As we come to the end of 2015, we are overwhelmed with all the support and encouragement from so many for the mission and church in Nicaragua. A true blessing from God. As we come to the end of the year and move into the new year, we have some challenges and needs. Below are four of the most pressing challenges as we move into 2016.
1. We must address vehicles. The need to replace the white van with another passenger van. We have had our white van for eleven years and it has over 200,000 miles and needs a new motor, $5,000, with the repair we will turn the white van into a utility vehicle.To purchase a used one similar to the green van would be $24,000. We have had our three pick-ups for eight years and have done major repair on two of them this year and need to put a new motor in the Chevy, $5,000, and do body work on the gray truck, $2,500.
2. Bibles. Have a goal of 30,000 Bibles, our first 10,000 were ordered in October and we need to order the second 10,000. In 2016 the goal is to provide a Bible for every prisoner in jail or prison in Nicaragua. We need $30,000 for the second 10,000 ($3 per Bible) we would like to order in January. To date have raised $6,500 toward the second 10,000. These are the Bibles that we have been using and distributing in Nicaragua for over ten years. The Bibles will have contact information printed in the Bibles for Nicaragua similar to the World Bible School lessons we had done last year.
3. Food and Nutrition… one of our goals in 2016 is to expand our garden project. Child Meds First has agreed to supply the seed, with the first shipment to arrive in January. Ricardo is responsible for the project. We need $650 a month for the support for Ricardo and expenses for the projects. We need to secure another soup container through Stop Hunger Now, the cost of the container and distribution is $8,000 and to secure a pallet of Mana Paste from Mana Nutrition for severely malnourished babies and children.
4.School is out in Nicaragua and we begin again in February. Over the next month we must address repair needs of some of our schools, $12,000 needed. Also, the beginning of the year brings the need for school supplies. Could you have a school supply drive at your school or congregation? We have a container that will be shipped out of Dallas in January. To purchase school supplies and books for the schools, we need $14,000.
Because of the blessing of the support of many our basic monthly operating budget is covered, but the challenge with the list is that it is above operation budget. As you consider your year-end contributions, and we know you have many requests. We prayerfully ask your consideration with these challenges and to share it with others that you know have a heart for the church, missions and Nicaragua.
Contribution can be made to Misión Para Cristo, C/O Grapevine Church of Christ, 125 N Park Blvd, Grapevine, TX 76051 or using PayPal through our website: www.misionparacristo.com.
Special Note: Please contact us for the 501c status of the Grapevine Church of Christ if needed.
We know that everyone is not in a position to help financially but we ask your prayers for the challenges and please share it with others.
Because of Him: Benny Baker