Club Esperanza: New Freezer!…and a new stove!

An update to our “Freezer Fundraiser” earlier this month.  We just want say thank you to all of you who donated to help get the new freezer for Club Esperanza!  We were able to get the freezer soon after the fundraiser and because of your generosity we were ALSO able to get the new industrial stove needed for the feeding program! (no more mini explosions when the gas is turned off…scary!).

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Your prayers, your gifts, and your general interest in the children we serve at Club Esperanza really means alot.  From the entire staff at the club, and especially the kitchen crew, we are so thankful for these new appliances!

 The stove made its journey from “Food Machine” (that is the name of the store LOL!), was loaded on to the back of my truck, and then to its new home with Doña Uvaldina at Club Esperanza.  Doña Uva has been cooking since the days we were in the dump of La Chureca.  She worked with the old freezer and stove for over a decade.  She loved getting the new appliances and passes on a huge thank you as well.  She added, that we hope to get another decade out of these new ones!  Amen!


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Affecting Eternity…

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they might see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5:16)  I often find myself saying, I am not a humanitarian, I am a crazy Christian that radically wants to see God glorified in all that we do here.  Many of our ‘works’ in Nicaragua meet temporary needs like education, feeding, health, etc…and that is so awesome!  But what is even more awesome and what motivates us, is that these things impact eternity!

This past month we had a couple of eternally important moments.

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Doug was down here with Christ Journey Church and their youth missions team.  During a time of prayer towards the end of our trip, Doug has a powerful experience with God.  We were at Mrs. Ruby’s House praying together.  It was an awesome time of the Lord moving in and around all of us.  Doug was so moved, that he gave his life to Jesus and wanted to be baptized.  He put it this way, “I have heard about God for a long time now, and heard about Jesus and all of the good things there.  But today I have decided to start listening, I want to give my life to Jesus, and I want to be baptized”  It was awesome!  And even more awesome was getting in the pool that night and having his baptism!  Amen.

This personal relationship with Jesus that is available to all of humanity is something that impacts eternity.  And what Doug realized this trip is that eternity starts right now.  There is no waiting for the streets of gold, he has got that special relationship with God now through His son Jesus Christ.  And God wants to use Doug’s life to do even more good things here on earth right now and continue calling others towards eternity!

(you may be able to see in the pictures…Doug’s family was able to join us too from Miami…the wonders of the world we live in!  Awesome.)

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At Club Esperanza last week I got to see another beautiful moment that also impacted eternity.  One of the mother’s from our preschool class walked by with Teacher Cecilia and headed into the office with Sheyla.  I thought there may have been a problem with her child, but when I got to the office it was the opposite.  Maria wanted to give her life to Jesus and pray to accept Him as her Lord and Savior!  So Awesome.

I took a picture as I walked in because I was so moved by Sheyla and Cecilia taking the time to pray with Maria.  When I saw it later on my phone I was so overjoyed.  There wasn’t a revival meeting, or a Bible study, or a class on salvation…not this week at least.  But, in the movement of all the goings on at Club Esperanza, salvation was happening.  Maria has a tough story and life has been rough for her.  But now, knowing Jesus will fill every void, heal every hurt and give hope for the future.  I loved this moment.

I hope you are encouraged and celebrate these stories with us, moments that have that incredible impact on the rest of time.

Amen!

 


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Easter Week: Christ Journey Church at Club Esperanza…

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Easter week in Nicaragua is vacation for all the schools to celebrate “Semana Santa”…Holy Week.  The youth group from Christ Journey Church, our home church in Miami, came down during their Spring Break to spend the week with our kids at Club Cristiana La Esperanza.  We had such an awesome time together!

Since the Club was empty for vacation we got to use the entire facility to hang out with the kids for the week.  You really can’t replace having a place to chill, and that was the best part of the week.  We did bible studies, and games, arts and crafts and music…played lots of soccer.  But when you get to spend time together, finding out about each others lives, praying for each others needs, that makes for a great week!

Every day in the afternoon we put our hands to the shovel and built a sidewalk out in front of Club Esperanza.  What used to be a run down entrance that was pretty sad is now a smooth sidewalk, with a grass border, flowers and two permanent potters with trees in them!  The front of the Club looks beautiful now thanks to these kids hard work!

On our last day together we went out to Ruby Ranch and had an incredibly fun finale.  The hardest part was saying good bye for sure.  I watched our kids break down with tears.  Then later when I talked to the teachers who rode home with the kids, they said the story was the same…not a dry eye on the bus.  The beautiful thing is that the Lord’s presence was in the middle of these friendships as they formed and the influence will be an impact on the future.  Every day that I have gone to club since they left, the kids are always asking about their friends in Miami.  Praise God for that!

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God gave us a great Easter week!  Amen.


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First rain of the season…dry season is over! (we hope!)

There was lots of dancing around our house today…we had our first major rain storm pass over and it was awesome!  Praise Jesus for rain!!!

These next few weeks are so fun, because the land has not had any water for six months and it is so dead and dry.  It is incredible to watch everything turn totally green in just a matter of days.  In two weeks Nicaragua will be lush and green again!

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Bella and I went down to check on the “dry river bed” behind our property…well we got to take a picture by the river LOL…the chocolate river filled with who even knows what!  It is pretty amazing that one rain turns a dry bed into this!  Of course by the time we were walking back to the house, it was already drying up again…pretty wild!

Then there was also the race to find out how many leaks were in the roof and making sure all the gutters were unclogged!  We did have a big wash at our retaining wall…all that dirt used to be on this side of that wall 🙂

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We only had two new leaks in the roof…gotta get up there tomorrow and apply some Fastyl…which is basically paint on tar in a can hahaha!

Praise Jesus, we hope this means we will have a great rainy season for Nicaragua!

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Club Esperanza…Freezer Fundraiser :)

We sent out this photo of our old freezer from our feeding program at Club Esperanza a couple of weeks ago.  This freezer is a relic but has been an incredible warrior over the years…we have had it over a decade, since our school was in the dump!  We moved it over as the dump closed in 2013 and it has kept on trucking ever since.

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But now its door is broken and the motor is burning out…cold air escapes all day!

It is time for a change.  We mentioned the need and got some immediate response last week.  Now we have a goal.  Yesterday we found a replacement that would help us to continue to serve the over 7,000 meals a month at Club Esperanza.

Our Goal is $985 

Lets get this new freezer out of the display room and into Club Esperanza!!!  The price above includes a five year full warranty, which is a huge necessity based on the amount of use we get out of it!

You can donate with paypal by clicking the button below or by check here.

Just make a note “Club Esperanza Freezer”


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Thank you mucho mucho mucho!!!

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Spring Newsletter…shouts for joy!

Thank you for your interest in our ministry here in Nicaragua.  In our Spring newsletter we share some of our happenings the last few months…great things that brought “shouts of joy and songs of praise!”  Click the link below to have a look…

Los Farringtons – Spring ’17 Newsletter

If you would like to donate towards our ministry find that info here.  Thank you!
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“They” say that if you want people to read something you need to include something beautiful or share some great wisdom.  So for this blog post to get your attention we are including wisdom and beauty personified!  Gigi turned 87!!!!

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Flattery aside, it is a true blessing to have Gigi (our kiddos great grandmother) in our lives.  She endures the Nicaraguan heat with us, prays for all of us constantly and is always up for a visit from one of the spanky gang!  She is both beautiful and wise 🙂

We love you Gigi…Happy Birthday!!!

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An “Ask” of the Lord…

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_68d0Krista and I had a really incredible weekend a few weeks ago at the Tim Tebow Foundations Celebrity Golf Classic.  Being that we are neither celebrities nor golfers, and we live in Nicaragua it doesn’t make much sense that we would be in Jacksonville for this, right?!? 🙂  Well, we have some long time family friends who had a spot open up on their golf group for that weekend at the last minute.  They invited Krista and I to come as a “date weekend” and to enjoy the event as guests.  This was only a week prior to the event, but in an almost miraculous way we ended up being able to go.  Gramma and Papa gave the green light to watch our kiddos, our calendar was open for just that weekend, and all of a sudden we were booking tickets to Jacksonville.

It was such an awesome weekend in many ways!  Once we decided to go, it was honestly a little intimidating.  There was a formal dinner to attend, golf on a PGA tour course, and all the refined things that go along.  I made sure to try to not embarrass Krista too often!  We got great advice on what attire to wear and the Lord provided that for us too, in pretty wild ways.  You may know this, but we do not often wear formal attire.  Ok, we never do 🙂  The Lord settled my spirit by giving us the assurance that He was giving us a fun weekend together and we should just enjoy it.  We also felt confident we should go and just point to whoever we ran into and pray for them and bless them in Jesus name!  Both of those things happened all weekend long.  We had an amazingly enjoyable time together and prayed for people all over that place!  It was awesome!!!

IMG_6075We have so many crazy stories to tell, but the “where are we” feeling of the weekend is captured in this story.  During the Friday night celebrity gala there was an amazing presentation of all the incredible things the Tim Tebow Foundation does, it was so encouraging.  There was introduction of celebrities and a live auction and silent auction to raise funds for the Foundation.  Praise Jesus for that!  Their ministry includes “Night to Shine,” which is a Prom put on all over the US and the world for special needs children and their families.  The weekend before Valentine’s Day these families are invited to a huge party.  It was so incredible to hear these stories!

Back to the story I mentioned.  Our table was off to the side and after the auction Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum got on stage to sing.  The Emcee for the evening was Scott Hanson from NFL Redzone, and as the concert started he stepped off the stage next to us and we introduced our selves.  This guy loves the Lord!  He shared quickly about how long he has known the Lord and asked us what we do.  He said his family does missions once a year and he gave us his contact info.  Really cool.  As we are finishing our conversation, Krista asks if we can pray for him.  Well as we start praying, Chris Tomlin walks right by us onto the stage to sing “Good Good Father” live with Hillary Scott.  We could feel the Lord’s presence in the room and here are Krista and I at the side of the stage praying for the guy from NFL Redzone while Chris Tomlin is singing live on stage with Hillary Scott.  If that is not a crazy Christian dude’s wildest scenario ever, well I don’t know what is!  And that is how the whole weekend went.

We spent a lot of time with friends we hadn’t seen in years as well as our friends we were just with in January.  Special times.  We got to meet so many different cool people and hear some amazing stories about ministries in Haiti and in Tennessee.  These were ministries that do amazing work.  We had a powerful time praying for that couple from Tennessee after a luncheon on Friday.  Such amazing stories and very compelling about the need to reach families that have children with special needs.

We got to meet Tim Tebow and pray with him for the weekend.  He is a genuinely good man of God, very impressive with all he has going on in life right now.  He takes time to speak with everyone and engages in conversation.  We brought him a cool man gift from Nicaragua that we were able to give to him at the end of the event.  It actually had a real spiritual meaning behind it and tied into a word the Lord had given me to share with him before we left.  To be faithful to share that word was another moment where I just had to let go and share.  It was awesome to pray with him.  There were surprising connections to Nicaragua with some others who work for his foundation, so that was very fun too!

IMG_6063Definitely the wildest moment for us was when we found out Chip Gaines from the show Fixer Upper was going to be the celebrity our foursome would golf with on Saturday.  Krista and I love that show and their Magnolia products too.  So, when I told Krista who our celebrity was going to be she really did flip out a little.  She stopped for a moment and we had a God moment in our rental car in the parking lot of the hotel.  Back in January the friends who invited us visited Nicaragua and we did a Bible Study together as families with another friend Kerry who is developing a really powerful series called “Becoming.”  It is a powerful study and really gets you connecting to the Lord.  At the end of one section we came to the “Ask” moment.  We were challenged to ask God anything, anything just something crazy, something the Lord could do for you, hang it on a clothes line and let the Lord do it.

Well sitting in the car Krista looks up at me and says “babe you know what I asked God for in January during Kerry’s Bibles study?”  I said “What?”, and Krista said “to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines.”  Of course I said, “NO WAY!”  She said it was so funny but she just felt if the Lord wanted to do something for her she would love to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines, so she asked.  But she thought, we aren’t even going to Texas any time soon.  Well here we were are a month and a half later and we are going to play golf with Chip Gaines the next day!!!  We not only got to meet him but were going to spend the day playing golf together!  As goofy and random as that is, the Lord showed himself real to us in that special way.  Nobody knew this was Krista’s “ask”, except maybe her mom.  There is no way we could have planned or arranged this, last minute trip, being able to go, both being invited, etc…   There were so many celebrities there, most of whom we never even saw from a distance, but we end up golfing with Chip Gaines!  It was crazy!  And if you know Krista she isn’t particularly star struck so an “ask” like that was so random.  But here we were on this crazy weekend.  It was such a crazy and random “ask”.  We are encouraged by the reality of God and his crazy love for us.  Also encouraged that the other things I asked for that day are being worked out as well!  Amen.

We had a great time playing golf on Saturday.  The whole event was incredible!  I played the TPC Sawgrass which has the famous island green on 17.  I didn’t land my ball on the green, but at least I shot past it and didn’t land short in the water 🙂  Chip Gaines was equally as genuine as Tim Tebow.  He signed autographs all day, shared some stories and testimony with the crowd before we had to do a crazy lip sink dance on 17.  He always took pictures and always seemed full of the joy of the Lord.  So great to be around and very encouraging.  We had an awesome time praying with him as well on the last green, and Krista was able to give him a gift she brought for Joanna Gaines just in case we happened to see them on the weekend 🙂  Joanna wasn’t able to come at the last minute, but we sent it back with Chip.  It was awesome to pray with him and his coworker who was traveling with him!  A moment with God on the final hole at the TPC Sawgrass.  Awesome!

We had gifts for other dear friends we got to see and even for some random people we didn’t really know.  I got to hand Gary Shuffield a Nicaraguan cigar on the practice range.  We prayed for many more people on the golf course, at the gala and at the dinner after golfing.  We had the feeling that the Lord was just carrying us along.

The true feeling Krista and I had, all the way to the last minute getting on the plane coming home, was that we were in a dance with the Lord.  He was guiding our steps without us even having to think.  We didn’t have to arrange seeing our friends as they arrived, we just ran into them in the lobby.  Timing was perfect.  And we were faithful to just pray for whoever the Lord led us to pray for, no matter where we were or who it was.

We do feel like God had some other purposes for that weekend as well tied to things here in Nicaragua.  We will see what all unfolds, but we are going to be faithful to do whatever the Lord wants for his Kingdom here in Nicaragua as it is all over the world!

Krista and I had an amazing weekend together too.  It had been nine years since we last got away just the two of us.  We love being with our kids so it was something we never lamented or even realized was the case.  But it was surprising when we realized it had been that long LOL!  This was the most amazing “date weekend” we could have planned.  And we didn’t have to plan it. 🙂

So we wanted to share this crazy story with you who know us, support us, pray for us and are a part of our ministry.  God gave us a huge hug with this weekend and we wrote this to testify to that!  There are so many more crazy and funny stories.  We hope to share if we get to see you in person.

As long time Seminoles fans and alumni we can say….Tim Tebow is an incredible guy!  Even if he is a Florida Gator! 🙂

Ask God for crazy things!  He will surprise you!  We testify to that!

 


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