Manna Fest

"Hunger! There are not a lot of us that will be worried about being hungry in the next several weeks. In Somotillo, Nicaragua and the surrounding areas, hunger is on the minds of many moms and dads when they have no food for their family. I’ve never seen or experienced this kind of poverty before I went to Nicaragua. Because We Care Ministries deals with this kind of desperation 24/7. Feeding bodies but filling souls with Jesus. BWCM sponsors Manifest this time of year to help feed families both. By donating $10.00, you will help put a bag of food and supplies to feed a family of six for a week. Think of sending money from your blessed family to bless another. Every year Sterling and I commit sending a bag of food from each member of our family for Christmas. Pray about what you will do. May God bless you all….Debbie Broyles

Please pray how you can help…..You can donate through our web site, ( or mail to BWCM, PO Box 14132 Roanoke, VA. 24038

Thank you for your prayers and support…..

Nica News

June 2018 Nicaragua Mission Trip Experience

I am excited to share from my experience this summer in Nicaragua with Because We Care Ministries. I have served with BWCM in previous years and each year, God reveals His faithfulness in fulfilling His purposes for the team who serve together in this poor country.

Many of you know that Nicaragua experienced a time of heightened social unrest earlier this year. I had been aware of political unrest before, but this was the first time I had seen roadblocks set up to deter the transportation of goods throughout the country. I was never afraid or reluctant to travel to Nicaragua and I am very glad to have followed through with plans to lead our team on this mission trip.

There was something different about this trip, compared to previous years. We were greeted with hungry, desperate faces in every village and I can’t recall how many times I heard, “Please pray for our country” and “Thank you for coming to help our country”. An experience that has stood out in my mind was our visit to the village of Torres.

It was a long, rough ride and the trucks had to stop and put rocks in a washed-out part of the road to get across. Back in 2004, my husband had helped build the church building, where we ministered that day. Upon arriving and unloading the truck, an elderly lady stood at the gate of the fenced-in area around the church in Torres and started talking to me in Spanish, motioning for me to come over to where she was standing. I hugged her and asked a translator to assist. The lady was thanking me for coming to her village, where they were very hungry. She said they hadn’t seen very many missionaries for a while and thanked me over and over. She said they were thankful to God for something to eat, other than the little bit they had in the village. She was praising God for sending us that day. Team members interacted with the villagers as mothers and young children lined up to see the doctor. The team portrayed God’s protection with a David & Goliath skit, shared the gospel message of Jesus Christ and little voices prayed the “sinner’s prayer”. As the storm clouds rumbled close by, we hurriedly distributed what we had in the back of the truck and headed down the road, rain drops pounding the tarp covering the bed of the truck.My mind kept replaying the conversation with the lady in that village and I was reminded of the impact of simple acts of obedience in Jesus’ name.

We often contemplate the question, “What if the missionaries hadn’t come that day?” I believe the village of Torres would have gone to sleep hungry that night. This is just one of the many villages that are served by Because We Care Ministries’ feeding program. We get a small glimpse of the need for food in this country during our week-long mission trip. I am supporting Manna Fest this year, knowing that a simple act of obedience in Jesus’ name will go a long way in meeting the needs of people in a country that has suffered from this period of social unrest.


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1 John 3:17-18 ESV

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

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Matthew 10:42 I tell all of you with certainty, whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple will never lose his reward.

Good morning and blessings……The political climate in Nicaragua continues to change but praise GOD most of the violence has stopped. With that being said one thing that has not changed is the needs of the people in the villages being served by BWCM. Please pray about helping us through Manna Fest a program that for a donation of $10 we can feed a family of 6 for a week. You can give through our web site ( or PO Box 14132, Roanoke VA.


Kroger Plus Cards

Blessings from Somotillo Nicaragua……I just got the monthly report from Kroger and they stated that not one family that was supportin BWCM purchased anything from them through the last quarter. Also, they informed me that they are making some changes to their system and we now have a new number, which is IP978. Please go to Kroger community rewards and register your Kroger plus card and help support BWCM. We truly need your support now more than ever. Please pass this on to your family and friends. May God richly bless you and yours.

By HIS Grace, Donald and Pamela Gillette

Manna Fest 2018

1 John 3:17-18 ESV

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Good morning and blessings……We have started our "Manna Fest" drive a little early this year as the demands on the ministry have increase so much. I’m sure you have heard of the civil unrest that has been going on since early April in Nicaragua. Unfortunately when there is any kind of civil unrest in any country the poor, widows and orphans suffer the most. Along with the Mana Fest program we are praying and planning to continue our daily village ministry of feeding, medical and evangelism.

You can give online at or mail donations to BWCM, PO Box 14132 Roanoke Va. 24038


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Isaiah 58:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday

Blessings to all…..Can you believe its that time of the year again to start our "Manna Fest" drive for 2018. Because of the "civil unrest" its going to be necessary to continue the feeding program on a daily bases. The last I heard more than 1.5 million people have lost their jobs and 25,000 have crossed the border into Costa Rica. I thank God for our team that is working to meet the needs daily for the families in the villages we serve. We will still be doing the Christmas "Manna Fest" but really need your support for the coming weeks and months.

Thankful for your prayers and support…..In His Grace, Donald and Pamela

Nica News

Why bother? What is the point of short-term mission trips?

Has anyone wondered this before? I remember thinking those thoughts. What difference can be made in a week? Isn’t there enough work to be done here?

I prayed about these things before we left. My son asked, "If there are teams there all the time, what impact will we have?" Good question. As we prayed about it, it became very clear.

If you have thought these things before, I want to challenge you to think differently…this may be long 🙂

First, realize that it is not about me or you. As Christians, we are called to reach the nations. It is about God and the bigger picture.

We were with an organization called Because We Care Ministries. This organization has been serving Somotillo, Chinandega, Nicaragua and surrounding areas for 18 years. The teams travel to villages, build churches, own a school and provide for many other schools, sponsor a Christian radio station (which reaches three countries), provides a clinic and brings medical help to the villages, serves meals and loves on the people.

So what can I do in a week? Love

We often hear that it is all about the relationship. It is about getting to know the people and earning the right to be heard. If someone came knocking on my door to even bring me food or play with my kids, I would send them away if I did not know them. The week long teams, along with trusted translators and long term missionaries, build the relationships for the larger organization. We are the hands and feet. We are trusted because of the many missionaries who came before us who built relationships for us and we build relationships for others. Because of these "linked" relationships it is like one big hug or road connecting the people. When communities of people see the trucks, they come running. Children head to the streets. Villages that trucks would not feel safe stopping in because of the violence before, now have schools and churches. Little by little the many links form a beautiful road where God is glorified and people are loved and saved.

When you are being obedient, you may be a link or you may be the final message. Going, even short-term, is actually biblical. I was surprised to find what I was looking for in Jonah. Jonah was not exactly someone you would think of as a good example. He was rebellious, hard-hearted, stubborn and even judgmental. But God gave him a second chance to obey. Jonah 3:1-5, "Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God."

Jonah was only there for a short period of time. He spoke one sentence and the entire city was saved. Don’t underestimate the plans of God even if it is only a week. Yes, there is work to be done here and there are groups doing work here too. But when you see the poverty, neglect, and hardships of these people first hand, you would want to go to them too. Not enough Christians are going out of fear — which there was no cause for.

Here is what I do know about our week. We loved on others… a lot, we saw many pray to accept Christ, we feed them and shared our stories. If nothing else we were another link and we don’t underestimate the greater plan. And, in the process, God found a way to change us, bless us, and shape us into something more.

Kroger plus cards

Hola and blessing from Managua. It’s time to renew your Kroger plus card to support BWCM. If you haven’t registered your card you should go to Kroger Community Rewards, the site will ask what charity you want to support and type in Because We Care Roanoke. Be blessed and thank you, Donald and Pam