There has been so much loss of life, pain and suffering in Nicaragua over the last few months. With all the uncertainty, we feel burdened by the Lord to help as much as we can. We asked our teachers and staff at Club Esperanza if there were specific needs that they have during this dark time. They shared that a big concern is not having enough food if the country were to go on a prolonged national strike. Most people live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have the ability to stockpile. If food shortages become a problem it will be very difficult. They got together and came up with a list of non-perishable foods that would provide for a family of six for two weeks.
Our game plan is simple…purchase and assemble as many of these packs as possible and distribute them to the families we work with. We will start with our teachers and staff at Club Esperanza and then in Los Brasiles, at Ruby Ranch, in Los Cedros and hopefully more. It’s a small way to help our friends who are suffering through the most difficult times the country has seen in decades. We know the Lord cares and are trusting Him to help us all through it. Please keep praying for Nicaragua!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” -Psalms 46:1
Last week, we delivered the first round of 40 “Emergency Provision Packs“. It was an incredible blessing to everyone that received one…Thank you church family for joining us in this effort! We plan to do another round of 40 soon…gotta keep the blessings going!
Our first delivery was with our teachers and staff from Club Esperanza. Unfortunately we were unable to deliver such a large number of packs to the Club because of the circumstances in the country and the surrounding neighborhood. But we gathered at our director’s house for the first delivery and they sent the message above! We had a great time together and everyone shared specific words of thanks, then we prayed together for Nicaragua. We are asking God to do a miracle…as quickly as the country has descended into crisis, we are asking God to end it just as quickly!
Some of our teachers live in neighborhoods that are in different locations around Managua so we made delivery’s to their homes. One of our teachers, Profesora Julia lives an hour outside of Managua! She comes to teach everyday and Jesus uses her as an incredible light into the lives of our students. We met with her at another teacher’s home in Managua because they were doing a project together during summer break. Some of the homes were a little tough to get to as you can see in the picture above….Mason was safety supervisor to cross the bridge 🙂
Our last delivery was to the staff that many of you know from staying with us during your visit to Nicaragua. The guys were so so so thankful! It was funny, these boxes are sooooo full, that they weigh about 100 lbs! We had to use trucks and wheelbarrows to transport them LOL! A couple guys said “I got it, don’t need help”, then they almost fell over trying to carry it alone! It was a fun time together in the middle of a very difficult period of history for Nicaragua.
Please keep praying for Nicaragua. The political situation has gotten worse. There have been over 300 deaths and violence only seems to be escalating every week. We have to use discretion in sharing news publicly, but please don’t forget about what is going on here. Here are a few recent articles to keep up with the news. NYT, BBC, ABC, Amnesty International, The Sun, Time …a quick google search will get lots of results.
We are keeping safe and continuing to serve the Lord. Thank you for all of your prayer and financial support to our family as well!
Chris & Krista Farrington