Nica News – January 6th

The Extreme Team is back!  We are pleased and thankful to have the team back at Casa. They’re exhausted considering they’ve been on foot for 4 days and they started their journey up the mountain at 3 this morning. But their spirits are high.  Plenty of stories to tell, but one of the team highlights occurred today El Bareador. The team was the 1st missionary group to visit the area, made up of approximately 25 families.  They were able to install a solar powered audio Bible (“Proclaimer”) and provide tracts to the people there. Members of the team hope to return again next year to encourage the folks there.

The Casa team split into smaller groups today.  Several folks headed to Villa Camila Ortega to prepare and serve lunch at a pastor’s conference.  The on-site crew landscaped a bit, tending newly planted trees and mulching using peanut husks.  They also spent some time working with the children just outside the Casa gate.  It was great to re-connect with them again, as we had met many of them earlier in the week.
The Casa team headed to Ojoche this afternoon.  What a treat!  This community has been in partnership with BWCM for several years and it was exciting to see what’s happening there.  As we entered the community, it was strikingly clean. Hand made signs encourage locals to “care for your community” and, as simple as it might seem, feature scripture that emphasize stewardship and appropriate care of local resources (Deut. 23:12-14).  The pastor there has helped establish a program for residents to raise chickens, rabbits, and gardens locally. It was especially encouraging to visit Ojoche on our last day here as it is becoming a model for other communities to follow.  Inspiring!
And, lastly, we were blessed to have Sarah’s entire family come in this evening to sing.  She has recently joined the BWCM team and is training as an interpreter.  She, her sisters, brother, parents, brothers-in-law, and boyfriend sang beautifully.  (We secretly wonder if the spouses are required to be musicians to be in the family 🙂  God bless the Martinez family and their ministry!
We head back to Managua tomorrow… then catch flights back to the U.S. on Saturday.  Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement this week!

 

 

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Nica News – January 5th

Grace & Peace to you from Casa de Shelly!

Our team has had a variety of opportunities to serve this week.  On Tuesday, the Extreme Team and the base camp crew met in the village of San Francisco.  BWCM is supporting a church plant effort there and it was such a blessing to meet and fellowship with some of the people there.  Lunch was served and clothing was distributed during our visit.
The road trip to and from San Francisco was breathtaking, both in beauty and in off-road excitement.  The road was largely single lane, dirt (gravel), and it is used by travelers on foot, ox cart, and vehicles.  The road followed the contours of the lush, green mountains along Nicaragua’s northern border.  Beautiful!
Upon the return to Casa at 3:30, we heard Don proclaim, “5 minutes to clean up and load up. We’re headed to Pascuala!” We’re so thankful we did.  Fantastic opportunity to share God’s love through games, songs, a good dinner, and a good message.
God has built a tremendous support team here at Casa.  The folks who work here year-round have enthusiasm and joy that’s hard to match.  We have so enjoyed learning from them and working along side them this week.  The interpreters are simply…amazing!  We had the distinct pleasure last night of listening to a few of them sing.  Absolutely beautiful way to end a great day.
Today (Wednesday) is action packed as well with the daily radio testimonies broadcast in the morning, working on the farm here at Casa, preparing lunch for a pastor’s conference, and another village visit.
We covet your prayers this week!  God keep you-

 

 

 

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Nica News – January 4th

      Good morning and blessings from Casa De Shelly……….Great day of ministry starting with a powerful radio broadcast.  It’s always great to listen to the testimony of our team members and hear what is going on in the life of others.   After radio we did volley ball at the clinic and just spent a little time engaging the community and sharing Jesus.  Mid morning we began preparing lunch for pastors that were meeting at Prince of Peace Baptist Church.  Thankful for the opportunity to share a challenge with the pastors and Pastor Owen from Bethany UMC West Jefferson NC spent time encouraging the pastors.  Early afternoon found us in San Miguelito engaging, feeding and sharing the good new of Jesus Christ.     Today we travel to San Francisco North to meet, resupply and feed the “Extreme Team” and share the gospel in a city we are seeking to plant a new church.  Later today we will meet with the first 25 people that will begin training here at the farm and learn how to sustain life and provide for their family.  What an exciting day, praying for God’s Provision and Protection,  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 – January 1st

     Blessings from Managua Nicaragua as Pam and I await the arrival of our first team of the year.  It’s official, 2011 has arrived and I guess we are in full swing.  This I do know, that several hundred Nicaraguans celebrated to around 2AM this morning and it was very loud.  We will put the team to bed early and CRASH….

     Tomorrow we will worship at The Fathers House, lunch at Los Ranchos then travel on to Somotillo.  Dinner at Casa De Shelly,  then worship at Prince of Peace Baptist Church.  I can already tell, it’s going to be an amazing beginning to a mission trip.

     As we say good -bye to 2010 and hello to 2011 allow me a  personnel privilege to express our heart felt thanks and gratitude to the many that God has allowed to cross out path as we serve here in Nicaragua.  We are very thankful for the prayers and financial support that we have received through the years and for all those that have partnered with us in bringing teams in to serve with the Nicaraguan Church.

     Pam and I have tried to communicate the plans that God has for BWCM for 2011 and beyond if HE delays HIS return.  Monday we will continue to implement those plans and lead this first team in accomplishing the first step in this progression.

      We are still looking for financial support for the coming year.  A couple months ago we unveiled plans to begin full time work here in Nicaragua.  To accomplish this goal we needed to enlist 40 monthly supporter at $100.00.  We are very thankful for the first 11 that have committed and only need 29 more to fulfill this part of our goal.  We need to enlist several more teams to join us in service here in Nicaragua.  Please share with families and friends the opportunities that are available by joining with BWCM on a short term mission trip.  Pam and I are willing to travel anywhere to share what God has allowed us to do and help  individuals and CHURCHES to fulfill, “The Great Commission.”

      Please join us in prayer that these goals are reached very quickly so that we can remove them from our plate and concentrate on the goals set before us.
                                    
                               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

July 2nd Update

Another glorious day on the Mission Field has passed:  good works were performed, children laughed, prayers prayed, gospel shared, and our Lord magnified!  The team began the day at Pascuala.  The ladies on the team entertained the children and women of the village with games, bubbles, songs; while the men on our mission team worked diligently on hauling  rocks and other material to deposit inside the village where water does not readily drain and eventually creates stagnant water and unhealthy conditions within the village.  More work remains but hopefully will be continued by future teams.

In the afternoon the team headed out to Villa Esperzana with a medical team, supplies, and eager folks ready to  help.  After a time of play, sharing the gospel and blessings – members of the village and Mission team traveled to the Grande Alto River for a Baptism. Two men and one woman participated in this public profession of their faith. This is proof that lives are being changed and God’s presence is undeniable.

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

June 29th Update

Today was an awesome day on the Mission Field.  The morning started with the radio show.  Six of the team had the privilege of sharing our testimonies with the people of Somotillo.  Josh, Katie, and Oscar ministered in song.

The team then went to village of Pascuala where the men worked to start a sidewalk into the village.  The women spent part of the time ministering to the children.  We performed a skit showing the children how we can accomplish much more for each other and for God if we work together.  The ladies painted the children’s fingernails, gave out stickers, and played games.  The older women of the village also enjoyed having their fingernails done and laughing at the fun their children were having.  The ladies also helped the women of the village and the children pick up rocks from the side of the road to assist with building the sidewalk.

During the afternoon, the team went to the village of Los Lemones.  We were able to take the doctor with us to the village where he provided medical care and medicines to approximately 30 families.  The team played several games with the children.  Diane ministered to the children with a skit about the miracle Jesus performed with the two fish and five loaves of bread.  Josh used a couple of the village children to demonstrate the sin of Adam and Eve and how Jesus came to provide a way for our salvation.  He lead the children in prayer and many of them raised their hands when asked if they had accepted Jesus as their Savior for the first time.

“Youth Rescue” was the highlight of our evening.  We had the opportunity to minister to approximately 80 youth from Somotillo.  The Lord’s presence was among us during the worship service. The team played games, shared snacks and ice cream with the youth of Somotillo.  Josh then led in an altar call.  Many of the youth prayed for salvation.

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

June 28th Morning Update

The team arrived in Somotillo this morning excited and ready to get onto the mission field. We spent the afternoon in Jinochauo. Even though the heavens opened up and poured down rain off and on throughout  the whole afternoon, the team still had a great time playing soccer and with water balloons (we obviously weren’t wet enough from the rain…) and slingshots. Ed shared his testimony and presented the gospel, and then Josh prayed over the people who were suffering from various sicknesses. We spent a wonderful evening praising at the Prince of Peace church. The team members sang, and then Tom shared a message from God’s word. Two men came during the altar call and made decisions for the Lord. It was a full day on the mission field, and we’re excited about the blessings that God has in store for us tomorrow!

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

June 28th Update

Another day on the mission field in the words of the infamous Donald Gillette.  We have had another great day on the mission field.  We went to the village of Pascuala in the morning.  The ladies gathered all the kids and passed out  stickers & played games. The children of the village sang several songs to our team.  The guys began digging the footers in the middle of what has been a common theme, rain.  Did I mention rain?  Try water soaking rain.  We finished up our time with a gospel message.  The Lord has been good to us to sustain our water logged clothes & shoes and spirit.  We went to Las Mesas in the afternoon.  We played with water balloons, painted finger nails of the young girls, passed out stickers.  We also played soccer.  We finished with a gospel message where several people received Christ & then passed out the rice & protein packets.  Another 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

June 22nd Update

Good morning and blessings to all…….The reports are in and it’s official, SUMMER IS HERE.  A number of folks that we know are in camp, VBS or going to camp and VBS very soon.  Please join us as we pray God’s favor on all the summer activities where so many young folks will be traveling and upon arrival be exposed to the Gospel and prayfully lives changed.
With that said we will be leaving on Fri. and our team of 20 enthusiastic missionaries will follow on Sat.  Please pray for safe travels, airline connections, baggage arrival, bus travels and a safe arrival at Casa De Shelly on Sat. afternoon.  Team Faith Fellowship will be working on the medical clinic, painting a couple houses and starting construction on another house in Pasquala as well as youth rally, medical, feeding program and spreading the Gospel Message on the radio as well as in a number of villages.  We Covet you prayers, Donald and Pammie

Oh!!  By the way, we now have on line giving available to all our supporters.  Just go to the web site,WWW.BWCM.ORG, scroll down the home page to the “donate button”, click on the button and follow along. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT….

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

June 12th Update

Good morning and blessings to all…….Over the past 20 months I have watched 3 young pastors step out in obedience to plant a new church in a small city not to far from where Pam and I live.  I have learned a lot from them in the area of FAITH, OBEDIENCE, TRUST, GUIDANCE, VISION and GOD’S WILL.  These are all areas of our Christian Life that we talk a lot about and teach about but it truly is a whole different enterprise when it comes to putting them into practice.  Over the past 10 years Pam and I have tried through the leadership of the Holy Spirit to be faithful to the vision and call of God as we serve in Nicaragua.  The Bible says in Ps 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in His way.”  We believe that we are being “ordered ” to take some steps in a new direction.  This morning we seek your prayers and support as we begin the next phase of our obedience to the call of God for our lives.

Our hearts desire and we believe the will of God for us is to step out by faith and begin to spend more time in country (Nicaragua) working with the local pastors, churches and villages.  Our vision from 10 years ago “To Grow the Kingdom” has not changed.  What will change is our everyday presence and ability to work with and stand by those that need us the most.  We could never praise God enough for what HE has allowed us to do and be apart of over the past 10 years but it is time now to step up the work.  What I’m sure of is that the churches that have been planted need help to grow and be productive and that is why we believe God is leading us in this direction.

Sometime near the end of 2010 we plan to leave our secular jobs and commit every fiber of our beings to work in Nicaragua.  As I type this letter this morning I can honestly say I’m not real sure what this is going to look like but we are going to take that 1st step by faith and just wrap our arms around the WILL of God and see where these steps lead us.  I do know that we will continue to have the monthly teams join us in the work and blessings as we serve the churches and villages around Somotillo.

Let me once again THANK many of you that have supported us both financially and through pray all these many years.  I can honestly say that you are a big part of what got us to this point.  With that said we are asking many to pray about monthly support and please continue to pray for God’s work through Because We Care Ministries.   Over the next several months we will be “CASTING THE VISION” with many of the church groups that have worked with us in the past as well as many individuals.  I don’t know any other way except to say we need your help, both through pray and finance.  If you have any questions please feel free to call or write and we will get you the answer.  In His Service, Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG
540-774-4197