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

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.


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 ( 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:    DONALD:     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

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


NICA News 08/08

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will
stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) The eternal word of God is powerful and
relevant for our lives today regardless of where you live. We certainly
saw the power of the word of God on display in Honduras for the pastor
training this week. The team of guys went up on Tuesday morning and
came back this afternoon humbled to have been able to spend two days
with such an amazing group of people. They spent both days in Honduras
teaching through the book of Isaiah and Jeremiah as well as teaching
basic sermon design skills. The group of pastors in Honduras is filled
with 25 leaders who are passionate about understanding and
communicating the word of God. Each month when we go back we see
measured growth in their maturity and in their desire to grow. It is
always confirming to see how anxious they are to learn, take notes, and
go back to their communities and serve. 

One pastor who leads a church in Choluteca shared a testimony of how
his church is growing as a result of prayer and service. The church is
a church plant that is only three years old and does not have a
building. So instead of inviting people to come to a church building
the pastor goes around and simply prays with families in their homes.
Now people from outside of the church will find him and ask him to come
and pray with them. These families then say, “If you care about us
enough to come to our house and pray, then we want to come to YOUR
church.” This same church also discovered a family in their community
that was in desperate need of some home repairs. So instead of taking
up an offering for the church they took up an offering for the family
and then showed up to help them with finances and “hands on” support.
That is what you call the church “being the church”! 

Please join us in praying for the leaders in the group from Honduras
and in Nicaragua. Pray for their churches and their communities. Pray
that they would be faithful to preach the word of God and be the hands
and feet of Jesus right where they live. 

We went back to Esperanza today and finished clearing the field where
the new church will go. It was amazing to see the Nicaraguan men and
women and the Americans out in the field working together. God has
great plans for the church in that village! While the adults worked the
kids colored pages on a front porch across the street. The kids loved
to color! It’s so neat to see how excited a coloring book page and one
crayon makes a child. We acted out the story of David and Goliath-
which most of the kids said they had never heard before and they loved
it! It was a blessing to us to love on them. 

In the afternoon we went out to El Platanal. The kids lined up as we
blew up balloons and shaped them into tiaras, crowns, and animals! We
were there only a little while when it started to pour but praise God
we were able to give everyone soup and bags of food before the rain
came. It truly is just as much of a blessing for us to serve as it is
for them to be served. 

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


Nica News 11/06

Today was an eventful day! We started off the day in Managua headed to
Somotillo. We were stopped on the way by two police officers. They
talked to our drivers for what seemed like forever. One of the officers
then hopped in our van and we followed the other to the police station.
Our trip was bathed in prayer from the beginning!! After sitting
outside the police office for almost an hour we were told we were free
to leave. As it turns out our driver had a misunderstanding with
another driver and it had nothing to do with us☺
When we eventually arrived at the Casa we ate lunch and headed out to
the village La Fragua. It was so much fun to give out candy, clothes,
food, and stew. The Nicaraguan boys played baseball with the guys on
our team and the Nicaraguan girls had fun getting their nails painted
and playing with bubbles!
We were able to share Christ using the wordless book and a couple of
the guys shared Christ with the group. Two young girls after having
their nails painted and listening to the Gospel surrendered their lives
to Jesus! God’s Word never returns void. God is always faithful and
desires a relationship with everyone in the world, including young
girls from Nicaragua
Pray for the pastors tomorrow and Wednesday as they head into Honduras
to train and love on other pastors in that area. Pray for an anointing
of the Spirit as they teach God’s Word and for safety as they travel.
We are excited to serve this week and excited to share many God moments
this week! 

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


Nica News7/27

Extraordinary, fulfilling, eye opening, wonderful, challenging, mind
changing, blessed, powerful, humbling, breathtaking, inspiring, Life
changing, great, inspirational, awesome, fantastic, God sent,As this mission trip comes to an end for this team here in Nicaragua we
wanted to share with you how the team described their week. Praying
for our next team that will arrive 8/5.One of the pictures that I posted today is of a 92 year old women. I lead her to the LORD about 12 years ago. On that day I handed her a BIBLE as she set under the tree that we cook under in La Flor. A momemt later she started to hand be the Bible back and she said, “I can’t read.” She pulled her hand back and said, “I could hold it to my heart and let GOD speak to me.” I responded, “yes you can.” In His Love, Donald and Pammie

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

Nica News 7/26

This morning started with the radio ministry. One team member sang a
song, and four others shared testimonies. Later, we went to Pascuala
to continue our work detail on house #24. The guys poured the concrete
foundation while the ladies engaged in more relationship building with
the kids. After finishing the foundation, we headed back to the casa
for lunch. Our second village of the day was Los Laureles. We arrived
and began engaging with the kids while the men cooked soup to feed the
families. The kids really enjoyed getting balloon animals and a few
balloon swords. Other team members played soccer and volleyball and
painted nails. The doctor treated many children who were sick. Gwen
shared a lesson about Zacchaeus and demonstrated the story with some
village children and some team members. The kids and their mothers
really enjoyed her presentation! Pete also shared Gospel Bracelets
with colored beads for each part of the salvation message. It was an
exciting day on the mission field! We are blessed to have had a great
week so far, but we are also sad because tomorrow is our last day
serving these precious people! 

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


Nica News 7/24

Radio was canceled today because unfortunately, the power was out.  But that did not stop us from having a great day!  Part of our team went to Principe De Paz to do a women’s conference with the women of Somotillo.  Kimberly shared a message with the ladies about allowing the Holy Spirit to change our past, using the illustration of “cleaning out our closets,” and we sang worship songs to the Lord.  The other part of the team returned to Pascuala.  The men started the footings on house #24, while the rest of the gang engaged the children in games of soccer and duck, duck goose.  The girls braided hair and spent time with the young children of the village.  After lunch, we went to a village called Palo Grande, which had not been visited in years by BWCM!  The team played soccer and baseball with the kids.  Some team members painted nails and the doctor saw patients needing medicine.  Becky shared the gospel with the children through a Bible story about Zacchaeus, and the team helped the children make a fun craft with visors and stickers. Then Donald gathered the rest of the people and shared the gospel again, using an dramatic illustration with several village children.  Many people prayed to receive Christ.  Afterward, the people loaded up their bowls with chicken stew and enjoyed a hearty meal.  Praise the Lord for full stomachs, changed lives, and a great day on the mission field! 

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

Nica News 7/23

The day started with our drive from Managua to Casa de Shelly.  We arrived, unpacked supplies, and then loaded up the truck to head over to Pascaula.  The doctor was able to see many families, providing aid to those needing medication.  Our ministry began with Bible School for the children, where Becky shared a Bible story about the birth of Christ, followed by the message of salvation.  We made bracelets with the children and then started up soccer and baseball games, which brought a lot of laughter and fun for everyone.  Jessica also shared the gospel with the children after our baseball game.  It is only our first day on the mission field, and our team has really come together to spread the love of Jesus!  We are honored for this opportunity and look forward to an awesome week and all that God will accomplish!

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