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.
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.