08 September 2013

Critical needs in Haiti

 I  think everyone knows that  Haiti is a poor country,   struggling in  every area of life, especially since the  earthquake of  2010.  The aid which poured in following the earthquake did not reach everyone.    Even those who were fortunate enough to   receive some help find it  winding down now.  These little ones were not  born at the time of the earthquake, though still it affects them.   The orphanage where they lived once had a modest building, but it  crumbled to the ground and has never been rebuilt.  Now the daily focus is on   finding and preparing food for the children. Clothing is minimal.  Medical care is minimal.  Schooling is minimal.  Survival is the goal of each day.

Completed the church for Los Limonas

 Three different ministry teams worked on this church  project in  Guatemala for the village of  Los Limonas.  In  March,  Timberlake  Christian   Schools   Senior  class laid the foundation and  the roof, leaving  a very  good place of worship for this village.  In  June,  the next group came and raised the walls.  Then, following them,  a third group came, applied the  plaster and the paint-- leaving a completed building for the honor and glory of the Lord.

Ministry in Nicaragua

Every country where we work has its own special beauty,  but I find myself gasping at the Lord's amazing handiwork in  Nicaragua. The island  of Ometepe was  formed by volcanoes which are still active. Volcanic ash still forms a cloud at the  top of the volcano and  falls all  over the island. It takes more than an hour to reach the island by motorized boat. How did the original  people come and  WHY did they make the crossing?  But they did and today a thriving community populates the little island. We spent a few days   teaching the pastors and a separate class just for the wives.  Our team visited homes  during the day and preaching in a different village church every evening.  We distributed Bibles. We hope that we left some  bit of c blessing and knowledge for these beautiful people who serve the Lord on the island.

In the capital city of   Managua, our   Belen Home grows and thrives.  The children have mved to anew home since our last visit.  It has  more space and more yard.  These  young ones are growing up  well grounded in the faith that we hope they will carry back to their families  as they move into adulthood.