“What exactly is a plethora El Guapo?”

Ah, I hope at least somebody laughed with me when reading that title…remember the movie “Three Amigos”?  It is a classic comedy, and that quote comes to my mind at random moments.  This is one of those moments, because what we have here is a plethora of a blog post!  God is good, thank you for all of your prayers this summer!

CLUB ESPERANZA HAPPENINGS

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We want to send a long overdue “Thank You” to Rachael Paris for her work this summer at Club Espernaza!  All the teachers raved about her way with the kids and how she put them in line, which is a huge compliment because some of these kids are crazy!  Praise God, we so appreciated the extra help during your stay here Rachael!  All the kids miss Teacher Raquel and send you their besitos!  And the girls from Havilah send hugs too!

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We got an excellent upgrade to our main gathering area….Ceiling FANS!!!  Thanks to a group with Austin Samaritans from Austin, TX we got five new fans installed.  The days can be long and hot here and having these fans installed makes it easier for everybody…especially the kiddos!  It was an adventure putting them in amongst all the action of the day…but they are up and running!  The kids all had a great time with the group as well; playing different games, reenacting Bible stories, and just hanging out together…we only lost once sconce off of a fan!!!  It was a blessed time together at the club.

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Lacrosse The Nations keeps our ongoing lacrosse program running at the club.  They make due with a small space, but the kids love the game.  I am pretty sure we are the only place in all of Nicaragua that has Lacrosse.  But the way these kids play, I think it will catch on around Managua.  I know they already have a second location going!

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I had a little fun with Josue this day as he was having lunch at the feeding program…I was trying to get him to share his lunch with me, he wasn’t having any part of it.  He had that big chunk of meat and gave me a look like “are you kidding me”.  Smart Kid.  Cute Kid.  We continue to feed nearly 300 children every day of the week at Club Espernaza!    Praise Jesus!

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IMG_1165We also had visitors from Florida that are part of an organization called Beautiful Feet.  We hunkered down at the Club for the week working on painting the kitchen and some of the outside parts of the wall that were unfinished.  They also took the kids on field trips to the Zoo, Volcano, Ruby Ranch, Soccer…it was such a blast!  One of the leaders from the group always had a crowd around him…he did some of the craziest magic tricks I have ever seen!  As you can imagine, it was fun to watch all of the students trying to figure out what was going on.  I mean really, I have seen magic tricks before, but I had no clue what was happening!  It was much fun!

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We recently received a donation that is going to allow us to begin working on some of the much needed construction projects at the Club.  We mentioned some of these recently when we made our last payment on purchasing the Club land.  Well we are off to a great start.  We replaced the fixed glass windows in the main area with windows that actually open!  It is glorious and with the new fans it is a much better environment to learn, Praise God!  We also put some metal work on the front of the new windows to prevent theft, and they look nice too!  In the near future we hope to finish the exterior wall, improve the playground area, and put a roof on the Feeding/Tutoring Center.  Praise Jesus we are moving one step at a time!  Thank you for your continued prayers!

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We have a small computer lab at the Club which we are realizing is a HUGE blessing to offer the students that come for our tutoring programs.  This is a place we are hoping to expand as we finish our second building and have more space.  Please be in prayer for more computers and a perfect space!

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We have also begun to grow some vegetables on the piece of land we have down by the lake.  We hope this small crop of Pipiyan (local squash) can give us a good nutritional supplement to our meals at the Club.  The crop has to make it first, but we definitely are happy to be using this land in the new neighborhood.

CASA ROBLES HAPPENINGS

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The multi year roof project at Casa Robles took another step forward this past week.  We have finally gotten to the front of the house in an effort to stop the leaking!  Some of the worst leaks were up front, but we saved it for last because nobody sleeps on the front patio.  But little rivers did flow and we hope they stop now!  Praise God for this ongoing project…this home is a huge blessings and gives our Robles family a great safe and secure place to live and grow!  Our next step is closing in the front area of the house.

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Nicaragua has a Military expo and so it was without a doubt that we were making the trip over with the kids from Casa Robles.  It was a wild experience to climb in all the tanks and giant machinery, but what was even crazier is they let you hold all of the guns…including RPGs.  Let me just say…Gun Safety isn’t as emphasized in Nicaragua as it is in the USA.  There were no live rounds, but it was still a bit wild to see.  The kids had a great time!  We older folks did too!

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FAMILY HAPPENINGS

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Aunt Grammies (Krist’s Aunt Kris) came to visit and help the family this summer.  We were so blessed because she stayed with us in our house and we had such a blast with Tia!!!  And you know what, its the little things that sometimes make life easier…waking up every morning to coffee already made was awesome!  Thank you for letting us be lazy parents Aunt Grammies!!!  We love and miss you!

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Chris & Mason made a trip to Esteli to watch a soccer game.  Sporting Kansas City from MLS in the USA was in the country playing against the best team from Nicaragua Real Esteli.  It was a fun adventure, and we were pretty much the only ones cheering for Kansas City!  But everyone was nice, and Esteli pulled off a 1-1 Tie.

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The little girls keep growing…Aliyah is quite the gymnast.  We were sitting on the floor one day and she just climbed on Chris’s shoulders and stood right up.  We think it is from playing with her Aunts in the pool…but it was impressive!

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Note to Parents:  Don’t flush baby wipes down the toilet!  Four children’s worth of baby wipes ruined our septic system.  This is what it looks like when you have to replace the entire leach field…at least the tank could be cleaned!  Grosssssss!!!!

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No it is never really cold enough for a bonfire here, but Aliyah invited everyone to the bottom of the hill for smores and a bonfire and lemonade.  It turned into a really fun family evening together…it even got a little cool…i mean I am talking 85 degrees but it was nice.  The smores and lemonade were great, and it was fun to all be together after a busy summer of running ten different directions.  Thank you Aliyah!

PRAYER HAPPENINGS

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The Lord continues to move mightily at Miss Ruby’s house when we gather to pray there.  Thank you for all of the prayers for that time.  We went to the prayer house with hundreds of people this summer, to worship God, to pray over each other, to share a time together in God’s presence…set apart and focused on the Lord.  Thank you Jesus that you are real, that you are alive, that you care about us, and that you move in our lives!  Amen.

We hope that God richly blessed your summer as well and we hope that the school year in the United States starts well for all of you up there.  And for all of the rest of our family and friends around the world we hope the fall is beautiful for you!

God Bless!  Love, The Farringtons

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Monday Morning Funnies…

photoKrista’s grandmother Shirley (who our kids call Gigi) sent this email to us last week…she had me cracking up in my chair.  I hope her perspective on a “typical day” here in Nicaragua makes you smile this morning :)

This is supposed to be funny !  A Joke on me !     . . .     My  Daughter Sue took me to US. Embassy today to renew my passport.  We had a driver dressed neatly, and Sue looked like a sophisticated secretary dressed in black.  She had called, checked for appt,  found out they opened @ 1 PM, but to come at 1:15, for no waiting.     . . .   We first went down the Hgwy for the passport picture.  As we drove, I realized with horror,   that I did not have my tooth in.  (Replacement for broken tooth when I cracked it on frozen candy bar Leaving a space).  Sue was chewing gum, so we designed a gum tooth.   Ha ha. . . . Then no glasses, take my glasses off, and I was shocked !  My makeup on my eyes made one eye go up,  and one eye down.  I looked drunk, or incapacitated. Or worse yet,  very old.  . . . So with my eyes askew, my crooked mouth with no smile,  bright red lipstick,   I had my picture taken. . . .              Next step,  get the old lady delivered to the embassy. in a high van, in front of the line of 75 people waiting.         . . . Our driver brought a small step ladder.  It was normally just one large step up or down,   but 3 steps  for me,  with artificial hips. . . . So we pulled up, and i got out, hearing my daughter say we have an appt. and I can’t stand in line long.  The officer ran to get me a wheelchair,  and they pushed me in,  passed all others with gaping mouths. . . . . .  They took my umbrella away ( it did look like a weapon).  But didn’t check the beeper, when it went off.  Of course, I had a metal wheelchair.  Ha ha . . . .    Once inside Sue took care of the paper work and payment, etc., and I rode merrily out without a word, passed a large group still waiting.   . . .  I told Sue,  I could have a Russian accent for all they know,  never asking the old lady to speak.  . . . Once outside, in reverse, in my wheelchair  I passed the gaping mouths,  to my ladder beside the van,  up 3 steps and away we went. . . .    . . . The accident we passed on the way in,  was still waiting for the police to come.  And, it started to rain.    . . . What a pleasant day.  I am lucky to be 84.   Ha ha.     Luv, Shirley

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Christ Journey Church from Miami, FL…

Ah it has been a week since a medical & agricultural team from our home church Christ Journey left Nicaragua.  It is not for lack of love that the blogpost is delayed…we had such an outstanding time with them!  God is so good and our family is blessed a thousand times over by our church.  Thank you all again for this amazing trip and extraordinary blessings!  

If you don’t have a church home wherever you live around the world, Christ Journey is online.  Church online isn’t only a broadcast of the service, but also a chance for live interaction with the ministry team at ChristJourney.tv  Click the link for service time…next one is in an hour.  If you are looking for some Spiritual food, check it out.

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We took the assembled team of doctors and dentists to different sites in the city and further out into the counrty side of Nicaragua.  All told the team served over 600 people with medical and dental attention.  The beautiful thing about this type of team is the opportunity to minister to the individual spiritual needs of people as well….and it wasn’t just for the people crying out to Jesus as they were sitting into the dental chair! :)  Hundreds of people received spiritual and medical attention, Amen!

Probably one of the sweetest moments was when the team finished up two days of clinic at a small rural church in the town of La Concha.  The members of the church had individually purchased gifts and presented them to each individual member of the team!  It was such a sweet ceremony put together by this small church expressing their gratitude…Christ Journey has been visiting them for five years.

At the end a little girl from the church presented the group with a Nicaraguan flag as a gesture of thanks and unity between two nations.  Two nations with long distances between them but united in the causes of Jesus Christ.

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This year the team had a dual mission.  We had an smaller group of guys focused on an agricultural mission out at Ruby Ranch.  They accomplished that week what we have been hoping for for well over a year now….Irrigation!  They placed a giant water tank at the top of what most Miamians might call a small mountain, but we call a hill :)  Then they engineered the water lines for a gravity fed irrigation system for the fields below.

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After finishing the irrigation system they tilled and prepared a garden field that we hope will soon feed hundreds of Nicaraguans in our different ministries.  They brought with them expertise in planting and the seeds to begin the first crops.  Over the next few months we are really looking forward to the fruit of this HUGE labor.

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It was a beautiful week for all of us in Nicaragua in so many ways!

Thank you again Christ Journey…we love you all dearly and love being a part of these great things together!  That the Lord’s Kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Praise Jesus!  Amen.

Click here if you would like to see more photos from the week.

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Farrington Newsletter…

If you have some time today please take a minute or so to download our most recent newsletter.  We hope that all of you are having a great summer!

Our Mid-Summer Newsletter

Thank you for your interest, prayers and support.  We are very blessed!

Chris & Krista Farrington

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Goings on in Nicalandia…

Thank you to everyone who is praying for us and the things God is doing here over the summer!  It has been exciting and we appreciate the prayers!

Beautification at Club EsperanzaNorfolk Christian School from Virginia did some excellent beautifying of the garden in the entry areas.  Lots of colors on the wall all around, planting of some new plants, but mostly GRASS!!!  The front area is green!  We are gonna try to keep little feet off of it (don’t you remember elementary school…I was always getting yelled at by teachers…”stay off the grass” LOL!).  It really makes it beautiful out front to have all the color!

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And the painting goes on…Norfolk also visited Casa Robles and cleaned up all the kids rooms really nice with new colors and trim!

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Then out at Ruby Ranch the Norfolk gang built a platform on a hill top which will be part of a future camping site for doing overnight camps out at the Double R!

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Valor Christian School from Colorado also joined us this summer and spent alot of their time out at Ruby Ranch.  They also put together some really fun days for the kids at Casa Havilah & Casa Robles.  It was futbol fever down here during the World Cup and the team made the boys’ day by getting them the official World Cup soccer album…and of course playing some pick up games in the garage!

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This sequence of photos is called Giant Human Beach Ball named Marcos…

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And this one is called…Hey Goalie just let the kid score will ya?!?!

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The summer is full of life down here and we love being able to minister to and bless kids that we love with friends of our from the States!  God is good.

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Happy 4th…Oh Happy Days…

Happy 4th of July America…we lit up the sky down here in Nicaragua too.  Thank you Uncle Brinson and and Uncle Moses for making it an awesome show!  We had some friends from out of town, Casa Havilah, Casa Robles, and even some neighbors came over with their out of town guest.  Happy Birthday U-S-A!!!! 

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Oh Happy Day, You’ve washed my sins away…before our fireworks extravaganza we had an awesome Spirit Filled baptism at the pool with five of the girls from Casa Havilah.  Jaquelin, Pamela, Keren, Marielena, and Naydelin all have wanted to get baptized and Mamma Jenny suggested we have it here at the Buzbees.  It was so awesome; words from Mr. Buzbee, prayer for each of them, their individual testimonies that had tears in everyone’s eyes, and the presence of the Lord was there with us in a powerful way as each one was baptized.  This is a powerful moment for them in their lives.  Their individual proclamation that they believe in Jesus and also the work that God is doing in their lives personally.  Healing and liberating in deep ways.  Praise Jesus!

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Oh Happy Super awesome summer Intern!!!….We have had the greatest pleasure to have Anna-Bel Chambers join us this summer with our Narrow Gate summer internship here with Open Hearts.  To say she is awesome would be an understatement, such a blessing to our family and to the crazy ministry going on here in Nicaragua.  If you have a chance, check out her blog (CLICK HERE) to get some of her summer perspectives…

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Happy Days, Mema is in Nicaragua!!!…Mema (Chris’s Mom…can’t you tell?!?) is here visiting from Miami, we are so thankful that we live close enough where we can have our family visit.  The summer is fun and exciting, but with Mema the fun quadruples!!!

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Happy Day the Murrays are in the house!…Melissa, Coburn, Cobbies & baby girl Murray moved down to Nicaragua in July.  Ah it is so fun to have them back down here, our kiddos are already looking for Cobbies all the time.  Baby Murray is due in September and if you want to keep up with Murray news check out their sweet website or click here for their recent newsletter.  JuJu has got her little bud to hang out with :)

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Happy Happy Happy Birthday to our baby Girl Aliyah!!!…We always remember her birthday during the fireworks shows on the 4th of July because that night nine years ago soon after hitting the sack the fireworks started again and Aliyah was born early the next morning.  We are really starting to experience that “our baby is growin up” and as sad as it is on the one hand, on the other it is so sweet.  She gets things, she shares with us, she loves the Lord and reading his word, she smiles and yells alot, she is indeed growing up and we so look forward to our baby girl’s future.

Krista, all the Aunties & Grammas put together a spectacular Anne of Green Gables  “picnic on the green” Birthday Party.  Aliyah, some friends and her younger Aunties all got gussied up in old bridesmaid dresses and had Tea under the Grapefruit trees.  If you didn’t know where we were you may have thought it was on set from the movie…it was so awesome!  Aliyah loved it.  Mommy is so great at making their birthdays fun!

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If you got all the way here to the bottom we want to say thank you for caring about us and praying for our family here in Nicaragua.  Thank you for your prayers over the different ministries as well.  God is good and has been moving in special and powerful ways over the last few months.  We are grateful that His Spirit is with us and is moving…that the Lord’s Kingdom would come and will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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Mother’s & Father’s Day fun…

These activities are big time down here in Nicaragua, especially Mother’s Day.

As a father, I love my children.  I wan’t to be everything they need!  I know I am flesh and will never be able to meet all their needs.  So, I pray for them and I ask God to be everything they need right now and into their futures, even though I find myself these days wanting them to stop growing.  I love holding my little girls hands inside of mine, they are beautiful.  I love throwing the football and kicking a soccer ball with my boy…skinny as a rail but he is quick!  It doesn’t escape me that I am blessed as a father, so I thank Jesus every day for that…Krista and I both do.

We hope you all had great days celebrating Moms & Dads!

Bella’s fun little Mother’s Day Show

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Crammed into a little room to watch the show with all the parents…what should parents do?…take a selfie I suppose…

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Casa Robles had a special Mother’s Day event we got to go to…you can see that parents rushing forward with cameras is International…Marcos got up there and sung a solo for all of the Parents…he is fearless!

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The Little Buzbees put on a Mother’s Day show too…they are all growin’ up!

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We stopped by and visited Mrs. Margarita too!  She is well into her 80s and doing well…she is faithfully taking care of her sister Ruby’s house since Ruby passed away.  We still have great prayer meetings at Miss Ruby’s house!

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