Christmas fun for everyone!

We ended the year at Club Cristiano La Esperanza with a huge Christmas party for all of our students and their families…well over 300 people were there and we had presents for every single child!  We served lunch to everyone and even had a clown and a bounce house for the kids.  Alleluia thank you for all of your prayers and giving this year!  

These pictures tell the story better than words.  Merry Christmas!

Our hope is that the Joy of Christmas would be something special to everyone this year; giving love to all who gather together, comfort to those who mourn, peace to those in turmoil, excitement to those taking a new step this coming year, generosity to all no matter where we are, hope to those waiting, faith to all of us to sustain our lives.  

Jesus, be everything we need this Christmas season.  Amen.

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Graduation Celebrations…December is an exciting month!

IMG_0202    December is definitely the most festive month in Nicaragua, it is like a giant collision of all sorts of fun!  First of all it is the Christmas season and the fireworks have already been going on for a week.  Everybody who has a job anywhere has received their “aguinaldo,” which is a government mandated 13th month of pay that everyone receives in early December.  So everyone is happy out shopping for gifts and spending their money, though sadly many waste it away at the bars as the fiestas are a little more frequent too. Adding to the excitement, the school year in Nicaragua ends in December so all of the children in the country are out of school for a two month vacation!  I imagine they would do this in the United States too if the weather in December wasn’t as miserable as it can be in some parts of the country.  With the school year ending that means there are lots of graduations, graduation from Kindergarden into Elementary school, Elementary school into High School, and the Granddaddy of them all graduation from High School!

IMG_0238    If a country is going to put an emphasis on one thing for its future generations, education is a great focus.  Nicaragua is a country trying to pull out of a few decades of serious hardship and war and unfortunately there are still problems politically.  Also, the quality of education is still subpar, but that can change.  One thing that is certain, there is a great pride in education.  From High School down to preschool these graduation ceremonies are the focus of the family and it shows when everyone shows up.  The graduates are dressed sharply and their parents are there with a pride you can see glowing on their face.  It is a very exciting time for everyone. At our little Club Esperanza we celebrated the graduation of our Kindergardeners into Elementary School.  It was such a sweet time.  The building was decorated beautifully and as all the Lil’ graduates made their way inside, all eyes were on them and they looked sooooooo cute!  Thank you Jesus for Club Esperanza and the impact we get to have on these little lives!

IMG_0223   I was given a moment to share during the ceremony and took the opportunity to encourage the graduates and their parents.  To the cute little graduates, what else more could one tell them then to “just be kids and enjoy their little lives”.  For the parents I touched on the story that most of them know about Jesus bringing all the little ones to himself in spite of those who thought he didn’t have time for kids.  As parents every morning should be Christmas morning when we see our children, and we should treat our children as worthy of our time and worthy of our attention.  Jesus did this for a crowd of children there were not his own flesh and blood, as Christians we should do it for the one child that is our own.

   The purpose of Club Esperanza is to deeply effect the lives of all of these children, and the graduation time is a moment to celebrate this.  Being there with each child and their families together made it all the more impactful.  God is so good!  It was lots of fun.

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We also want to recognize Heyler and Freder from Casa Robles.  They didn’t graduate this year because they are in 5th grade.  But they were two of the best students in their class and were given the honor to receive the Nicaraguan flag and the Bible that was passed down from the 6th grade class during their graduation ceremony.  This was a big honor and we are very proud of both of them!  

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Christmas Presents in Nicaragua….

Would you like to help to buy Christmas presents for the children at Club Esperanza, Casa Robles and Casa Havilah?  

Something we love to try and do every year is to buy Christmas present for every single child under our ministry during our end of the year Christmas celebrations.  Sheyla (director of Club Esperanza) just informed us that our friends who have helped buy presents in years past aren’t able to this year.  So, this is a little last minute but if you would like to help celebrate Christmas in Nicaragua, it would be a huge and well timed blessing!  Maybe the Lord as been putting it on your mind and now you know the need…God definitely works like that!

You can email us at losfarringtons@gmail.com or click here for donation information.

“Christmas comes but once a year, its something quit incredible.  Full of love and Christmas cheer lets make it unforgettable”  

lyrics from…All I Want For Christmas is my Two front Teeth  :)

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Some recent photos of our kiddos at Club Espernaza preparing for their talent show…is there anything cuter than a PreSchool talent show?

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Farrington Newsletter…Fall 2014

Hope you have a moment this week to read our most recent Newsletter…

Thanksgiving Newsletter

God is doing great things in Nicaragua and we are blessed to be a part of them!  We are thankful for our life serving the Lord, and for all of you who pray for us and support us!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have been in the United States this past week visiting our family in Tallahassee and Miami for Thanksgiving and having fun along the way!  

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Ongoing projects at Club Esperanza…

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We had a squash harvest of a local squash called Pipiyan.  On the first load we pulled out twelve dozen squash which made for a great meal at the Club.  The kids had a good helping of “Gizo” which is what everyone in Nicaragua thinks of when they see a good looking Pipiyan!  We hope to plant some corn next.

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Our friends from Heritage Baptist Church made a trip down last month and one of the projects they helped us to complete is a Preschool Garden at the Club.  We hope to get things going really well in this little spot so that the children can see the different vegetables grow and then eat them for lunch!  Uncle Chris worked his agricultural magic again and designed and planted the garden.  Last week I took this picture of Winston (caretaker at the Club) and Aura (one of our students).  The cucumbers are starting to climb the trellis, the chiles are sprouting, tomatoes are growing tall, and a few others veggies are thrown in there.  Growing good things at Club Esperanza!

This garden is part of an ongoing Agricultural project from a grant we received through Austin Samaritans in Austin, TX.  It is a sweet addition to the Club.

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You may have noticed the new Big Blue fencing in the previous pictures.  We have been spending the last couple of months working on some bigger projects at Club Espernaza thanks to a very generous donation.  This security fence is one of the first projects we tackled.  It allows us to close in three sides of the center so that our children can study and play without the distractions of the surrounding neighborhood.  There are some dangerous aspects of the area and we want to make sure our children and students have as safe an environment as possible.  It has already made a big difference for our teachers, not having random people standing outside the fence looking in and distracting everyone…if you’re a teacher you know the importance of that!

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Another area of big project progress is the work on the Dining Hall/Tutoring Center.  You may remember this is the building that was half abandoned on the property when we bought it.  We are right in the middle of installing all of the electrical system.  It is tough work to go back and cut walls that were built without the electrical installed.  But, it is getting done…one cloud of concrete dust at a time!  We really are excited about this and hope to have the building in use come next school year.  Next steps are mudding the walls, putting the roof on, tiling the floor, then doors and windows.  Please keep praying for progress…it is going to be a great building!

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Ok I just had to add these two pictures for laughs.  We took the boys from Casa Robles to the movies for their excellent report cards and well…here are Andrews and Angel Sumo Wrestlers extraordinairre!

Lastly here is our gang with their Great Grandmother.  We made a trip to the local nursery last week and had a great time buying plants with Gigi!  We loaded the truck full of all kinds of fun plants…and Aliyah learned the names of many of the different plants here from Gigi as well.  It was a fun field trip!

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Thank you for your continued prayers for Club Cristiano La Esperanza.  If you would like to help financially just click on the Donate tab above.  Also, check out the other tabs for info on the different ministries of Open Hearts.  

God Bless and have a great week!!!

-Los Farringtons

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Lots of Family Happenings…

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The sweetest little baby in all of Nicaragua was born early last month.  Adelyn Melissa Murray was born on September 3rd to Melissa & Coburn.  After an exciting adventure getting to the hospital and laboring baby Adelyn was born and mom and dad were doing well…the Lord is so good with the blessing of life and as Coburn said a few days after “I am blessed & highly favored…here is my proof”…Amen.  Aunt Krista was really excited to get to be there for the birth, it was a first for her to be there with one of her sister’s having a baby, which was so exciting!  And of course the little primas were super excited about Adelyn’s birth and they got to come visit in the hospital the next day!

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Gramma and Papa were as excited as ever to have the birth of their SIXTH grandbaby…God is good and his blessings are abundant!

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And if you are wondering what little Cobbie was up to while Daddy was getting mommy to the hospital and mommy was bringing lil Adelyn into the world, well don’t you worry!  His cousins had everything under control back at home :)

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Mason, our little man turned 7 on September 22nd!!!

Mason has been excited for months because he knew he was going to have a Lego Star Wars birthday!  Krista was wondering how that was going to come together, but it came together so well!  Here is the photographic evidence…mommy loves her babies because she makes crazy things happen for their birthdays!

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What do I love about my son?  I love that he asks me to play football, soccer, basketball or any other kind of sport that we are watching at the time.  I love that he goes full speed until he is soaking from sweat, and that he doesn’t complain even though he is pretty much always gonna be smaller than the other guys.  I love Mason’s sweet heart, whenever I am out of town I know I can ask Mason to give mommy a kiss in the morning and tell her I love her, and he won’t forget to do it.  Our son is a great blessing to our lives…so celebrating his birthday was so much fun!  And he got so many Lego presents that he almost fell over from excitement…lots of cool lego ships rolling around these days.

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We want to send a special shot out and thank you to our friend Melissa who visited us for a week.  Melissa is a long time friend and we were blessed to have her…Melissa was a HUGE help to Krista making Mason’s birthday world…thank you Melissa!  She also brought some fun for the boys at Casa Robles…here is a picture of her delivery of Xbox games that made them all break out dancing, no joke!

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A Wedding Celebration:  Chris’s brother John tied the knot

I got to travel home at the end of September for my brother John’s wedding.  It was a real blessing to be a part of and it was so much fun to get to see family that I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  We pray God’s richest blessing on John and his new bride Stephanie!

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And if life isn’t always full of some random thing, it would be silly to end a family update from Nicaragua without some crazy thing like our kids catching iguanas with Uncle Moses and trying to get it into a box!!!  

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We want to always say thank you to everyone who prays for us and supports us as missionaries here in Nicaragua.  We like to share updates on our family too so you can know some of the “normal” stuff that goes on in our lives aside from the different ministry projects the Lord has going here.  Your prayers sustain us so please make a note in your prayer journal, put us on your prayer list, or pray for us when we randomly come to mind! 

God is so good and we are very blessed.  If you would like the information on how to support our ministry projects in Nicaragua or our family as missionaries click here.

Have a great weekend!  God Bless from NicaraguaLandia. 

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Adventures in Agriculture….

 IMG_1466    In recent months developing some agricultural production has been something the Lord has begun to facilitate.  Nicaragua has land with rich volcanic soil that is really good for growing all different types of fruits and vegetables.  Our ministry centers all include feeding children and it has always been on our mind to try and find a way to produce food for our centers.  We have the land at Ruby Ranch and also near Club Esperanza to make something happen.  We’ve got the soil, we’ve got the land and we’ve definitely got the need…So the adventures in agriculture have begun!!!

Christ Journey Church (our home church in Miami) has been a real impetus in getting this off the ground.  We had an Ag team come down this summer and lay the irrigation and prep at Ruby Ranch.  They also brought all the supplies for a nursery to sprout seed before planting them.  Then, just this last month we had a Honda tiller arrive in the mail!

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Dr. David Lane from the original Ag team made a return trip to Nicaragua this month to give us some agricultural training.  Uncle Chris (a.k.a. Farmer John) has spent the previous month getting the nursery up and running and planting a small garden here at the Buzbees to do some trials.  So it was fun to gather around and get some training on things from an expert and be able to have some of the project already up and running.

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Then this past week was the first planting out at Ruby Ranch.  Uncle Brinson, Uncle Timo and Uncle Chris loaded up the tiller, and several trays of plantings into “old Red” and made the adventure trip out to the farm where Dr. Dave had prepared the garden.  The garden at Ruby Ranch is about the size of half a football field so we hope to get some really awesome production from the farm!

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So now the adventure is waiting to see what kind of harvest the Lord produces.  Our hope is to feed hundreds of people everyday during the harvest with fruit and vegetables directly from the land.  Will you please pray for the harvest to be full?  For great blessings on these agricultural adventures!!!  Amen.

God is so good and we praise His name on this adventure.  Everything we hope to do down here in Nicaragua is centered on glorifying the Lord.  We really hope that producing this food and feeding people who are hungry glorifies his name in a beautiful way.  We look forward to sharing news in the future from the harvest.

We also want to send a special thank you to Dr. Tschirhart who made the trip down with Dr. Lane to follow up on some lingering dental problems…Praise Jesus for your great blessing Dr. T!

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