Chinandega Wednesday – Day 5 – January 12, 2011

Posted on January 13, 2011

This morning when we arrived at the church, Johana, the aunt of the premature twin baby boys was waiting to take us to their home. The tiny infants lay on a bed under mosquito netting in a cardboard hut supported by wooden polls. The mother placed the babies in our arms and we began to pray. The babies were originally due in February but instead were born January 2nd. The firstborn baby weighed 3 lbs and the second baby weighed 2.5 lbs. As of this meeting with the mother, neither child has been named.

The mother is a member of Pastor German’s church. She explained to us that when the babies were in the hospital, she thought it was too brutal that they drew blood each day from their tiny hands so she decided to take them home from the hospital. The doctors tried to explain that without medical care; these babies would die in her home. She said to the doctor, “I’ll trust in God”. The mother was sent home from the hospital with a can of Enfamil Premium Premature formula powder and a 30 cc plastic medicine cup for her to use to feed the babies with. Due to their prematurity, these babies have not yet developed the ability to suck. We decided then and there that we would put together a care package of additional cans of Enfamil formula with droppers and bottled water as well as blankets and some clothing.

This household is very, very poor; though they need things desperately, her only concern had been for us to come and pray for her babies. She asked for nothing. We promised that our Pequea Church family will pray for the following:

  • That God’s will be done.
  • That the children will thrive.
  • That the father of these babies be converted from drugs and alcoholism.
  • That our men can effectively evaluate and get necessary supplies while here to make their home safer and protected against the elements.
  • To pray for nourishment of the mother who appears malnourished.

We don’t know what God’s outcome will be but we do know that we connected with God as we cried out to Him on behalf of this family. What a privilege it was to participate in the life of this family.

After praying with the mother and babies, we were asked to go across the street to the home of the paternal grandmother, who had baked pastels (small dough pastries filled with meat). She is not a believer, but we prayed for her and her home and invited her to our ladies ministry scheduled for later in the afternoon. After yesterday’s women’s ministry, we felt the power of God’s spirit in this community and have faith that just as the Lord brought new non-believers to our ministry yesterday, He will continue to bless us with the women that we are to meet.

On our way back to the church, we met the guys on our team just in time for a mid-morning refreshment of 6 different fresh fruits provided by Lisette, a member of the church who sells fruit. The table was beautifully presented under the shade of tropical plants and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Lizette and Melvin are newlyweds. They hosted this special hospitality in the yard of their home which was a 12 foot shed with no windows. God blessed us with this special gift just at the moment that our spirits needed a special lift.

Oh, by the way, the men were also busy too! They finished painting the steel for the Sunday school classroom roofs and the roof is 90% finished.

Woo-Hoo! The Internet just came back!!

News Update: On our way to dinner, we delivered the care package for the babies. The appearance of the babies was so improved; it was way beyond our expectations. It was amazing to see’s God’s grace in action! We celebrate His favor tonight! Dottie and Kate were able to feed the babies with the droppers and educate the mother on feeding with a dropper. We plan to drop in tomorrow. Please continue to pray for the survival and growth of these babies.


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5 Responses to “Chinandega Wednesday – Day 5 – January 12, 2011”

  1. Bobbi
    Jan 13, 2011

    Hi everyone. It is so good to have contact again. How blessed you must feel to be making such a difference in the lives of these people as they are making in yours.
    Hi Tony. Love you. Linford came last evening and had the “maiden voyage” with the new snow blower. What a blessing that was. Judy even brought me chicken corn soup. I bet you didn’t have any of that where you are.I got to work okay yesterday. If we would have had a little more snow I would have had trouble getting over the plowed hills at the bottom of the driveway. I called off work today. Not sick, just very tired from my first week back.
    I can’t wait to see pictures, but just very glad to read the blog.
    Special hi to Dottie. As usual “I got you covered”
    Also special hi to my “sister” Marge.
    I really feel like I’m missing out not being there. Maybe sometime… I pray for you often. Thanks for doing what you are doing-giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.

  2. Gayve Garber
    Jan 13, 2011

    Your website is such a blessing! Keep up the good work in Nicaragua-

    Gayve Garber

  3. Margaret Farkas
    Jan 13, 2011

    Hey Team – Great to be able to catch up on the blog – and experience Chinandega thru your eyes. I know you are impacting lives in ways you could not imagine – and that the people you meet will remain in your hearts always. Pack some of that nice warm weather in your suitcases for us. You are all covered in Pequea Prayers and more. Work hard, have fun, make memories.
    God bless you all.
    P.S. Could someone please take a picture of the handsome photographer!

  4. Bonnie Yowler
    Jan 14, 2011

    Hi everyone,

    couldn’t stop thinking of the new babies born premature. I wanted to pass just a little information that my daughter did
    with Jack at the Hershey NICU. It’s called Kangaroo Care.
    Kangaroo Care consists of placing a diaper clad preemie in an upright position on a parent’s bare chest-tummy to tummy in between the breasts. The baby’s head is turned so that the ear is above the parents heart. Due to lack of power and reliable equipment, Kangaroo Care was found to be an inexpensive and very beneficial experience to babies in Bogota. the mortality rate fell from 70% to 30%. This encourages infants to breast feed spontaneously. Hershey
    NICU uses this procedure. Shauna and Craig did this with Jack. I hope you don’t mind me sending this. I am praying
    for the mother and the babies.

    This note sends love and prayers to you all. Hi Marge & Wayne.


  5. RoseMary Hess
    Jan 15, 2011

    Our continued prayers! What a life difference you are making on the people, and the change they are making on your lives as you serve them.
    Love and,
    Blessings to each of you,
    Glenn and RoseMary

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