As some of you know, I am traveling to Nicaragua this summer. I have wanted to go since our church went on the first trip two years ago, but pregnancy and then a young baby prevented me. Chris has gone both years (and will be going this year as well) and the growth I have seen in him, the continued coordination with the ministry down there, as well as the stories of the time spent down there all have increased my desire to work down there.
Honestly, I have struggled with the idea of asking for financial assistance in any form. I think all of us have that part of us that does not want to ask for help or depend on other people. However, I know that God has designed us as a body and that we all need support and encouragement from each other. So, in light of this, I first ask each of you to pray for me (and my family) as I prepare to take this step. I would also ask you to consider supporting me financially. With three children and both Chris and I going, we do need some assistance and even small gifts will help! All monetary gifts will go towards our airfare, and housing and food in Nicaragua.
I know God will provide, so please do not feel like you have to give financially, but if you want to, the information you need is at the bottom of the letter.
While in Nicaragua, our church will continue in its partnership with a ministry that is based in the town of Leon. We want to show God’s love in practical, meaningful ways. During each trip we help feed children in many of the small communities in the area. “Carried on Eagle’s Wings” ministry, working with local churches, feeds close to 10,000 children each day! For many of these children, this is the only meal they will receive that day, but it is designed to provide the nutrients they need. I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with some of these children and their families, build shelters for feeding stations (so that they can cook and feed even on rainy days!), as well as (as a group) have deeper interaction with one specific pastor and congregation, whom our church will be mentoring. Other opportunities the teams have had in the past include visiting the Contras and providing food and clothing for them, and going into the hospital’s “NICU” ward to encourage families and even pass out baby blankets.
In addition to food and clothing, we want to give the children things just to make them smile. Small stuffed animals (“beanie baby” size) or toys, hair ties for girls, socks, and crayons have all been big hits in the past. If you have items you would like us to take down there, just let us know and we will get all that information to you!
If you would like to contribute financially, please leave a comment, email, or call me and I will provide you with all the donation info. (I just don't want to post that here for all the world to read!)
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support,