December 2005 Newsletter
Just a quick update to let everyone know what was going on with us and the work in Nicaragua. First we are thankful to have bought a house in St Charles Mo. We closed a few days before Thanksgiving and have been since working on getting it shipshape to move in to. We have been blessed by much help from friends and family in the repairs on the house. The house was in a foreclosure and needed some repairs to make it livable again. Some of those that have helped are Paul and Cathy Church, John Blank of American Environmental, Bob and Pat Strittmatter, Tim McCool of Cornerstone Flooring, Scott Skaggs of Skaggs Home Remodeling. Also big thanks are due to the Henderson, Nolan, Gibson, Plog families from the small groups at Harvester Christian Church. With this and other help we hope to move into the house before Christmas. It will be nice to be in our own place as a family again. It was a real blessing to be able to stay at Roy and Tina Osbornís house in Afton Mo for a the first four months of our stay in the USA but there is nothing like your own home.
On January 5 I will take off for Nicaragua to stay for a month. Besides getting a break from the cold weather it will give me a chance to make progress on the following:
- Construction of preachersí house in Granada: The walls are up and we need to get the roof, plumbing and electrical work done. We are building the house with mission money and then we will sell it to the preacher (Luis Hernandez) on time payments. This will allow him to build equity and reduce the amount that he has to pay for housing. He and his family have rented a house since we send him down there to start the church three years ago. Luis is a mature leader and we want to help him stabilize in the area as he has potential to help start churches in other cities nearby in the coming years.. In 2006 he has accepted the challenge to begin Bible studies in nearby Nandaime. Though certainly much remains to be done in Granada we want to continue to encourage an outward vision among the churches.
- Ongoing programs: receive financial reports from directors of Street Kidís Ministry in Managua, Christian Primary school in Tipitapa, and the At Risk Childrenís outreach in Granada. On all visits to Nicaragua this coming year I spend time at the projects to help the directors and staff resolve any problems that require a heavy hand. Since these projects receive funding from churches here we take the time to ensure that they are staying within their budget and focusing on the projects goals.
- Strategic planning for Street Kids Ministry in Managua. With Allen and Angie Casteel (founders and major fundraisers for SKM) we are looking at ways to increase the impact of the program. A major factor that the project faces is the increasing cost of the educational part of the program. As the project serves about 100 of the neediest families in the southeastern barrios of Managua but at that size it is relatively expensive to operate a primary school for these children as is currently done. Now the children come to the center for primary education in the morning, have lunch and then stay in the afternoon for tutoring, wood shop, computer lab, and sewing classes. We are considering outsourcing the childrenís primary education to a larger Christian school nearby operated by the Assemblies of God. This will allow us to concentrate resources on the afternoon vocational program and the Bible studies in the familiesí homes. The lunch will continue to be served on site. These changes are not set in stone but we are seeing that it is desirable to make some changes to better steward the resources available.
- Visit the community of Limbaika along the Prinzapolka River in the the East Coast of Nicaragua. With some members of the Managua church we hope to show the Jesus Film in the local language, distribute New Testaments and follow up on the radio broadcast ministry reaching that area.
We are also hoping to ship a container of donations on 20 Dec in coordination with the NICE Foundation of Glen Carbon, IL. The donations consist primarily of computers for the schools we operate and medical equipment for the Good Samaritan hospital now nearing completion.
There is a lot going on in Nicaragua these days. Please Pray for us as we try to get many things done in a short amount of time. Ann and William will travel to Nicaragua the last part of Janurary to attend a friends wedding and do some immigration work necessary for their residency status. As we are seeking the Lordís will for our return to Nicaragua in 2007 we are keeping their residency status active to ease our re entry and facilitate an adoption of an orphan in Nicaragua.
Marcus and Ann Pearson
#4 Wilbert Dr
St Charles MO 63304
Special News Flash: Perry Gabbard, an elder at Harvester CC and survivior of a missions trip to Nicaragua in í97 has committed to run a Marathon to help raise money for the ongoing mission work in Nicaragua. More on this effort in coming weeks. Train Hard, Perry!