Don Julio is the uncle of one of our students and a part of a family we have served at Club Esperanza for the last five years. He has a debilitating illness that has left him wheelchair bound. There is a dignity to being mobile and Don Julio has been suffering for months. He had to borrow a children’s wheelchair to come to a clinic at the Club last weekend. We would like to help buy him a wheelchair!!! Would you be willing to help? A new adult wheelchair will cost $250.
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Thank you so much for continuing to support Club Esperanza!!! Helping friends like Don Julio is something that we do under our program at the Club called “Juntos Para Inclusion” where we assist families that have members with disabilities and special needs. Teacher Henriette who herself is the mother of a son with special needs founded this program a few years ago. It has been a huge help to the families and we have even done some fun things like “Night to Shine” Prom a couple of years ago.
There have been some pretty awesome things that we have been able to accomplish with your help over the years. Jason who you see pictured with Teacher Henriette last year recently received a brand new sophisticated wheelchair that cost nearly $1,000. Just last year he was in a makeshift chair made from a pool chair (as you see in the picture), but now he has a high quality chair that makes life easier for both Jason and his mom! God has placed us here to serve, there are needs that present themselves daily, and together we are the Lord’s hands and feet to serve his children’s needs! Amen.
We have a number of monthly needs in the program as well. We serve a group of about 15 families and there are needs like diapers, formula, ensure, monthly meds, etc… If you would like to make a donation for any of the below items it would be awesome!
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Thank you! Please keep praying for God to move here in Nicaragua!!!
This past week was focused on the spiritual formation of all of the children the Lord has put into our hands at Club Esperanza. The Bible verse for the week was Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him”. Even at their young ages we want to encourage all of them in the things of God. We want them to know they are created by God, they are loved by God, and that God has a special purpose for each of their lives.
Will you please join us in praying for all of them at least once a week. We want to see all of God’s good things in their lives…so we ASK God for that! Amen.
And it is lots of fun too….what is happening on the other side of that partition? 🙂
Another encouraging and fun thing that we hope to share more about as the year goes on is a new church plant happening at Club Esperanza. Roberto and Sheyla have had a burden for a while to start a church at the Club. Roberto completed Theological training over the past two years through New Jerusalem Church in Tampa. It is a church Roberto and Sheyla have had a relationship with since the days that we were still inside of La Chureca. They opened their Spanish language theological courses (Instituto Biblico Internacional) to Roberto and he completed his studies last year to earn his degree in advanced Theology “Titulo en Teologia Avanzada”!
At the beginning of this month “La Iglesia Hashem Adonai“ was planted at Club Esperanza. Their first meetings were actually pretty full as they converted the dining hall into a church. It was a great time of worship and inaugurating the church. Roberto was very encouraged, and just this last week over a hundred people came. I know Roberto’s heart is to share the Gospel with the people we serve and teach them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He and Sheyla both have big pastoral hearts and they want to help lead the people who come into a deeper understanding of God.
Please also pray for this awesome new thing God is doing!
This year we are opening another level of Elementary school! Last year, many people helped us buy 2nd Grade desks, this year would you help us buy desks for the new 3rd Grade classroom? We need 35 desks in total. We are excited for the school year and to be able to offer another classroom for the families in our neighborhood. The classroom is almost fully remodeled, and now it is time to buy desks. As you can see in the video I took our kiddos to find out if they had enough desks at the metal shop…they did!
Each desk is $31 (I was wrong when I said 33 in the video)… Maybe you can buy one this year…or maybe buy two….or buy ten 🙂 We love your alls support!
School starts in two week…Praise Jesus!
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The 2019 school year is almost upon us, can you believe it? (In Nicaragua the new school year starts in February) During the month of January we will be getting everything ready to receive all of our students from last year and some new students as well, nearly 300 in total. I went to Club Esperanza last week with the plan to dream about the future, ways to use the new land, getting new building built, etc… There are so many big things to dream about! But you know what comes first…”the little projects”…there are many things that need to be done to make the school great for our students THIS YEAR.
So this January we are going to do as much as we can. We are starting with demolition of walls to make our third classroom big enough to handle our new group of 3rd graders (see above video). As that work is being done we will get as many of these smaller projects done as possible. We have all of them listed down below…
If you would like to sponsor any of the projects, just click on the link and it will take you to a PayPal link with the specific cost for that project. (If you do not have Paypal but would like information on donating by check you can find it here)
The Grand Total for all of the projects is $10,395.
We really appreciate your support and interest in Club Esperanza…please join us as we are praying for a great 2019 School Year!!!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” -Romans 5:13
Repaint the Playground $160
Sand for the Playground $75
Fix the Slide $70
Larger Desks for 3rd Grade Classroom (27 of them) $31 each
Paint the 1st Grade Classroom $125
Paint the 2nd Grade Classroom $125
Paint the Office $85
Paint the Main Gathering Area (Pictured) $225
Change the Bathroom Doors $220
Polish the Floor $80
Air Condition the Principal’s Office $750
Fix the Electrical System in the Office $130
Wash Basin for dishes and giant pots and pans $200
Upper Cabinets and Lower Cabinet Doors $2,300
Wooden Wall and Passthrough for the Meals $1,200
Water Pressure System $1,200
Install a Septic Tank $450
Grass around the Water Tower $80
Garden Bench $120
Repair the area around the Septic Registry Boxes $280
Repair the Two Outside Tutoring Tents $550
Install Lights and Plugs in our Rancho Gathering Area $175
Repair the Exterior Walls of the Education Building $1,000
Couch for the Teachers Lounge $450
A very difficult 2018 school year came to an end with an awesome Christmas Party at Club Cristiano La Esperanza! From all of our faculty and staff, our students and their families we want send out a huge…
¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!
Check out all of the fun photos from our Christmas party…there was a huge meal together, gifts for ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, Christmas performances by some of our kiddos, and a wonderful time together…we even had a clown!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support during this past school year. We hope that you will continue to follows news from, financially support and pray for this great ministry center that the Lord has planted right in the middle Managua…Thank you!
We had our graduation last week at Club Esperanza. These little faces are the future of Nicaragua…a country that is hurting right now. The 2018 school year was such a difficult one, but we trust in Jesus and know the future is bright! Thank you for your prayers all year long for these little ones! We are proud of them all!
If you would like to give towards their Christmas gifts for our Christmas Party next week please click here and donate as much as you can!
We are proud of all our little graduates. Even more exciting is the way that God moves in their lives throughout the year. This year 67 of our students in all of our different programs accepted Jesus in their hearts. God’s hand also reached into the lives of their families as 60 parents decided to follow Jesus this year. Amen to that! I hope you are encouraged by this news as Club Esperanza doesn’t just affect the hear and now but also touches eternity. And if you aren’t smiling already here is a quick little clip of our preschooler singing “A Dios” :-)…
Every year we hope to have enough presents for all 300 students at Club Esperanza for our end of the year Christmas Party. If you are looking for a way to give this #GivingTuesday a $15 donation would really bless one of our precious kiddos with a Christmas present at our annual Christmas Party! Bless one, bless two, maybe a few….or be like Oprah “Christmas gifts for everyone” LOL!
(DONTATE BY CHECK)
In all sincerity we would love your help making this Christmas great and we know the Lord loves each one of our little children! The Party is coming up in December and we will put some fun pictures up on the blog after all of the festivities…
Please give if you can!
God Bless from all our our Club Esperanza kiddos!!!
No, that does not mean soap LOL! It is probably one of the funniest mistakes when learning Spanish, when you try to ask for some soap and use the word “sopa” instead…because “Sopa” actually means soup! Just imagine the stares when you ask “I need to wash my hands, do you have any soup I can use?” Hahahaha! 🙂
At Club Esperanza we have an amazing feeding program that feeds nearly 300 people from preschool to the elderly every single day twice a day. (Thank you Orphan Network and Lacrosse the Nations for being incredible consistent partners!)
This past week I happened to be there when we were serving “Sopa”! Look at that soup! This is what I mean by amazing, it isn’t just rice and beans with some water that we serve every day…it is chunks of meat and huge vegetables. A full healthy meal that will allow our kids to grow big and strong in a way that will help them to have a chance to be successful in life, Amen!
Keeping this kitchen running and clean takes a lot of effort and man power. It also requires our constant attention and the need to make improvements. Check out our most recent improvement….splash subway tile throughout the entire kitchen! This is gonna keep things sanitary and SO MUCH EASIER to clean! Praise Jesus!
There are other improvements we would like to make. We need more storage space, so some Cabinetry will be essential. Also the refrigerator is in the spot that is actually designed for a stove with an oven. Out of the picture is a wash area and we need a new wash basin and shelving to make that area work perfectly for our awesome staff. And coming this Christmas break we will need a new paint job. Please pray for those needs and email us if you would like more info firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep praying for all the children who are growing up with us at Club Esperanza. Jesus told his disciples “you give them something to eat” when they had nothing to give. They obeyed and ended up feeding five thousand. (The Gospel of Mark Chapter 6) We don’t feed five thousand but we see the the Lord’s miracles every day that we are able to serve a meal. We stay obedient to His calling at Club Esperanza and the Lord always provides! Amen.
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord. Walk as children of Light.” -Ephesians 5:8
Nicaragua is going through very dark times right now. There is constant bad news of fighting and violence. Everyone is nervous, scared, filled with fear even in their own neighborhoods. It is a very dark time. But Jesus’ calling on our lives remains…
Club Esperanza has not closed and our incredible Nicaraguan staff has gotten there everyday and continued to be the Light in these times. We shared this story below in our last newsletter from the earliest days of the crisis in April…
In the two months since those first days of turmoil here in Nicaragua, our teachers and staff have seen with their eyes what a place of LIGHT the Lord has created Club Esperanza to be. When school ends every day, the children do not want to go home because it is safe at the Club. We had a prayer service with Mother’s of our students and cried out for Nicaragua. The Holy Spirit fell and overwhelmed many of the mother’s with hope, with joy, with peace that destroys fear. These past two weeks have been even harder for four of our teachers as deadly violence has been happening in the street right outside their homes causing crippling panic, but they come to the Club the next morning. We have had government workers inquire as to why we are still open, what are we doing, whose side are we on. We are on Jesus’ side, we know that in the middle of such dark times the Light of the Lord shines and helps people in need.
Please remember to pray everyday for Club Esperanza. The 300 children and their families that we serve need your constant prayer. And please keep praying for Nicaragua! Pray that the Club remains a safe place of peace for anyone who comes inside the walls. Amen.
How can you help?
The threat of a prolonged national strike is out there. There has already been a one day strike. If that were to happen our teachers are very worried about running out of food as most live from paycheck to paycheck and can not stockpile. We are working with our friends the Booths and the Ohrans to create an “Emergency Provision Pack” that would last a family of six for fifteen days if a strike were to happen and the nation shut down for a longer period of time than one day.
Please check back with us in the next few days as we are trying to be thorough and get an accurate list of non perishables needed by most families, find out what is available, and price the packs. We hope to have it done by the end of the week.
We are asking Jesus to bless this project and bless as many lives as possible. We plan to start with our staff at Club Esperanza and go from there…please check back later!
Some of you may have heard on Facebook or seen in the news that Nicaragua is in the middle of some pretty serious Political unrest. We want to let everyone know that we are all ok and nothing has escalated to a very dangerous level for most people. School was cancelled for Friday on a national level but we have had not other ill affects so far. There are however protests going on in downtown Managua that have turned violent. So, we are avoiding those areas. The U.S. Embassy is keeping its advisories updated on Facebook.
We are staying close to home and keeping our ear on things. Please pray for Nicaragua! Here is our understanding of what is happening.
Univision, Washington Post, ABC News, Rueters and others have covered the story and I assume others will. Using a google search for Nicaragua Protests should return current stories.
We are praying for everything to be resolved peacefully. We are asking God to bring justice and truth to the situation and nation as a whole.