Club Esperanza: Backpacks!

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We had a fun time last week visiting Club Cristiana La Esperanza with some high school students from Westminster Christian School in Miami, FL.  They were in Nicaragua to build a mercy home for a family in need with us (check out their blog here).   But in the middle of the trip, we took some time to visit the Early Childhood Education Center at Club Esperanza.  And guess what….

…They brought backpacks!!!

Every one of our preschool and kindergarten students got a brand new backpack filled with all sorts of fun toys and school supplies and candy…and so of course the team made sure to include some dental hygiene supplies as well!

It was a fun morning and a great opportunity to bring a small blessing to a child in need.  The kids all loved getting their new backpacks!  We praise the Lord for these very special gifts at the start of this school year.

We also made sure to hang around for recess time.   Really, how on earth could anyone visit a school with so many cute little kids and not spend some time pushing them on a swing or being a human jungle gym! 🙂


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Family Update…school starts at home too :)

Living down here in Nicaragua, we have decided to keep our children on the Nicaraguan school year.  So, as we were sharing about all that is going on at our ministry sites as the year starts, we thought it would be fun to send an update on how things are going with our kiddos as we start the school year.

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Aliyah, Mason and Isabella have the greatest teacher in the history of all creation! 🙂  Krista has been homeschooling our kiddos since Aliyah entered the first grade.  Every year we order curriculum from Sonlight, and it’s always fun for the kiddos when they get their box of school supplies.  Of course, Juliette jumped into the mix even though she hasn’t started first grade yet.  This year Aliyah is in 6th grade, Mason is in 4th and Isabella is in 2nd.  It is a challenge at times juggling three different grades with everything else going on.  But this is something we are really thankful to be able to do with our kids.  Lots of hard work, but so worth it to be teaching our children and watching them grow in knowledge and truth.  Aliyah loves to read and keeps getting taller.  Mason is super into science and history, he actually knows Planet Earth II comes out February 18th.  Isabella is an incredible reader and is willing herself to grow taller every day to catch up with Aliyah.  They are all doing well and we appreciate your prayers for their school year!

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Juliette hasn’t entered Mommy’s school room yet.  She is full of life and has a super strong will that makes us laugh all the time.  Even at four she argues as stubbornly as Daddy does when she thinks she is right. Go figure, LOL!  She is in her last year of Kindergarten at “Kinder Montessori”.  Montessori is a small local preschool/kindergarten that all of our kiddos have graduated from.  Teaching is done entirely in Spanish, except for English class of course.  It is a place that we trust and the teachers do an excellent job.  Juliette has a bunch of little friends there and it is fun watching her little brain try to adjust everyday when I pick her up and I ask her about her day…in English.

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Krista and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary in January.  The kiddos made us breakfast and Aliyah managed to spell “Happy Anniversary” out of pancakes!  We snuck out for dinner and a movie and even got to stop by a new coffee shop for dessert!  (Thank you Gramma!).  The Lord has blessed us in many many ways and we are so thankful for each other and for our family.  We all look out for each other’s needs before our own and we love each other with everything we do, words and actions.

Thanks for your continued prayers for us here in Nicaragua.

We are blessed by your love and support!

 


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Club Esperanza: First Day of School…

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Yesterday was an exciting day down in Villa de Guadalupe, it was the first day of class!  At Club Esperanza one of our biggest outreaches to the community is our Early Childhood Education Program.  We have 120 preschool and kindergarten students each year.  They not only get a quality accredited early education, but we have a feeding program that provides two meal a day, and a staff of teachers filled with the love of Jesus!  As this 2017 school year begins we are asking for Jesus’ biggest blessings on all of our students and their families too.  Yesterday was an exciting start to the school year!

This program provides an incredible resource to the families we serve.  As I mentioned above it is a quality education and we have a great feeding program.  These are so helpful to many of the families who are struggling in an economy with massive unemployment and extremely low wages.  The community where we serve has many many obstacles that would keep a child from growing up well; violence, poverty, abuse, neglect, etc…often circumstances that are unimaginable.  So, we parter with as many families as we can to help the children at the youngest ages.  Our hope is to impact Nicaragua for generations to come.  As you can see in the pictures above, our classrooms are packed.  So, please pray for our teachers throughout the year.  They have a lot of work with lots of beautiful crazy little children.  We are very happy to report, that the first day went great!

These pictures of parent pick up time captured a pretty exciting time of the day.  I laughed because when Krista and I visited our friends in NYC this past Thanksgiving we got to see this same exact experience first hand.  We walked a few blocks in Queens and arrived at a school with dozens of parents waiting on the street.  The kids came out, each running to their parent, and off they went.  It was funny to see this exact same experience play itself out down here in Managua, Nicaragua.  I was also encouraged with the perspective as well, knowing the controlled chaos of the time appears to be an international norm LOL!

Our dining hall was also packed on the first day of school.  We absolutely love the way that the Lord has provided for us so that we can feed so many kids each day.  In fact, we feed nearly 300 children and teenagers with all of the different programs that happen at Club Esperanza.  Our kitchen staff prepares good healthy meals that help keep our kids nourished and healthy.  We ensure to have big chunks of protein and vegetables in each meal.  Today’s menu was “Arroz con Pollo”.  Another request for prayer would be for our cook and kitchen staff.  Lots of meals to serve every day and they need the Lord’s strength!

We had to finish this blog post off with pictures of the beautiful little faces of the children we serve.  Our biggest prayer request is this, that during the school year the Lord would protect each one and help them to grow stronger, wiser and healthier while they are in our care!  We look forward to a great year.

If you would like to donate to Club Esperanza you can do so here.  If your church or Parachurch organization would like to partner with us in Nicaragua please feel free to email us at losfarringtons@gmail.com

 
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Club Esperanza…back to school shopping!

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We have a group of high school students at Club Esperanza that we select every year to be a part of our High School Scholarship program.  It is a solid group of kids who come from various different family backgrounds.  Some of them have parents who are working hard and this group provides an assistance to them to better their child’s future.  Some of them come from homes with parents that really couldn’t care less about their future.  For these, their involvement in this group is entirely an individual effort to try and break out of the cycle of poverty by getting their High School degree..

We love this aspect of ministry at Club Esperanza and look forward to working with these students.  Something you can be in prayer about for them, is the formation of a youth group at Club Esperanza.  A weekly meeting where they would be the leaders of the group, but it would be open to all of their friends in the neighborhood.  We are laying the groundwork now and hopefully will launch this youth group in the coming months.

This blog post however is highlighting a fun day we had this week.  School starts next Monday, so it was time for back to school shopping.  We shopped for uniforms, shoes, backpacks and school supplies and just had a good time hanging out together for the day.

We look forward to a great school year!

We would like to say a special thank you to Love Light & Melody for their support of our High School Scholarship program this year!

If you would like to donate to support the children at Club Esperanza we would be very thankful…we need your help to impact these young lives!


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Casa Roble…some exciting news!

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We have a new van for the boys at Casa Robles!!!!

We have some exciting news from Casa Robles, just in time for the school year.  Over the Christmas break thanks to very generous donations, we were able to get a new van.  We shared our desire to make a change from our nearly twenty year old van in the fall…and now look at this beauty.  We have an almost brand new 2015 Toyota Hiace for the the home…doing the BEST we can do for these boys!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support…that is what makes exciting things like this happen.  From the house parents Angelica & Yuri, from all the boys, and from our family too….Thank You!!!

The school year starts Monday and we covet all of your prayers for the year to come.  It should be an exciting one and we look forward to God growing all the boys in Spirit and in Truth as they fight for their futures to be bright!

Denis’ birthday was this week too, so we went to the movie theatre and saw the movie Monster Trucks.  We had lots of fun, but nothing tops the photo booth they have outside the mall….Fredder and Angel took one for the team posing as Cinderella and a Sumo Wrestler!  LOL!!!  Happy Birthday Denis!

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Prayer for 2017…

As this new year is beginning down here in Nicaragua we really do covet and appreciate all of your prayers.  In Nicaragua the school year starts in February, so this time of year is full of excitement.  Vacation has come to an end and all our ministry sites are kicking off the year.  There is “back to school” propoganda everywhere, in the Farrington house too!  Krista and the kids opened of their box of books and school material for the year last week…it was lots of fun!  On the back of our Christmas card that we sent with our paper newsletter we included this prayer card…

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…we hope this digital version can be a reminder to pray for us as well!

Prayer for our family specifically.  Protection from any evil that may set its sight on us.  Guidance for Krista and I to be great parents to our kids, and to keep each other as a priority.  Prayers for Aliyah, Mason, Isabella and Juliette as they grow and as they learn.  Mostly that Jesus would be what forever captures our eye and our hearts and that everything about our lives would be focused on His good things.

Prayer for our rescue homes Casa Robles and Casa Havilah.  Each of these kiddos has a special place in our hearts and 2017 is going to be an exciting year.  Naydelin has been staying with the Buzbees for part of the vacation and it has been so fun.  Aliyah’s been running off and playing with her and her aunts the last few days.  It’s so fun because they make each other’s English/Spanish better.  Vacation can be a tough time for all of the kids at Robles and Havilah, because everyone has been in their home setting which have some very difficult realities.  So our prayer is that the Lord brings all of them back to us with a great joy and excitement for the coming year.

Prayer for Walakitang.  We ask that the Spirit of the Lord would continue to blow along the Rio Coco.  Pastor Victor and his family can be a focus of all of your prayers.  He is the point of the spear bringing the Gospel to all those communities.

Prayer for Ruby Ranch.  This year plans are being drawn up for the long term vision of the Double R.  A new cabin is being completed and we pray for the Lord to provide one, two or even three more.  Please pray that Ruby Ranch is a place that has such a heavy presence of God upon it, that wether someone is coming for a day camp or a weekend retreat, they feel God’s presence and are drawn closer to Him!

Prayer for Club Esperanza in Managua and for Club Imagine in Los Brasiles.  These community outreach centers touch hundreds of lives everyday.  We need the Lord’s guidance in all of it…the feeding center, the early childhood education, the Bible Studies, the tutoring program, the Lacrosse program, the High School scholarship program, C.E.L.A. our support for pregnant and nursing mothers, marriage retreats, Program for Special need students, future youth group, future constructions, and future dreams.

A reality of the darkness of the community surrounding Club Esperanza hit us last week.  This story is very sensitive but I want to share it to give perspective on the needs, so you can pray.  Marina, who works at the Club, stopped me last Thursday because she was so upset about what her two granddaughters had seen the night before.  Around 10:30 at night there was a commotion outside their house, they found a baby inside of a trash bag on a pile of trash.  A mototaxi driver had noticed a dog nosing the trash pile and realized with shock it was a baby.  Marina rushed down with the neighbors, the baby was still alive.  They brought her to the hospital and Praise Jesus, this little baby girl has survived.

The incredible harshness of the story, is that this baby was placed in the trash by a seventeen year old girl who had just given birth in secret in her shanty house across the street.  The baby belongs to her step father, and it was the second time she bore his child.  Marina shared more details that are heartbreaking, but this picture of darkness is so tragic and overwhelming.  The police have gotten involved and the Ministry of Family have as well.  This all happened two blocks away from the Club.

Even in writing this, I need to take a deep breath.  How does this happen?  Where is God in all of this, how can any sort of hope come to this young ladies life now?  How can this baby be protected?  There are so many questions, and we do not know the answers.  But, we are here.  We have offered to help in any way possible, to provide refuge for the mom and baby, really offering anything that we can do.

Life can be incomprehensible, this is why we pray.  Jesus we pray against all evil lurking near by and we ask you to destroy it.  We ask you to shine a light on places of need. Jesus, help us to help.  We ask you to make things good and right.  In all of our lacking of understanding, we lean on you.  Lord bless this year!  Amen.

 

 


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Newsletter: End of Year Giving…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

If you would like to give towards our ministry here in Nicaragua as the year comes to an end you can do so through our blog.  You can use Paypal by clicking the yellow Paypal button below (Paypal provides credit card options) or by writing a check.


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Thank you so much for your generosity throughout the years!  We are so encouraged to be on this journey together and doing fun and exciting things for the Kingdom of God.  The link and picture below will take you to our most recent newsletter…we included some projects we would like to accomplish at Club Esperanza in 2017.  We hope you enjoy reading and we appreciate your continued prayers…God Bless!

Los Farringtons – Year End Newsletter 2016

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