Thanks to a generous grant from the Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have recently purchased an acre and a half of land in the rural community, Piedra de Agua! We have been praying about this opportunity for the past several years and we are so grateful for the generosity and trust of Montgomery Community Church.
Our plan is to create a small, model farm where we can train rural families about stewardship practices and food security. So much of the land in the rural areas has been destroyed by deforestation, over-grazing, and exploitative agricultural practices. We will teach families how to farm responsibly and provide nutritious food for their families.
On this small farm, we will implement soil and water conservation practices, biointensive agriculture, and we will also create an edible forest by planting fruit trees. Our dream is to produce a significant amount of the produce that we need for school lunches.
It will take us a couple of years to fully develop the farm, but we are currently working on a plan to begin the initial investment phase by May. In addition to agricultural areas, we will also construct a small, roofed area for training events, ecological latrines and a rain harvesting system. Our goal is for the farm to become self-sustaining in a period of five years.
Families in the community and scholarship students are anxious to help us get started and are ready to go to work. In the future, this will also be a great spot for Young Life retreats, mission groups and teacher trainings. If you’d like to invest in this amazing project, please let us know!
Or do you not know that our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our annual Night for Nicaragua celebration dinner.
After having to cut back program services in the second quarter of the year due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, we were overjoyed to receive matching gifts from the SG Foundation and Smart Mouth Foods for a total of $70,000. Now every dollar you give in the month of July will go twice as far to meet the critical needs of Nicaraguan children and families who are facing a global pandemic without any kind of safety net to fall back on.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
“My name is Darling Díaz, and I live in the Colonia Apoyo al Combatiente neighborhood in Matagalpa. I have four children, and one of them has a disability. Marlon is 7 years old, and he was born with a psychomotor retardation. Because of his condition, Marlon has continual medical needs and requires special nutrition and care. For five years now, Rayo de Sol has unconditionally supported me with my son. They have made certain that he gets medical attention, fortified nutrition, and they’ve even helped with diapers and other supplies. My husband doesn’t have a stable job, and it’s difficult for us to cover the basic necessities of our family.
Last year, I was able to get a job through Rayo de Sol to help me cover my household costs. I participated in a vocational education program and was able to get a job. Rayo de Sol continues to help me, but now I can cover some of my children’s costs with what I earn from my hard work. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through Rayo de Sol these past few years. It has definitely changed my life and the life of my family.”
We know that the situation in the U.S. is critical, with unemployment rates skyrocketing and an economic recession on the way. However, we wanted to share a story with you about how the global pandemic is impacting Nicaragua.
Giving Tuesday is here! Today is your chance to take action and meet the urgent needs of vulnerable families in Nicaragua. All donations will be matched, so every dollar given feeds even more children.