Article submitted by Brenda Rose, Field Coordinator in Nicaragua
Harborside Christian Church from Safety Harbor, FL
I love it when my home church shows their support for the ministry here. They came to give hope to the church (Calvary Chapel) at the clinic. We have had an increase in the number of people attending the church and have been in need for a second room. HCC had the desire to build another smaller shelter. This shelter will be used for the small children when they divide for classes.
The ladies from HCC gave a 2 day women’s seminar on the Fruits of the Spirit. This seminar gave the ladies who attended, hope that God cares for them and has a plan for each of them. With that plan He also gave them gifts to help them succeed in Him.
Henderson Team from Washington
Donnie Henderson has been coming yearly but unfortunately this year she was unable to come due to health reasons. Another lady gladly took over being team leader. The team consisted of ladies who wanted to come and share with other women about God as our guide and protector from the 23rd Psalm. They held a seminar for 2 days in a church in Matagalpa. They also had a day with the sewing women at the ranchon. The ladies learned how to make bags that are lined.
Hope Lutheran Church from Rochester, NY
The people of Hope have taken a few years off but when they heard that a Christian school was being built they were the first church to want to send a team to help out with the construction. They knew that it would be hard work but they knew how important this school is going to be to the children of the Matagalpa area. Days of moving dirt, painting and planting flowers.
This school will bring hope to the future of the children of Nicaragua. It will give them a quality education complete with a focus on Christian ideals. I can’t wait till next year.
Jan Watt Team from Canada
Jan always brings a great group of ladies with her each year. This year she was concerned with what she could do with the team. Jan is a professional chef so we talked about having her teach a class on making something that the ladies would be able to sell. This will give the ladies hope that they can provide for their families. Both she and the local ladies were so excited. Jan made soup to sell at her church throughout the year. She had enough money to buy a stove and refrigerator for the kitchen at the church!! The ladies arrived and the teaching started. They learned how to make everything on the top of the stove because they don’t have ovens in their homes. They made brownies that were fantastic, no bake cookies, pudding with different fruits to give different flavors and different kinds of fritters. Everything was delicious. The ladies are so excited to get started on their cooking projects. The team also spent a lot of time with the children at the center. They loved playing with them at the playground and reading them stories.