Nica News 4/11

Sarah and Lee Anne started off the day with a devotion reminding us that blessings follow obedience. Then we went to the radio, where Mike, Dave, Greg, and Katie shared their testimonies. The radio was followed by another morning at the city stadium finishing the painting, building relationships, and sharing God’s love with kids through baseball.
In the afternoon, we went to Cayanlipe, where the mission team spent time feeding, playing basketball, jumping rope, and building more relationships. After playing, the students shared the gospel with the people. The men also helped a father and son to bag their corn, which had been drying on the basketball court. Dr. Anderson saw 95 patients, most of whom were babies. Zach assisted Dr. Anderson by passing out medication. Sheryl distributed baby blankets to each of the mothers, and we were blessed to have the exact number of blankets as there were babies in this village. This village appeared to be in more desperate need than were the previous villages that we have visited this week. As usual, on the way to and from the village, we gave out clothing and candy to the people we passed on the road.
Before Mama Maria’s wonderful dinner, the mission team held an impromptu baseball game against a group of children at the stadium. It was a tie, and the game was a great time of fellowship with the locals. Praise the Lord for another great day of kingdom building in Somotillo!

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica New 4/10

            We started the morning with a devotion from Dave that reminded us that God has called us by name to the mission field. Sarah, Lee Anne, and Josh shared their testimonies, and Don preached a brief sermon that dovetailed from Josh’s testimony on the radio. It was a very powerful broadcast!
            Then we headed off to the baseball stadium, where most of the team joined members of the Principe de Paz church in painting the stands vibrant green and blue and played with the children. Our baseball crew led the local teams in practice, and many of the players accepted the Lord into their hearts when Dave and Roger shared the gospel with them afterwards. Pam, Dr. Anderson, Katie, and Greg visited a special needs school in Somotillo where they delivered food for the students so that they will have hot meals every day. They also had the opportunity to visit the students and teachers and share the gospel with them.
            After lunch, the team traveled to the remote village of La Fragua. Dr. Anderson administered medicine to the residents—the first doctor to visit the village in several years. The men played soccer and football together while the women from the team colored and made bracelets to remind the children of the gospel story that Morgan shared with them. Lee Anne served another hot stew, and then the entire village and team joined in an exciting jump rope marathon that included fathers, mothers, and their children as well as locals and team members participating together. We think the villagers will be laughing about that for a long time, especially since we left the rope for them to enjoy as a community.
            We’re excited for another busy and exciting day out in the mission field tomorrow!

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

Nica New 4/10

            We started the morning with a devotion from Dave that reminded us that God has called us by name to the mission field. Sarah, Lee Anne, and Josh shared their testimonies, and Don preached a brief sermon that dovetailed from Josh’s testimony on the radio. It was a very powerful broadcast!
            Then we headed off to the baseball stadium, where most of the team joined members of the Principe de Paz church in painting the stands vibrant green and blue and played with the children. Our baseball crew led the local teams in practice, and many of the players accepted the Lord into their hearts when Dave and Roger shared the gospel with them afterwards. Pam, Dr. Anderson, Katie, and Greg visited a special needs school in Somotillo where they delivered food for the students so that they will have hot meals every day. They also had the opportunity to visit the students and teachers and share the gospel with them.
            After lunch, the team traveled to the remote village of La Fragua. Dr. Anderson administered medicine to the residents—the first doctor to visit the village in several years. The men played soccer and football together while the women from the team colored and made bracelets to remind the children of the gospel story that Morgan shared with them. Lee Anne served another hot stew, and then the entire village and team joined in an exciting jump rope marathon that included fathers, mothers, and their children as well as locals and team members participating together. We think the villagers will be laughing about that for a long time, especially since we left the rope for them to enjoy as a community.
            We’re excited for another busy and exciting day out in the mission field tomorrow!

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

Nica News 4/9

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            We have had a great second day on the mission field! Greg and Katie shared a devotion on having a Christ-like attitude to start the day. Then Zach, Morgan, and Kristen did a great job sharing their testimonies on the radio. When they returned, we went to the baseball stadium in Somotillo, where some of the men worked with the local baseball team. The Nicaraguan players have lots of baseball talent! The rest of the men worked with the members of Principe de Paz church and the Baptist School to clean the stands so that we can paint them tomorrow. It was wonderful to see the North Americans and missionaries working side-by-side. Meanwhile, the girls did crafts and shared the gospel with the children. The local news filmed the action for a news story.
            After lunch, we went to the village El Platanal. Dr. Anderson administered medication to over 80 people. The team members played games, colored, and painted nails with the people. Sarah shared the gospel using a bracelet with colored beads as a visual of the message; the children received the bracelets to keep as reminders. Lee Anne, our soup chef, prepared hot stew for the people to enjoy, and we also gave bags of rice to the mothers. God was at work in Nicaragua today, and we can’t wait to see what He does tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers!

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

Nica News 4/8

            Happy Easter Sunday! We were privileged to wake up an hour later than usual, at 7:00, and had breakfast at 8:00 AM. After we ate, we headed down to the baseball field to interact with the kids. Greg and Jason measured up and put in the new permanent bases and home plates that our team brought here. We held a training clinic for little league (ages 6-9) and then separated into smaller groups to share testimonies. Zak, Morgan, Mike, Bill, LeeAnne, Dave, and Josh closed in prayer. Kristen, Sheryl, Katie, LeeAnne and Sarah the Easter story with some of the girls and painted nails as well as handed out some Silly Bandz. Morgan and Kristen played some soccer while Sheryl, Nidia, Sarah and Katie played a few games.
            After lunch we headed down to Pajuil where the girls colored and some guys played baseball. LeeAnne helped cook with Don and Jason, and we handed out a bowl of delicious stew to all the ladies, then the boys, like normal. We got to hand out two packages of nutritious rice and corn meal to all the moms. We played a lot of jump rope and there were a lot of people watching and participating! It was a lot of fun. As we were leaving, we threw the kids candy and clothes from the truck.
            Tonight Don will be preaching the Easter Story and Katie will be interpreting, we are all very excited for her! It should be a packed church and Principe De Paz as they all know Don will be preaching and it is a special holiday.
            Once, again, Happy Easter!

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

Nica News for April 5th

Pastor Mike Morris, Cornerstone Community Church
It’s amazing how quickly we can travel around our world. Saturday morning I was in the comforts of my own home, and Saturday night I was in a hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. I’ve spent the last few days working with Because We Care Ministries training pastors in Choluteca, Honduras and Somotillo, Nicaragua. These men are my hereos. They serve as pastors in small villages around northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras. They live a tough life, and nothing about their life is easy. One of the pastors in Honduras had to walk over three hours in order to take a two hour bus ride so that he could be at our 9am pastor training. That’s commitment. The excitement these men have for learning God’s Word is contagious.

I don’t have to tell you how easy we have it in the United States. The poverty and struggle that we see here is humbling. And yet the problems they face in their churches are very similar to the problems we see in the North American church. We are challenging them to serve their communities and to lead with a Holy boldness. Will you join me in praying for these men as they are studying and learning this week.

We return to Managua tonight (Thursday night) as I get ready to return home and Don and Pam await the arrival of the Student Ministry Team from FBC Roanoke, Virginia on Saturday. Then it is back to Somotillo for another great week of ministry

Our New Facebook Page
We have created a new Facebook Page for Because We Care Ministries. You can find it at http://facebook.com/becausewecareministries This will be a great place to share your pictures and stories from the mission field. We will also use it to help spread our Nica News newsletter. Be sure and go to the page and like it and share it with your friends. Also, you can tag Because We Care Ministries in your pictures. It’s just another way to let people see how God is moving through this ministry.

Nica News March 15

Sun goes up, sun goes down, another day on the mission field. This morning started a bit different than the previous few. As goes with technology in Nicaragua, the radio station was incommunicado, but members of the team still had the opportunity to share their testimonies and lead the team in worship within the comfortable air-conditioned walls of Casa de Shelly. After a good time of fellowship and sharing, the team headed out to two schools and the local clinic in Somotillo.
    At the first school, the team jumped right out of the truck and went straight to work. We combined the kids from two classrooms and made a station for the man, the legend, Doctor Anderson. With all the kids in one room, team members Jess and Sarah shared the gospel with all the kids and gave them an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Next, the team engaged the kids through numerous activities including soccer, football, jump rope, coloring, and chalk drawings. The kids were sad upon our departure, but it was no fewer than a couple minutes that the team was at it again in another school. Our time was limited, but we were still able to give food to the school teachers and share the gospel again with the children. The team’s next stop was the local clinic in Somotillo. We split into two groups and went around to different rooms praying over the patients and giving them a small bag of caramellos. The team was happy to be able to minister to these people. Back at the Casa, a young two year old boy arrived with an extra finger on each hand and an extra toe on each foot. Doctor Anderson completed the first of four surgeries in removing one of the boy’s fingers and stitching him back up. With the help of Doctor Anderson, he will be normal in no time. 
In the afternoon, the team journeyed to the village of San Francisco South. The team was able to engage the kids again through finger nail painting, soccer, jump rope, and coloring. Doctor Anderson was once again hard at work, attending to the medical needs of the people. Sarah redeemed herself in passing out the parasite medication with Cheryl to over 100 of the villagers. The team cooked another hot meal, and it was obviously appreciated as the villagers could be seen flocking to the pot with containers in hand. The team saved their best for last performing a drama and a rap to share the Word of the Lord. The small kids and even some of the adults were entertained while still learning about original sin in a drama and Jesus feeding the five thousand through a rap. Soon enough it was time for the gringos to depart, and the team was at it again distributing resources to the Nicaraguans on the way back to the Casa.
On the team’s last day, they had the opportunity to see the new radio station on top of the Mountain of Prayer. With this new location, the station will be able to broadcast even further giving future teams the opportunity to share their testimonies across an even greater area. The team marveled in God’s creation on top of the building looking out across Nicaragua and into Honduras. Upon completing the steep trek down from the radio tower, with some taking a small tumble along the way, the team ended their journeys through Somotillo.     
What a great job team LU and US Naval Academy did in serving the people of Nicaragua and honoring our Lord.
Once more let me remind you to load up and use your BWCM/Kroger gift cards and support the work of ministry here in Nicaragua.

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

Nica News March 14

This morning, a few girls shared their testimonies and a song on the radio. Donald announced that we would have pastoral training at the Casa on the radio, and the pastors and their wives arrived shortly thereafter. Many of these husbands and wives spent hours traveling to us today. The way they earnestly seek the Lord and ministry preparation is inspiring and such a good example for us to follow. It was evident that they were burdened for their people, their families, and for the gospel to be spread. They were tired but eager to learn how to further their ministry and expand the body of Christ.
Donald taught the pastors about Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Dr. Anderson cared for the medical needs of the pastors and their wives. A couple of us taught the pastors’ wives about Biblical manhood and womanhood from Genesis 1-3, 1 Peter 3:1-7, and Titus 2:1-5. The ladies had an amazing time of prayer—lifting up requests to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving! We ended our prayer time in praise to God for who He is and what He is going to do through the various church families and communities the women represented today. Through praying with the ladies, many voiced their needs, and we were able to provide the funds for them to seek further medical attention. This was a huge blessing for the women and for us to have the opportunity to give cheerfully, being led by the Holy Spirit! After lunch, we pampered the wives of the pastors by giving them manicures, pedicures, and massages. Please pray for these men and women who are boldly proclaiming the gospel in hard to reach areas—they are tired but desire to endure and persevere!
                Once the families headed back home, we got ready to head out to another village. We spent some time in San Miguelito. The time spent in this village included medical care, food distribution, a warm meal, and coloring, nail painting, and playing with the kids. The children here absolutely loved taking pictures, playing soccer and Frisbee, blowing bubbles, and jumping rope. The guys met a man who lived in California for work for a few years but moved back to Nicaragua. He was eager to learn English while in the States and wanted to learn more, but he did not have anyone to teach him. He professed faith in Jesus, and that he was teaching his children to believe in Christ and was devoted to training them in the Lord. However, he was frustrated because he was not able to read his Bible due to his understanding of English. He is still eager to learn English in order to read his Bible and grow as a Christian. Please pray for this man named Hosman!

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

Nica New March 13, 2012

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK!!! “Wake up, Debutantes!” So starts our second day here at Casa de Shelly.
The day began when three of our team members, Jessica Berry, Sarah Singer, and Sarah Kilgore, went to the radio station to share their testimonies and sing. Following this experience, the entire team set out to a special needs school, Sonrisa Felices, where they were able to interact and share the gospel with the children. Many of these children suffered from physical and mental limitations. One of these girls was a beautiful and brilliant child that lacked the ability to hear and speak. When she was younger, she had hearing aids, and during this time she was able to not only hear but speak as well. However, as she grew older, she outgrew her hearing aids. Now that she no longer has these devices, she can no longer hear or speak. She must resort to signing in order to communicate. There were a number of children with down syndrome, blindness, and learning disabilities. Just being with these children was both heartbreaking and such an incredible blessing. The minute we entered the school, we were met with hugs, greetings, and smiles. In spite of the children’s disabilities, they were so full of joy and excitement! They were enamored with the puzzles, balloons, and coloring books that we brought. But most of all, they just wanted our attention and love. We also shared the gospel with these precious children, although it was difficult to know the level of their reception based on their disabilities. However, we trust the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts and shed His light as only He can. 
                Later this afternoon, we piled back into the truck to head out to the village of El Ceibita. Again we were met by women and children and a few of the men. We helped Dr. Anderson hand out medication for parasites, painted the girls’ nails, colored pictures and played games. During our time at the village, our wonderful translators gathered the children and sat them down on a white tarp. Sarah Singer then proceeded to share a story with the children about Jesus which was a perfect segway into sharing the gospel. The children were enraptured by the story and engaged in the interactive gospel presentation. Our team was also able to bless the village with a meal. We fed 200 people a nutritious mean of chicken, rice, vegetables, and vitamins. For many of these people, this will be the best (and maybe only) meal of substance for a long time. We also handed out to the mothers in the village nutrition packets which feed around 6 people per packet. These food packets are filled with vital nutrients that otherwise these people would not receive. On the way to and from the village, we threw out clothes and candy from the side of the truck, yelling, “Cristo te ama!” which means, “Christ loves you!”
                Upon arriving at Casa de Shelly, we were able to bless the people here by helping to build a rock wall around the goat enclosure. I guess rocks are an understatement, since they were more like boulders! We will be sleeping well tonight! We unfortunately missed out on the bulk of the work, since three of us were called in to the air conditioned room to write this letter. What a shame.
                Please keep praying for the work being done here in Somotillo and the surrounding areas. Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed with love, clarity, and boldness, and that the people will receive this life saving Word!

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