They didn't know that we were coming with food to give away. They thought that our visit would just be the monthly community development meeting. We pulled up in 2 trucks this time, which seemed strange. They all looked on curiously. Then the people saw that both trucks were loaded and weighed down with food. They started to whisper to each other and smile. There was real hope on their faces.
You guys are amazing! When we first visited the El Menco farmers after the storm, we decided to try to raise $500 for them. We knew it would be challenging since there was so much hurricane damage everywhere. Cory has a lot of faith, so he set the goal at $3,000 on the GoFundMe account and it ALL CAME IN!
There are 25 families in El Menco who received enough food to sustain them for over a month. This will help them survive until they can get back on their feet again. We have a little left in this fund to give this community a wonderful Christmas dinner.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. -2 Corinthians 9:11-12
Pastor Emilio held a quick service to give thanks to God for this blessing. The people joined him and prayed that God would bless each person who gave this offering to them. There were people in the group praying with us who didn't believe before. Their hearts are softened and they are open to receiving Christ now.
There was enough money to buy each family a Bible-the first to own for many of them. They treasured this gift and held it close.
In October, we traveled to Ometepe Island for 4 days to check on our communities there after the storm. Concepcion Volcano spewed some lava out during the storm, a natural reaction to the heavy rainfall. La Palma and Corazol suffered extensive wind damage and lost almost all of their trees. In Tichana, the water came rushing down the volcano and washed all of the cows into the lake. The cows began swimming towards the mainland and 14 of them made it! The others drown in the lake and contaminated the water in this section. The people aren't able to drink, bathe, or even fish in the lake until the bacteria levels go down. This is hard because their primary food source is fish. The storm also caused a spring to open in the bottom of Maderas Volcano which is providing fresh water to drink.
In addition to a Bible lesson, we taught classes in each community on how to use trigol or Canadian wheat to make nutritious veggie burgers. This is a very inexpensive, new imported food source that many people don't know how to use yet. Hopefully, this will help to sustain the people until the lake is available for them to fish again.
We brought along Mark Famorca to join our team and teach the people how to diagnosis, prevent, and treat viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. We also brought along 13 year old Nathaly, who is in the youth discipleship program. We want to not only teach our young people, but have them serve alongside us as well.
We need your help with our next project. We want to buy a Christmas gift for each child at Iglesia Bethania (including the preschool) and for the children at our other churches in El Menco, San Marcos, San Antonio, and Mesias as well. There are 300 children in total in these 4 locations. For most of these kids, this will be the only gift that they receive this year.
For every bag of coffee that you buy (which makes great Christmas gifts for you to give as well) a child in Nicaragua will receive a gift. 100% of the profit goes towards the Christmas gift program: 1 bag of coffee=1 gift. In addition, the children will have a Christmas feast and share a piñata full of candy.
This coffee is the freshest and we purchase it directly from the farmer in the mountains of Jinotega. Get your coffee here and select IMPACT NICA on their website link HERE. Or if you are one of those people who don't like coffee, but would still like to participate, you can give towards our Christmas fund HERE.