Nica News 6/27

Depending on how you count the days, we are on day two or three of our Nica Trip.  We departed Saturday Morning from Virginia.   A canceled flight left us in El Salvador overnight, a temporary disappointment or a welcome and unexpected stamp in the passport. Sunday, at 3:30 AM, 4 hours after we arrived in the hotel we started back on our journey.    We finally entered Casa de Shelly yesterday afternoon anxious to get out to a village to begin our work.   It was invigorating to jump out of the truck and begin working with the children here again.  They are the faces that have occupied my heart for the past ten months and the primary reason for the return.  

 

This morning was our first walk to the radio station to share our testimonies with the surrounding area and countries.  I fell asleep last night, and awoke this morning ready to share what Jesus has done for me since I was here last, and it was big because I had accepted Jesus during that time.   I was intently focused on the destination and the event this morning that I almost let pass the opportunity to share with my fellow team.  But He gave me the opportunity again, to show a friend the role she played in my coming to Christ through her boldness in the years before and this time I took it. 

 

While we are here to spread God’s word to the people in the villages we visit, to show them that he is good, and has sent us to share and be with them; he does not wait until we get to our destinations to begin to work.  He is working with us and through us on every part of our journey, through the walks to the radio station, through the down time in the common area, through the cancelations and long layovers at the airport and even our everyday at work.  We have just a few short days on each trip to share in Nicaragua, but we have everyday at work, dinners with friends and long lines at the grocery store to share.  Let us not forget those are opportunities constantly present. 

 

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 6/24

      Blessings from Casa De Shelly…….First, allow me the opportunity to say thank you to all those that have sent along “birthday wishes.”  Great day working on the “Development Center” beside those that work here everyday.  Very amazed at events that have taken place here over the months as these men seek to take care of a little more than 18 acres.  Through the years we have tried very hard to purchase equipment that we could to help make their jobs as easy as possible.  To the best of my knowledge we have the only riding lawn mower and push mower in the city.  What I didn’t take into consideration is that they have no idea how to take care of or maintain any of the equipment.  I ask that we have all the men work at cleaning up around the facilities and what I saw was 6 men mowing with machetes.  Its what they know and when the equipment failed they resorted to what they know.  In your wildest dream can you imagine mowing 18 acres with a “BIG KNIFE?”  Today I’m verrrrry thankful that I know how to fix all the equipment and get it up and running again.  At some point I’m guessing the men are thankful also.  By the way it was not my idea to strap the battery to the back of the mower.  Its the only one we could find in the city and Angel figured out how to make it work.
Glad to report that we now have 16 baby chicks that are doing very well and at least two more hens that are “setting” and the incubator is full.  I do believe we have turned the corner on production, THANK YOU LORD.
Heading back to Managua tomorrow to meet the team from Faith Fellowship/Church Victorious. Prayers Please

 

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 6/23

Blessings from a very wet Somotillo, Nicaragua. Pam and I arrived around 5PM after a very long day of travel. The rain started before we even landed, our plane was diverted because of a thunder storm over the airport. How did I know that nothing good could come out of that situation. Very long and slow drive to Smotillo because of the hard rain and flooding. I believe it was the first time I had seen the road outside Leon flood.
Praying for a good nights rest and a busy day tomorrow. Time to survey the farm and schedule the work for our team coming in on Sat. Sure hope those guys like weeding and we might teach them to use a machete. We’ll just wait and see what GOD has planned and we will praise HIM every step of the way.

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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      Blessings from the USA…..Great couple of days resting (playing a little golf) but glad to be heading back to Nicaragua.  The first week of Dec. we began a very exciting program to train local’s how to sustain life.  I’ll have to admit there have been times of extreme disappointment and lots of discouragement.   I’m very thankful for God’s amazing grace and comfort in the middle of the storm. 
     Through all my years of serving  God,  one thing I’ve learned very well is that God will  give you the strength and grace to “stay the course.”  I also want to thank all those that have contributed to the “chicken fund.”  We have some of the best “Kept” and “G uarded’ chickens  in Nicaragua.  As of today we are FINALLY beginning to produce more than just eggs.  Its the first step,  if we can sustain the “chick” production then we will be ready for the next step, “rabbit’s.”
     Please don’t mistake my venting for complaining, every single step over the past 7 months that brought about some sort of disappointment on the farm simply caused me to close my eyes and allow my mind and heart to look back at CALVARY.  I will say I’m the most surprised that GOD would make a farmer out of a city boy.  This first step is like watching one of your children take their first step or say their first word.  I can hardly wait for the NEXT step and to see what GOD is going to do on the farm.  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

Nica News 6/7

      Blessings from Casa De Shelly…….Early morning rains,  then the sun came out and I think most everybody was wishing it would start raining again.  Its just that time of the year in Nicaragua and you have to learn to be flexible.  With that said the team headed out this morning after the radio broadcast to a couple local schools to share and engage.  We actually visited one school that I have never been to before and was received with open arms.  Small school with only 18 students, 2 teachers and lots of hospitality.  Lots of fun engaging the students but the real deal maker was a 12 year old young lady on our team that shared her testimony, at least I know all the boys were listening.
At the second school the principle actually scolded me for waiting so long to return.  Once more several shared the Gospel message, the Kingdom was enlarged and God Glorified.
You can never assume anything when you are working in a third world country.  Today we once again cooked a big pot of chicken stew and served it to the people of San Miguelito.  By the end of the day we had two different people show up with only small plastic bags to put their portion of food in.  I immediately thought about a dear friend of ours that has worked for several weeks collecting bowls for us to bring to Nicaragua to help with the feeding program.  I will have bowls for these two people next month when I return to their village.  Thanks TK
Tonight as the thunder roars in the back ground we as a team are praising GOD for all that HE has done and will sleep tonight with joyful hearts anticipating what HE will do through each of us tomorrow if He tarries.   IHS, 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 6/6

Blessings from a very wet Nicaragua……Very dark and dreary beginning to the day but GOD stepped in and got things going at the radio station.  It is amazing how GOD took the testimony of three team members and turned the whole day around to HIS GLORY.  Because of the threat of more rain this afternoon we decided to hang out at the clinic and engage the adjacent village.  We put on the usual pot of chicken stew and watched the children file in 2 by 2 and before long we had our hands full.  Once again this afternoon the team learned a very valuable lesson in engaging the community.  Best of all, everyone left with a full stomach and the Kingdom continues to grow.  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 – 6-5

      Blessings from stormy Nicaragua…….In case you forgot, GOD is amazing.  Lots of first for BWCM today.  We were able to go down to the gas station and wash car windows, hand out cold drink, and just love on the people of Somotillo.  In a little over 2 hours we engaged 300 people, no one rejected the hand out and every person said thank-you.  Better than that, our team learned to be SERVANTS.
Well this afternoon one of the young men on the team decided to share the gospel with some other men in Pascuala.  That was great except he used the scripture that was tattooed on his arm.  I find it hard to say, “the Bible says” and your pointing to your arm.  I encourage the teams to use all the tools that are available and I guess that’s what he did.  TOO FUNNY
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 5/31

Blessings…….Well the sun has set on our first Honduran adventure and I’ll have to say.”I’m glad to be home.”  Started the day by traveling once again into the mountains of this beautiful country to a village called Conception of Maria.  Great group of Pastors, leaders in an amazing little town on top of the mountain.  Traveling up you would never expect to find a village with concrete streets and one of the most beautiful church buildings we have visited in either Nicaragua or Honduras.  Great time of teaching and worship with the church family that had traveled for miles to be a part of what GOD was doing.  One Pastor shared that he had walked for 1 1/2 hours to be with us.  In these mountains you know that’s not an easy task.  The afternoon session was different also,  El Triunfo  is about 25 kilometers  from the Nicaragua border.  About half way into the presentation the power went out, no problem I have a big mouth.  A few minutes later it started to rain, very hard.  Hard rain on a metal roof makes speaking and listening very hard.  We soldiered on through the presentation only to be rushed out so we could cross the border before the river got up.  Interesting ending to a very exciting and busy week.  One other thing, while we were eating our lunch a young lady entered the room and announced that she wanted to be saved. SWEEEEET!  Prayed with  her and then talked to the pastor that will disciple her.  Thank You LORD

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

Nica News 5/30

      Blessings once more from Choluteca, Honduras……Today we were at “Arch of Christ” Baptist Church doing another Leader/Pastor training.  GREAT day, I love my job.  Great time sharing from the Word of God, life experiences and my time as a pastor.  I will say a lot of what we are teaching is info from what I’m seeing going on in the states.  It’s amazing how much the Nica and Honduran church resembles American Church’s.  The Third World church has the same struggles as our North American Church’s.  It is amazing to talk to a local pastor and then begin to see yourself in their shoes.  The good thing is that in many cases we are able to identify with them and simply share our experiences as a Pastor.
     Tomorrow we will travel to another city named “Maria Conception” for Pastor/Leadership training in the morning.  In the afternoon we will travel to “El Triunfo” for our final Pastor/Leader conference for this trip.  We are praising God for all that HE has allowed us to do and be apart of while here in Honduras.  Once we get back to Somotillo Pastor Diomedes and I will set down to compare notes and see where GOD is leading.  We are very thankful for the prayers and support during our travel.  I’ll have to admit that after 2 weeks of Pastor training and teaching I’ll ge glad and thankful that we will be finished for a while.  God is our strength and we will praise HIM in all that we do and say……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 5/28/2011

      Blessings from Honduras…..Sorry that we didn’t send out news yesterday but the Hotel I was staying in didn’t have Internet.  Today we met with Pastors and leaders from Guaymaca City which we traveled to yesterday.  Gauymaca City is 300 kilometers north of the border and takes about 5 hours by car.  I have to admit that Honduras is one of the most beautiful mountainous countries I’ve ever visited.  From what I can see the country is a little more prosperous and a lot better off than Nicaragua.
     Much like our Nicaragua Pastors these men and women were very eager to learn and expand their world.  We were literally begged to come back soon and help the Honduran church.  Certainly something that Pam and I will have to pray about and seek Gods guidance.  Anyone want to bring a small team to Honduras?
     One thing I have learned in nearly 11 years on the mission field is that you had better be flexible.  We were told around 1 PM that all the plans were canceled for Sunday in Tegucigalpa due to political unrest.  We traveled back to Choluteca where we will stay until Monday.  Pastor Diomedes got on the phone and now has us booked in a church here Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.  It all amazes me how quickly things in Central America can come unraveled and how quickly new plans can be put in place.  Thank you Lord for obedient servants.   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