Manna Fest

1 Corinthians 13:3
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

GOOD MORNING AND BLESSINGS…..Please pray about supporting “Manna Fest 2020”. We are VERY thankful for God’s provisions over the past 20 years. Today because of all that is going on in this world the need for food has increased dramatically in our past of Nicaragua. We normally do “Manna Fest” during the Christmas season but the situation is such that we can’t want. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT. IHS, Donald and Pamela

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Manna Fest

My first trip to Nicaragua was in 2011. And it is true: when you go to a third world country, you are never the same. I could share so much of the trip’s impact on my life, but what I want to share today is the story of Enoc.

Towards the end of this first trip, we went to the village of Ojoche. I separated myself from the others and began to walk down the main street — I was struck by how clean the road was (yes, dirt roads can be “clean”) and how beautiful the trees and flowers were. Poinsettias growing in the wild are quite different from our traditional Christmas poinsettias–free and airy and lovely. I was taking pictures when I heard a rustle behind me. I turned and saw this face:

My heart melted. Since returning in 2011, this photo has been on my desk–reminding me of Nicaragua every day. He is my FACE of Nica.

When I returned to Nica ini 2013, I began the search for this child, but we didn’t go to his village that year so I couldn’t find him. Then, in 2015, two women from Ojoche who worked in the kitchen at the mission identified him for me. And joyfully we went to his village where I sought him out. I know he was overwhelmed by this crazy white woman who cried when she saw him.

Kim became my courier, and when he would go to Nica, he would carry a backpack or a gym bag filled with school supplies, clothes, and little toys for Enoc. And then Enoc and I began to write to one another, stumbling at first since we don’t know each other’s language–waiting for translators to help us. When I made my fourth and last trip in 2017, I delivered the supplies personally–he knew we were coming and was waiting for the truck.

There is no mail service to Nicaragua, so the letters have stopped. But my love for Enoc and the people of Nicaragua has not stopped. Kim sent out an appeal last week, and I’m adding my two-cents. These people do not ask for much–a hot meal filled with nutrition and vitamins is a luxury for them (see the bowl Enoc is holding in the top photo? That’s what each villager brings to the big pot of stew the missionaries prepare). And your contribution to Because We Care Ministries will see that they continue to get these meals during the pandemic even though mission teams can’t help. There are native Nicaraguans who will carry on this mission in our absence. Please consider giving what you can even though the appeal is a little earlier this year.Whatever you contribute will help. It’s pretty astounding that $150 will feed a village for a week! [The food is 100 pounds of beans, 100 pounds of rice, and 5 gallons of cooking oil. ] If you wish, you can make out a check to Bethany UMC with “BWCM Food Distribution” on the memo line.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

Nicaragua Today

A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 (ESV)

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up

WE NEED YOUR HELP – PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PRAY ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THIS-

In my 70 years of life and 46 + years of ministry I have experienced MANY different seasons. I have to admit that many of these seasons are forever etched in my heart and mind. I will also confess that there are many seasons I have chosen to forget. I will admit that the most memorable season was when I received CHRIST as my personal Savior and began my journey with HIM.

Two years ago, Pamela and I went through a season with the ministry (Because We Care) that I would rather forget. As many of you might remember, there was a lot of civil unrest in Nicaragua and many of our mission teams had to cancel their trips because it was not safe. I remember sitting at my kitchen table in Somotillo Nicaragua thinking, "HOW IN THE WORLD CAN I FIX THIS?" After several days of allowing this thought to marinate in my mind, I realized this is not my problem because this is GOD’S ministry. How easy it is to turn to the flesh rather than God in a difficult season.

This year, Pam and I returned to the USA on March 7th and have not been back to Nicaragua since. Soon after returning home, we were quarantined for months and have not had any teams from the USA join in ministry in Nicaragua since March 14th. The airport in Managua is closed and all the airlines had stopped flying there even before it closed. I do thank GOD for the Nicaragua team God has allowed us to lead and the work they have carried on through this season. In addition to the airport shutting down, a lot of businesses have closed, and the country as a whole is beginning to shut down.

Early last week I was informed that Nicaragua Baptist has mandated that all formal meetings stop as well as village ministry. Because of these shutdowns people have lost their jobs and there is no work, which means no income. Very much like what is going on here in the states, except they are not getting help from the government or food from food banks.

Here at home, we are more than thankful for the 50,000 meals we were able to distribute throughout the Roanoke Valley by many of our ministry partners during this crisis. We are also more than thankful for our Nicaragua team that has been busy distributing food and doing our regular village ministry. In addition, we are more than thankful for our Nicaragua partners that have helped us obtain the "Manna Packs."

Even with all of these wonderful things happening, we (BWCM) need your help. As you know we have 15 employees, plus the school that GOD has entrusted us with. So far, we have been able to continue to support all the employees and keep the school open. Since the majority of the ministry support comes from our mission teams, and right now we don’t have any mission teams lined up, we need your financial support. To be very honest, right now we are not sure when we will be able to return to Nicaragua or have mission teams join us. Would you please PRAY about supporting BECAUSE WE CARE through your prayers and finances. You can make such a difference in furthering the Kingdom of God and ensuring that Because We Care Ministry continues to faithfully serve both here and in Nicaragua.

You can donate through our website (www.bwcm.org), PAYPAL OR YOU CAN MAIL YOUR BLESSINGS TO:

BECAUSE WE CARE MINISTRY

P.O. BOX 14132

ROANOKE, VA 24038

PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR GOD’S WILL THROUGH THIS VALLEY AND SEASON.

Thank you for your time and your support. May God richly bless you is our prayer.

BY HIS GRACE,

DONALD and PAMELA GILLETTE

Family of Faith Feeding

Isaiah 58:10 (ESV)

10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday

Tomorrow morning at 9AM

10 of the Family of Faith will begin packaging 30,000 meals for distribution in the Roanoke Valley to the GLORY OF GOD. Through the next couple of days many more of the Family of Faith (10 at a time) will gather at Hollins Road to continue the packaging.
With that being said I just placed and order for more supplies. The response has been amazing. A number of charities here in the valley have contacted BWCM requesting food. WE NEED YOUR HELP BY DONATING, PLEASE GO TO OUR WEB SITE AND HIT THE DONATE BUTTON. OUR GOAL IS $5000.00 IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO FEED THE HUNGRY OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.

You can donate through our web site BWCM.org , our you can mail donations to BWCM, P. O. Box 14132, Roanoke, VA. 24038

Another Day on /Mission

Blessing from Somotillo Nicaragua…Coffee consumption underway as the BWCM team prepares for another day of KINGDOM BUILDING. Praying for safe travels today for part of our team that begins their journey back to the USA. Thank you LORD for those that will remain here one more day to continue distributing MannaFest bags and the GOSPEL…..#PRAYINGASWEPROCEED

IHS, Donald and Pamela

Manna Fest 2020

Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

In just a few more weeks Because We Care Ministry will have a team in Somotillo Nicaragua preparing FOOD BAGS to be given out during the Christmas season. We need your prayers and support to feed hundreds of families in the Somotillo area. With a donation of $10.00 we can feed a family of 6 for a week. BWCM has been blessed so much this year that we will increase the food in each bag to provide enough food for at least 2 weeks. Please pray about getting you church or family involved in this feeding program.

Please pray for this opportunity and as GOD leads you can go to our web site (bwcm.org) and donate or you can send donations to BWCM, PO Box 14132, Roanoke VA 24038

Thank you for your PRAYERS and SUPPORT, Donald and Pamela

Manna Fest

Proverbs 22:9 ESV
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Please help BWCM feed the hungry families of Nicaragua. By donating $10.00 you can feed a family of 6 for a week.

Please go to our web site…BWCM.org and donate or mail checks to Because We Care Ministry PO Box 14132, Roanoke, Va 24038

Manna Fest

Proverbs 14:21. Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Please join us in providing food to families in Nicaragua during the Christmas season. Manna Fest bags will feed a family of 6 for a week. Please go to our web site…bwcm.org…and donate or you can mail checks to PO Box 14132 Roanoke, VA. 24038.

Be Blessed and THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT. Donald and Pamela

We still have room on our Nov. 30 mission team. If your interest please send us an email and we’ll everything going.

Manna Fest 2020

Matthew 25:35-36

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

Blessings from Somotillo Nicaragua…….Praising GOD for all the blessings and provisions received this year for the families of Nicaragua. Today we are starting our, "MANNA FEST" for Christmas. Manna Fest is a feeding program we feature each year to provide food for families during the Christmas Season. Each bag provided will feed a family of 6 for a week. Please go to our web site (bwcm.org) and donate or mail checks to BWCM PO Box 14132, Roanoke, VA. 24038

We are blessed to have a team coming December 27th to pack and distribute the bags. Message us if you would like to join this team.

By His Grace, Donald and Pamela

Kroger Plus Card

The former Kroger Cares program has been changed to the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Please register your Kroger Plus card at krogercommunityrewards.com. Follow the steps under "Sign Up Today" and choose Because We Care Ministry Roanoke as the organization you would like to support. BWCM will received cash rewards if you take the time to do this!!! Thanks so much.