Nica News 5/7

Six months ago we were presented the opportunity to travel  to Nicaragua as missionaries. Many of us were immediately excited about the possibility but then we heard about the amount of funds we would be required to raise. The opportunity that once seemed so exciting was beginning to seem like a far off dream;  so we prayed. After a lot of time spent in prayer about the trip to Nicaragua and some encouragement from our trip coordinator, Rob Stephens, we remembered that if God desired that we go on the trip, the funds would not be a concern.
                  Today, we now write to you from Nicaragua; God made a way! After hours of travel, we spent our first night in the city of Managua and were amazed at the beauty of our surroundings. The small things, such as the palm and coconut trees brought pleasure to our eyes.  We had finally made it!
                  The next day, we went in to the city of Somotillo. The drive was long but interesting. We were amazed at the bipolar aspects of culture; one moment we were in a bustling city and the next in a small village. We still no idea what to expect but, with the help of Don, we learned very quickly. Within hours of arriving at Casa de Shelly, we hit the ground running and hopped in the back of a truck. Our first visit led us to Villa Esperanza, which literally translates to Village of Hope; a seemingly fitting title for what we want to bring to these people. Before we even reached the village, Children were swarming our truck for candy and clothing. They were more appreciative of what we know to be basic, than we are of many of the expensive luxuries we enjoy in America on a regular basis. This was an immediately humbling experience.
                  From the first piece of candy that hit the ground, to the last bowl of chicken and rice soup that was dished out, we were learning more and more about what it meant to share the Gospel.  The joy in the eyes of not just the children, but the adults as well was extremely convicting. This helped us to appreciate the service at Prince of Peace “Baptist” Church that we attended that night. One of the most beautiful aspects of this service, was singing the same songs to the same God, in different languages of the mouth, but speaking the same truth of the heart.
This journidad is just starting, but we already feel the God at work, stirring our spirits as we serve the least of these. We ask for prayers of boldness and encouragement, so please, come alongside us as we attend to the needs of the community of Somotillo.

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

Nica News 5/5

Isa 54:2   Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy astakes;

     When Pam and I along with our team prayed  this prayer and drove stakes in the ground in the 4 corners around the property of Casa De Shelly we had NO idea what GOD had on HIS mind as he led us to pray this prayer.  It has been an amazing yet very taxing 4 months as GOD directs us on this journey of missions, training, evangelism, and KINGDOM BUILDING.    We have had the honor and privilege of  hosting 8 teams already this year and several for the first time.  When we ask GOD to stretch forth our tent we were asking him to bring new teams along side BWCM to partner with us and support HIS work in this part of the world.  We have several more “first time” teams coming this summer and several pastor’s that are coming to do a “look-see” and seek GOD’s guidance.
    Our Pastor/Leadership training has exceeded our greatest expectations.  As of today we have 55 Pastor’s and leaders meeting in Honduras and Nicaragua seeking to grow both in GRACE and KNOWLEDGE.  I have shared with you over the months about the difficulties these men suffer to just be in the class room.  Please allow me this time to thank and ask you to pray for  Chris Dowd, Bill Ashford, Jonge Tate, Jeremy Minor, Rob Stephens, Mike Morris,  all whom have stood beside us and poured their hearts into making our Pastor’s better equipped to do the work of the LORD.
     Our farm training “Life Sustaining” program has continued to grow and be an instrument in GOD’s hand.  Today we have the chicken program at about 75% where we need to be and continue to grow.  The milk goat and sheep program are now off the ground and doing very well.  It’s our plan to have milk and cheese production underway by the end of the summer.  Anyone that would like to purchase a sheep or goat to help us grow our flocks just let me know.
     Over the past couple of months we have seen the local body of believers step out of their buildings and serve their communities.  We face the same difficulties here in Nicaragua that most Pastor’s face back in the States and that is to get their folks involved in the Kingdom Work.  I’m pretty well convinced that most of the people we are in contact with here daily have heard the GOSPEL  but very few have seem it demonstrated.  We will continue to lead them to SERVE and BE JESUS.
     Two weeks ago we started construction on house number 22 in Pascuala.  As I’m writing this letter we need at least 7 more houses or as many as GOD instructs us to build.  In the past, several groups partnered with us in building these houses, today I’m asking you to get the word out and help us to get these houses completed.  Next week when I meet with the Nica Pastor’s I’m going to challenge them to build one house.
      Please pray for us as we seek to be faithful and obedient, 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 4/123

Today we went back to Pascuala to continue working on the house we dug the footers for yesterday. We got to work alongside the nationals as we cut steel rebar, carried concrete bags, hauled buckets of water, and shoveled sand into the concrete mixer. Then we began to pour the footer for the new house. Some of the team taught the children in the village new songs, painted their fingernails, and shared the gospel. While we were there, we found a woman who had only had one leg and in a makeshift wheelchair. She had a fever and the doctor discovered that she had sores that had turned into deep open wounds that were severely infected. A few members of the team loaded her into the back of the truck and drove her to a private clinic for treatment.
In the afternoon, we went to La Caretta to provide a medical clinic, distribute clothing, and serve hot soup. Some of the team also taught the children various colors in English, colored with them, and taught them to sing Jesus Loves Me. At this village, two 16 year old boys accepted Christ. Hallelujah!

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

Nica News 4/22

April 22, 2012
Today was a very full and blessed day.  Everyone was up before 6am due to going to bed between 8:30-9pm Saturday night.  We were all pretty tired from our plane and car ride.  After breakfast we visited a village (Pascuala)where we dug footers for a new house, played soccer, painted nails and passed out clothing, toys, and food. In the afternoon we traveled further off the main road to a village (Los Mesas)where we stayed for a few hours.  We played soccer, basketball, Frisbee, and Duck, Duck, Goose.  All the girls got their nails painted and everyone was given medicine.  We made a huge pot of food and distributed clothing and toys.  We shared the gospel a few times trusting that God’s word will NOT return void as He has promised.

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

Nica News 4/12

Today we ended a great week of kingdom building in Somotillo. We began with a devotion by Zach on being workers for Christ. Sheryl, Jason, Nidia, and Dr. Anderson shared their testimonies on the radio followed by a brief prayer by Donald.
            This morning most of the team traveled to Pascuala—the village where previous teams had built 21 houses. 
      Donald preached to them briefly to remind them that blessings follow obedience. Through God’s grace, several families offered to help build more houses, making the list for new houses more than six long. Dr. Anderson handed out medicine to the villagers with severe medical issues, and we also distributed bags of rice to the mothers to feed their families. It was a spiritually challenging but very successful morning in Pascuala. 
            Afterwards, the team headed to the baseball stadium in Somotillo where we met up with our baseball crew who had been doing final practices and games with the local Little League team. While most of the team was in Pascuala, they organized and led a Little League home run derby and awarded trophies to the winners. They also handed out bats, gloves, and catcher’s equipment to the members of the team.
            After lunch, the baseball guys headed back to the baseball stadium while the rest of the team traveled to Los Limones. Dr. Anderson administered medicine, and Lee Anne prepared stew for the villagers. Everyone played games with the children, and we shared the gospel with them. Meanwhile at the stadium, the baseball crew ran a Little League All-Star game and shared the gospel with the players. 
            It was a very busy and successful week in the mission field. Dr. Anderson administered medicine to hundreds of people, and the team fed even more. The baseball crew made tremendous progress in teaching the children and coaches about baseball techniques. Most importantly, many people accepted Christ into their hearts and seeds for the gospel were planted. 

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

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
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 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