Dear Mission Friends and Supporters:
Just so excited to be able to write this newsletter to tell you all the tremendous things that has happen this past month. We went to Nicaragua in March with 33 people and then again in April with 39 people. We just got home a few days ago with 33 of the Charis Bible students from Colorado and 6 of us from the Ambassadors to the Nations staff. We have some wonderful testimonies to share with you that you will love reading about. The CBC students were able to minister 14 times to over 3350 people. They gave out more than 2250 toy gift bags, 500 bags of groceries, almost 700 pairs of new shoes, 120 Bibles, 70 Andrew Wommack books, clothes, soccer balls and suitcases full of other items that the team members brought to be a blessing. AWESOME, AWESOME!!!
Ministry times at our Schools in Nicaragua:
The first morning of ministry for the students was at our Managua school. All of our students had lined up in the hallway to welcome the Charis Bible Students. They had formed like a human arch way for the students to pass through as they entered the school. They had balloons, music playing and were throwing confetti everywhere. So the CBC Students came in dancing and laughing. Our school students were clapping and going crazy. It was really precious and the CBC students were so blessed to be welcomed like that. At all of our schools that we took them to, our students were so excited for them to be there. At each school we broke the CBC students down to minister in the classrooms with their puppets, dramas, crafts, storytelling and ministering the Word. We can truly tell you that this team had some of the most powerful dramas and puppet skit we have EVER seen. It presented the gospel so clear to every age group. They were able to pray with our students to be filled with the Holy Spirit and saw some of the students healed too, also something new that we have never had a team member to do was BIKE Tricks. Zach, one of the young men brought down a special bike to do tricks with for the children and young people. It was really special for them. We were able to do a big show on several basketball courts. The people cheered and loved it. Thank you Zach for going the extra mile to do this and for blessing a young man with your bike and pads on the last day.
Special Story of Healing and being filled with the Holy Spirit:
One of the CBC students that came last year was able to come this year as a third year leader for the team. His name is Palo, a great young man. His story begins on April 12 while he was still in the Managua hotel. Palo's story-- "I was in my room at the Managua hotel and I was praying in the Spirit and the Lord gave me a vision. I saw a young girl with green eyes and long brown hair (remember most of the children have dark eyes and dark hair). She was wearing a school uniform. I knew that the Lord wanted me to minister to her. Well it was at the last school we ministered at on the Island of Ometepe that she was there and sure enough the girl had green eyes and long brown hair. At that time I did not know she was sick and due to that sickness she was not able to come to school right now. She was there just to see the group. So I talked with The Jolley's and asked permission for myself, Robbie and Ezekiel (a Nicaraguan helper) to go to her home to minister to her and her family the gospel. It was awesome!! We prayed for the whole house and they were healed. The young girl had a sickness that caused her eyes to swell and she could not sleep. After prayer, she said she had no more pain!! Also her mom was healed from back pain. Then we prayed for the whole house to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and they did including the young man that was helping us. Praise God for this tremendous time of ministry". We are so thankful for the CBC students being lead by the Holy Spirit to see these great miracles. Thanks guys!!
Islands of Granada and the Ministers/Leaders meeting in Diriomo, Nicaragua:
We always look forward every trip taking the different teams to see the little Islands of Granada to see how the people have to get in their little row boats to go everywhere they want to go. It is a nice relaxing boat ride for us also. As we arrived to one of the Islands it was FULL of people. They were ready for ministry. The students performed their dramas, a puppet skit, prayed for people and passed out toy gift bags. We also had the night time students to help us with the Princess Ava Jo Foundation distribution. The ladies enjoyed dressing the little girls like princesses and telling them they are a princess for Jesus. The men helped us do the FIRST Judah James B. Ball Foundation distribution. These foundations belong to our grandchildren. The Judah James B. Ball Foundation bags consist of sports T-Shirts, sweat bands, socks, shorts and either a football, baseball, soccer ball or basketball. The little boys got to wear their new sports clothes and enjoy their new gifts just as the Ava Jo girls did. We want the boys to learn how special it is to be a part of "God's" team. It was really a blessing to see their little faces. Great job team! During our time on the Island we also had our mobile Medical Clinic set up. Bruce and Joyce the CBC staff leaders are medical people in the USA so they were able to help our Nicaraguan Doctor (Ivania) treating and praying for the patients. Thanks also to Juanita and Angie for translating for them. We did the Medical Clinic in 3 different locations during the trip and they treated and prayed for over 225 patients. They saw some healed and pain leave their bodies instantly. We are so thankful that we can help sick people for FREE because of special partners that sponsor our clinics every month. We love you Reynold's Family.
Diriomo, Nicaragua Meetings:
After we left the Islands of Granada, always coming across the lake we have the most FUN!! We have water fights and go crazy!! Well this team was no different!! They were throwing water everywhere. It was great. It really felt good because it was so HOT!! On our way to the Ministers/Leaders Meeting we had time to dry out before we arrived. At first we were told that we were going to have the Adult meeting first, well that was not the case (flexibility on the mission field). When we arrived the church was FULL of children and young people, which was wonderful. So the team did a tremendous job ministering to them first. We had never been to that city before, so the people loved it and were so excited. At the end we blessed them all with toys, shoes and bags of groceries. Right after that we set up to do the Ministers/leaders Meeting. We had 4 of the CBC students to share the Word and we did one of the main dramas--"Jesus the way, the truth and the life". It was powerful. The jest of the drama was on God's love, having a dream, being a giver and using your imagination for the things of God. The CBC students prayed for all the senior Pastors and blessed them with Andrew Wommack books in Spanish and gave them offerings. This was the first time this group of Pastors/Leaders have ever received Andrew's books in Spanish. They were so thankful!! Thanks so much Robbie, Alan and Palo for bringing the books and Bibles for us to bless them. We are just so blessed that Andrew Wommack allows his students to come in March and April to be a part of what we are doing together to touch and change Nicaragua for Jesus. Thank you Andrew!!! We love you dearly!!! We know these students will never be the same. From times of fun to times of ministry, you will remember it FOREVER!!
Now Updates on School and House projects:
We want to thank so many of our partners for giving to help us replace 5 of our old classrooms roofs at our Las Maderas School. We have taken in over $14,000.00 for this project. Praise God they have finished all the roofs and we were able to see them during our trip. It looks great!! Also we had some money left over to start putting the final surrounding wall around our Ometepe School. We only need about $4,000.00 to finish this project. God is so good!! We were also able to go visit a few more homes that we have finished or started in the past 4 weeks. Things are progressing great. During the month of April, we received finances for 2 more homes, plus $5,000.00 and $2,000.00 from two partners toward our final classroom at our Las Maderas School. We hope to start that in the next month or so. We are just so blessed to see the love and giving of you our wonderful partners. We know you have so much love for these children and needy families. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Update on Containers:
Unfortunately, we have not been able to ship the Easter container. God has blessed us to get our containers in with no problems for 15 years. Right now we have gotten a little off schedule. So in order for us to get them back on schedule, we need to wait until June. So we are going to make the Easter container now our Birthday container. So if you did not get your Easter Box in and you want to send one now (which will become their Birthday box), you still have time. So the children this year will only get a birthday box and then around August or September we will tell you about their Christmas box(es). Sorry for this, but we do not want any problems in the future with our containers. Please know that when the children receive their boxes they are excited no matter when they arrive. We are just thankful that we can still get containers in to bless the people of Nicaragua.
School Picture and grade Updates for 2013:
Finally, we were able to get all the school children's pictures and new grades for 2013 updated in all of our files and get them out to you for the new school year. It takes us 2 1/2 months to get all this done between the 2 countries. So enclosed you will find picture(s) and new grades of the child(ren) you sponsor. Every year we have about 10% of our students that do not come back to our schools due to moving or reasons we do not know. So if your child(ren) has changed or graduated we have assigned you a new child(ren). Please know that the most important thing is blessing the children so they know about Jesus. We hate that changes happen but that is just part of ministry and life. Just know that you are making a tremendous difference in their lives and we could not do it WITHOUT YOU!!
As always we would like to thank you for your continued support of this ministry, without you and God none of this would happen.
Pastors Darey & Karen Jolley