We had a fantastic trip to Nicaragua. Thank you for all the prayers and support. Two thirds of the team is home already and the remaining five team members that stayed behind a few days to visit Juigalpa, where we spent 7 years working prior to Rivas, are now back in the USA and should be in Arkansas by tonight.
A major area of focus for our trip was to be able to coordinate and prepare Ana to be able use Feed My Starving Children Meals to feed the children at her feeding center. There were two major things that we needed to line up for this to happen.
- Have a secure place to store the the FMSC Meals on Ana’s property. Hence the construction of the cement block storage building while we were in Rivas this last week.
- Figure out an actual way to get the meals from FMSC into Nicaragua and to Ana. (details like importation regulations and taxes, logistics of how to get a partial cargo container of meals, etc).
Thanks to the hard work of the team this week and a few Nica builders we got #1 taken squared away.
Thanks to God #2 is taken care of as well.
Austin, Tyler and myself (Chris) went down a few days before the rest of the team to show Ana some other feeding centers working with FMSC and make some connections for her. One of the places we went was a large organization in Managua called Fabrtto. Fabretto has over 11,000 children in their various feeding center locations as well as partnerships with schools, job training and micro commerce for single mothers.
In the course of explaining to the director of Fabretto what Fellowship was doing in Rivas, what Ana was doing at her feeding center in Rivas and what Pitza 42 was doing Conway the director asked us how many meals Ana needed. We answered that 36,000 meals would cover her needs for a year and allow her to move from feeding 3 days a week to 7 days a week. Without hesitating he said, “We can provide you with those meals.” Just like that it was taken care of. Man, God is good! Ana is working with Fabretto to figure out a pick up plan and then she’ll be serving FMSC meals in Rivas. How cool is that?!