Mason broke his leg again…**Updated**

We could use all of your prayers right now for our little Mason.  Yesterday afternoon just as he was getting back to feeling good and moving freely, he slipped and landed weird while playing outside with Bella.  His bone broke again in the same place as before.  This time it is much worse and displaced.  We are going to have to take him in for surgery tomorrow morning to place rods in his tibia, which will allow it to heal straight.  Then he will be in a cast for one month and another surgery to remove the rods in three months.

Please pray for Mason, and for our family too.  It is pretty disheartening to go through again, but Mason is quite the little guy.  He reminded us  yesterday when we were on our way home from xrays and doctors “I told you two times, God has a plan and it is going to be alright.”  I guess he could see and hear our concern.  Mason is a both loving and strong little boy, and even 8 years old it shows.  We do believe what he said to be true and are hoping and praying that in the end his bone will be straight and strong!

Thank you for praying for him tomorrow morning and as he recovers!

These are the moments that we also need to ask for help.  Previously his injury cost was $500 and we were able to handle that.  But this surgery is going to cost more than ten times that.  With both surgeries it will be in the range of $6,500.  So, if you have ever been burdened to or just wanted to help our family personally, this is a time of need for us in that regard as well.  We more than appreciate it.

We are just gonna keep walking forward and trusting the Lord.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support…we need them and we feel them.  God is good, all the time!

**UPDATE**

Thank you so much for all your prayers love and support this weekend!  It was a real trial for us but God is so good and Mason is doing well.  Gramma & Papa did double duty at home and hospital with our whole gang, friends down here stepped in to help, and everyone’s covering prayer!  We could feel it, Mason handled surgery like an Oak Tree and was definitely stronger than mom and dad!  Here is a picture of the damage and Mason reacting to it with Dr. Mario.

Certainly the hardest moment was saying bye as he was wheeled into the operating room.  It seems so strange because it was just his leg, but the unknown can get the tears flowing.  The operation went well and the Doctor is pleased with everything.  The craziest part was recovery from the anesthesia.  Mason got the worst side affects I think.  He was nauseous and vomiting which was no fun, but again he is so chill and handled that well.  Things got wild the next morning because the other side affect was an inability to urinate.  So, the doctor had to use a catheter that night to drain his bladder.  Super painful!

Then, the next morning he was supposed to urinate again on his own before we could be released from the hospital.  Well Mason was in so much pain it was wild!  Like a scene from a movie; tears, yelling, kicking his legs up crying out in pain.  That was for about an hour and a half.  Just as doctors were telling us about another catheter, another night in hospital, therapy for his bladder if he couldn’t go to the bathroom….he broke through the dam and was able to pee.  Not gonna lie, we just let him pee all over the place and told him keep going till it is all out!  Krista and I looked at each other teary eyed from relief.  Mason immediately said with a big smile, “Are you proud of me daddy?  Can I play with my legos?”  Just 5 second earlier he was writhing in pain.  It really was so crazy to see how quickly this horrible pain was relieved.

We are home now.  After the initial wave of pain, the night actually went pretty well.  Mason has settled in, covered in your prayers.  Again thank you so much for being with our family.  We meet with the doctor again on Thursday.  It is three to four months with these pins and then another surgery to remove them.  We will take it one day at a time.

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Mason’s sisters, Gramma and the Barons made for a cool homecoming!

     Thank you again for all the prayer, love, and financial help for our family.

It was a crazy weekend.

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Mason Broke his leg again…

We could use all of your prayers right now for our little Mason.  Yesterday afternoon just as he was getting back to feeling good and moving freely, he slipped and landed weird while playing outside with Bella.  His bone broke again in the same place as before.  This time it is much worse and displaced.  We are going to have to take him in for surgery tomorrow morning to place rods in his tibia, which will allow it to heal straight.  Then he will be in a cast for one month and another surgery to remove the rods in three months.

Please pray for Mason, and for our family too.  It is pretty disheartening to go through again, but Mason is quite the little guy.  He reminded us  yesterday when we were on our way home from xrays and doctors “I told you two times, God has a plan and it is going to be alright.”  I guess he could see and hear our concern.  Mason is a both loving and strong little boy, and even 8 years old it shows.  We do believe what he said to be true and are hoping and praying that in the end his bone will be straight and strong!

Thank you for praying for him tomorrow morning and as he recovers!

These are the moments that we also need to ask for help.  Previously his injury cost was $500 and we were able to handle that.  But this surgery is going to cost more than ten times that.  With both surgeries it will be in the range of $6,500.  So, if you have ever been burdened to or just wanted to help our family personally, this is a time of need for us in that regard as well.  We more than appreciate it.

We are just gonna keep walking forward and trusting the Lord.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support…we need them and we feel them.  God is good, all the time!

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Club Esperanza…Donation days

American Nicaragua Foundation is a local partner in Nicaragua that will call every few months or so for us to pick up donations….today they called with some rice and beans, cleaning materials and clothing.  It is a great blessing for the Club to receive the occasional donations like these that allows us to do even more!

For me personally I like days like this!  I like puzzles and like trying to fit a pile of stuff into the “Ambulance”.  It is always a fun surprise to see what ANF donates…today the fun surprise was clorox wipes for each classroom:)  The beautiful thing about Club Esperanza is we always have volunteers helping at moments like these too.  Camilo is part of our High School group and Marvin is a member of the community that volunteers as an assistant in our Kindergarden class.  A 100 pound sack of rice, that ain’t nothing!!!

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April Newsletter…Fundraising Update

We recently had some great news on the fundraising side of ministry.

We received a donation that will match every $1 we raise with a $2 donation…tripling every donation we receive! 

Our goal is to raise $25,000 over the next few months that would be matched and get us to a total of $75,000 raised for our rescue homes and ministry center here in Nicaragua.  Check out our newsletter below for more information, also you can click on the tabs for more information on the different minstries we have here in Nicaragua.  Please pray for us to reach this goal and please consider giving by clicking here.

Farrington Family April Newsletter 2016 (click to read)

 Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support!  There is also news on some of the great things we have been a part of over the last two months in the newsletter.  We hope you are encouraged as you read.  Personally we are doing well as a family, celebrating Easter, making it through the dry season, Mason’s leg is getting better and the cast is off, we celebrated Krista’s birthday, and have had some good family times in the middle of things.  We love Jesus and love the life he has given us serving Him.  We take nothing for granted and live each day hoping to honor the Lord in what we do and how we live.  It is a crazy adventure at times, but it is a great adventure to e on!

Thank you again for all your support,

The Farrington Family

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New Computer Lab at Club Esperanza…

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You may remember last year when our friends from Austin Samaritans in Texas came down to Club Esperanza and donated 10 Netbook Computers (story here).  Back then, we mentioned that we would like to open a computer lab at Club Esperanza to help further our students opportunities for education and advancement.  Well, this past week our friends were back and they made it happen!  Not only did they support the effort financially, they came down and build the shelving themselves, installed electrical and air conditioning, as well as painted the room and varnished the desk!

The world is shrinking and technology is allowing young people from all parts of the World to see things from a greater perspective.  There are so many great opportunities for learning on the web and we do not want our children to be left behind!  This computer lab is going to give them access to the world.  But even more than that we hope to help them to develop the basic computer skills that will give them a real advantage in their future careers.  I am talking about the basics like being able to type correctly on a keyboard, use word processors, and be able to do advanced research on internet resources.  This lab is going to really be a great asset for all of our kids.

We are so excited about this new gift to Club Esperanza!

If you would like to help with the future of the Computer lab please email us at losfarringtons@gmail.com.  There are items we would like to fund such as hiring a computer lab monitor, upgrading our technology, the monthly electrical costs, software updates, changing the door to the room for one with glass windows, etc…

You can give specifically to the Computer Lab by following this link and noting “Club Esperanza Computer Lab” on your donation.  

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Semana Santa with our Christ Journey Church family…

 

IMG_3745Last week we had an amazing time with our church family from Christ Journey Church in Miami!  We hosted a team of youth that came down ready to rock and roll for Jesus!  Christ Journey Church is such a huge part of our lives here in Nicaragua…this is a youth group that Chris was a part of when he was a teenager.  In fact, it was at church camp when he was in seventh grade that he gave his life to Christ and was baptized!  So, seeing long time friends and spending time in ministry together is such a wonderful thing.  Like I said, the kids came to work hard and that made the trip a total success.

Last week was “Semana Santa” which is the big vacation week in Nicaragua.  School is out and everyone visits family and goes to the beach.  We knew lots of our kids from Club Esperanza wouldn’t have much to do and would probably just be sitting around the neighborhood, so we decided to head down to the Club and hang out with them!  The team came prepared with lots of crafts and games and bibles stories and poured out their love on our fifth and sixth graders!  The opportunity to teach truth from the Bible to younger kids was great.  Even better, was for these younger kids to see older “kids” living that truth out!  We also had a special group doing some theatrical human video and teaching it to the older high school kids at the club…the story of Easter coming to life!  We had such a great time…and also added in some hard work because you know we can’t leave the Club without getting dirty!  We painted the walls, planted sod and put up a fence for the pathway….there may have been some paint and mud slung around too!

After a couple of days at Club Esperanza with the kids, the group decided to do something really special for them for Semana Santa and go on a “paseo” out to Ruby Ranch!  It was so much fun having the ability to get them out of the urban setting of Managua and out into the open spaces of Ruby Ranch.  They got to ride on the horses, zip line, water slide, bikes, games and all the fun things out there.  We are mid dry season, so it is basically scorched earth out there.  But not a single kids really cared about that, they were having a blast!

Another really important part of our time together was the spiritual growth that we get to see in each of these young people in the youth group.  Palm Sunday at Verbo Church was a great start to the week with a lively time of worship and hearing the Gospel preached in Spanish.  In their devotionals, their youth leader Kevin didn’t just let it become a time of helping others and doing good, but also challenged each of them to take a look at them selves and their personal relationship with God.  We had a powerful time of prayer together at Ruby’s House, there was such an expectation in the group to receive more from God.  It really was overwhelmingly powerful!  Then as Good Friday was approaching they took communion and washed each others feet as a final act of service while their trip was coming to a close.  God established some really life changing things in these young people during their time here, and that is so good!

Without a doubt our family was so very blessed by the group as well.  Generosity towards are financial needs in Nicaragua, generosity in love and prayer towards our family and our spiritual needs and a fun embrace of long lasting friendship that we so much appreciate!  Our little bubba Mason broke his leg playing soccer the first day of the trip, and it was so sweet for him to get so much love and attention from everyone.  Our kids have some good examples to look up to in their future and we so appreciate that too!

Thanks for such a great Semana Santa Christ Journey!  We love you!

check out Christ Journey’s Missions Blog for some of the testimonials during their trip!

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Mercy Homes…back at it again!

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One of the great things about Palmer Trinity School’s program of building houses in Nicaragua every Spring, is that they are able to send two teams…and for those of us who are great at math and basic reasoning, two teams equals two houses!!!:)

Because there school has two separate week long breaks in the Spring and they have a faculty who loves the work here and leads the way, they are able to make it possible for more students to be involved with this project in Nicaragua.  We are always very excited to see so many kids who WANT to come to Nicaragua and work hard to do something great for a family.  This group built a home for a young family; Janis, her husband Jeffrey, and their little boy Jean Carlos.

It is soooooooooooo Hot this time of year, in fact I could make the word “so” go for five or six lines and that still wouldn’t describe how bad it is this year.  We are coming off three years of weak rainy seasons, so not only is it blistering hot but everything is dead about a month earlier than usual.  The good news is, that didn’t phase anyone!  The kids set up the cement trough in the shade and went to work.  It was even more impressive, because every student in this group was new to Nicaragua, so it was really awesome to see what a good job they did!  Praise Jesus, a family was given a new home.  Amen.

The team also took extra time to spend with the children at our rescue homes Casa Havilah and Casa Robles.  Not only did they have a fun morning of ice cream and games, on the following day they picked everyone up and took them to the movies (the movie theaters have Air Conditioning!!!).  But then, as they left they also joined us to help financially to keep the homes running.  They had success in fund raising for their trip, so they used the extra funds raised to donate to the homes….such a blessing that is!!!  It is a big effort to keep these homes open, but Praise Jesus we have always been able to keep them going, partly because of moments like these.  We know it is because God loves each of His little ones and wants to care for them, especially when they are suffering.  (If you are reading this and would like to help with Casa Havilah or Casa Robles, please click the links above and you can find out how to donate here.)

Thanks for a great trip PTS…see you next year!

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