One week from today, I return to Nicaragua and I have mixed emotions. Part of me can not contain the excitement, yet there is another part of me that feels anxious. It’s not a fear about safety and those physical aspects of the visit. It’s an anxiety of sharing in the suffering of those families and friends on Ometepe who have been adversely impacted by the civil unrest and economic crisis. Some of the questions that arise include: Will I be able to keep it together? How can I be a source of comfort if I become sad?
When I experience this type of anxiety, I know I can dig into The Word, meditation and the wisdom of my mentors. Recently, I’ve consulted advice from one of the world’s most recognized missionaries and Jesus lover, Mother Theresa. She shares it so wisely in No Greater Love, “when you feel in your own heart the suffering of Christ, remember the resurrection has to come. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.”
Wow! How could I so easily let myself get in the way and so easily forget the joy of the resurrection? It’s that simple, yet so hard to put into practice in our daily lives. Let’s keep pressing into it to together to find strength, so we may joyfully share His light and keep His commandment “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NLT).
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. – Hilder
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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
July is a time when most of us Americans celebrate freedom and family at a summer barbecue or vacation. It’s hard to imagine there are other places in the world that don’t enjoy the same. This is especially true in Nicaragua. The sociopolitical situation has continued to decline and many innocent lives have been affected by this urgent crisis. According to human rights officials, the death toll now exceeds 300. Many people are now jobless and finding it difficult to buy basic food & supplies for their families.
Not much is being reported in the U.S., but YOU can help by joining us in prayer and by spreading awareness (please share this) of the crisis. Scroll down for more details on how One Body Global Ministries has been helping in the field. We ask for your continued prayers for this ministry and the beautiful people of Nicaragua.
Rochelle & TJ
Feeding the Hungry
Thanks to your generosity and the hard work of over a dozen of OBGM’s local friends, families, pastors and church members on Ometepe Island, 60 families received a package from our Food Assistance Project in June. Each family received: 20 pounds of rice, 5 pounds of beans, 5 pounds of sugar, 2 liters of oil and 1 pound of coffee. The package is estimated to last each family 7-10 days. Our in-depth blog & photo gallery best illustrates the scope of this initiative. It is an inspiring demonstration of Jesus in action.
Our goal is to continue this program for as long as the need exists. Please consider a tax-deductible gift towards this project.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:17-18
Eyes for Hope Project
Thank you everyone – especially our friends at Rockledge United Methodist Church for your donations to our Eyes for Hope project and unlocked smartphones. We’re making arrangements for some of these items to get down to Nicaragua soon. We’re still collecting them, so if you have these items, please email us.
We are now a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity!
When we started this journey last year, we never imagined that God would align the exact people, resources, circumstances, and protection that currently operate under One Body Global Ministries. Although we are grateful for our affiliation with CMN to get started, we are now an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. We felt this next step was essential to optimize efficiency, transparency, and of course continue to provide you with a tax deduction(s) for your financial support.
The children’s English classes in Sintiope continue to THRIVE. While regular school enjoys a mini-vacation in July, these amazing kids choose to learn about Jesus & the English language under the leadership of our local teacher, Hilder. So far, access to the classroom has not be an issue since the sociopolitical crisis began in April. Please pray that safety continues & thank you for your support to this project!
60 is the number of families who received a package from One Body Global Ministries’ Food Assistance Project this week. When we started on this journey, we never imagined the need for basic food would be so HUGE. Why? Due to the sociopolitical crisis that started on April 18, many hardworking Nicaraguans now find themselves jobless. The number of people living at the poverty level (defined as living on $2/day) has exploded and continues to grow.
I have to admit that some days, it seems overwhelming and almost impossible. For example, how can we be here in the U.S. and feed all these hungry people? It’s not just about buying food, it’s about getting the money there when the banks are not open, and other considerations including sorting, weighing, bagging, distribution and transportation around road blocks.
Every time we have our doubts, God shows us that with Him all things are possible. In early June, we received unexpectedly generous donations, and we knew exactly where He wanted us to use them. We immediately contacted our trusted local friends, Erlin & Yovelsi Alvarez, whom we have known since 2009. Both are shining examples of professionalism and have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ.
Thanks to Erlin, Yovelsi and over a dozen of local friends, families, pastors and church members on Ometepe Island, His great plan unfolded. Many of the recipients were the poorest and sickest in the three “barrios” of Santa Cruz, Madroñal and Sintiope. Erlin shared, “We have seen much need, some women have cried when we delivered the food.” The pictures tell most of the story.
Each of the 60 families received: 20 pounds of rice, 5 pounds of beans, 5 pounds of sugar, 2 liters of oil and 1 pound of coffee.
We plan to continue to provide food each month and are praying for more unexpectedly generous donations. You can donate online as outlined below or mail your gift to One Body Global Ministries Inc., 179 Jamaica Drive, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931:
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And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26