The week is coming to an end for the Huddleston crew. Time has flown by as always, and we can only hope that many lives were touched by the grace of God this week. This morning we sent another crew to the radio to share their songs and testimonies. After the radio, our morning crews split up. The men headed out to complete the Baptist field, and the girls set out for the village of Villa Esperanza. In village the girls engaged the children once more with games, tattoos, and more crafts. And once again they preformed their Ziccheaus skit, but because they were lacking a few key characters, they requested some of the Villagers play the rolls.
After lunch the team worked together to fill hundreds of water balloons for their final village of the week, Pascuala. Once in Pascuala, the team began with the skit, the engaging began and a meal was served. The Gringos showed off their soccer and baseball skills, or lack there of, in the streets with the children. It is always great to see how the simplest things such as a soccer ball bring all together as one, despite color or race. Next came the ultimate water balloon war, and when I say war I mean WAR. The children were thrilled to make the missionaries as wet as possible, and they even helped clean up the balloon pieces afterwards.
Tomorrow the Huddleston team will say their goodbyes and head back on the “big bird bus” to Managua. They will then catch their flight home to the states Sunday morning. It was a privilege to see God’s work done this week and the spiritual growth that the members have endured.
Here is another report on the daily events the Huddleston Team has been apart of. As always we took a group to the radio station. Here we heard three touching testimonies, a beautiful song sung in both Spanish and English, and a preaching of a lifetime. It is always touching to hear what God has done in our missionaries’ lives. After the radio we packed our bags and headed to another to the village of La Fragu to work on their local field. The first sight of this field was a little intimidating, but we all pulled together, including the villagers, and got the job done. There weren’t many children and women this time, so most everyone was doing hard, laborious work. It was a blessing to see how we turned the field around!
After a delicious lunch (as always), we filled our water balloons and set out for the village of El Ojoche. It was a bit of a ride, but once we arrived the missionaries knew exactly what to do. We began with water balloon games that quickly became a water balloon war. The children loved it, as did the missionaries. Jesus tattoos were placed on the children’s arms, bubbles were blown, and of course the boys engaged in a soccer game in the streets, all while the men prepared the stew. After all the villagers claimed their meal, one of the Huddleston missionaries, Bob, told the bible story of the crippled man that was lowered through the roof in order to see Jesus, and the others acted it out.
Today was a wonderful day! We have made it to the middle of the week and already we have touched so many lives and we can only hope that we can touch even more with the few days left with the Huddleston Team!
Today we started with a wonderful broadcast at the radio station. Four testimonies were given and two beautiful songs were sung. After we set off for the village of Laredo. Here we restored the baseball field to ensure that it will be ready for next week’s missionary group, For the Love of the Game. They are a College/High School Baseball Team that will be traveling from village to village challenging the villagers. The men of the village were eager to help and are looking forward to participating in the game next week. While the men prepared for next week the girls engaged with the women and children. We made foam visors and involved the children again in the skit of Zaccheaus. This time however, we allowed the children to act out the parts. When the kids returned to school, the focus was then turned to the women. After speaking with them, the response was very touching. One woman even brought forth her daughter for prayer. After our testimonies were shared we then headed home for lunch.
Our second village was El Plantanal. Here we did our skit again for the children, made balloon animals, played soccer in the streets, and painted more fingernails. As always it was such a blessing to see how touched the villagers were because of our presence.
Today the Huddleston Team traveled from Managua to Somotillo. After quickly settling in at the casa and grabbing a delicious lunch, we headed out to the village of La Flor. There we engaged with the villagers with games of soccer, volleyball, monkey in the middle, and the fine art of fingernail painting. Once everyone was hot and sweaty, we took a break under a tree and told the story of Zacchaeus through an interactive skit. The children seemed to really enjoy the sight of Davie (a member of the team) climbing a tree. After an enjoyable skit, we shared the story of salvation and explained the power of God’s everlasting love. We wrapped up the visit with a tasty stew, and quick round of soccer. All together it was a very eventful and fulfilling day and we are all looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow.
Several of the team members talked last night about things the people would ask, like a little girl in Esperanza asking if we were cooking today. Sadly we weren’t. We were there to work on the church. Don said that was an indication they are still hungry. How often do the villagers wake up and wonder if the missionary will come today? As I understand it, Because We Care Ministries has 25 villages they work with. That means they don’t get around to each one very often. It had been several weeks since the last visit to Pascuala, the village we cooked for yesterday.
We’ve been to Esperanza a few times this week working on the church and providing for the village. It is so amazing to see the same faces a few times and be able to put a name to them. To be able to take the memory of certain faces home with us will be so powerful. It looks and feels like a pressing crowd everywhere we go, but after being here this week, it isn’t a faceless crowd.
When I almost created chaos by giving out band aids to the little kids the other day, I remember one little boy’s face. Even as the number of hands increased, stretching up to me, I had a sense of who was there the longest. I saw several times as I was trying to get the band aid to the children the look on this boy’s face. I saw how with each band aid I gave out his face became more and more hopeless. The hands increased and the band aids were running out. I intentionally found his hand among all the rest and pressed my last band aid into the palm of his hand. I saw a look of surprise for an instant before he closed his fingers around the band aid. It felt like such a personal connection. It just seemed that he knew he had been picked out of a crowd.
I found myself being very reflective yesterday. This week has flown by. I wanted to think back over the week and burn in some memories and details.
It dawned on me that we will leave soon and it won’t be like leaving from vacation. We will actually leave people we’ve come to know and appreciate. We have built bonds with the missionaries Don and Pam, interpreters Needia, Tita, Domingo, Joanna and Roberto, Reynaldo the paster to a number of the villages, workers like Angel and Nahum and the kitchen staff. We’ve come to truly care for the Nicaraguans. We have one more mission day and it feels almost somber at the thought of what we’ve been able to do but also how much there is to do.
Blessings from Casa De Shelly…….Great day of Kingdom building as our team from North Main Baptist in Danville VA has truly come to Somotillo with a servants heart. This morning we divided into two teams. The first team left at 8:30 to go to the city stadium and hold a “football” clinic with a local high school team. About half way through their clinic 2 baseball teams show up. One of our team members engaged the 2 teams and before you know it, he’s sharing the GOSPEL. Second half of the team headed to Villa Esperanza to begin digging footing for a new church building. We were all very thankful for the locals coming to our rescue and the job was completed. Tomorrow we will haul sand, tie steel and get ready to pour the footing on Thursday.
This afternoon we traveled to San Miguelito with Dr in tow to serve the people and simply be the hands and feet of Jesus. To God Be the GLORY.
Blessings from Casa De Shelly…….Great day of Kingdom building as our team from North Main Baptist in Danville VA has truly come to Somotillo with a servants heart. This morning we divided into two teams. The first team left at 8:30 to go to the city stadium and hold a "football" clinic with a local high school team. About half way through their clinic 2 baseball teams show up. One of our team members engaged the 2 teams and before you know it, he’s sharing the GOSPEL. Second half of the team headed to Villa Esperanza to begin digging footing for a new church building. We were all very thankful for the locals coming to our rescue and the job was completed. Tomorrow we will haul sandy , tie steel and get ready to pour the footing on Thursday.
This afternoon we traveled to San Miguelito with Dr in tow to serve the people and simply be the hands and feet of Jesus. To God Be the GLORY.
Today was our final day of service in Somotillo, Nicaragua.
We began our morning at a small village named Tejar. Upon our arrival Pastor Purvis met a gentleman named Julio Cesar. Julio lives in a tiny run down abandoned shack on the corner of the village. He serves as the church watchman for the village but he is also in desperate need of a house. After conversing with the man, Pastor Purvis committed to building him a house. “To whom much is given much is required”.
Inside the village we were greeted by dozens of precious little children. We gave out dresses, played football, jumped rope, styled hair, painted finger nails and colored. In fact, the children mobbed Lady Kim for coloring pages. The kids couldn’t hold their excitement just for a chance to get one coloring sheet. It proved that its just the simple things in life that can bring a smile to a person’s face.
Later in the day someone had a bright idea of climbing a live volcano. (Pastor Gillette) He told us we could wear our flip flops! (Another bright idea) So we did. The whole time our feet were on fire! It was blazing out there! We were hopping around on our tip toes trying not to step in a hot spot. But it made me realize how we trusted Pastor Gillette. We trusted his word and we all came back safely with our two feet. That’s how God wants us to be. To trust His Word no matter how bad or hot the situation may look.
We ended our day with a visit to the Pacific Ocean. We took a few moments to breath in the fresh air and admire the scenery. When it was time to leave our feet were so dirty that Pastor Purvis washed all of our feet. This kind gesture reminds us of Matthew 20:28….that the son of man didn’t come to be served but to serve others.
This entire mission trip has been a wonderful fulfilling opportunity to serve Gods people. On behalf of DWC, we thank Pastor Gillette,
Mrs Pam, Uncle Kim, and Aunt Paula, for allowing us to come bless the people of Nicaragua. We truly enjoyed our visit. A special shout out to Momma Maria and the ladies in the kitchen, our translators Tita, Nidia and Roger. We are a part of your family and you are a part of ours. We promise that when we leave here we will never be the same. Dios te Bendiga!
The bible teaches us in Matthew 28:19 to “Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost” This scripture is so popular that the great gospel songstress Shirley Caesar turned it into a song adding an extra verse saying “If you love me, really love me, feed my sheep.” Today Pastor Purvis and the DWC team did just that with Because We Care Ministry! We began our day with a long, slow walk up the steep “Mountain of Prayer”. Each of us climbed the mountain under the sweltering Nicaraguan sun taking each step carefully, praying not to fall. After 20 minutes of climbing we all reached the top and witnessed God’s glorious work! We could see as far as Honduras with the naked eye. After marveling at God’s beauty many of us tucked away quietly to whispered small short prayers.
Afterwards we took the message of Jesus Christ to the airwaves of 94.9 “Juventud”. It look like something out of a movie. We pulled up to the radio station and just walked into the building like bold Christian disciples…we just took over the place! Could you imagine listening to V-103 in Atlanta and bobbing your head to Beyonce one minute and then all of the sudden a local preacher just takes over and starts preaching the word of the gospel? You would think that something was seriously wrong with the management at V-103. But that wasn’t the case here. The local DJ gladly gave up his microphone for 45 minutes for us to spread the GOOD word of Jesus Christ to ALL of Somotillo, Nicaragua. We sang songs of praise and gave testimony of how God has changed our lives. Then Pastor Purvis preached a sermon about a man named “George”. George committed suicide. His friends found a note that he left behind stating that no one loved him, and no one cared. The lesson of “George” was to remind everyone that God cares for you no matter who you are or what you’ve done in life. God loves you no matter what and he’s willing to accept you as you are. Pastor Purvis & Pastor Gillette then offered salvation for all to hear. It is our prayer that some sinner man, woman, boy or girl, heard this message and will give their life to Christ.
After our station visit, Lady Kim made a special delivery. She took care of God’s sheep today by purchasing a mattress for a young woman named Marta. Lady Kim met Marta yesterday when she helped to paint her house in Pascuala. Lady Kim was so touched by Marta and her meager dwellings that she wanted to help her. Marta and her small children didn’t have a bed. They slept on springs (coils), along with the chickens and the pigs. Lady Kim, acting as God’s hands and feet, went to the local market and purchased Marta a mattress today and took it to her. And more important than the mattress was the fact that Marta asked Lady Kim to pray for her…and that was a GOD MOMENT!
Because Christ has no hands but our hands
To do his work today.
He has no feet but our feet
To lead God’s people on His way.
He has no tongue but our tongue
To tell God’s people how he died
Our lives are the only means to spread the gospel wide.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. To the north it is bordered by Honduras, and to the south by Costa Rica. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, partly because of the long civil war of the 1980’s and the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch in 1998. The vast majority of the five million inhabitants live in abject poverty with many suffering from severe malnutrition and starvation.
Here is a link to download a video file that you can show in your church to introduce our ministry and share about the work we are doing in Nicaragua. Right-Click here and choose save to download the video file to your computer. The video is also located on Vimeo.
This ministry helps people meet their chief need for a Savior, while also helping to meet the critical physical needs of hunger, poor substandard housing, shortage of water, lack of schools and education, lack of churches and pastor sponsorship. We offer general economic, healthcare, and emergency relief. To date we have helped feed tens of thousands of hungry people with hundreds of tons of food.
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Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone with the desire to minister to hurting people in another culture can volunteer! Experience is helpful but not required. The ability to speak Spanish would be a plus, but we always have interpreters who assist in our work. Each team spends about a week in country ministering to the Nicaraguan people in some of the more remote villages.If you are interested in learning more, please contact us to discover if you can become part of this wonderful work.