Just this week, there has been a new development in our search for property. We have found a really large property, centrally located to Managua. That would cut our driving time to Cristo Rey to less than half. It would put us in the middle of everything but not downtown, which is perfect. It’s still early and we are just beginning to do our due diligence on this property, but we both believe that this is where our focus needs to be. With that we would ask for your prayers concerning this property. The potential is limitless!
All of this thinking about our future has me also thinking about our past and God’s plan in it all. I think about our story, the really tough times, the losing of everything, the threat of death, the five years of hospital, the needles and machines keeping my baby boy alive, the darkness of night that never ends, and then the promise, and then the miracle, and then the ministry that was birthed from it all. While God did not bring all these horrible events into our life, He is the One who redeemed them. He is the One that gave us beauty for ashes and a testimony. Now, the scripture comes alive to me, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. I really believe you cannot consider the future without embracing the past. It’s what made you who you are and prepared you for tomorrow.
We have many years in ministry now and we’ve seen Christ turn water into wine. We’ve held and weeped for the abused children that have come into our children’s home with broken bodies and spirits. Then, we witnessed the power of unconditional love as broken children are made whole again. We’ve seen Christ glorified in communities, where the local church is strengthened and lives changed. Men are being taught how to be honorable men and children are being taught values and to dream big; all things are possible through Christ. Doors of opportunity are being opened as people are learning new skills to provide for their families. Hungry tummies are being filled. Homes are being built for the poor and families are being reunited under one roof. Lives are being changed and transformed.
Fifteen years have past since our family moved to Nicaragua. I look back, fondly now, overwhelmed with emotion at what God has done with our lives. I know that the steps we take today will have a great impact on our future. The opportunities are endless and our vision is expanding to meet the needs and challenges set before us. As more people join our team, they will add new vision and perspective to what’s possible. These are exciting days in which we live and it’s with that awareness that we look to the future and the possibilities that await.
I always close with our sincerest thanks to all of you who support this ministry with your prayers and finances. Some of you go back with us over a decade. I once had a very wise man say to me, ” If you want to know what a man believes in, look in his checkbook, because he will invest in what he truly believes in”. Surely, you who invest in Kingdom pursuits through New Life will share in the reward with us. We will stand together when the question is asked and, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.