Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Urgent Need!

Meet Herman and his family...Silvia (14), Rico (5), Herman and Fanno (7) ... Luis (11) wasn't here for the picture.

They began coming to Verbo Church about 2 months ago. Herman is blind. We met him and his family when he came up after the service asking for prayer...he wanted Jesus to heal his eyes. When he was 10 years old, he was hiding from the Sandinista soldiers who had come to draft his brother. Herman climbed into a tree and when the soldiers found him, they shook the tree until he fell out. He landed on a stick that punctured his eye. He lost the sight of the other eye later from another accident. We prayed for him that day and every Sunday since that the Lord will answer his cry.

But, honestly, blindness is only part of their trouble. The mother had brought the family over to Bluefields from north of Managua and then abandoned them. They have no way of making money, but Herman insists that he is a good farmer and if he had a piece of land, he could grow food. They live in a borrowed home (they have no money for rent) about 1/4 mile down a very bad dirt road, which makes it more than difficult for Herman to go anywhere. Silvia has become "mom" and does all the cooking, and washing as well as her school work. Even with all the obstacles facing this little family, you can't imagine how caring and loving they are to each other; with not an ounce of bitterness or self-pity.

The church is helping them with food, but the most urgent need is a house that is safe and dry and their own. Pastor Ed has said that there is a house on the church farm that can be taken apart and moved to a lot that has easier access for Herman. The cost to move the house, dig a well and a septic tank and buy some furniture will be about $4,000. 

We have set up a special fund with our organization, Global Outreach called "Letton House for Herman", account number 4287. 100% of any donations made to this account will go to helping this family.

You can send tax deductible checks to: Global Outreach, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38802; or go online and make donations that way. We so appreciate anything you can do to help. 

We would also ask you to pray...not only for the finances, but also for Herman's healing and for the Lord to guide and protect this dear family. 

Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in helping.
God bless you...Dan and Donna

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Making progress between the rainstorms!

It's all a matter of perspective...what might seem to us as slow progress is lightning speed for Nicaragua...at least that's what friends here tell us. So we are grateful! And every day without rain is a blessing. We have entered the rainy season, but we are hoping for some dry mornings or afternoons to work. 

The builders are really having to use their creativity as we are deep in "uncharted waters". But when we asked Santiago the other day if he liked the challenge of building something he had never built before, he said yes! he did.

Here are some pictures of the most recent progress:

Cutting to prepare one hull to fit the other half.

Piecing the halves together with fiberglass cloth and epoxy.

Pastor Ed and Dan checking on the progress...
We so greatly appreciate your prayer support as we move forward with this project...the most urgent prayer needs right now are:

  • dry days (or even partial days) to do the work
  • funds to complete the boat (we are close to half way there)
  • language study
  • wisdom to know how and where we fit into this community 

If you would like to give toward this project, funds can be sent to: Global Outreach P.O. Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38802. Or directly on the website: www.globaloutreach.org. Account # 1056.

Please pass this blog on to others you think would be interested.

Blessings! Dan and Donna Letton