Nica News 10/10

Today started with us being able to give our testimonies over the local radio station through the church Principe de Paz. That is an experience I have never encountered before. I was able to go with the people from my home church in Durham, North Carolina. I was blessed hearing the testimonies of my church family. It was awesome! I left wanting to go back for more, wondering how many people heard the Gospel through our testimonies. 

I then went with a group to two schools in the Somotillo area. At the first school we ministered to a group of about 30 students. We were able to share the Gospel with them through a Bible story about the character of the man Joshua. The students were so attentive. They were sitting on the edges of their seats grabbing on to every word that our group said. We then made salvation bracelets for every student. We shared with them how each color represented an aspect of the Gospel. From Christ dying for our sins to how we are supposed to live out our faith, the students heard every word. As we were passing out the beads I asked the students to tell me what each bead represented. It put such a big smile on my face as students answered my questions of, “what did Jesus do for you” and “how do we grow with Christ”. We then went to a special needs school and spent time with those children. Some were blind, others deaf and some live with mental disabilities. Those kids absolutely loved spending time with us. They gave us hugs every time we turned around. It was a life changing experience.

 

The last thing we did outside “Casa de Shelly” today was go to the village of Pascuala. On the drive up there, we through candy and shirts out of the back of the truck. As the kids heard our truck rolling the dirt road they ran to the side of the road waiting for their treats. Being able to see the kid’s faces light up as the dove for the candy and shirts as they hit the ground was an awesome sight. While in the village we played soccer with the locals, passed out balloon animals, face painted and fed the people of that village.

 

So far this has been a week that will change my life. I pray that I will be able to continue this relationship for years to come.

 

My day today was amazing!  We started it with morning devotions where one of my team mates, Ryan Colpitts, shared about the amazing power that can be ours when we open our selves to the power of the Holy Spirit.  In a country where so many need so much it can seem overwhelming.  You can wonder what difference one person coming here could make.  On our own we can can’t do anything of lasting value or impact.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, amazing things can be accomplished!  It was a much needed start to my day to be reminded that  EVERYTHING we do needs to be covered in prayer.

 

After devotions we went to the local radio station at Principe De Paz to share our testimonies and sing a song of praise.  As I listened to the testimonies of my brothers and sisters my heart was filled with great emotion as I listened to story after story of how the Lord had rescued each of them from many different trials.  It was another reminder of how great and powerful our God is.
After the trip to the radio station I came home and began working with part of our team on installing an electric fence.  We needed to set up the electric fence because hogs from the farm got into the corn crop and ate it all.  In a country where food is scarce this is a serious problem. Donald had been able to find corn seed so we could replant the fields.  The fence installation went well.  In a couple of hours we had both fields surround with solar powered electric current.

Nica News 10/09

It is day 3 in Nicaragua and the mission continues in spite of the unrelenting rain. We started the day of missions with a trip to a school with about 75 students from grades 1 through 5. Las Colinas school was a bit larger than the previous school that we visited on Monday, with 4 separate rooms dividing classes. The students were anxious to hear what the North American missionaries had to say. We shared the Gospel in several different ways first using the Gospel beads, then wordless book, Gospel block, and finally one verse evangelism using Romans 6:23. Amazingly every child there responded to the Gospel invitation by raising their hands that they wanted to trust Christ as their personal Savior. We give God the glory.

Later in the afternoon we traveled to an inner city church with hopes of ministering to people at Villa Neuva. God did not disappoint as we minister to some 100+ locals with a medical clinic and many children’s activities. The people of the Villa Neuva area were very appreciative of the Doctor’s attention to their children. The missions team engaged the children with the Gospel through puppet, Bible stories, and games. The joy on the face of the children told the whole story, that God has blessed them for today. Tomorrow they will be in God’s care as before. I praise my Lord and Savior for given us the opportunity to share the love of Christ with these sweet people.

 

In addition, some of the team tilled and planted corn for a future harvest, and others continued work in the Medical Clinic.

 

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Today’s mission led us to a small village school with about 15 children ranging from 1st 6th grade. The teacher was just 18 teaching since she was 15 with no formal training, just a love for students. Some of our team members presented the Gospel through the “Wordless Book” and Gospel Beads. The students listened with interest and later many responded by asking Jesus to come into their heart. Praise God! 

This school building is very primitive with very old materials if any, many of the desks are in need of repair. Even so the students seemed enthusiastic about learning especially God’s word.
Pray for the Nicaraguan people.

 

This afternoon was spent in the village of Cananlipe.  It is a much larger village than the one we went to this morning.  The doctor who was with us saw around 150 children.  We also had people who did face painting, nail polish, and soccer.  There were many ways and opportunities to share. Just before leaving it began to rain, really rain.  During the time we had to wait for the thunderstorm to pass our team was able to share some special time with those who had to take shelter with us.

Nica news 10/08

Today's mission led us to a small village school with about 15 children ranging from 1st 6th grade. The teacher was just 18 teaching since she was 15 with no formal training, just a love for students. Some of our team members presented the Gospel through the "Wordless Book" and Gospel Beads. The students listened with interest and later may responded by asking Jesus to come into their heart. Praise God! 

This school building is very primitive with very old materials if any, many of the desks are in need of repair. Even so the students seemed enthusiastic about learning especially God's word. 
Pray for the Nicaraguan people.

 

Nica News 10/07

Psalm 35:27
Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant! 

     What can I say but that God is amazing and worthy of our praise.  Twenty-eight missionaries will pillow their heads tonight singing praises and worshiping our heavenly father.  Worship in El Ojoche was over the top.  Several on our team were with us when we circled around a little field and prayed for GOD to supply everything from a pastor to building material to get a church work started there.  This afternoon we listened to GOD’s man proclaim GOD’s message to his people.  I will say to all those that have helped us with pastor training,  “it’s working” and thank you.
     Tonight we joined with the congregation at Prince of Peace to continue our day of worship.  Always blessed when we join with our brothers and sister in worship and praise.  God moment for today was when a lady came forward and ask Christ into her life. OH! how I love Kingdom building.
     Just to let everyone back home know,  the team is doing VERY WELL.  In His Service, Donald and Pammie

Nica News 9/01

Hello all!!  Today started out with a devotion lead by Joel and Drannan. A prayer request for additional money to keep the doctor on for another day at the village was shared and the team met that need !!  85 patients were seen yesterday and the need is so great here.   Mama Maria served up a great breakfast and then Zach, Isaiah, Aaron and Candy headed to the radio station to share their testimony. Don shared a quick devotion (short by Don’s standards)  and then we headed back to the Casa.  The two teams separated and the baseball team went to the field for a 3 game day and the second team headed out to Casa Blanca.  At this village we played toppleball (new to everyone including the team) but we had a great time and the kids all seemed to enjoy themselves. The children love to jump rope, have their finger nails painted and just be loved on.  Their smiles are truly contagious!!!  Sheryl handed out dresses made from pillowcases that were donated to this ministry.  The girls loved them and showed off their new outfits proudly.  Tim shared the gospel with about 13 boys and girls who all prayed to receive Christ!!  God is so good and His word does not come back void.  We just need to be willing to share about Jesus!  Dr. Anderson saw 60 patients and they were all given medication thanks to the prayer request being answered.  We had a wild battle of dodge ball and even the adults were pummeled with the ball.  No one was exempt!  These kids play hard!!  But freely give of their love and affection.  We left there feeling truly blessed more than we blessed them. 

After lunch and repacking, we headed to the village of Cofredea.  This village is just past the dump and it is nothing to see kids and dogs picking through the garbage for food and things that can be used in their homes.  Such a picture of what a third world country is really like.  Again we played toppleball, painted nails, blew bubbles, played soccer and volleyball.  A very active and tough group of children and adults.  A huge pot of stew was made and the whole village was fed as Dr. Anderson saw an additional 80 patients.  He says the biggest health concerns that he treats for are:  scabies, bronchitis, impetigo, anemia, and fungus.  All treatable conditions.  Thank God that Because We Care Ministeries has a doctor that is part of their team. Again the gospel was shared in many ways by many different folks to many men, women and children.  We finished the day at the baseball field.  A quick time of loving on the village kids with more dodgeball, jumping rope and balloon animals.  If I had a dime for every smile I saw I would be coming back a rich woman!!

 

The baseball team had a fun day as well. We got to the field early and played a total of 3 games against three different teams.  After each game Mark, Noah, and Dave all shared their testimony and the gospel message with all the men. We were able to interact with the kids throughout the day, but after the games we got all the kids to play kickball and they had a blast! After kickball, Jason shared with the kids about giving gifts and the importance of sharing God’s love with each other.  Then we stood in a circle and had to tell the person to our right one encouraging thing and all the players and kids participated. It was a fun and encouraging day at the field and we look forward to what God has in store for us tomorrow!

Nica News 8/31

Numbers 14:24
But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 

     I like those words, “followed me fully” one bible said, “followed me completely.”  With a whole heart and no reservations then you are in a position to be blessed.  We constantly try to teach our mission teams the importance of putting ourselves in a position that GOD might bless us.  Today was just one of those days as we traveled to Somotillo and then on out to San Miguelito to simply obey GOD and allow him to use us.  Several in the team shared the Gospel for the very first  time and allowed GOD to use them to lead others into the family of FAITH.  Thankful and blessed that Dr Anderson was with the team and was able to treat 85 children while we were there.  Blessed to watch the team pass out bags of food and see the reaction of those that received God’s blessing of food.

 

     Very thankful for the influence “Love of The Game” is having on the young men here in Somotillo.  As I have told you in the past, GOD is using the game of baseball to reach the unreachable here in Somotillo.  I think after their first day on the field the young men did well and the older guys (coach’s) not so much.  Praying GOD will give them strength not only to play the game but to share the gospel.  Pray for the team to be found faithful on the ball field as well as in the villages.  In His Love, Donald and Pammie

Nica News 8/29

Good morning and blessings……..In a couple hours Pam and I will be boarding a plane here in Roanoke and returning to Nicaragua.   Planning for a week of BASEBALL, vacation bible school, medical, evangelism, feeding and Pastor training.  Please join us in praying for safe travels and that GOD will use each one in a very special way.

 

“Follow me” in the Bible: Luke 9:23
Following Jesus isn’t always easy–in fact, it often requires us to go against the grain of our natural human impulses. The work of loving Jesus and acting righteously is an everyday struggle of denying our own desires.

 

Dr. and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
PO Box 21806
Roanoke, Va. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

Nica News 8/26/2012

Good morning and blessings from Casa de Gillette.   I have to join many in wondering where 2012 has gone.  Pam and I have actually been home for almost 2 weeks enjoying family, friends and beautiful central Virginia.  With school buses moving through the neighborhood and the news reporting on football games, there is no doubt that Fall is just around the corner.

Pam and I began praying late last year that GOD would stretch and expand BWCM’s outreach throughout Nicaragua and Honduras.  God certainly surpassed our every expectation and desire.  This year alone we have joined with almost 500 missionaries in sharing the love of GOD and serving the people of the Chinandega Department.  This fall we will host several teams that are looking to partner with BWCM and begin serving in Nicaragua.  In 2013 we plan to take a couple teams to Honduras to serve with some of the pastors that we have been teaching this year.

Next month we will begin our  Manna Fest campaign for Christmas 2012.  I always try to do this in September and October to beat the holiday rush.   Once again this year we will be distributing food bags to needy families in the Somotillo area during the Christmas season.  One food bag only costs $10.00 and will feed a family of six for a week.  Pam and I are going to be in the states some during that time and would love to share with your church or organization what GOD is doing through this feeding program.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MANNA FEST 2012

On May 17, 2013 Pam and I will be leading a team to “The Holy Land.”  God has allowed me to make several trips there through the years and is now leading me to do this one more time.  Working with a travel agent in Atlanta, Georgia, we have been able to put together a very exciting 9-day trip at an affordable price.  If you’re interested in joining us, please email me and I’ll get the information to you.

If you go to our website (www.bwcm.org) you will notice that we have already begun to fill our 2013 calendar.  I would like to encourage all our team leaders to be praying about the dates that GOD would have you come to Nicaragua and then let me know as soon as you can.  We truly want to accommodate everyone but we do reserve dates on a first-come first-serve basis.

We are praying about a new, smaller bus so that we can expand our ministry into Corinto, Chinandga and Leon.  This past summer we used our school bus to do ministry in Corinto, but cost of transportation in the school bus has hindered us from reaching out past the Somotillo area.  With a smaller bus we could expand our ministry, improve the travel from Managua and be better stewards of God’s money.  Please join us in praying for God’s provisions.

Over the next few weeks Pam and I will be changing our email addresses.   PAMMIE:  pamela@bwcm.org    DONALD:  donald@bwcm.org     Due to the fact that several people (hackers) have decided to use my email I thought it best to make a change even though change is not easy at my age.  Funny thing is that I kept changing my password and the hackers were the only ones that could remember it.  I won’t end the AOL account until Jan. 1st so that everyone will have plenty of time to make the change.

PLEASE continue to pray for Pam and I as we return to Nicaragua next Wednesday.  In His Hands, Donald and Pammie

Psalm 31:3 – ESV

For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me

 

Nica News 08/09

“Él fue traspasado por nuestras rebeliones, y molido por nuestras
iniquidades; sobre él recayó el castigo, precio de nuestra *paz, y
gracias a sus heridas fuimos sanados.”
Isaias 53:5 

Isaiah 53 is filled with prophecies that Jesus fulfills in the New
Testament. The Suffering Servant was sent down on our behalf to pay the
penalty we should have paid. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities so that by his stripes we could be healed.
Christ laid down his own life so that we can have life more abundantly.
Today, Chris, Jeremy and Tim shared this with the pastors of Nicaragua.
The classroom at Casa de Shelly was filled with about 20 pastors from
all over the area, some traveling several hours by foot to learn more
about Isaiah and how to effectively preach God’s word to their people. 

Beginning with a little background on the book of Isaiah and moving
through an outline of all 66 chapters, these three men from Bedrock
Community Church were humbled to be able to teach about teaching to a
group of men who seek to demonstrate the very life God died to give us.
Being a pastor requires a lot of sacrifice and that is certainly
something these Nicaraguan pastors understand. One Nicaraguan pastor
has such a heart for the people in his village that he carried wisdom
to the people He cared about most. Not only is he faithful in preaching
the gospel, he took initiative to clean up his village and maintain a
safe and sanitary environment so that his people would stay healthy.
This man sacrificed time and resources for his people because he “gets
it.” 

When it comes to sermon preparation, these men are beginning to
understand how to recognize the main idea of a passage and compose a
sermon outline based on that main idea. But today was a great reminder
for them to keep the gospel central to their teaching. After looking at
a few passages, these pastors were able to put this into practice by
recognizing what a passage says but also where we see Jesus in each
passage. The word of God is our source of truth; our rock and our
foundation. It is here where we find wisdom and peace. Everything we
need is in Scripture and it was such a blessing to interact with these
people even though there is a language barrier. God overcomes and God
provides. The translator today was incredible and God certainly used
her as a conduit for His message. 

Please join us in praying for the pastors of Nicaragua as they apply
God’s word to their lives and to their ministries. These pastors enjoy
learning and they enjoy preaching. God has anointed these men as
leaders and Nicaragua has many needs to be met. Pray for our team
tomorrow as they talk about Jeremiah and practice sermon preparation in
the classroom. 

In the afternoon we travelled north, close to the Honduran border, to
Palo Grande.
This is a rather large village, and immediately we drew a crowd over
close to 150
children in their large field. This led to spontaneous games of
frisbee, soccer, and nail painting.
There were so many children that the gospel was shared in multiple
groups. A large number of children
surrendered their lives to Jesus. We encouraged them to tell the local
pastor and attend the local church.
We fed the village with a hot meal and finished off the day with warm
conversation with the villagers and game
of soccer. Pray for the seed of the gospel in Palo Grande. 

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

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