January 2009 Newsletter

So much has been going on around here it is hard to keep up. Many of our projects deal with education so the start of the school year in early February is a big time for us. We are pleased to report that the two schools and Bible Institute are up and running well after a flurry of building work in January to get ready.

Tipitapa Christian School

Valeria directs camp activities
With preschool through third year of high school total enrollment this year is 450 students, a record for the school. This is the tenth year for the school making it our oldest and largest project.

Valeria Lopez along with a visiting team from South Dakota organized a two night church camping event for the high school students. It went very well and was a time to challenge the young people with intense Bible teaching. We had never done any overnight activities with these kids before so it was a learning experience for all of us but the group from SD really pitched in and helped make it a success. Retreats like these, the teaching of the Bible along with the regular school curriculum and the Commitment to Christ of our teachers makes the school a ministry.

Arco de Bronze School

Gloria with Preschool kids
Director Patricia in Granada has her hands full too this year, the pre school enrolled 45 children. Many of the children come to Sunday school or are known from other church activities. Looking around at these kids and knowing the home life of many we are really glad to be able to offer them a head start toward an education. Children can start pre school here at age three so we potentially have them for three years before they start first grade.

Clean Water Projects

Dennis Dowdall, Ami Wilson and I took a trip on the Prinzapolka River to visit communities that are candidates for water projects. We visited three, Limbaika, Dos Amigos and Tuburus. Limbaika is the front runner for the first project because it is the simplest technically and the community is the most organized and receptive.

Working in these remote rural areas it is necessary to take projects a step at a time to involve the community as much as possible. The more effort they put in of their own the more they will care for the finished project.

Our goal with the help of Harvester Christian Church is to minister to seven communities with clean water projects. The projects will consist in rehabilitation of existing wells or drilling new wells as the situation requires. To that end we have purchased a portable well drilling rig. The rig is being shipped to us with the help of the Nice Foundation and their volunteers. The rig along with several tons of school furniture and other donations will arrive, Lord willing, at the end of February and be ready for service by the end of April allowing for delays in customs here. The young men that work with me in the vocational training shop in Granada are working to fabricate hand pump bases and other fixtures needed for this project.

Apprentice Jemmy L. with reconstructed hand pump ready for installation

Well head after the pump was destroyed by flood in 2004: a Candidate for reactivation

A woman of the Miskitu Tribe removes the outer hull from rice grains the traditional way

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