Many of you support children in Nicaragua and have so generously sent Christmas gifts to them this past year. First of all, we want to offer you an apology. The Christmas offerings and gifts in Nicaragua have been very delayed due to many governmental obstacles that we have had in the past few months. The government is currently being very strict with non-profits and has shut down many non-profits. In the past few months, we have had to report to the government how much we've sent to our ministries each month and have had to wait for their approval before wiring the funds. As you can imagine, this is very difficult. When we were ready to wire the Christmas funds, it took almost a month to receive the approval before sending the wire. Once we were able to wire the funds, it has taken time for our staff to do the shopping and packing of the gifts. Finally, this next week, they will be giving out the Christmas gifts to your children. Again, please forgive us for the delay. It was out of our control. Please pray for our ministry in Nicaragua, that God would give us grace and favor so that the Nicaragua government will not give us any issues. We will be working hard to get you pictures of your children receiving their gift as soon as possible. In spite of the delay, your gifts will be a great blessing to them and their families. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are very excited to announce that our classrooms in Honduras are finally filled with students again! In Nicaragua, this has not been an issue. Students have been able to come to school in person throughout the whole pandemic. In Honduras, however, the government did not allow this until now. For now, they are alternating the grades to come on different days so as to avoid too many students in school but we hope to have everyone coming on a normal basis by April.
We want to share with you about one of our recent projects. We are trying to get sponsors for 50 children in Azacualpa, the village where we started the first Feed the Hungry Kitchen. These children are already eating in our feeding center (we have over 100 eating daily here) and they attend our church in this village under the care of Pastor Bellarmino Rios.
Because Bro. Bellarmino has a good relationship with the local grammar school and he is able to oversee their education journey, we have decided to seek sponsors for the children in his church/kitchen. We are stepping out on faith and starting with 50 children. These children will have the opportunity to attend our Christian High School when they are older.
We are also praying about and working towards setting up tutoring sessions for these children either by our top high school students or our teachers once a month.
We would also love to be able to provide a backpack for each child. We don’t typically do this for every child so we have linked an Amazon wish list below if you would like to help purchase a backpack for these children. We will have them delivered to our office in Georgia and we will ship the backpacks in the boxes when we send Bibles. We are praying for the Lord to touch hearts regarding this project because we would love to be able to find a sponsor for all of the children in Azacualpa.
Here are the 3 ways you can get involved in this new project:
1) Purchase a backpack through our Amazon Wishlist.
2) Sponsor a child from Azacualpa at $35 monthly.
3) Help with the shipping cost to send the boxes of backpacks and Bibles (Shipping one box costs $260).
As always, we are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you all for your love, prayers and faithful support of Good Samaritan Baptist Missions.
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