“Anielcka is such a special girl. All of these kids are. When I look at them, all the dirt, all the grime, all the scars, bruises and pain…when I see the problems they carry on their shoulders and the maturity behind their smiles…I see Jesus. I see a glimpse of heaven every time I look at their grinning faces and bright smiles. They are examples of pure joy. Joy in hardship. Joy in pain.”
(Laura Edmonds, trip journal, March 2009)
We are a team. We are a family. We are a group of brothers and sisters in Christ devoted to helping children in need.
- Mission Purpose
“Called to be and make disciples for Jesus Christ.”
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. [ James 1:27 ]
- Mission Goals
The goals of our trip to Nicaragua are many. Our main purpose is to show the love of Jesus Christ to children in poverty. We will do this by 1) building relationships with the Nicaraguans 2) teaching orphaned children of God’s love 3) allowing children in Nica to be kids by taking them out of their everyday surroundings of hurt and poverty and letting them have fun 4) strengthen our family 5) allow leading by the holy spirit.
- Trip Specifics
Date: Early August, 2013
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
“Nueva Vida,” meaning “new life” is one area in which we will
be working. Nueva Vida is a community outside the city of Managua that was originally established in 1998 after the 10 long days of wrath that came from Hurricane Mitch. The hurricane caused Lake Managua to overspill its banks, forcing residents to flee to higher ground. Displaced families were sheltered in a refugee camp, which later became Nueva Vida. Today, more than 3,000 people live in the community, and because of its original purpose of a temporary location, they are faced with very poor infrastructure of roads, water systems, electricity and sanitation. Most people in Nueva Vida are unemployed and are forced to rely on other sources for their life necessities.
La Chureca is the municipal domestic and industrial waste-disposal site of Managua, Nicaragua. It has been around for more than 40 years and was named one of the “20 horrors of the Modern World.” Approximately 1000 persons, of whom 50% are children under 18, work at La Chureca- sorting through the waste. Of these families, there are more or less 115-180 families that live in La Chureca. The individuals who work and live in La Chureca are named ‘churequeros’ and they are some of the poorest people of the country. Of these, more than 50% are children under the age of 18 Children are most often involved in more than one activity, most frequently: handling glass, metals, and plastics .Working in La Chureca is considered one of the worst forms of child labor in Nicaragua. (Wiki, 2010)
Good news though: La Chureca is on the rise. The people have been working very hard to clean and turn La chureca from a dump into a recycling center of sorts. They are bringing clay into the area which is reducing the amount of fires and smoke.
Day-to-day activities will include various types of mission work through service projects or relationship building. Possible activities include; hosting a bible school, attending a worship service, taking the kids to the park, playing soccer or having Bible Study.