As promised, this is the second part of the update of our core pillars of Mind, Body & Spirit since our visit to Ometepe.
July has been a heavy month both here in the US and with our extended family in Nicaragua. In uncertain times like these, we are challenged more than ever to reflect God’s light and grace. The fact remains we are ALL the same: imperfectly perfect in God’s eyes. We are called to love Him and love one another every day. Despite the simplicity of how this sounds, our humanity (and ego) gets in the way. How is it working for you? For us, it takes an intentional practice of daily gratitude, bible study, contemplation/meditation, movement and prayer. We fall way short, yet we experience consistent peace and clarity of God’s purpose in our lives.
With this clarity, we will both return to Nicaragua on September 10, with TJ staying through September 30 and Rochelle until October 15. There are a few ways you can help (see below) and they don’t require much resources or time. We hope you’ll join us!
Thanks for your continued prayers and faith in God’s vision for Ometepe.
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. – Hebrews 13: 1-3
We are seeking donations of UNLOCKED smartphones to bring to Ometepe in September for students and new microbusiness owners. The phones can be used and might even be sitting in a drawer at home! If it’s in your heart to purchase a refurbished unit, we have some listed on our charity Amazon Wish list and will direct ship to our address in Cocoa Beach, FL.
MINDS: SEEKING ONLINE VOLUNTEERS
The July Nicaraguan school break is over and OBGM’s children ESL program has resumed. As you may know, speaking English provides greater employment opportunities for Nicaraguans.
YOU can help change a child’s life by providing online pronunciation support to our English teacher, Hilder, for the Level 3 ESL kids. It’s an amazing feeling to be in a Nicaraguan classroom with the kids and see the difference in them over time. No experience is necessary to participate in this one-hour commitment.
Wednesdays from 11:30 AM –12:30 PM ET: August 4, 11, 18, 25 & beyond…You can sign up for as little as one class or multiple classes.
Please email Rochelle for an assigned date & instructions. A Google email account is required to participate and Rochelle will be on each video call with you. If you have a smart device, we recommend you download the Google Meet app
Pray with us for the souls of Vicente (photo on R) and Mercedes (photo on L) and for their grieving families. We will miss their presence at future home visits in Santa Cruz.
BODY: The Great Chicken Run
Thank you to everyone who sponsored a chicken in the Miskito Coast village of Boom Sirpi. We hope you enjoyed your personal chicken/rooster photos! Our colleagues, Stacy & Cory Martin drove them out there under the cover of darkness in record time. They had to arrive before the sun came up or the chickens would overheat and perish. Cory made the trip in a record 10 hours! The hens started producing eggs within hours of arriving. This egg program will have an enormous impact on the nutrition and development of the children there.
BODY & SPIRIT: OMETEPE ARTISANS PROJECT We are delighted this project is growing and blessing many families in the Santa Cruz community. Please visit the Ometepe Artisans Etsy Shop containing nearly 50 listings from three indigenous artisans sharing their craft and culture. Items are added weekly. Last week, the shop reached 100 sales! Prices range from $7 – $35, depending on the materials and detail.
In addition to earning a regular income, artisans have also received tools (see below), business cards & packaging materials through the ministry. Our teen ESL & college students are excited to model the jewelry for the rest of the world to enjoy Ometepe’s natural beauty & culture. With the exception of shipping from the USA, our long-term goal for Ometepe Artisans is to be 100% sustainable in Ometepe.