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
Today was another great day on the mission field. Pastor Dan taught the Word of God to over 20 pastors. There was a pastor’s conference where they were taught how to bring the Word of God to each individual in the different villages. There were 2 wonderful testimonies given over the radio at Principe de Paz. Pastor Dan also preached from Timothy and brought truth over the radio. The rest of the mission team had plenty to do. The seasonal rains have brought forth great green vegetation at the mission. This gave the men the ability to show off their muscle power in using machetes to chop down the rapidly growing lawn/weeds. Meanwhile, the ladies went to a local school in Casa Blanca. There the Gospel was presented as well as some entertainment from sock puppets. The children were overjoyed to see the gringos and got some supplies, cookies and bracelets. First time moments were created as teenagers from our group presented the Gospel.
Later, the entire team went to the village of La Flor. There we crossed a river and ministered to children and adults. When we arrived, there was the threat of thunderstorms and a potential downpour. Even though it rained a little we were able to serve food as well as provide medical care for over 50 people. One team member was able to lead one teenager to Christ. As we all know there are many rules to follow in order to be safe. One member broke one of those rules and wore flip flops because she forgot to change her shoes. Surely she will die from the wrath of Don! As we think of a scripture today, one stands out in our minds. Matthew 9:37 “and he said to them the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Once again the Portico Church team find ourselves in Nicaragua for an amazing week on the mission field. Our arrival Saturday arrival was too late to travel North to Somotillo, so we stayed in Managua and headed to Casa de Shelly first thing Sunday. Sunday afternoon we found ourselves in Villa Esperanza and Pastor Dan shared the message at the church service that was held there. This village is particularly close to our hearts, as many members of our team had helped lay the foundation of the church structure a year earlier. It was great to see our friends again. Power outages and heavy rains caused us to hold our evening church service at Casa de Shelly. Pastor Donald brought the message and Domingo led us in worship. It was a challenging message and a wonderful time of worship.
Monday the Lord dispersed us in many directions. Pastor Dan headed over the border into Honduras to teach Pastors’ Training, several team members shared on the radio, the ladies headed back to Villa Esperanza to lead a Bible study with the village women, and the remaining men on the team stayed and became all too acquainted with machete weed eating at the training center. The afternoon found us in El Jinoquao where the medical team treated the villagers while the team engaged the rest of the people with the Gospel and a healthy amount of soccer.
Today we arose to a beautifully overcast day, not so welcomed in America, but always appreciated in Nicaragua. Randy and Jamie shared their testimonies on the radio and afterwards Pastor Dan preached. The morning again found us on separate paths, as the ladies went and shared skits and games at 2 area schools and the men re-acquainted themselves with the machetes (but added weed eaters to the mix). The men labored hard to vastly improve the slightly over ground grass at the training center….and it looks great. This afternoon we went with the medical team to El Ojoche (a favorite of the Team) and fed the village, played a lot of wiffleball, and enjoyed a shared time with a village Pastor who has done a wonderful job of discipling many people. The Gospel was shared, the Lord was glorified and much was made of Jesus.
Dear Because We Care Ministry,
Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program. Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification. Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.
You have been assigned a new NPO number 83313.
Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.
TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
- Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
- Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
- If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
- Click on Sign In/Register
- Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
- Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
- You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
- Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
- Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
- Update or confirm your information.
- Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
- To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
- REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
- Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
- Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
The Community Programs Staff
PLEASE KNOW THAT THE KROGER GIFT CARDS ARE NO LONGER ANY GOOD. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR KROGER PLUS CARD AND USE THE BWCM NUMBER TO SUPPORT OUR WORK IN NICARAGUA…..THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT….DONALD