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
WWW.BWCM.ORG

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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
WWW.BWCM.ORG

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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
WWW.BWCM.ORG

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
WWW.BWCM.ORG

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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
WWW.BWCM.ORG
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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
WWW.BWCM.ORG
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Nica News 7/19

Isaiah’s Commission from the LORD
8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

 

     Today Pam and I return to Nicaragua after a restful 8 days here in VA.  It’s hard to believe but it’s been a little
cooler in Somotillo than here in VA.  Really excited about all that GOD has in store for us over the next three weeks and two teams.
    On Tuesday of next week the team will start construction on a new house in Pascuala, the ladies will start  a Bible Study at Prince of Peace Baptist Church
with 50 pastor’s wives and ladies from the Church.  Please pray for the teams as they travel and that GOD would use each team member.
    The pictures are of the latest members of the mission family.  The training center now has 300 chickens with 200 hens that are ready
to go to families in the training program.  Please pray for the training center as we continue to grow.  Very thankful for the VT and Feed By Seed members that
were with us a couple of weeks ago and help guide us as we continue to grow.
     How about a clinic up-date, the concrete floors have been poured, all the metal framing inside is complete, septic tank finished.  We are
in need of plumbers and electricians to complete the rough in then we are ready to hang sheet rock.  Thank you LORD for your progress….
Be Blessed, Donald and Pammie

 

 

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Nica News 7/4

• Planting hybrid corn
• Planting Heirloom Corn, Sorghum, etc…
• Dehydrator
• Poultry and Livestock
• Needs Assessment

Busy as a bee… It has a new meaning to the Feed by Seed team. If the
bees pollinate all of the new seeds that have been planted they will be
busy for a while.

Over the past two days they have planted two plots of corn, a plot of
grain sorghum, built a fruit dehydrator (more on this in a minute),
revaluated the poultry and livestock production strategies, and
conducted an agricultural needs assessment.

Today the team was able to see past plows, seeds and chickens. This
afternoon the team went to the village of Ojoche. Ojoche is one of the
few villages in the area that has made recent agricultural progress and
sixteen families within that village have been receiving agricultural
training and supplies through the training center. The team got to
visit a few of those farms and see the difference agricultural progress
has made on their life.

To put simply one pastor described that he used to struggle to provide
his family with the basic rice and beans. But now, he was able to
provide his family with “a variety of nutrition.”

Today was a combination of a year of work, the investment of the
ministry but most of all saw that when we let God lead our work the
result is an overwhelming amount blessings. The blessing of nutritious
food and a future for the people of Ojoche but also a blessing to the
team to see what can happen when God utilizes your skills and
experiences to fulfill His plans.

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

Nica News 7/2

Psalm 28:7

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.

In checking my miles with Delta alone I’m nearing the 1/4 million mile mark.  No wonder I mention ever so often 
that I’m tired.  It seems that every time I reach that point GOD brings someone or something into our lives to
bring about “that joy unspeakable.”  Back in April I introduced you to a young lady named Dayna that we met here in Somotillo 
at the “special needs” school.  Several of you were touched by her story and responded that you would like to help.  Today I
helped her put in her NEW hearing aids.  To hear her giggle and laugh truly set my heart ablaze.  Every mile flown, every TSA line,
every delay and cancellation made today worth it all. Oh the joy that filled my soul.  We also discovered we can get her in a 
speech therapy school in Chinandega.  Reynaldo is going to get some of the young people at Prince of Peace to start working with her also, GOD is amazing.

Tonight when I pillow my head I can truly say, “it is well with my soul.”  Be Blessed, Donald and Pammie

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

Nica News

What a joy it will be to go to church tonight in the newly painted
Prince de Paz building. It was a testimony to Somotillo to have a team
work with dedication on God’s house here. After three days of painting
the job was finally completed!

What a joy it is when members of a team are saved/baptized and today
was definitely one of those memorable days. Mama Maria’s daughter
Noemi was baptized today, along with five team members, one of whom,
after questioning their salvation, was gloriously saved and immediately
baptized in the Rio Negro. It’s interesting how conversions and
decisions for obedience in baptism often follow the radio testimony
time. Our team prays that God has used the radio ministry in the
hearts of those in Somotillo as he did in the hearts of our team. Pray
for the new radio station equipment as it hopefully makes its way
through the final stages of the “customs” process here.

Pasquala was the village we ministered in this afternoon. The team was
sharing the gospel message and issuing a challenge to some there to
step up and lead those many young ones in the village in God’s truth if
they indeed have embraced it themselves.

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