We were so excited last month to host the second team from The Summit Church. It encourages us so much to have our home church share our passion for Nicaragua.
|Chris formed a new relationship with Saul,|
a youth from the church. He persuaded him
to begin studying English and maybe even
finish secondary school one day.
The men cleared the trees and stumps on Monday morning and broke ground for the new building. The women helped with the preschool classes.
|The official ground breaking ceremony of the new classroom building was sponsored by Coca-Cola, according to some of the boys on the job.|
|The foundation materials for building have been delivered! The construction will begin after Holy Week.|
|The church ladies cooked a large dinner for a party at our house on the last night. Mary was always surprised at the adventurous meat choices.|
|Machismo crosses cultural lines.|
|The whole team with Pastor Emilio and his wife, Mayra.|
On the final day, the team visited a Compassion project in Los Brasiles, a very poor community outside the capital city. Two of the team members have sponsored children at the site who were able to meet them that day. We had the privilege of delivering several gift bags from sponsors at The Summit Church to their children as well.
|Amy also met her Compassion child, Devlin. She was just in time for his birthday.|
|Amber with her sponsored child, Victor, and his family.|
We saw this name painted on the back of their house and asked about the significance of it. It was done by the grandmother's 14 year old son before he was tragically killed. At this point, she started to cry and so did the rest of us who were there. Despite the struggles Victor's family endures daily, they picked jocotes and green mangoes from their trees and offered them to us to show their hospitality and gratefulness, a perfect example of Nicaraguan culture.
Their story is tragic, but there is hope at the end of it. Victor and his 10 year old uncle, Felix, are in the Compassion project. The youngest boy, who has hair the color of a malnourished child, is being registered to the project now and Amber is hoping to work out the details to sponsor him too. Compassion is working in this community and changing the story for these families one child at a time. To read more about Amber's story, check out her blog: http://amm7225.blogspot.com/2014/04/their-story.html
|Thanks to The Summit Church and the tools they sent down to us, Cory spent the past week building closets for the girls' home.|
|Angela is the youngest resident of the girls' home.|
Many people in this area and in the city of Managua are sleeping outside at night. They are afraid of an earthquake collapsing their roof on them during the night.
Please keep Nicaragua in your prayers and especially the community of Los Brasiles where these beautiful Compassion children live.
We are excited to announce that we are now allying our efforts with Commission To Every Nation or CTEN. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us monthly in order to fulfill this commission in Masatepe, Nicaragua.
You can go to ImpactNica.org and read more about what we are doing and how you can help with some of our underfunded projects.