Thank you to all those who helped us exceed our goal raising $6,723 on #GivingTuesday to empower two villages in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua through education. 100% of the proceeds raised go to Nicaragua to provide:
50 children with uniforms, backpacks & school supplies
Year-round English classes in two villages
School supplies for one village elementary school
Please know the gratitude of the students & families in Ometepe is equally matched by the outpouring of love shown by all who participated, including: direct supporters, volunteers, social media ambassadors, auction sponsors, taco eaters, acution bidders & winners.
We look forward to sharing more on the impact of your giving during our next visit to Nicaragua January 15 – February 18, 2020. In the meantine, we appreciate your continued prayers for this ministry during the Christmas Season. Love, T.J. and Rochelle so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another – Romans 12:5 NRSV
A Final Thank you to our Auction Donors
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex / 4th Street Fillin’ Station / Beachside Grand Prix / Golf n Gator / Preacher Soulful Food & Abbey Ales / The Crayola Experience / Lighthouse Cove Minigolf / Fishlips Restaurant / Sun Bum Sun, Skin & Hair Care / Kula Yoga Merritt Island / Isobe Hair Salon / WonderWorks Orlando / The Tiny Turtle / Michelle Lackore LMT / Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral / Cocoa Beach Helicopter Tours / Junkanoo Island Kitchen & Rum Bar / Rising Tide Tap & Table / Ace Hardware Cocoa Beach (YETI) / Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar / Serenity Spring Massage & Body Work / Shore Lanes Merritt Island / Yoga with Martha / Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures / Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra / Trent Art Gallery
We believe that education is a universal human right and a pathway out of poverty. You can help us to send 50 kids to school with the uniforms and supplies they need and to provide English classes on Ometepe Island Nicaragua for an ENTIRE YEAR to help young people participate in the growing tourist-based economy. Are you with us?
Below is a link to our Online Silent Auction that opens today and runs through #GivingTuesday, December 3. Participating is a great way to “give” a gift for the holidays but also to make a difference in the lives of children, teens and parents (like Jeyson below) who benefit from our educational programming in Ometepe: https://www.biddingowl.com/OBGM You don’t have to be present at the #GivingTacoTuesday event to win or to give.
In early November, we started packing our suitcases with donations and supplies for our November 6 – 20th visit to Ometepe, Nicaragua. T.J. was excited about the start of a pilot water filtration project, co-sponsored by our local Rotary club. In addition to the physical work planned for Ometepe, we were setting up for our 2020 goals and future visits.
On November 2, all our plans came to a HALT, when TJ fell off a ladder helping friends trim trees at our pastor’s house. His body was cut and bruised, a finger was broken and his wrist was shattered. Immediately following the accident, we thanked God that the injuries were not worse, considering he was using a chainsaw at the tme. Next, we explained to the physcian, ‘We’re leaving for Nicaragua on Thursday!’ Uhm…not so fast.
This has been a humbling lesson on many levels. Most importantly, in all the busyness of what we think is our plan, it is not. Neither is Plan B or Plan C in our control. It’s always God’s plan, (“Plan G”) and we need to trust His plan and know He has our backs. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. Isaiah 55:8
So now, we seek your prayers as TJ has surgery on Friday, November 8 to repair his wrist. We also seek your prayers for the people of Ometepe and “Plan G” for this beautiful island. Are you with us? Love, Peace & Joy T.J. and Rochelle For more frequent updates from the field, follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
#GIVINGTUESDAY – EDUCATION FOR OMETEPE #GivingTuesday is an international day of charitable giving that occurs at the beginning of the holiday season. This year the date falls on December 3. OBGM is participating with a fun Taco Tuesday event, including a silent auction to help raise the funds to sustain our 2020 educational goals & budget. We believe that education is a universal human right and a pathway out of poverty. You can help us:
Supply 50 children with uniforms, backpacks and school supplies
Provide year-round English Classes (teachers, supplies & dictionaries) in two villages to:
40 Children on Saturdays (Sintiope)
20 Young Adults in Evenings (Santa Cruz)
Provide school supplies to one Primary School (Sintiope) and to 5 teachers serving 116 children (ages 3-14)
Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see how you can help make this happen. We’re lining up some great items for our Online Silent Auction featuring restaurants, services, tickets and gifts for the holidays. As always, 100% of funds we raise are applied to programming.
As always, you can make your tax-deductible contributions at any time the year. You can set up your secure, encrypted donation online as a one-time gift or a monthly-recurring gift that you may cancel at any time. Donations can be made in Tribute or Memory of a loved one.