Sunday School

We continue to have a class full of kids on Sunday mornings which has been great, although there are days when only three or four kids come out. 

I never saw myself as a Sunday school teacher. Ever. But, I see the value and blessing in it now that I am older. As a young girl, I remember being in Sunday school myself, and how learning about the Lord brought light to my life since I grew up in a broken home. My mom teaching us the Bible and taking us to church are really some of the more wholesome memories that I have of my childhood. In the midst of craziness, being in Sunday school is where I sensed Jesus in my life and where I felt safety. 

Now as a Sunday school teacher myself, my heart grows for the kids God brings each morning, knowing that some of them experience the same difficulties in their homes, and need to know that God sees and knows them. I love for the classroom to be a warm, welcoming place for kids to come into, even just making it a point to acknowledge them by name. The Bible says in Psalm 92:13 that "Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will flourish in the courts of our God" Pray that as the kids come out each week, being planted in the Lord's house, they would flourish spiritually as they grow older! At the same time, pray for us teachers: Gabriela, Suyen, myself and Lucy, to be led by the Holy Spirit, and create a space for the kids to thrive in.

 

 

My Newest Project :)

Hi Everyone! 

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I am currently working on a small project making coin jewelry with Centavos, Nicaraguan coins! This will help to raise funds for missions support in a creative way. 

I made my very first pair, and was excited to show them to you sisters....(and brothers too, should you want to buy a pair for that special lady in your life :)

Now, this is not the only style I have in mind. I went out to buy a few different beads and things to make them with so that there is a variety. I wanted to get your opinion on them first, thought...especially from you crafty sisters!

Private message me if you have any ideas or suggestions as far as style/colors/look, etc., and if you have any Jewelry-making do's and don'ts to suggest for me. Let me know what you think of them!

Puppet Theater

Here is what our theater would look like

Here is what our theater would look like

Hello again,

So, as some of you know, we are putting together a kid's fair outreach at the end of this month. There will be carnival-like games including a bucket toss, ring toss, a guessing booth, punch-prize game....etc. . I thought about making kettle corn! Worship and two puppet shows are part of the outreach, as well as evangelism.

Today I did some shopping and price-checking for the different things that will be needed for the games and prizes, and also for decorating. The one thing that we are looking to put together not just for use at the fair, but for long term ministry use, is a puppet theater. The cost for this to be done (including the fabric necessary to cover) is $50.

If you would like to help out with this, we would greatly appreciate it! You could just click on the link: www.graceministriesint.com/donate to donate, and also send a note to Greg, greg@graceministriesint.com to let him know you donated for this project.

This would really bless the children's ministry in general as well as other events in the future. 

Thank you so much, your support makes these ministry opportunities possible!

God's Love at Work in the Kids

During Sunday school class, I am going through the days of creation series. They are learning how God created all things so, I had made playdough for the kids to play with so that they could “create” what they wanted.

Well, I took the play dough out during a day of kids center and the kids loved it! While they didn't 'create' something new, they were more than excited to make tortillas, enchiladas, donuts and cakes! Sani and I made ourselves noses like Mrs. Potato head and the kids thought it was hilarious.

We had a good time and good laughs.

It is good to see Omar, Dona Karla's nephew, laughing more and enjoying kids center. Before, he was more anti-social and could not play peacefully with other kids at all. 

Read more about Omar and his brothers here : http://graceministriesint.com/angelas-blog/2017/10/2/change-in-eric-and-elias

But as he continues to come out we are given more and more opportunities to show him and others like him God's love for them, and in turn see how God brings about change in them.

Pray that we would work joyfully with them, loving on them, that they may know God's love in Jesus.

Discipleship with Jaqueline

Jaqueline and I just finished our second week in Calvary Chapel Distinctives class. She loves it so far, and it has only been one week! 

She is a lawyer and also a teacher at a college, so she can get pretty busy. During our last class, she explained that for a long time now this question comes to mind of “is this all there is? I should be doing something more in life, this can't be all.” She told me that she senses God's call on her life to serve in ministry. Currently she is on the roll sheet for church cleaning and is helping a lot at youth center. Being with the kids has been a challenge for her (in a good way) because working with the kids does require patience and energy. But even more important, it will hopefully cause her to press into the Lord more to depend on His Spirit's guidance and strength. She has been a great help there, and the young girls are growing more fond of her the more she comes around.

I love to spend time with her, and I love that she loves the Lord.

Please keep Jaqueline in prayer, specifically for:

-Growth and maturity in her relationship with the Lord

-That she would know that her strength and ability to serve comes from Him

-Continual hunger for the truth of God's word

-Direction for her life and how else God would like to use her

Growing Up in the Lord

This last Friday was the last day of school for most kids here in Nueva Guinea. They are out for their summer break. Summer begins from December until the rainy season in April. They go back to school in February.

The kids that I have been giving class to are going to be in the 6th grade. It is exciting because I have been giving most of them class since they were in the third grade. Three of them (Juan Carlos, Emily, and Marelin) I gave class to when they were in Kindergarten! Some of them have since switched to studying in the afternoon (12p-5p) as opposed to the morning turn (7am-12pm) which is when I go to the school. So, some of the students in my class now are new for me….but many of them I have come to know well over the past few years! It is great because I was not only able to present the Gospel to them, but also come back each year to keep teaching them about the Lord. This is what I appreciate about the school ministry!  Profesora Francisca has always allowed me to come back and teach in her class. As they get older, they will always remember what they learned in Bible class in elementary school. I can still remember when Llesner, who is now in 5th grade, told me when he was younger that he learned to pray when I started there to do class with them.  That blessed my heart so much! Next year may be my last year with them at Ruben Dario, and I really look forward to it.

Thank you for your prayers and for your support!

Please remember that giving financially towards missions has been what has helped me be able to be here and minister in this way to the kids of Nueva Guinea. Your donations, big or small, make a big difference in advancing kingdom work!

Much love, and God bless you all!

Angela

One student starts us out with prayer 

One student starts us out with prayer 

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Youth Girls

Ok, so here is the post I promised you of the young girls that are coming out for youth center. Again, these are not all of them, but they are the ones who come out every single week. Vanessa is missing here, she is in Costa Rica with family, but she also comes out weekly. Vanessa, Sani, and Loemaren come out for church services also. 

Please pray for them! 

 

Youth Center Boys

Hi All,

I thought I would introduce you to a few of the boys that have been coming out for youth center (and some to church services). Here you can get their pic along with their names so that you could remember to pray for them. While these are not the only boys that come, they are the ones that come EVERY single week! God is moving among the kids here in Nueva Guinea. Pray that they grow in Jesus! My next blog will be of the girls that come out :) 

Jacqueline's Walk

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Jacqueline has been coming for almost two years with her husband, Wilmer, and son Jonathan. She is fun, smart, and she LOVES Jesus. She and I connected right away, and always have a good time when we get together after church services, and/or outings and Bible studies. She loves being in God's word and sharing the things that He has shown her. So, that makes our get-togethers special......we love to share with each other! We like to meet up and go for coffee every now and again, although it has been a while since we have last gone

This same Jacqueline is the one who is helping me on Friday afternoons with youth center. She does a good job, and really is seeking to be used by the Lord how He desires. She believes she has the gift of teaching, so she has expressed wanting to teach in Sunday school class at some point, but would have to go through inductive Bible training first.

We are currently trying to decide which day of the week we can both set aside to go out evangelizing together, once or twice a month. It would be a good idea to help her along in sharing her faith,. When I asked her about it at first, she told me that she also had been thinking of asking me if I would be willing to do that with her. So, I look forward to seeing her growth there, also!

Please keep her in your prayers. She would love to serve more as God leads her. Pray that she would follow His leading and continue to grow in Him.

 

Change in Eric and Elias

I don't know if you remember me mentioning the three boys that live with Dona Carla. Omar is the oldest, Eric the middle, and Elias is the youngest. They have lived with her for about a year now, but Omar just recently left again to live with his grandma. So, just Eric and Elias live with her.

The three of them were such a challenge to deal with considering they came from a very difficult home life. Their mom is working in Panama, and their dad gets them every now and then. But, they miss their parents, and they have suffered quite a bit because of it.

Before, they were so wild! You couldn't even have a conversation with them because they couldn't focus enough to communicate. They ran around everywhere, and they wouldn't even stop to hear you speak. They'd jump off high stacked chairs, off tables, run all around the facility, jump out the window during Sunday school class! It was tough.

Since they have lived with Dona Carla, they have changed so much! They are able to be at church and kids center every week. They not only have calmed down, but they listen, they pay attention and communicate face to face when you talk with them. And now, Eric who is 5 years old looks for ways to help clean and pick up after youth center. He participates during worship and craft time, and is quicker to be obedient. I can actually carry on a conversation with Eric, and he loves to talk! Before he was so distracted.

I can't say they are perfectly behaved, obviously. They still are pretty energetic and they are kids, but I LOVE having them around, and having them in class. They are the sweetest things!

Please pray for them, too. Pray that God would continue His work in them and in their older brother Omar. Pray that as they grow older, they would not go far from the ways of the Lord. Pray that they would grow to know His love for them!

Meet Hilary!

Hilary and her family used to all come together for church about 4 or 5 years ago. Slowly, her family stopped coming, but Hilary and her little sister Gema would still come out when they could. Her family, being from a Catholic background, would go back to the Catholic church sometimes. It has been a couple of years since I have seen her mom, dad, and older sister Monica so I don't know where they are all at in their walk as of now. But Hilary has continued to come throughout the years; sometimes with Gema, and a lot of times without her. Yesterday she came to church and as always, I was glad to see her there with us.

I had asked how her family was doing, and she told me they were ok and they were at home. I asked about little Gema and she told me she didn't want to come. She told me “I told everyone 'Let's go to church', but they didn't want to, so I just came”. I can't tell you how that blessed my heart! She doesn't have anyone in her home that is encouraging her in the ways of the Lord, so I am always happy to see her and just love her. I do remind her to pray for her family, that God would draw them to Himself.

I ask your prayers for Hilary this week. That God's word would be hidden in her heart, and that she would grow in the truth of God's word and in Jesus, and not be confused by any wrong teachings from the influences of the Catholic church where her family is from.

Much love,

Angela

Purity Class for Youth Girls!

Last month we started a study through And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh. Every first and third Friday of each month, girls ages 13 and up are invited to come out and hear this study on purity. 

The very first week one girl, Julipsi. showed up for the class. By the next week, six other girls came to join us. This upcoming Friday, we are expecting another young girl to come out, totaling eight girls.

Their names are Julipsi, Katherine, Juneysi, Faviola, Nayeli, Nurian, Nacheri, and Melissa.

Please be in prayer for each of these girls. 

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Specific requests are:

*That each girl would learn to "deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"-Titus 2:11-

*That they would continue to come out for each class and even invite other girls, also

*That they would learn the truth about Salvation in Jesus Christ and grow in a personal relationship with Him.

 

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Women's Monthly Bible Study

Please continue to pray for the ladies that are coming out for our monthly Women's Bible study. We are still going through Hebrews chapter 11. Yesterday Gabriela taught on the faith of Sarah. She had her bouts of doubt about God's promises to her, but in the end she was acknowledged for her trust and obedience. It was an encouraging reminder for us.

Please pray for the ladies. Sometimes they come out, and many times they do not. It would be great if all the women who attend church on a regular basis also attended Bible studies regularly, but that is not always the case. Pray that they would really have a hunger for God's word and that they would be doers of His word and not just hearers.

Much love in Jesus, and thank you for taking the time to read!!

Angela

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Discipleship with Doña Estela

For the last 5 weeks, I have been taking Dona Estela through our discipleship program. She has been visiting our church for a couple of years now, but just recently received Jesus back in April. She used to run a “pulperia”, or grocery shop, out of her home, but has since passed it over to her sister to run. She has a bit more time to do other things now, and one of those is getting into God's word! The first two weeks or so she hadn't been memorizing scripture (which is part of her homework). But she is now memorizing scripture, getting familiar with the order of the books in the Bible, and is reading and recording what ministers to her on a daily basis.

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She would like to get involved in cafe ministry in the future, Lord willing!

Please remember to pray for Dona Estela.

  • *She would hunger and thirst for God's word
  • *She would grow in knowledge of Jesus, and her relationship with Him would mature
  • *She would be a doer of His word and not just a hearer

 

Discipleship Update

There is currently a line up of ladies who will be taking the discipleship class in upcoming weeks.  It has been exciting to grow in fellowship with the sisters here as we get together for Bible studies, or stay after services to talk and share with each other. Right now we are praying that these ladies grow in their relationship with Jesus, and grow in Knowledge of Him, and also as He leads, that they would serve Him. Between Gabriela, Sullen and myself, we'll get to teach either one or more of those sisters who are willing to take discipleship class.


Julipsi is a young girl who recently turned 14 years old. Gabriela spent the better part of last year taking her through the discipleship course. She completed three volumes and is now teaching two other young girls, Sherling and Melissa. It is awesome to see God using her as He is. Julipsi is serving in worship, and will also start helping in children's ministry this month with Karla. Katherine may also be giving this course with Giselle, another young girl. 

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Please pray overall for each sister lined up for discipleship. Here are their names: Heydi, Carolina, Carmen, Jaqueline, Kenya, Mabel, Rafaela, Yanina, Estela and Giselle. Pray that they would hunger for God's truth, and that they would seek His face. Please pray for those of us that are giving discipleship classes, that God would give us His wisdom.

Laundry Room

Hello Everyone,

We recently came across a need for the laundry room here on the facility to be re-painted. The current paint is very old and is chipping and lot of it has fallen or is currently peeling off the walls. I have tried to clean the walls, but the paint comes right off onto the rags. It has a dingy, dirty look to it. As we anticipate hosting teams in the future, we would like for the laundry facility to be a fresh, welcoming area to be in when people need to do their laundry. To paint the walls and the cabinets it will cost $150. Please consider prayerfully giving towards this project. The sooner we can get it painted, the more prepared we will be for visitors at any time. We recently had a donation of U$100 thank you Jesus so just short U$50.

I included a picture of the colors that I thought would look nice!

God bless you, and thank you for supporting us!

If you are donating toward this project send a email to Greg letting him know so the funds are set apart correctly. greg@graceministriesint.com

2016 Went Bye In A Flash!

Here is an update of some events that took place towards the end of last year, 2016

God has been at work in many ways. One of them has been in uniting a few of the couples in marriage! This has been answered prayer, considering what these couples have come through and how God is now being honored in their lives. It has been exciting to see, and this opens up doors of opportunity for them now in ministry! 

During Christmas, there were many events. We collected donations from willing givers and were able to put together Christmas baskets for families in need. They included basic food items like rice, beans, sugar, salt, cookies, oil, and coffee, along with laundry detergent, matches and toilet paper. We put together 8 total. Also, a few of the ladies gave their time one afternoon to help bake over 300 cookies! We made some to take to the hospital as part of a small care package that included soap and toilet paper. Gabriela, Kenya, and myself went the next day to hand out 25 packages at the hospital. There was even enough to hand out a few cookies to the staff. 

The rest of the cookies we gave out during Sunday night church service with hot cafe latte's (minus the espresso, just instant coffee but still delicious!)

The kids were also blessed in a big way, receiving Christmas gifts and a small dinner which was provided for by a few ladies who had sent things down from the states. They were so excited!

We also had our annual women's Christmas dinner where we had about 35 women come out and participate. 

So much has gone on this past month which makes us excited to see what God has in store for this upcoming year. He is faithful! 

We appreciate your prayers and support! 

Love and Blessings,

Angela

Discipleship

Ismenia and Jassharys are two young ladies that I am giving discipleship class to. They both have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are growing in their walk with Him. Ismenia is currently facing a trial that she feels is out of her control. It caused her to become discouraged, leaving some of her homework incomplete. I encouraged her with Jesus’ words that “The Father knows what we have need of before we even ask Him” Matthew 6. I also reminded her that trials are used to strengthen our faith, and that it is something to be expected in this life and in our walk. Please pray for her heart to be strengthened as she continues to walk forward in faith.

In the picture to the right, Jassharys is on the left and Ismenia is on the right.

Both of these young ladies are learning the basics of the Christian faith and have a desire to know God more!  Please pray for them as they seek Him through His word!