training center. In 2 short hours, a large portion of the land around the fruit trees had been cleared and trimmed and the debris had been burned, leaving a much more manageable orchard that should lead to a more bountiful harvest over the long term. We also picked 3 large buckets of lemons and limes to eat and take to market. After refilling our water bottles and getting a great lunch (chimichangas!), we headed out to Pascuala to spend some time with our friends there. Many were blessed by the doctor, many were fed by the big pot of chicken and rice stew, many kids laughed at us as played games and showed our lack of soccer skills… and most importantly, several kids prayed to receive Christ after a time of sharing the Good News. As we prepare for a restful night of sleep (that definitely does not include staying up until midnight to bring in the New Year), we pray that we can start 2015 with another great day in the mission field as this trip draws to a close.
Greetings from Casa de Shelly,
Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Life in Somotillo Nicaragua for the North American is relatively stress free. Unlike life at home, here we are quicker to see our relevance in the kingdom of God. As Christians we often slip into our comfort zones and with that, we take on our "yolk" which often becomes a burden. We were reminded that each day we need to wake up, trust what the Lord has in store for us and take on His yolk so that we can rest. After the devotional we divided into small teams and set out on foot to visit local villages. Our initial conversations with the neighbors was simply to remind them of the new church plant, Prince of Peace II, and invite them to Sunday service. However, each team quickly took this opportunity to share the Gospel when possible and pray with each household. Many relationships have blossomed in these last 2 days as we have traveled on foot to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It has been such a sweet time of fellowship as we have hugged, prayed, and cried with these families and lifted up their burdens to the Lord. We shared food with the parents and small toys with the children.
This afternoon we headed to El Chaguite, which is a village beyond the gold mines. The doctor saw 37 families while the remainder of the team engaged with frisbee, soccer, toy airplanes, told stories, shared the Gospel message, and fed the village from the pot of chicken stew that we prepared. It was a blessing to the team to see how something so small could bring so much delight to the children. To literally see bunches of children run after our truck in hopes of getting a piece of candy or T-shirt was simply precious.
To sum up our day, we will leave you with this bible verse:
Isaiah 61:1 "The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Thanking GOD tonight as I pillow my head for the many blessings he has allowed Pam and I to be apart of over the years. Setting in a church tonight that God lead us to plant and listen to a Pastor preach that we have had the honor of teaching for the past 3 years made my heart jump with joy and thanksgiving. Last week a young girl in Galax VA celebrated her 9th birthday. She ask those that came to celebrate with her not to bring presents but to give her money instead so she could support Because We Cares work in Nicaragua. Today her birthday money feed 250 people in the village of Esperanza. She raise enough money to feed 2 more villages this week. Thank you so much Ava and we look forward to your return.
I can hardly wait to wake up in the morning (God willing) and see what God is up too…..
In His Service, Donald and Pammie
Good morning and Blessing to all……..Pam and I would also like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
There is never a GOOD time of the year to begin a "fund raising" campaign and I’m sure the month of December is probably the worst. Please know that Pam and I have spent a lot of time in prayer before we headed down this road. A couple years ago we purchased a used 26 passenger bus to carry our teams from Managua to Somotillo. This year alone we have had 2 blown motors and had to replace the turbo charger in October. After much prayer we decided to sell "big Bird" and proceed to purchase a new bus. In mid October Roberto found a buyer and big bird is no longer our lemon. We sold the bus for $20,000.00 and immediately put that money down on a new bus. The cost of the new bus is $48,900.00 which leaves us with a $28,900.00 deficit. We are asking all our partners to please pray about helping BWCM to complete this purchase. Our next team will arrive in Managua on 12/27/2014 and we are praying that we will have the new bus available.
Please pray and partner with us to make this happen and to GOD be the Glory.
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
PLEASE HELP……A couple months ago we were asking you to pray for rain in Nicaragua, now we are asking for help. Over the past couple of weeks they have been getting very heavy rains that have created many mud slides. As a result of the rains thousands have lost their home and are struggling to just survive. I’m asking the staff in Somotillo to empty the warehouse of all the food we have on hand and to survey each village for medical needs. Our needs today are the Manna Bags, medical supplies and support for the Dr to make medical visits to the needed village. PLEASE PRAY ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP……..
One-third of all Nicaraguan children never enroll in elementary school, fail to attend, or drop out before reaching the sixth grade. The majority of these children drop out in first grade, before they learn the reading and math skills they need to succeed in life. Other risks that threaten the well-being of Nicaragua’s children and youth are malnutrition, teenage pregnancy and early marriages, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, gang involvement and HIV and AIDS.
This month Because We Care Ministries is working through our "Manna Fest" program to ease the problem of malnutrition. Manna Fest is not the cure but it is a stop gap as we continue our daily feeding program to get vitamin enriched meals to the village. Through Manna Fest you can provide enough food to feed a Family of six for a week at a cost of only $10.00. Would you please pray about what GOD would have you and your family do to provide basic food for a family in Nicaragua. Please go to our web site….bwcm.org…..click on the donate button and be a blessing to 1 or more families in Nicaragua. You can also mail donation to BWCM, PO Box 14132 Roanoke, VA 24038