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Tenemos seis meses de vivir en Nicaragua

We are excited that God has provided for us over the last six months!
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We have been in Nicaragua six months!

It is hard to believe that living in Nicaragua is now "normal" life.  It all seems so different than when we traveled to Nicaragua for the first time four years ago. Now this is our home and our place of ministry.  We have learned so much and still have so much to learn.  There is so much need here.  So many children need food, clothing, love and most importantly - the gospel.  We are excited to be a part of God's work in Nicaragua. My sons and I are reading through the new testament this summer as part of a youth group challenge and we are in the book of Acts.  It is amazing to read all that the apostles accomplished and the power God gave them.  And He is the same God who empowers us.  In Acts 4 when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin, the leaders were amazed because they were unschooled, ordinary men but were speaking and doing great things.  They took note that Peter and John had been with Jesus.  We are ordinary people and we pray God uses us to do amazing things beyond our ability.

God's provision and blessings of the past six months

> Arrival in Nicaragua and the opportunity to live in the Edgar's house for five months
> The Woughter family and our other teammates who have helped us so much
>The house God provided for us
> A great school for our kids to attend
> Meeting many Nicaraguan pastors with whom we will be able to serve
>Taking our first steps to our ministry in Nicaragua
>Hosting our first team - Berachah Church!
>The prayers, cards, e-mails, and phone calls from family and friends
>Faithful and sacrificial giving of our supporters


We had a great time playing games with the kids!! There was so much laughter and screaming.  Funny how kids are kids whether in the United States or in Nicaragua, they all like to win! :)

Prayer requests & Praises

* Pray that God will direct us to the specific places where He wants us to serve kids
* Pray that God will help us develop close relationships with Nicaraguans
* Pray that God will help us improve our Spanish
* Wisdom on how and where to invest our ministry time and resources
* For our ABWE team as we expand over the next nine months
* Our children - for Godly friends and continued adjustment to life in Nicaragua
* Faithfulness - especially when we feel homesick

Filipenses 4:13

Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece.  They made a craft displaying the verse so they can always remember that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Recent ministry

Acahualinca - As you drive into the barrio, you see trash, EVERYWHERE. The barrio is built right next to Lake Managua - the lake has been severely polluted, mostly by decades of sewage being dumped into the lake.  You smell the trash.  You see children playing in the dirt streets.  You see people picking through the trash.
  • The lake is so incredibly dirty, dangerous, and full of disease.  One little boy watched as his uncle tried to get something out of the lake, fell in, and because he couldn't swim, drowned.
  • Efraim, Jocelyn, Nacy, Ariel, all live without a mother and father.  Their father was killed by a garbage truck and a year later their mother died of AIDS. They live in a house with 19 other people, and their home is probably the size of your largest bedroom.
  • Renaldo is 15 and he lives with his very old grandmother who works in the dump.  He has stopped going to school because he does not see any point - he is without hope.
  • Daniel, Esperanza, Melissa, and Natalie are all growing up without a mom.  They have a dad who is addicted to alcohol so all the money he makes goes to feed his addiction. 
Last week we had the opportunity to play group games with the kids.  It was GREAT!! Click on the link to watch a video of the kids. http://youtu.be/HJBh0vipM0g

Alabad a Jehová

We have an awesome opportunity to lead music on Sunday mornings at a church just for kids.  One of the songs we taught them was Alabad a Jehová, Él es bueno, para siempre es su misericordia.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1

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