Posts Tagged ‘Tropical Storm Matthew’

God’s Providential Leading in Nicaragua

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In the early days of ICC’s work in Nicaragua with orphan children we worked hard to find land for a children’s village. We evaluated several properties in the country and finally decided on one that seemed to be the best.

The sale was going through just fine, and we received some funding to purchase the land. We felt that God was leading, and excitement started to build at the prospects of being able to provide permanent homes for ICC children in Nicaragua.

Then, all of sudden, the process hit a snag. The sellers decided they no longer wanted to give up their land. It was difficult for the ICC family in Nicaragua to comprehend this. We sensed that God had lead to this particular piece of property. We all wondered why things were taking a different turn.

Felix Almendarez, ICC Nicaragua’s director, continued the search until another piece of land was found. Everything about it seemed to suggest that God certainly was in control. We felt that He had blessed by stopping the process of purchasing the initial property.

A photograph of ICC's land in Nicaragua

The land where our ICC Nicaragua children's village is located.

Once ICC purchased the land, work began on preparing the site for a children’s village. Felix constructed roads, the children helped plant gardens, and most recently we completed four children’s homes. In December of 2009, the children moved into their new homes with great rejoicing.

It wasn’t too long ago that God revealed once more why the present location is wonderfully situated for a children’s village. Flooding devastated much of the surrounding area when heavy rains associated with tropical storm Matthew passed through Nicaragua.

However, the property where the children’s village is located drains well and varies in elevation. The crops remained unharmed and the dairy herd didn’t suffer any loss. This was a blessing for ICC in the midst of such chaos and ruin.

Felix happened to pass by the property that ICC initially tried to purchase. The flooding that occurred at that location astounded him. Water covered much of the land. The damage would have been horrific if ICC had purchased that land and built a children’s village.

We praise God for His providential leading in the location of ICC’s children’s village in Nicaragua. Though it was difficult to fully understand His ways during the long months of waiting, it is now clearly seen that He knew what was best all along.

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Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Nicaragua Project Aids Devastated Community

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

One of the benefits of using the family model in caring for the children in our program is so the children may learn by example. Watching their parents and our project administrators participate in the local community as involved citizens is a powerful way to teach the children to become responsible citizens themselves.

On Friday, September 24th, 2010, tropical storm Matthew blew in from the Caribbean to make landfall on the eastern coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua headed for Belize and Guatemala.

Satellite Image of Tropical Storm Matthew

Tropical Storm Matthew approaches the eastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico can be seen in the upper left of the photo.

The slow-moving storm spent the weekend delivering torrential rains, flooding and mudslides to Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Bridges collapsed and roads were washed away. Some towns were buried in mudslides. In Nicaragua alone 65 people were reported to have lost their lives.

Thankfully neither the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua, our Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala nor the Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador were adversely effected by the storm.

Sadly many people in the region surrounding the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village were not so fortunate. 25 miles of roads were impacted by wash-outs and water wells were fouled leaving many of the poorest people of the area isolated without food, drinking water or communication. Nicaragua’s national economy has also been effected because the region around Fuente de Vida is the main producer of peanuts, shrimp and cattle products in Nicaragua.

Over the past couple of weeks, Félix Almendarez, our administrator in Nicaragua, has responded to this disaster by taking what milk, drinking water, food and household items the families at Fuente de Vida could spare.

One of the cows from the ICC Nicaragua project.

One of our cows from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua.

Félix has been transporting water to the effected families by using our tractor to haul a tank of clean water. He has also given what food we could spare from our crops and milk from our cows. It is this kind of selfless response to neighbors in need that we want the children to see and from which we hope they will learn to adopt the same values.

The Farm Tractor From the Fuente de Vida Children's Village

The farm tractor from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village that Félix has been using to haul water to the effected refugees of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Still more is needed. The mayor of the department of Chinendega has asked Félix if he, and by extension the ICC family, could help provide further basic food items for the displaced families. You can help us and Félix purchase sorely needed staple foods such as rice, beans, oil and sugar. All that is needed is $300–$400. Please consider giving even a small donation to aid these families.

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Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC