We are so excited to finally go to Nicaragua with our dear friends Darey and Karen Jolley! Their ministry, Ambassadors To The Nations (ATTN), is an international ministry based out of Freedom Christian Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Jolleys founded ATTN in 1992, faithfully serving the cause of sharing the Gospel & helping the poor in Central America and Mexico through short-term mission trips.
ATTN has worked in every country in Central America but felt God wanted them to focus primarily in Nicaragua, to "Rebuild the Walls" of this nation which had been all-but destroyed by a great earthquake in the 70's, and then Communism in the 80's.
They have been blessed to build three Christian schools in Managua, Las Maderas and Ometepe. These extremely poor children attend school at no charge and are educated, fed a hot meal and taught about the Love of Jesus everyday. They do all of this through a sponsorship program which is only $10 a month to support a child who will receive all of these benefits. A family can also be sponsored for only $20 per month.
Amazingly, none of the money will stay in America for salaries or administrative costs - a full 100% goes to the sponsored child or family!
They also have 3 churches, a feeding program, a mobile medical/dental clinic and a prison ministry in Nicaragua.
Needless to say, we are thrilled to be a part of this great outreach!
We are brushing up on our Spanish and translating some of our more recent songs to minister to these precious people in Nicaragua.
It has been over 10 years since we traveled to Central America for ministry, and we just know this is the right time.
We are asking you, our friends and partners, to help us with the expenses of this trip. We are believing God for an abundance but to also leave funds and invest in this on-going outreach.
In fact, for $4,500.00 you can provide a new home for a homeless family (20x20 dimensions). These two-room homes are made of concrete block with a cement floor, a bathroom, running water, electricity, windows and doors. (Although extremely basic by our standards, many of these people have never lived in anything this nice.)
For many years, God gave them a dream to build houses for some of their faithful church and school people who were living in shacks. With the help of partners and friends like Andrew Wommack Ministries this dream is finally coming to pass, and they have now built hundreds of these homes for needy families in Nicaragua & Mexico.
Please consider a generous donation for this awesome outreach.
The time is right, we are ready to go and we humbly ask for your help.
(i.e. Carlos y Carmen - Jill's name in Jr. High School Spanish class:)
You can give online at www.charlieandjill.com/Give
Or through the mail at:
Charlie & Jill LeBlanc
Joyful Word Ministries
PO Box 2733
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004-2733, USA
Email us for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about this amazing ministry, visit www.ambassadorstothenations.com
Or contact them at:
Ambassadors to the Nations
4020 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
PRAY FOR NICARAGUA
Facts & Info
Officially the Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Nicaragua's capital, Managua, is the country's largest city and the third-largest city in Central America. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. The main language is Spanish. Native tribes on the eastern coast speak their own languages.
Religion plays a significant part of the culture of Nicaragua and is afforded special protections in the constitution. Religious freedom, which has been guaranteed since 1939, and religious tolerance are promoted by the government and the constitution.
Nicaragua has no official religion. The largest denomination, and traditionally the religion of the majority, is Roman Catholic. Roman Catholicism came to Nicaragua in the 16th century with the Spanish conquest and remained the established faith until 1939.
Popular religion revolves around the saints, who are perceived as intercessors (but not mediators) between human beings and God. Most localities, from the capital of Managua to small rural communities, honor patron saints, selected from the Roman Catholic calendar, with annual fiestas. The high point of Nicaragua's religious calendar for the masses is neither Christmas nor Easter, but La PurÃsima, a week of festivities in early December dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, during which elaborate altars to the Virgin Mary are constructed in homes and workplaces.
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