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We send our Thanksgiving blessings from Nicaragua, hoping your day is filled with all of the good things that the Lord has blessed each one of us with….love, hope, joy and peace! And lots of delicious Thanksgiving food! Happy Turkey Day!
“Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving, Let us make a joyfully noise to Him with songs of praise”
Mason has officially graduated from Kindergarden!!! He likes to run around in the morning saying, “Guess what?”…”I don’t have school today”
Our lil’ guy did very well in school according to his teacher Auxiliadora. He really loved it, and made lots of friends there. He speaks Spanish really well now too! This little KinderCare has been a great blessing to our children!
Mason and his classmates also put on an end of the year show for all of the parents. He was doing the marenge raka shacka Christmas dance! OK, I made up that name, but he did really good. It was fun to be there with all the parents…we got to experience the picture taking stampede!
Earlier this month we had a team down from Dorrisville Baptist Church in Southern Illinois. As part of their trip they included the boys and girls from Casa Havilah & Casa Robles. It was a great little week of activity. Lots of painting and cleaning of the two homes and then we had game time, cookie making time (lots of icing!), Bible classes, and lots of fun gifts! I know this is probably a given, but all of the kids had a wonderful time! Thank you to all of you at Dorrisville who came down and those of you who did lots of work State side to put all of the fun together! We were all very blessed by your visit! It is such a blessing to have your church as part of the great things God is doing here in Nicaragua! Investing in the lives of children who otherwise would be left to wander is something that will have a lasting impact for the Kingdom of God!
One of the huge blessings that the team did, was to buy some new appliances for Casa Robles. This was something big that we have been trying to do all year and they finished off the effort with a new refrigerator and oven! Amen, Praise the Lord! Thank you all!
There were loads of fun in the gift bags…probably the most fun for the boys came in this photo, as Krista’s brother Moses’ put it…”Nicaraguas next generation of the Avengers!”
UPDATE 11/22: Wyeth is out of the Hospital. I spoke with Damaris this morning and little Wyeth is doing well, Praise Jesus! She will be able to go back home now which is a huge relief. He was released yesterday at 4pm and now they are waiting for a boat to be available to make the trip back to Walakitang. Thank you for all of your prayers for Wyeth. Also some exciting news, one of the sisters from the Church was also in Wiwili at the Maternity Clinic. She came to Wiwili a few weeks ago with complications, but two days ago she delivered her baby…a baby girl. That is a great news.
I am sorry we haven’t had many blog posts recently. We do hope to get on and catch up on some recent happenings in ministry and other things.
But this morning we want to ask for you prayers for a little boy named Wyeth. He is Pastor Victor and Damaris’s son from Walakitang. We just got a call yesterday that he is very sick and Damaris left Walakitang with him on the two day boat ride to a town with a hospital. We have spoken with her and he is getting better, but the Hospital is keeping him admitted and she doesn’t know when he will be getting out.
He has pulmonary pneumonia and a case of the Dengue fever. Either of those two things on their own is serious, so the combination explains why they had to get him out. Dengue is a mosquito born illness similar to Malaria but worse. There has been an epidemic here in Managua in recent weeks.
I told Damaris we would be praying for Wyeth and this morning I felt it a great idea to ask all of you to pray for him too. I wish I had a picture, but I can’t just ask her to take a picture on her phone and email it to me
His name is Wyeth and he needs our prayers.
Some of the fruit of Ruby Ranch….Uncle Brinson brought home two baby deer a couple months ago after his day at the Ranch. A neighbor farmer offered them to him so he accepted. Our guards sort of adopted them and bottle fed them at night for a couple months…now they are super tame and wander free. We introduce you too Lyla & Tilly
The funniest thing for us is seeing how Isabella has taken to them. She will just leave in the morning while Aliyah is doing school and walk to find them by the rancho. They are her little friends now…today Lyla just wandered into our house. Never thought I would say something like that…”a baby deer just wandered into my house” Praise Jesus for all of His beautiful creation!
We had a brief meeting this week with Pastor Victor here in Managua. He was journeying back home after attending a pastoral seminar in Puerto Cabezas on the East Coast. Victor was traveling with two pastors, one from Raiti and another from Lakusta. These are two villages were he has been working to spread the Gospel. They both were absolutely blessed by this seminar that was put on by Verbo Church (the local denomination we are part of that covers this work on the Rio Coco). One of them said to us out of his excitement “to my blood and my bones I will love my Verbo Church because of how we are treated and loved as pastors”. It sounded better in Spanish, but they deeply appreciated the seminar training.
Now for perspective it was wild to hear their story of how they reached the seminar, and amazing that they felt this way. They hiked for three full days through the mountains to reach a town to get in a boat. They didn’t see anyone for days. They laughed how Victor almost passed out and the other brother had to pray for him, and how they had only their hammocks and some bread thinking it would only take one day to hike. Then they got in a boat for a day ride to Waspam. Then they took a bus ride the next day to Puerta Cabezas for the seminar. I would pass out after just a four hour hike in the sun, so hearing these men and their passion for the things of God was a great testimony.
God is slowly doing a good work in these communities. Please keep praying for Victor, Luis (Lakusta) and Rolando (Raiti). They are trying to get a guitar in each village for the church, and they spoke about the possibility of getting small solar panels that will run a couple light bulbs for each church. We don’t know the details on these small projects yet but if you have interest in helping with these things, please contact us via email.