2019 Off & Running!
We hope you all had a meaningful Christmas season and Happy New Year. Since we returned home from visiting family and friends in NJ & PA, it’s been nonstop planning for 2019. Rochelle leaves for Nicaragua on January 28th to prepare for our first visiting short-term missionary, Mr. Tom Davis, of Grand Junction, CO (see below), who arrives with T.J. from Feb 2 – 12.
Scroll down for more details since December’s update. Please continue to pray with us and for travel safety as we team up with our partner ministries, friends and staff in Nicaragua. We will do our best to keep you updated via our Facebook Page, Instagram but sometimes online access is not consistently paired with our busy schedule in the field.
Love, Peace & Joy
T.J. and Rochelle
Welcome Tom Davis!We are overjoyed to have Tom Davis of Grand Junction, CO join us in Nicaragua from February 2 – 12! Tom’s passion for youth and 30+ years in education will be a huge blessing to our ministry, especially with our English students and teaching staff. Tom currently works as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction,teaching education to prospective teachers.He also works in his church with middle school, high school and young adult age students. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Education as well as a Master degree in Music Education.
Tom has traveled the world and loves serving in missions. He has two adult daughters who also love serving the Lord. We can’t wait to see the impact of Tom’s contributions on Ometepe Island in February.
|BODIES: Your generosity helped to nourish ~1,100 bodies in 2018.|
The economic crisis is slowly improving, but food assistance and outreach to the elderly & sick is still needed in 2019. Can you help us?
Minds: Cocoa Beach Daybreak Rotary Club
Thank you Cocoa Beach Daybreak Rotary Club for the Toshiba laptop donation for our scholarship program. The recipient is a female college student from the University of Managua majoring in architecture. Fully-functioning laptops and unlocked smartphones are in great need. If you would like to donate one of your own items, please contact us.
|MINDS: Thanks to your support in 2018, each and every one of our English class students will have their own textbook in 2019.|
Also, February is back-to-school time in Ometepe. It’s not too late to help us fill our suitcase BEFORE JAN 31, we need children’s (sizes 13 – 3) black school shoes. They can be gently USED or or purchased via our Amazon Wish List and shipped to:179 Jamaica Drive
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
|Spirit: Youth In Training Jan 19 – 30, 2019 |
Please pray for Denis and Hilder of Ometepe who will start Youth With a Mission’s (YWAM) two-week training program in Managua, commencing January 19. The program, Save to Serve and Transform (SST), is specifically for young people from ages 13 to 20 who want to know God and make him known with their lifestyle, families, community, nation and the world.
We are delighted to invest in these young men and look forward to watching their relationship with Jesus grow and flourish for years to come! Stay tuned for more details as Rochelle will meet up with Denis and Hilder in Managua before the end of the month.
|Santa Suitcase Update!|
Below are some images from the Santa Suitcase distribution in December. The art supplies and Barbies were a huge hit! We look forward to visiting with many of these children in February and hope to share more stories with your via our blog, Instagram and/or Facebook page. It is so amazing to see the Body of Christ working together to help fill & deliver Santa’s Suitcase!
In between – It’s a phrase that best describes how we feel this month. It’s frustrating NOT to be in the field this summer with our friends on Ometepe Island. However, our inconvenience doesn’t compare to the reality of the socioeconomic crisis & daily struggle that Nicaraguans currently endure.
Despite all of this, the will of God is prospering on Ometepe and throughout Nicaragua. A prime example is illustrated in the below video. It demonstrates how we CAN be in one place, or situation, but still have the ability to connect and share the Love of Jesus in another. Here’s what’s happened since our July update:
- Formalized our 501(c)(3) nonprofit structure which enables more transparency and partnership opportunities for long-term sustainability
- English Classes continue to THRIVE (see below)
- Food Project (see video) – 63 Families in 4 towns
This stunning video depicts God’s Hope and Love delivered to 63 familiies through our Feeding Project earlier this month. The local community and churches have really stepped up to reach those most in need: the sick, blind and poor.
An Update from Hilder …
English classes with the kids are running very well as we enjoy the peace that Lord Jesús gives us, no matter the current political and national situation. We are confident under the Love of the Almighty. It is very visible how the classes are of invaluable importance for the kids, along with their parents, who express their gratitude to the ministry.
The adult group continues strong attendance as we discover the love of Jesus and ask for your prayers in these young adults’ spiritual life. I trust the Lord that they will discover a new, different way of life. It is through Jesús and your love that make it all possible.
Your gift can be designated to a specific project or set up as a Tribute in honor, or memory of a special individual/entity. If you prefer to donate by check, please make payable and mail to:
One Body Global Ministries Inc.
179 Jamaica Drive
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
For the second month, One Body Global Ministries Inc. along with local friends and pastors feed 60+ families in the barrios of Sintiope, Urbaite, Santa Cruz and Madroñal in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. A special thank you to the churches of Nueva Jerusalen (Santa Cruz) and Bethel (Sintiope). Photos: magdielalvarezjimenez
Dear Family & Friends:
Since our last update, there have been a lot of changes (most good and some very challenging) in Nicaragua. As you may be aware, the political climate in Nicaragua is rapidly changing. Students were peacefully demonstrating for a democratic government, but Ortega and the Sandinistas responded with force. Sadly, there have been 100+ deaths and 1,000+ injured. As of this date, one American is confirmed dead. This is adversely affecting many of the faithful and poor throughout Nicaragua. It has also impacted our ability to physically go to Ometepe Island in July.
However, our commitment and ability to help our impoverished brothers & sisters on Ometepe continues here from the USA! We are in daily contact with trusted locals (some whom we have known since 2009) who are stepping up to help meet growing and urgent needs (see below – we need your help).
We are honored and grateful that God has called us into this ministry. We ask for your continued prayers for the beautiful people of Nicaragua and our ministry as a we continue to answer God’s call.
Food Assistance Project
Many people on Ometepe are now unemployed due to the stoppage in tourism and economic decline. Food prices are on the rise. We are working to set up a food distribution/feeding program in the two “barrios” of Santa Cruz and Sintiope with the help of local friends and church pastors.
We need YOUR help. For example, $25 could provide a family of four (4) with enough rice & beans for ~ month. You can donate online in one of three ways:
1: Our secure, encrypted online portal.
2. PayPal to: email@example.com
3. Venmo to: @Rochelle-Scott-4
English Classes Approach 50 Students
35 children are now attending one of two sessions offered each Saturday in Sintiope. Ten (10) students, ages 15-39, learn English at our evening young adult classes offered twice a week in Urbaite. These classes are core to the education pillar of our mission. The classes have continued to run uninterrupted thanks to the dedication of our local teacher, Hilder, and your support to this project.
It takes many parts of the Body of Christ to minister to these brothers, sisters & children. Thank you God!!!!
On a day when most kids enjoy a break from school, there are poor children in Sintiope Ometepe Island in Nicaragua who flock to a classroom for three hours every Saturday to learn English.
What started out as seven children in the Saturday morning class has now grown to 21 students. As Jesus taught us, let the little children come…, we plan to split the class into two Saturday sessions (AM/PM). Let’s see how many more come! For some of these kids, this may be their only opportunity to hear about Jesus and His unconditional love for them.
We continue to seek your prayers and support for this amazing project through http://www.onebodyglobalministries.org. Enjoy the video!
Matthew 19:14 Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.
Dear Family & Friends:
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers for our ministry on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. We’ve made great progress with our Guiding Pillars, and many families will be blessed thanks to your generosity. Our next trip to Nicaragua is scheduled for April 5. Please follow us on Facebook or our blog, for real-time updates from the mission field. See below for our current progress, including some small ways you can help make a difference!
Love, T.J. and Rochelle Scott
Minds: Meet our local English Teacher
Thanks to your support, our ministry hired a local young man, Hilder, who loves the Lord and the English language.
He will prepare & teach English classes for a total 15 hours per week. Classes will be held Monday – Saturday to both young adults and children in the underserved towns of Urbaite and Sintiope.
We are in current need of a laptop computer, portable projector and projector replacement bulbs. If you have any of these items used, or interested in donating specifically to this need, contact us today.
Bodies: “Eyes for Hope” Drive
Do you have extra reading or old prescription glasses? There is a huge need for these items in Nicaragua. Even if you don’t have a spare pair, most dollar stores carry readers. Rochelle will have a collection bin located at her Cocoa Beach yoga classes, or contact us to make arrangements.
February was back-to-school time in Nicaragua. Your donations provided the mandatory uniforms & school supplies for the new school year to Yendri, Cindy, Anyel and Cristian (left-to-right). Muchas gracias.
We are pleased to share the news of our latest US-based effort. OBGM is helping to facilitate the start of an urban ministry led by Ben & Abby Houck helping at-risk families in Brevard Country, FL.
Ben, Abby and their five children serve families and children twice weekly in several Section 8 communities. Many in these communities do not know from where their next meal will come, and suffer from decades of trauma and poverty.
We provide food, crafts, faith-based yoga, meditation and the love of Jesus Christ to these communities. This effort aligns with our Guiding Pillars to prepare minds, bodies & spirts as one body of Christ. If your heart is called to support Ben & Abby’s local efforts please contact us, and we will ensure your contributions get to them.
Wohoo! Julia Maria starts her 2nd year of foreign-language studies at the University of Managua (UNAN) on March 5. Our sponsorship provides Julia Maria with books, photocopies, transportation and food. See our blog for Julia Maria’s story. Thank you!
Amazon Wish List
We created another small way you can be the hands and feet of Jesus from the comfort of your home. Visit our “wish list” on Amazon for items that support our ministry.
“SO IN CHRIST, WE WHO ARE MANY ARE ONE BODY, AND EACH MEMBER BELONGS TO ONE ANOTHER” – ROMANS 12:5.
My husband, TJ, is a devoted husband, father, family member, employee and friend to everyone he knows. He’s spent the past four years in a “commuting triangle” between Chicago, IL – Cocoa Beach, FL and Cherry Hill, NJ. While we’re grateful for this job that provides for our family… let’s face it … it’s not the ideal situation. When he accepted the role in Chicago, our intentions didn’t start out that our family would be separated in three different states spanning 2,300 miles. However, circumstances were beyond our control. We had to make tough decisions. Some people may have thought we were crazy, or worse, getting a divorce!
During this time, there were days we felt like we could barely ‘keep our heads above water.’ Loneliness and doubt sunk in. Our relationship with God suffered. However, there were also good days – cherishing the windows of time we had together, either as a couple or a family. This kept us hopeful that there was a larger plan in all of the craziness.
Slowly, God planted people in our lives who awakened our senses to His greater plan:
- Julia Maria from Ometepe who contacted us in January 2017, to humbly ask for help to attend University (Matthew 21:22).
- A young family with five kids here in Florida showed us what it’s like to truly walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). They abandoned their comfortable life in another state far way to follow a calling into the mission field serving the poor in Florida.
- Madelyn. She is a full-time 23-yr old missionary in Nicaragua, whose love for Jesus and to gather His sheep is so contagious. (Isaiah 40:11).
- Hilder. A young 21-yr. old man supporting & carrying his family in Ometepe. Hilder’s gift is teaching English language and love for Jesus (Romans 12: 6-7)– All are great needs in Nicaragua.
With each encounter, we became more finely tuned to: Ask, Walk, Tend, Gather, Carry, Teach and Lead – all to advance His Kingdom, not ours!
We put ourselves at God’s disposal, and He put more people (too long to mention all the names here) in our paths. What happened in our family and with the ministry have been miraculous. On January 10, 2018, One Body Global Ministries hired Hilder to start teaching English classes on Ometepe for young adults and children. The same day, T.J. received a written job offer from his employer to work in Florida! Now what remains for us on His mission seem more clear.
As Christians, I believe God wants us to know, first and foremost, that we are at His disposal – from our most simple acts as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians: 27). Sometimes it comes to us through the written word, sometimes through the people or unexpected events in our daily lives. How will you respond when God needs you to be at His disposal?