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Roots Make a Strong Foundation

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” Psalm 127:1

There was a lot of foundation laying today for us Mids. In the beginning, Don preached about the importance of a strong foundation after four testimonies were read on the radio this morning. A tree only stands because of its roots he said. That is why no matter the strength of the wind a tree cannot be blown over. Those roots are the foundation of the tree and unfortunately the foundation of the place we were trying to dig. When we jumped out of the truck that morning ready for a day of digging and the wise words of Don took on a whole new meaning to us. Shovel by shovel we dug out the foundation of the house and encountered the holy roots of that land. Those roots did not want to go! Thankfully, midshipmen are more stubborn than roots and rocks. We eventually won against the land, clearing out those pesky roots and rocks. The foundation was laid for the house. Our success was fueled by Mama Maria’s delicious breakfast.

We visited the village of Cana Fistola after lunch (once again another delicious meal from Mama Maria). Driving in we noticed the dogs were a little fatter and the cattle a little more plumb. Today there was no large field for playing games but never the less the games were played. The street was teeming with activity. A group of little boys shadowed by tall Mids played soccer. Groups of giggling girls had their nails painted or their hair braided. A single kite floated past as a little boy sprinted down the road trailed by his friends. Balloons lazily floated up then down, up then down, as small dirty hands smacked them back and forth. We seemed to have gotten into our grove as a group visiting these villages. We each had an idea of what we wanted to do or say to these little children to show our love. At a point in the evening a group of girls and boys gathered and they heard the gospel through the use of the Wordless Book (a small circular book that used colors to show God’s unfailing love). The children sat quietly, their eyes big as a familiar story was told once more. Then another story was told, the story of Job. The call for food came and everyone ran to the lines with their hands full of bowls, cups, and containers. Each container was a different color, shape, and size. It reminded me of just how unique each of those children were and that God had made them perfectly in his image. The children happily sat down with their sopa de pollo. Slurping and dripping they consumed the healthy meal grinning ear to ear. The last few minutes of play consisted of bubbles, borrowed Go-pro cameras, and soccer. We hopped back into trucks ready to pour donations out to the people lining the roads. They ran down the roads smiling and chasing the trucks catching shirts, pants, and shoes from the hot air.

As soon as we pulled into the driveway we heard the call to go hiking. We quickly filled our bottles of water thinking of the stories we had heard of this infamous climb. Arriving at the bottom of this hill the climb looked daunting but we were ready for anything! We started up and before we knew it (we were of course sweating and barely able to breathe) we had reached the top. Our feat was well rewarded by the amazing view. We stood on top of a building looking out every direction at the beautiful landscape that could have only been painted by God himself. We saw farms, fires, volcanoes, and cattle roaming the countryside. The immense beauty we saw could not justified by any picture but we took some anyway. What’s a spring break trip without a selfie or two? We learned the history of the building we stood on and the claim God had to that building. We all gathered to pray for one another and each other’s countries. We were told that God always looked upon this building with favor. As we stood so close to the radiant blue sky it seemed as if God certainly did hear us. Our week here is going by so fast and none of us seem to want it to end. Pray that the next two days are filled with God’s glory, not only for the Nicaraguan people but also for those who are relishing in the newfound beauty of this country. God bless!

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The morning we were blessed with today was glorious. Birds were singing in the trees outside and we were all captivated by the morning’s splendor and we drank our Nicaraguan coffee. The boys went on a run and became acquainted with the dogs and roosters at the mission complex. Our daily devotion was Matthew 4:18-20 and focused on our identity, faith, and our response to that faith as we go through our week in Nicaragua.

At 8 o’clock Tony, Megan, Derek, and Lawson went to the Principa de Paz radio station to give their testimonies, which reached 3 countries in Central America. Being able to tell that story over the radio was incredible. There will be another group going tomorrow as well. This morning the whole team went to the riverbed to shovel out two truckloads of sand to make concrete for the foundation for a house. The concrete will be poured in a few days. While we were working we saw many herds of cows coming to what was left of the river to drink and cool off. The cows here have the biggest floppy ears!

This afternoon we went to the village of Laredo. The first thing we noticed was the huge baseball field that was next to all of the houses. When the truck stopped all of the children ran up. The boys sprinted off to play baseball and the girls ran up and grabbed our hands to make friends, paint nails, and braid hair. There was one point in the afternoon when we looked over to baseball field and saw the guys circled up praying with the village boys and young men. During our time in the village we feel that we had a special connection with the people there and watching God work there today was incredible. God Bless

Pascuala

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:58

In May of 2015 God lead us to purchase the school in Pascuala. We as a ministry have spent many hours in prayer seeking Gods guidance and provisions. Tomorrow school will start a new year with 44 elementary students. Praise God for all the partners that have help over the past couple months repairing, painting and providing school supplies. All the students have received 2 uniforms, shoes and all the supplies needed for their first few weeks of the new year. All the class rooms have new white boards and two teachers have new desk. Praise God for all HIS provisions.

Thank you for your support, prayers and provisions. Please pray daily for our teachers, students and parents. TO GOD BE THE GLORY…..

Be at ease

Good morning and blessings to all. I want to get the word out to all of our team members to set your mind at ease concerning the"Zika virus." Please rest in knowing it is not a problem at Casa De Shelly. With that said we will fog the area around the Casa every day as well as encouraging team members to apply insect repellent several times a day.

One reason Zika is not a problem in the Somotillo area is because of a lack of standing water. We plan to be proactive in protecting our Partners and look forward to serving with you in 2016.

John 16:33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me YE might have peace.

In His Service, Donald

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Another awesome day of Kingdom building with Libertad in Nicaragua as we held our fourth and final worship workshop with Because We Care Ministries followed by a concert to a packed house. Tomorrow we do a concert in a school in Managua and another at the Best Western motel where we are staying before flying home with our team on Tuesday. I have taught five times this week on different aspects of worship and played my trumpet and flugelhorn several times in the workshops and concerts and also in all the villages in which we have ministered. I’ve enjoyed many conversations and discussions about worship with our students as well as with the Nicaraguans and Hondurans. It has been a very emotional week for me to watch our Liberty School of Music students interacting with and ministering to these wonderful people in their own language. This has been the culmination of a two-year dream and prayer request. Now we are thinking and praying about how to follow up on this wonderful foundation in worship training that has been laid. We need to continue the worship training so that precept upon precept these precious people can continue to grow in their worship leading skills. Please pray with us for the resources we need, both human and financial, and for the wisdom to know how to make that happen. Pray for Don and Pam Gillette and Because We Care Ministries. Go to their website www.bwcm.org See the amazing things God is doing here: preaching the gospel, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, training the pastors and now the worship leaders, building schools, paying the salaries of the teachers and key pastors, sponsoring school children so they can have uniforms and school supplies, teaching the pastors and people how to make a living raising livestock and planting crops and the list goes on and on. This ministry is worthy of your support. I have seen it and experienced it first hand and can tell you that Don and Pam Gillette are the real deal. I endorse this work 100% and Donnita and I personally support them on a monthly basis and with special project offerings. Would you prayerfully consider what God might have you do?

Manna Fest

Isaiah 58:10

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.

Please go to our web site…www.bwcm.org …and donate. For only $10.00 you can feed a family of 6 for a week. To God be the glory great things he has done.

Thank you for your prayers and support….

Manna Fest

James 2:14-18 ESV
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Its that time of the year again when we start our "Manna Fest" drive for the Christmas Feeding Program. I praise God for all the provisions this year. As a ministry we have given out more food than anytime in the past 14 years. With that said, please allow me an opportunity to share with you the conditions in Nicaragua as of last week.
For the past three years we haven’t gotten near the rain needed to maintain water levels in the rivers and streams. This past June we received a couple days rain and all the farmers began to plant their seasonal corn and beans. After only a few days rain we went for weeks with no rain, not even a shower. The crops germinated began to grow and of course died off. The local farmers lost all their crops. Today I would say the people in the villages are as hungry if not more than when we first arrived after Hurricane Mitch. Last week people started lining up for the hot stew the minute the truck pulled into the village without being told. Last Sunday there was a young man that rode his bicycle from Pascuala and simply said to me, "sir we are desperate for food."

You can feed a family of 6 for one week for only $10.00. Please go to our web site and donate. WWW.BWCM.ORG

Pam and I truly thank you for your prayers and support.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE……..

MANNA FEST

James 2:14-18 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Its that time of the year again when we start our “Manna Fest” drive for the Christmas Feeding Program. I praise God for all the provisions this year. As a ministry we have given out more food than anytime in the past 14 years. With that said, please allow me an opportunity to share with you the conditions in Nicaragua as of last week.

For the past three years we haven’t gotten near the rain needed to maintain water levels in the rivers and streams. This past June we received a couple days rain and all the farmers began to plant their seasonal corn and beans. After only a few days rain we went for weeks with no rain, not even a shower. The crops germinated began to grow and of course died off. The local farmers lost all their crops. Today I would say the people in the villages are as hungry if not more than when we first arrived after Hurricane Mitch. Last week people started lining up for the hot stew the minute the truck pulled into the village without being told. Last Sunday there was a young man that rode his bicycle from Pascuala and simply said to me, “sir we are desperate for food.”

Pam and I truly thank you for your prayers and support.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE……..


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Manafest 2015

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As the team from Roanoke, VA wraps up its last day in the mission field, emotions run the gamut. We are experiencing joy in knowing that the Lord has used us to further His Kingdom and, at the same time, sadness in coming to the realization that it is nearly over. But we have rest and peace in the hope that He will lead us this way again.

Our day started with Michelle and Mandy sharing their testimonies on the radio this morning and Jay providing a message God had laid on his heart from the book of 2 Thessalonians.

The medical team worked at the clinic until noon, treating nearly 60 patients. The ministry team visited Cofradia school where the children received school supplies, coloring books and Crayola’s, and lots of attention while playing soccer, frisbee, and jump rope.

Following a delicious lunch prepared by Mama Maria and the staff at the kitchen, the team loaded up and traveled to El Platanal where Dr. Karla treated nearly 70 people. The total patients served this week were just under 500.

The beautiful people in El Platanal enjoyed home made stew, compliments of Pastor Reynaldo and Roger. The older children entered into a very competitive game of soccer with the ministry team while the younger ones colored, had their nails painted, and jumped rope.

The day ended with a hike to the top of the Mountain of Prayer where we witnessed a beautiful part of God’s creation.

We prepare to return to Managua on Friday following the radio ministry. As we do so we know we can relive the blessing of the week in our minds as we read our journals on the journey home.

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Blessings and greetings from Somotillo, brothers and sisters in Christ. The week has been both joyful and fulfilling as the medical and ministry teams have been busy serving our Lord. Since our arrival on Sunday the ministry team of Josh, Jay, Rick, and interpreters Roberto and Roger, have cooked hot meals, distributed clothing, food, and candy to four villages and two schools. The medical team of Dick Williams, Alex Wade, Heather Koran, Mandy Lin, Michelle Mason, translators Tita, Nidia, and Chris and local doctors Carolina and Karla has treated over 300 patients at the clinic.

Testimonies shared by the team on the radio include those of Josh, Dick, Heather, Alex, and Rick. Jay provided the message. Other team members will share testimonies tomorrow and Friday.

We received much needed and often prayed-for rain this afternoon. The river and streams have been very low due to the low rainfall this year, but the Lord provided rain today in a big way.

With only one day remaining in the mission field for the team from Roanoke, VA, if He doesn’t change the plans, the medical team will work at the clinic until noon while the ministry team serves in a school. The entire team will then serve at a village in the afternoon tomorrow.