June has arrived and before I know it July will be here and I will be on my way back to Nicaragua.
Not much has gone on this past month but here are some updates and some new projects going on.
The truck I use while I am in Nicaragua had the transmission go out on it. I am happy to say that it has been fixed. God Bless a cheerful giver who helped make this happen.
3 students continue to go to college from this community. They are the first of the community to ever attend college and they have just finished all their exams for the first semester. They all passed and are very excited to continue. Thanks to monthly supporters who sow into this ministry otherwise these kids would not be able to attend college.
Tons of new clothes, baseball equipment and uniforms, over 100 soccer jerseys and shorts (Thanks Castanea Presbyterian Church) and socks are on their way to Nicaragua on a container that left on Friday. I was blessed to put tons of stuff on the container this time. I wished I could have let my sponsors send things to their kids but it was a last minute notice that I received allowing me to add things to the container. I am so excited. I will be making a lot of people very happy in August with all clothes and equipment they will be receiving. Can't wait to see them.
Pastor Arturo was robbed last week and they took his backpack and cell phone and beat him up but Praise God he is safe and ok. Thank God for the protection over his life. Pray for him as I am sure this was a scary situation.
I am starting to get yard sale stuff coming in so please remember your junk is my treasures.. :) I need to raise a lot of money to help send me and my son to Nic in August so any thing you think will sell I want. The yard sale is next Saturday. If you have nothing to do and would like to come and help me I could use your hands that day. Just let me know if you can help or if you have things you can donate.
I have several projects going on in Nicaragua and wanted to share them with you in case you would like to get involved.
I have had several of you tell me to let you know when I have projects going on so that you can participate with me since you can't actually go with me to Nicaragua so I decided this time I would share the needs.
Chicken Farm - $500
This project is to provide money to a family as a mico-loan so that he can start a chicken business. The purpose of this business is not for eggs but for selling of the chickens. The money will be used to purchase chickens, food, feeding device, immunizations and fix a chicken coop.
Every 45 days the chickens grow to a size enough to be eaten so they will be killed only for food. The chickens will then be sold to the families who live in the surrounding communities. The money received from the sell of the chickens will buy the next round of chickens, food and immunizations and grow the farm.
Instead of the owner paying back the loan he will in turn give free chicken to the families of my community each batch until he has paid back the loan amount. He will also sell the chicken to my community at a discounted rate.
My families hardly ever get meat. Some may have money to buy the chicken from time to time but most will only get it from the free chicken they will receive but this will be more than they have ever received in a years time.
The reason they don't use the chickens for eggs is that it takes special food and immunizations in order for the chickens to produce even 1 egg a day. The heat is so hot that without a good chicken house and all the food the chickens just can't produce and the money to raise the chickens is needed more for rice and beans.
If you would like to help in this project and the future of this project. Any money received over the amount needed will be used to enhance this project as it goes forward.
Here are some pictures of what they have started so far.
Groceries for a Month - $1100
For years I have been feeding the families in my community each trip I go. Some tell me that I have the food Angel. It never fails that I show up just in time. It seems that the months I am in Nicaragua are some of the worse months for the community. In March there is no rain and the crops have not grown and its really hot which makes work more difficult so money is low, in August it is rainy season and work slows down which means less money and less food, in December it is the end of rainy season and they have not worked for months which makes it the most desperate month for food.
There are 70 families in my community that I support. Depending on the cost of beans and rice it takes about $15-$20 per family to buy 10lbs of beans and rice and some coffee and oil. This last a typical family of 4 a month if they eat normally. Most only eat one meal a day. That's there normal lifestyle. How would you like to feed your family of 4 for a month on $15-$20.
My New Hotel - $1000
Recently I was blessed to raise money to change from the yucky hotel to a friends house. We remodeled her house, the bathroom, bedrooms, purchased a water tank, air conditioner and beds. Unfortunately we ran into issues with the installation of the tanks, the air conditioner and other things. In every project it never turns out how you want it to. In order to complete the 2nd bedroom and install another air conditioner we will need more money. If you didn't get to sow into this project the first time, you now have a chance.
We need to close this ceiling and add an air conditioner to this room.
Some people tell me how they wish they could go with me but due to many personal issues in their lives they can't. This is your chance. Supporting these projects allows you to be a part of it from a distance.
God is doing great things in this community and there is great fruit being displayed. I hope that you can see by the newsletter the work that is going on there and the investments that many of you have already made.
I stand in awe at what God has done since I started working in this community and I am excited to see what He has in store for the future.
If you feel led to support any or all of these projects please feel free to send a donation to the address below. If you would like to pay by credit card you can do so at my donations page online. The only difference is there is a 2.9% charge that they take for using the credit card. If you have a PayPal account already you can send a gift to my email address and they will not take the 2.9%.
I commit to you that all monies received for any project go only to that project. I raise all my personal money by working extra jobs to pay for my upcoming trips so I promise all the money will go directly to the project.
I need to collect the donations for these projects by the end of June. Any amount makes a huge difference.
As always I am so grateful that you sow into this ministry and allow God to use your seed to grow new lives into the Kingdom of God.
God Bless each of you. Please keep these projects in your prayers. Together we can move mountains.
The Power of One Ministry
198 Mellwood Drive
Charlotte, NC 28214