Nica News 8-8

     We’re here on our third day in Nicaragua! There is so much going on here- it’s hard to keep up with all God is doing. At the training center there are 36 new baby chicks! Six have hatched this week after much prayer. There is a VT agriculture team here experimenting with different types of plants to see which ones will grow the fastest to help the people. Growth is happening!
We’ve been out to 2 different villages this week where we gave out candy, clothes, toys  and  cooked a meal for the people. At the first village, San Miguelito, we went to it was difficult to get everyone in line and cooperative- the large pot that we served stew out of was boiling hot and we didn’t want the children to run into it and get burned. One of the translators  talked with a mom who had 7 children and no husband and asked her why the people were more anxious than usual- The mom replied “We have no food- my children have no food- there’s nothing at our house- we’re desperate.” How humbling it was to be part of God providing for his children. Soon after they ate one of the pastors stood on the back of the truck and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with the group that had gathered. God of America is God of Nicaragua and His word reaches to the end of the earth.
Today Chris and Jeremy taught local village pastors who gathered here at Casa De Shelley about Leadership- the importance of leading with integrity and leading from the Word of God. They can take what they’ve been taught back to their villages and continue to make an impact for Christ. In the afternoon we went out the second village of the week- Las Mesas- We painted nails, blew bubbles with the children and had a watermelon eating contest! It was so fun to watch the children’s faces light up as they raced to eat watermelon- For a moment they weren’t children who had no food, clothes, and other basic necessities we all take for granted. They were having fun, bellies full and life was good.
Please continue to pray for the team as we continue to learn how to serve the way God desires us to, the agriculture team to figure out the best type of seed to use to feed the Nicaraguan people and for the people of Nicaragua to know and believe there is a God in heaven who loves them and desires a relationship with them.
It’s All About Jesus,

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 8-6

Seven Days – Endless Experiences

In only seven days, the Feed by Seed team has gained enough experiences to last a lifetime. Yes, this may sound cliche, but it is true: anyone who spends a week in a developing country surrounded by foreign cultures and delicious food cannot honestly say that they did not gain some sort of experience.

So here we are: entering week two with so much behind us and even more to come. Our first week of teaching agriculture went perfectly, if you can call numerous translation errors and a classroom topping 90 degrees perfect. We really enjoyed working with the students, especially when it came to playing games that were fun regardless of the language barrier. It was also surprising but exciting to learn that many of the students were already knowledgeable about many of the topics we were teaching, including the parts of a plant and where eggs come from. The fact that these students already knew so much about agriculture and its importance was a good sign that there is hope for the future of the industry in this impoverished community.

As the house was pretty empty this weekend after the departure of our six new friends from Virginia, we decided to take a walk into the main part of Somotillo to purchase some more herbicide as well as check out the town. Literally five minutes from our house, the walk seemed to take twice as long thanks to the heat. It was enjoyable, though, as we greeted and were greeted by many friendly people along the way.

The town is very similar to that of Tijuana, Mexico (for those that have been there), except the buildings are more condensed and stores sell useful things like groceries rather than cheap souvenirs. Also, the popular method of transportation is what we call the “pedi-taxi” or “pedi-cab” – a sort of tricycle with a wide seat in the front and a bike seat and pedals in the bike. Two people can fit in the front seat and are pushed around by the driver pedalling in the back. I guess you could say it’s a form of rickshaw with the passengers in the front. We passed places you would find in any regular town, including clothing shop, ice cream parlor, and a single-chair hair salon. The only difference was the amount of trash in the streets and number of people sleeping right in the middle of the side walk.

Today we also took part in some hands-on farming experiences. Austin, Keira, Margery, and Shasta loaded up two 5-gallon buckets with herbicide and set out to spray the half-acre plot we are using as a model farm for the community. The plot had been taken over by dead corn plants, struggling sugar cane crops, and endless weeds so it was vital that we straighten up the area to make way for new crops. This afternoon the entire team also battled through the tormenting heat to have a “rock-picking party” or, in agricultural terms, spending two hours picking up all of the rocks from the area so that the soon-to-arrive tiller could successfully do its work. Although it was exhausting work, we were rewarded with a delicious fried chicken and apple pie dinner to enjoy with the arrival of the new 13-member mission team. 

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

Nica News – 8/5

Blessings from Managua……Psalms 37:23  The Bible says….The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.     One year ago this month Pam and I visited a farm a little south of Managua and realized  almost immediately that GOD had led us there.  What we saw was a miracle from heaven in that they were teaching people how to sustain life.  I began to pray for guidance and wisdom in how to make this work at Casa De Shelly.  After a couple months of prayer GOD brought a very qualified man into our lives to begin to run the “training center” and try and make it profitable so it can finance itself.  In late Nov. God brought a friend  with a back ground in agriculture on a mission trip.  He actually walked the farm and gave us a very detailed guide line and lots of suggestions.  One of those suggestions was to work with the local school students and begin something similar to our “FFA” program.    This past week 10 members of an organization named ” Feed by Seed” arrived to work both at the Training Center and in the Baptist School.  This team will be in Somotillo for another week working with Aldiberto and the school.  In my mind it was like praying down heaven.  There is so much I DON’T know about farming but verrrry thankful for those that do.  One aspect of the ACTS 2 church was that all that believed were together.  I call that “team work”.
This coming Sunday night at Prince of Peace Baptist Church they are going to have their first ever “Church Fellowship” and our team will be serving.  I’m excited beyond belief as this church begins to move.  First step is “fellowship” and the second step will be “service”.  Next week some church members and our team will be cooking at the Mayor’s office and serving everyone that works for the city and the police dept.  God will be glorified and the church will be serving.  Simply stated, “Be The Church”.   IHL, Donald andPammie

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 8-3

      Blessings…..Philippians 4-19  And my God will supply every need of yours according to HIS riches in GLORY…  You tell me how rich GOD is and it’s easy to tell you how well He can provide.  Our VT AG students have been a huge blessing to the training center and have partnered well with our team from Oasis in our afternoon village ministry.  What an amazing asset these students have been this week both here at the training center and in the Baptist School.  I’m truly excited as they continue to explore areas of development and train the folks here to make the best use of the land that we have.
Once again this afternoon we had a number of team members step out of any comfort box they might have and shared their faith and the plan of salvation in La Fragua.  This is the third week in a roll that we have visited this village, mainly because they stated they were hungry and we have food.  Both physical and spiritual were delivered on God’s time.
Pastors conference ended today and the men are more than excited that we are holding conference again next week. We did ask the pastor’s to bring their wives in for a special day out.  One of the team members spent the morning engaging and blessing all those that attended.  I do believe these pastors would come everyday if we offered it.  Thankful for all those that make this happen….GOD is glorified…..IHL, Donald and Pammie

 

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 8-2

I just wanted to say again, “Thank You” for the opportunity to serve with Because We Care Ministries. 

I will continue to pray for BWCM and for God’s direction in your great work there.
I thank God for the steadfastness and the strength that HE has given both of you to continue the ministry there.
You are both an example to me of perseverance and willingness to serve, regardless of obstacles that get in the way.
I have learned so much from serving with you in Nicaragua.

 

Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ has become a greater passion in my heart since my first trip to Nicaragua.
I have not arrived yet, but I know that God is still working in me to accomplish what He has for me to do.
Serving with BWCM has been a big part of spiritual growth in my life and I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity.
Thank you, Donald, for allowing me to teach at the Ladies Conference and share on the radio.
Thank you for pushing me a little to share the gospel in Jinocuao last week.  Sometimes I need that extra push.
I am amazed at how God uses your ministry to reach so many lost people and believers who need a WORD of encouragement.

 

I look forward to serving again with BWCM.  I am praying about coming down with Keith in the near future.
He seems to be open to it and as God shows us His Will, we will make plans accordingly.
I would like to do another Ladies Conference in the future and I trust that God will show us His plan for that as well.

 

Again, thank you.
I hope you will be able to meet with us August 28.

 

God bless you both.

 

Love,  Kim 

GREATTTTTTT!!!!!!!  Day….Our VT folks took over the training center and school today with lots of enthusiasm and energy.  Students were excited and waiting and from all reports the kids did a great job.  Tomorrow (Wed) is a teacher work day so there is no school but our students wanted to come anyway and have their AG class.  Can’t remember when I volunteered for school …..I guess never.
Pastor’s training is going very well and we are excited about tomorrow and one of the VT students will be working with the pastor’s on Leadership training.  More than excited to watch our Pastors grow and develop as leaders in their villages.  God is so good, Donald andPammie 

 

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 8-1

      Blessings, Blessings and more Blessings…….They just keep coming.  Our VT agriculture team arrived this afternoon filled with  excitement and equipped to serve.  Their plan over the next two weeks is to work here at the training center with our foreman and in the school with 20 students that desire to pursue studies in the field of  Agriculture.  The plan for the training center is to increase production in volume and quantity.  Lessons learned here is exactly what will be taught to the local villagers.   I can only imagine what a village that can sustain itself looks like, God knows and it appears that HE is going to show us.
Also began another week of Pastor training this morning with most of the original class present.  Only ones that were missing were 2 that couldn’t cross the river because of the heavy rains.  We are also working on outlining messages to give to the teachers and pastors that are going into other villages so that everyone is on the same page.  At this time it seems that everyone was just doing their own thing and there was no consistence.  We are now outlining the Sunday messages and the teachers are using them in their weekly teachings. Prayers Please
Great time in the village this afternoon engaging and just “being the church.”  This time of the year you have to do everything in a hurry because you just know at 3:30 it is going to storm.  Today a lady  let us use her shed to finish cooking what now has become “chicken gumbo”.  Everybody got fed and not to many got wet.  God is so good…..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
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Nica News 7-28

Blessings……Great last day on the mission field and thank you LORD for allowing us to be your hands and feet.  This was the day to fulfill request from team members that had been here before and wanted to see the folks that they had connected with in the past.  Thankfully we only had to go to La Flor and Pascuala to fill all the request and make a few missionaries very happy.  I had been ask by a school teacher in one of the local schools to bring her some first aid supplies.  Today I made that happen and her response was pretty simple, “finally”.  I guess its been a while since she had made the request. Christ and the Kingdom has grown some more.  The Kingdom is not all that has grown, a number of our team has stepped out and “done” a lot of first this week.  Our prayer is that they return home and continue to verbalize and demonstrate their Faith.
This team will return to Managua tomorrow for their flights home on Sat.  PRAYERS PLEASE    IHL, Donald and Pammie

 

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 7-27

We are truly amazed to see God’s presence at the progress that has been made on this house in just three days.  With just concrete and footings when we approached the job site today, 3 hours later, the steel structure was in place and it looks like the outline of a house!
Interestingly enough, the youngest daughter of the family – for whom we are building the house – immediately approached and asked for a Bible. Although we didn’t have one with us today (we had other tools for building, but not a Bible), we became determined to find her a Spanish bible before we leave town.  As the door was now opened, this gave us the opportunity to ask her if she has heard the Gospel message and accept Jesus Christ as her Savior. We were pleased to know that she has.
While the house framework was going up and the concrete blocks were being transported to the job site, the Virginia team’s Woman’s Conference had a most successful day ministering to a record high number of 41 women. It was only after the conference, where the vehicle didn’t cooperate and alternative transportation was arranged for them to get home.
After lunch, the team traveled to Jicaro Bonito to minister to the village people. This became more challenging as the rain moved in and poured harder and harder with every passing moment.  Luckily, we took refuge in the local church to weather the roughest part and we were able to do inside “rainy day” crafts with the village children.  Concerns about the road conditions caused us to leave that mission field early, but hopefully, some seeds of love were planted.

 

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 7-26

Today was another great day on the Mission field.  We started off with morning devotions led by Janell, a Kansas missionary.  After breakfast, Lauren, Brittany, Addison and Gwen gave their testimonies on the radio along with song by the group.  The missionaries again split up into two teams and one went to Pascuala and continued working on the house for the family, with the other group leading the 2nd day of the Women’s Conference in Ojoche.  The conference started out in song and worship with 21 ladies showing up to eagerly study God’s word.  They studied Philippians 3: 13-14.  After lunch we loaded the trucks with blessings of food, candy and clothes and went to Jinocuao.  While we cooked a pot of stew, the team broke up into groups and played with the children, some played soccer, some threw water balloons and some painted finger nails and did hair.  Several presented the gospel in small groups.  Tonight is the Youth Rally at Prince of Peace Baptist Church and all the missionaries are participating! God is blessing; keep us in your prayers as we continue ministering and watching the Kingdom grow.
Blessings

 

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 7-25

Greetings from the mission field in Nicaragua!
     Today was our first full day in Somotillo. We have two teams present; one from Virginia and the other from Kansas. This morning we had three people give their testimonies on the radio with a special singing. After the radio, the women from Virginia went to the village of El Ojoche and held a women’s conference. This was an amazing opportunity for the women to come together and worship God. We had singing and a study led by Kim Mitchell. This is the first of three women conferences that we will hold this week. The women were very attentive and excited to be with us.
While the Virginia team was doing the women’s conference, the Kansas team and the men from the Virginia team went to Pascuala to build a house for a family. Many of the villagers came and joined in the work. The footers are dug out and are ready for concrete.
After lunch, the entire team went to the village of La Fragua. There team members ministered using their various abilities, with everything from nail painting, to balloons, to soccer. Then the community shared a meal that was prepared by the team. Donald preached the Gospel and several adults received Christ.
Looks like another great week on the mission field is shaping up!

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