|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!!!|
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.
|Scholarship Transition Apartment|
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|
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.
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