Feeding 60 Families Seemed Impossible

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.

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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:
1: One-time or recurring gift:
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2. PayPal to: onebodyglobalministries@gmail.com
3. Venmo to: @Rochelle-Scott-4

And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I Belong to You

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!

mothertheresaquoteDuring 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!

IMG_1785We 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?

An Asking Story

One attribute that my mother instilled in me at an early age was “to be an indpedent woman.”  I suspect she was emulating the changing times of the 1970’s & 80’s, when women were claiming their independence in the workplace and in leadership roles throughout American culture. I am grateful for her encouragement, and it has shaped me into the strong person that I am today.

To have to ask for help, however, is not an easy task for me.  Stepping into the missionary world and walking in faith, I need to learn how to better embrace this.  From asking how to say a word in Spanish, or asking directions, or to asking sponsors for donations, I need to put my ego aside and remember “the ask” is really from Jesus and not for me.

This was the mindset we had to embrace when making this video, and as I prepare to go to Ometepe  November 25 – December 2.

John 14:13-14 (NIV)13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Enoy the video below. Thank you for your support and continued prayers. Dios le bendiga!

 

 

Waiting

Waiting on others can be a challenge.  For instance, have you ever waited in a long line at the grocery store and the cashier is really slow at bagging, or even worse, she encounters a glitch with the computer system?  Sometimes you just want to scream about When the time is righthow much time we spent waiting on others.

As I grow older, I have learned to embrace these times as a gift to talk to Jesus or to find gratitude that I have two healthy legs to stand upright in a line in an air conditioned building (living in Florida is hot).

Recently though, my patience has been challenged with slower-than-expected progress on our plans to build our mission house on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.   Luckily, I was able to take step back and remind myself that I am NOT in control of this process — He’s in charge!  Knowing this is so comforting to me.  Whether you are waiting to hear from someone about your next job, medical test results or delivery of a promise, when the time is right…the Lord will make it happen.

The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.
– Isaiah 60:22

Unfailing Love

cropped-img_9381Meet sisters, Arelis and Julia Maria.  Both of these young ladies are shining examples of complete faith in Christ’s unconditional love. Through their journies, they inspire us to remain strong in our faith and to traverse through whatever obstacles come our way. Our lights shine brighter because of them.  We are steadfast in our commitment to our calling.  We trust in His unfailing love.

Psalm 13:5 – But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation..