As the pandemic continues, stay-at-home orders for several countries remain, and others begin to open back up, our work in each base is looking different every week. However, we are blessed to continue finding ways to serve God in the communities to bring light and hope. Today’s story comes from our Education Site in Nicaragua!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”
Reflecting on the last few years allows us to evaluate and consider our present, as Samuel did when saying this phrase in 1 Samuel 7:12: Eben-ezer (Thus far the LORD has helped us).
The Education Site continues to provide tutoring to the children, which is needed now more than ever as many choose to stay home. But we have decided to explore other options to bless the families of the children:
- Like many of you, we have had to adjust our budgets considerably. But we have also changed some of our focus. We are buying food every month to bless five families from the Valle del Volcan and Cocal communities. We are buying rice, sugar, oil, oatmeal, coffee, to name a few.
- We are also putting together packages that include clothes and shoes for children and their families. (A team this year was able to bless the ministry of SI by bringing these necessities.)
- We have been making masks to give to children for their protection while participating at the Education site. (The Microfinance site lent us a sewing machine, and our coworker nurse Rebeca taught us how to make them.)
- We are encouraging and praying for families via videos, audios, and short messages. We are continuously praying that God would give us new ideas and avenues to continue to help the children and their families.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you” when you already have it with you.
Proverbs 3:27, 28