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Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas from warm and sunny Nicaragua where the weather is a balmy 84 today.  No snow, sleet, cloudy days, coats, mittens, boots, or hats - just flip flops and t-shirts.  Lest it sound like we are just beach bums, we’re not; the ocean is an over an hour away so we just hang out at the country club pool.  J Come visit us!!

It is hard to believe that we have been here for almost 2 years!!  When we come home on furlough in July 2015, we will have been gone for 3 ½ years.  We are ready for some Chick fil A!!! Trying to share what we have been doing this past year is like trying to share with you about a mission trip.  However, instead of trying to tell you about 10 days, we are trying to tell you about 360 days. (I’m sure that at least 5 of those days we didn’t do anything special, we might have even been bored…well the kids anyway). 

Highlights: 

* Mark’s parents visited in November 2013 and Jen’s parents visited in January 2014

*Our kids completed their first full year at Nicaragua Christian Academy

*Our first major earthquake and the kids were out of school for 4 weeks including spring break

*The feeding center has new bathrooms and a kitchen

*El Camino continues to grow in numbers and we have had as many as 170 kids

*We have done over 50 different crafts with the kids at El Camino

*Our ministry with the pastors has grown and continues to expand

*We hosted 3 teams this year including our home church, Washington Heights

*We are completely fluent in Spanish and we have a bridge for sale                             

*Nicaragua had its worst drought in 30 years.  Through generous donations, the ABWE team distributed over 6 tons of rice and over 3 tons of beans to suffering families in communities where there are church plants

*Looking forward to being Stateside July – December 2015

 

Andy

Gabe

Ben

Julia

Age

16

15

13

12

Favorite food in Nicaragua

Popcorn chicken from Tip Top

Squeaky cheese

None

Pico de gallo and quesillos

Favorite subject in school

Science

World Studies

PE

Math

Looking forward to the most when we go home in July

Eating Chick fil A

Playing laser tag and eating Chick fil A

Eating Chick fil A

Eating Chick-Fil-A and Celebrating Christmas in the U.S.

 

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers.  Thank you for your monthly financial support and also for money towards special projects and needs.  You have made it possible for us to be here for 2 years!!  We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you.  Thank you!

We are thankful that God sent His Son Jesus to be Emmanuel, God with us, so we can a have a reason to celebrate Christmas. 

Enjoy your families, give each other an extra hug, and cherish each memory!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love, The Holsinger Family