Monday, August 1, 2016

THE BIG DAY!!!





WELCOME BACK!

COME, our missionary journey continues...

What a glorious month we have had here at Emmanuel Home of Protection.  New girls have arrived, but then sad to say we had to say goodbye to a few of our girls as their lives move forward to new beginnings.


The month of July started off with a bang as the Bowlegs Mission Team arrived from Oklahoma.  They brought with them 11 suitcases full of items needed by the girls, and some very special items I will tell you about shortly, including beef jerky and twizzlers for yours truly.


They also brought with them, Pastor Perez and his family from Jinotega, Nicaragua.  I am unable to put into words how God used this family; they spent quality time  with the girls as the Holy Spirit drew five young ladies to accept Christ as their savior.  Then through testimony and evening worship they encouraged those who felt down trodden, restoring and strengthening their faith.

God sent the right tools (Perez family) to till the fertile soil of these young girls hearts.  We look forward to Pastor Perez and his church youth group returning to do a worship weekend here at EHP.

Bowlegs mission team created "Olympics Day 2016" for EHP.  A fun filled great day (we hope this is a first of many years to follow).   A full day of  Blue, Red, Green and Yellow teams competing for the                                               Gold Medal at the end of the day. 
 



So much fun, so much bonding, so much comradery.  God even used the tragic mishap of Bro. Roy nearly losing his ear, by bringing Roy's and Donna's Red team to their knees in prayer, and all the other teams followed in prayer for him.
God heard their cry, God healed Bro. Roy's ear. 
This day is embedded into the hearts of our girls and staff.



Our community outreach has again met a family need, this time for a single father of three boys.  We were able to pay the school tuition for the boys, and purchase a bicycle for the dad so he could make it to work on time after walking the boys to school.  To see the tears of the children overjoyed they could attend school is humbling, but to see the sobs of a grown man praising his God for answering his prayer, it opens your eyes, it gets you thinking about your priorities.






 Courtney Scantlin's, Amazing Grace mission team came and lead a devotion time with our 12 and under girls, then spent some time with the older girls and special needs girls.  The heavy rain storm did not stop them from sharing the love of Christ.

I was blessed to have Joni Bown and her daughter Sarabeth stay with me for a week.  Joni, an ESL teacher in Virginia, was a big hit with the girls in Emmanuel school, even our teacher was clued to her seat with excitement for the things happening in her class.  God has laid the love and burden of Emmanuel Home on Joni's heart, I pray for a long an growing relationship.

Sarabeth has a tender heart, she spent a great deal of time tending to our sow, anticipating the birth of piglets.  After Sarabeth's departure Friday morning, twenty one piglets were born that evening, 20 survived.
But, looks like we may have a possible new intern for our program next summer, right Sarabeth, and better still, possibly a short visit in December? 

Sarabeth put to good use her cosmetology license,  I lost count after 16 haircuts, the girls were still standing in line.  She was even able to cut little 1 year old Jaxson's hair.





This is our next project for our Buena Vista outreach.  The Bible study group of girls will present a drama about Jonah trying to run from God.  I am so excited to see the children's faces as our sailors in the boat throw Jonah overboard, and our whale swallows Jonah.  But I will have to wait for Saturday and you will too.




Our prayer needs;
1. seeking God's direction in our service.
2. donations needed for the milk program.
3. health for strong animals in the AG program
4. strong full crops from our  vegetable and feed plantings.



As always ministry partners I am praying for you, please do the same for me.

Until our journey continues next time...God's peace and love be with you all.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GOD'S PLAN


Lo Siento...is how I will begin our continued Missionary Journey in Nicaragua.

Managua, Nicaragua at night.


I am sorry for taking so long to update all of you on what God is doing here in Diriamba, and what all has been happening.

After completing my stay of two months, February and March, in my home State of Oklahoma, raising funds for this ministry, I began to prepare for my return to Nicaragua.  I was so ready to continue the projects I had left behind.  However, I was totally unaware of God's new plans for me.



First of all, before I left the States, I received a generous donation designated for the purchase of a commercial size refrigerator for Emmanuel Home of Protection, this was a much needed item for our kitchen.  What I didn't realize at the time, was God's plan for a "MILK PROGRAM".


WE GOT MILK!!!
 God works so mysteriously...small donations began to trickle in designated for the purchase of milk.  I stand in awe of how God moved to create a program for children to have milk to drink.  I did nothing but stand on the receiving end and enjoy the blessing for the children.

It took us from April to June to finally get the refrigerator released from customs, and then we straight to the market to buy MILK for the month of June.

PRAISE THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS!

The "MILK PROGRAM" is an ongoing project, your donations for the purchase of milk can be sent ($1.25 buys enough milk for four 8oz. servings) to bmdmi.org, under missionaries; click on Landa Carnes, it will bring up my ministry site where you can click on the donation button.  Please be sure to designate your donation "MILK PROGRAM" or Ministry fund to be used where needed.

Our missionary journey here in Nicaragua is to work with rescued, horrifically abused or abandoned young girls from birth to 18 years.



 The programs we started last year are still going on.  We have small group Bible study once a week with thirteen young ladies ages 14 -17 dedicated to serving Christ in their community.



Our children's devotion time/English class meets twice a week, and we are still going to youth group services at our local church in Diriamba on Saturday's, with morning and evening services on Sunday.




The girls continue to reach out to sick children and their families in   the Jinotepe Hospital, they also minister to the moms of newborn babies.                      These are exciting times when you see a persons life touched with prayer, and their reaction as you hand them a faith track, along with juice, milk and a cookie.  Your heart melts as tears run down the face of a new mom that didn't have anything for her new baby, and you hand her a blanket and diaper.  The numbers may vary some from one visit to the other, but the outcome is the same, lives changed forever by the love of our Lord and Savior.
Living/Dinning Area
 

 
 

Scholarship Transition Apartment
 

House Painters??
  Our work here in Nica has changed a bit, with our newest  
  program being the Transition House Scholarship Program.
  We have reconstructed a portion of our home school
  building into a three bedroom apartment. The Transition 
  House apartment can house up to six young ladies.

  The Transition House Scholarship Program, provides an 
  opportunity for EHP High School graduates 18 years and
  older to learn to live independent lives, while obtaining
  an education, learning to care for a home, managing a
  budget, and achieving job placement, all while
  developing a stronger relationship with Jesus.


This year we have been able to also focus our attention on some families in our community with urgent needs.  A family of five, two of them severely handicapped, lived in a 100 square foot shanti with dirt floors, slats for walls and rusty tin for a roof, a very unhealthy situation for the handicapped children.  A mission team was able to build this family a new 200 square foot metal house with a cement floor.  The children are now able to use wheelchairs donated to them. We are in the process of helping this family start a small baking business out of their home to help with the cost of the children's medical needs.

I am excited to show you the picture of the kitchen addition we were able to have built for a single mom and her family.
No more cooking outside on an open fire in the heat and the rain.
For these two families, this was a miracle from God, an answer to many prayers.


The month of May was the last time we served at the La Purisima comedor.  God has blessed the comedor this past year with support from other mission teams, our journey at the comedor was now completed, but out our bonds with the elderly live on in our heart.  The Lord has a new direction for us, we now journey to a nearby village called Buena Vista.


Can I have 3rds
We have been sent to a very poor area to minister to between 50-60 children with unchurched families.  The children's physical and spiritual needs are great, so to say the least, the chicken and rice meal is a BIG hit.  The kids enjoyed the Bible story, the crafts, and the games, but they really like playing jump rope.  Our EHP group of young ladies are developing into quite the gospel sharing teachers as they share the love of Jesus.



the AG program is showing some beneficial progress with God providing a means to help support the needs of EHP.  New rabbit pens have been built for a birthing area, and to house more rabbits.  Our pig area is remarkable, with room for growth as we grow out our pigs for EHP and the pig market.  The Tilapia fish tanks are very impressive, growing hundreds of fish for the EHP dinner table.  I don't want to forget to mention our raised garden beds that will soon produce a harvest of beans, chiltoma, tomatoes, and whatever else Josh Moudy our AG director can fit in. 









You are all a part of this ministry.  Our partnership is what God is using to reach the lost, the hurting, and the sick.  The girls here in EHP are learning to minister to others needs, a healing process for their own pain.  You made this possible through your monthly financial gifts of support, THANK YOU.
God called has us all to serve, you sent me here to Nicaragua, together we are fulfilling the purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Join our Missionary Journey in Nicaragua...





Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HOME AGAIN-HOME AGAIN

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WELCOME

Dear Ministry Partners, Friends, and Family to a new year in our Missionary Journey together in Nicaragua.




It is so good to be back in Nicaragua, back with all my girls, babies and my little house.












Had such a rough start getting to the U.S., with the car accident and all that entailed.  But once I arrived the race was on, doing God's work.



 
I was able to be at the birth of my great grandson Ayvin, shared time with my great grand-daughter Alexis on her 13th Birthday, and attended church service on Easter Sunday with family, then we prepared a Nicaraguan feast.  Precious memories for a Nana.






Week after week God provided churches, small groups, women's groups where I could be a witness and speak about his work at Emmanuel Home of Protection and in the communities of Nicaragua.

I departed Nicaragua in the early morning January 29th, landing in Tulsa Saturday evening.  My first speaking engagement was on Tuesday morning.  The rest of that week was filled with tax preparation, dentist and optometrist visits, followed by medical doctors appointments which lead to a major surgery.

 Through God's merciful grace, surgery was on Monday, stayed overnight in the hospital, chose not to take pain drugs in order to be alert for driving and spoke again on Sunday morning.  God was my healer, he gave me the strength to not miss out on one of the speaking engagements, such a praise.

In Titus 3:1 it says; "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work".  I was so ready.

Every week, while State side, I was speaking somewhere to someone, or volunteering in someway in my community, or I should say, God was speaking and working through me, until I departed March 29th. 

God's ministry here in Nicaragua was made possible by you in Ministry Partnership with your outpouring of sacrificial giving and prayers. This ministry is able to continue for another year, along with New Sponsor a Child at $35 per month Partners who have joined our missionary journey.  God's blessings I pray for all of you, THANK YOU for hearing the call and being obedient.

To recap our 2015 ministry; here at EHP our number one priority is providing a safe shelter, food, clothing, an education, medical attention, spiritual guidance and lots and lots of love to children rescued by the Ministries of Families (DHS).  These children are from birth to eighteen years of age that have been horrifically abused or abandoned.



Last year we began a Bible Study ministry on serving.  As Jesus began piercing the hearts of these young ladies, Christ led us to reach out to the homeless elderly.  Now this group serves once a month in Diriamba to feed these forgotten people.  We also do our best to provide medicine and clothing when possible.




These young girls with difficult life experiences of their own, have begun a healing process in their lives by serving others, loving on others, seeing the pain of others as they give an embrace or pray with the hurting.

We also go into a local hospital, visiting the sick children's ward, and the maternity ward.  So tender is the hearts of these young ladies, they so desire to bring a little joy to the sick with a cookie and some juice as they pray with them.

I just hit on the high lights of what God has us doing in Nica, so much more we do on the side lines that most people never hear about, but the lives that are being impacted by the kindness we extend will never be forgotten.  The people come to know by the time we leave this was an extension of the hand of Jesus Christ coming to their aid.



Upon my return from the U.S., God laid a Milk Program heavy on my heart for EHP, why the Lord waited  a year for this program I am unaware, but the time now is right and the need is great as children here drink mostly fruit juice or water. 


Our kitchen needs a commercial refrigerator to be able to store the much needed milk and cold food for the home. So God, being  who
God is, began providing funding for a Milk Program that had not even been started yet. Designated donation funds for a refrigerator began to arrive anonymously, this all happening before I left Oklahoma.  With the desire to fulfill God's plan, a thirty-eight cubic foot of refrigerator should arrive by May.  Now we pray God's favor continue in the monthly provision for boxed milk.  Hallelujah!!!

Recently, I was asked why we don't purchase a milk cow.  EHP must be good stewards with what the Lord provides financially and with cost of feed being so high, intense labor cost for milking at 3am, and then of course the labor involved to sanitize the milk being time consuming it is not cost effective to have a milk cow, but a really good reason to have a Milk Sponsored Program for our kids.

This year the initial plan for our time will be spent teaching two devotional classes, one English class, a craft class, working ten hours a week in administrative needs, continuing with our community outreach programs, assisting visiting short term mission teams, and seeing that our children stay involved in youth group, Sunday School and Worship service at our local church.


My dear friends, I share my heart with you today, I stand in need of pray as I seek God's direction in fulfilling his will and purpose for this ministry.  I can do nothing without you, nor can we accomplish anything without our Lord preparing the way and equipping us for the task.

Join me in surrendering our all, making a 100% deposit of our life in obedience to Christ's command to share the love and salvation story for eternal life with Jesus Christ, enriching His eternal kingdom.

Jesus said in John 17:24; "Father, I want those you have given me to be where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world".

Is it not the greatest thing ever to know you are wanted and loved?


I look forward to our mission as our journey continues...



Special prayer needs:
New young ladies have arrived at the home, very troubled, depressed, drowning in darkness with life threating problems.  Jesus is the only answer, we need his wisdom, mercy and grace.














Saturday, November 14, 2015

"LIVING WATER"

Casares Fishing Village




"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst."
John 4:13-14




COME...our Nicaragua missionary journey continues.

            
Emmanuel Home water tank 
 One rewarding experience I want to share with you is our new water tank.  A nearby community does not have access to water.  The people who live there must carry water for a great distance over a rough terrain.  God has made a way for Emmanuel Home to deliver fresh water two days a week, two times each day. 
Bring your buckets




enough water for all
By the grace of God life has been made a little bit easier for some precious people.  Our first day of water delivery was extremely hot and exhausting.  As we filled the last fifty gallon drum with the last drop of water in the tank, we let out a heavy sigh, when suddenly the bottom burst out of the drum and we were ankle deep in muddy water.  You had to laugh to keep from crying.  The lesson learned here; check the drum before filling.


serving good food

Praying for the sick
         Our outreach for feeding the elderly has grown    to twelve committed
 young ladies in our Bible study group.

loving the people

I thank God for the spiritual changes in the life of each one of these young ladies, for their love and compassion they have for the people.  The joy they bring when sharing the love of Christ is a awesome sight to behold. The girls work very hard preparing meals to feed the elderly homeless and without fear or embarrassment they also serve spiritual food and comfort. Seven souls were prayed with this month...to God be the glory.


The welcome sign and scripture for the "Story Room" wall is complete.  Classes are going very well with Bible devotion, crafts and music.  Also included in our three day weekly curriculum is English.  I get so tickled when my students come running up to me to remind me we have class today at three, yes?  They are all smiles, YES!


street children
life of fishing in Casares
never been to school
 
I have met many children on the streets of Diriamba, and the surrounding fishing communities.  These children have never been given the opportunity to go to school, will most likely never attend an educational facility.  How my heart aches  for them, their lives destined to be beggars on the streets, God only knows what else they will endure. Just one of the reasons our ministry is needed here.
 



  
This month through your financial partnership we purchased food and clothing for a family that was  in urgent need.
 We also were able to purchase
needed school materials for the Canaan Christian
school nearby.
Lastly, I had the opportunity to purchase some used tires to help a man earn a living to support his family. 
 
 
Called by God, we are on this missionary journey together.  Every time I think of your partnership it brings joy to my heart, for without you, I would not be the missionary God placed in Diriamba, Nicaragua to spread his good news to people hungry for a change in their life.
 
Together, we see children rescued from horrific abuse, the hungry and sick fed and comforted, lives changed for the better with opportunity, but most importantly the salvation and promise of life eternal through Jesus Christ is given to them freely. 
 
If you are interested in becoming a partner in this ministry, you can go to the bmdmi.org web site and click on missionaries, click on Landa Carnes and become a ministry partner working to increase the Kingdom of God.
 
Praying for each of you, our journey will continue...