Getting Back Home by Eva

Greetings, I hope that this letter finds you well. 2020 has been an interesting year. I got to go to the States at the end of March and had plans on returning to Nicaragua at the end of June. Due too closed borders and many canceled flights I didn’t get to return home until the middle of December. Even though I greatly enjoyed my time in the States, there were always many tears with every canceled flight; yet still an opportunity to trust God more. Now  looking back I can understand much better why God orchestrated it for me to stay in the States longer. He knew I would benefit from it greatly in many ways. I got to rest and process things deeply; and God  reaffirmed in a deeper way the calling He has given me in ministering to the Miskito ladies.

During my stay I was blessed with the opportunity to receive a variety of different Ladies Ministry trainings and also Christian Life Coach training, which was a beautiful answer to prayer and  will be very helpful in the Ministry God has set before me. Since I’m back home, in Krinkrin Nicaragua, most everybody in the village has been very excited with Christmas and New Year’s cheer. It has been so good to reconnect with the young ladies and moms of the village. God has definitely continued to have His Spirit at work here, and has blessed the work of the ones that were still here on the field this past year.

The village people were all happy for Sarah and I’s return  and many are much more open to share about their life than they had been before. One lady excitedly told me that she got married to her children’s father. Another young lady embraced me with open arms and a cultural sniff of love. She just wanted to sit down and tell me where she was at.  She  was embarrassed to tell me that she now lives with a guy (unmarried) . Would I still love her even if she choose to live in sin? It was now in the open, and she was able to understand that yes the path she has chosen is not honoring to God, and it makes me very sad, but I still love her, and more than that God still loves her. And yes I will keep praying for her, believing that there will be a time when she will live her life in a manner pleasing to the Lord. Ever since then every time I see her  she comes over  to me  wanting  a big hug  just knowing  that I still care  and love her . 

Another girl proudly shared with me that she is still following after God as best as she knows how, even  during my time away. And we were able to  discuss in greater depth what it looks like  to follow God in every aspect of our lives. Still another girl who is very dear to my heart shared with me how she became pregnant just before I left then gave birth at the beginning of December. When her baby was two days old he died. From past experiences and the way  my parents responded  to her, she assumed that I would still care about her too. But she just wanted to share everything with me too so  she could see for herself that I really still do care and love her right where she’s at. Others expressed excitement of starting Bible study again and having their babies monthly weighing and check-up. And most everybody and their neighbors are very enthusiastic about telling me their point of view on the two hurricanes and massive floods that hit a month earlier.

Yesterday medical emergencies piled in one after the other. One man cut his foot with a machete and as I was suturing his wound,  still another young man came in with a cut that needed cleaning and suturing as well. Then there was a first time mother having serious complications at childbirth. She made it through the night and Chris was able to make an ambulance run downriver on his little boat first thing this morning. We praise God that she was able to make it to the hospital and both her and her baby girl’s lives were saved. In all these conversations and situations I keep remembering the words of Pastor David Gidcumb, “they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” 

During my time in the States God continued to grow His love in my heart for the ladies of this village. And He has been working in their lives as well and most of them seem to understand in a deeper way how deeply I care for them and love them. I pray  they will be able to understand  how much more  God loves them and cares for them . Before I had gone to the States, this spring, I did a weekly Bible Study with the young ladies and moms of the village. Also two of the village ladies and I worked with a program to weigh the babies and the pregnant ladies and teach hygiene and nutrition. I’m excited to be a part of this program again, starting on Monday, and also adding fetal development awareness to the program. Then on  the 11th I will start the weekly  Bible Studies with the ladies again.

 I’m excited about the words  God gave me for this upcoming year, “Deepening Relationships.” Then a little at a time as opportunity arises sharing the gospel with those that I love so dearly. I feel so blessed and rejoice that we serve an Awesome God! Thank you for your prayers and support! May God bless you a hundred fold for your loving care that you have shown to the lost and hurting.  Sincerely your sister in Christ, Eva Lee

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Delivering Humanitarian Aid

Finally on the way home after 10 days straight of delivering humanitarian aid to our churches along the river, provided by the Baptist churches on the Pacific side of Nicaragua. Thank you to to the Baptist people of Nicaragua, and to all of you who have helped make this possible by giving so we could buy the 170 gallons of gas needed to deliver it. As blessed as it has been, it feels good to be going home, and to be able to spend Christmas with my precious family.

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Slow Recovery

A month has past since the last hurricane and all the flash flooding. What a month it has been. Things are finally back to somewhat normal as most of the things are getting back in place, except for the families who lost their homes. Lots of repairs on homes, and trails cleared of fallen trees. A big thank you to all of you who have been praying and giving what you can so we could do what was needed during this time.

Our bodies are tired and energy is low, but we are praising God for all the opportunities He gave us to demonstrate His love in a time when many were on the verge of despair. We are starting a program to help the people of this village and other villages along the river with corn and vegetable seeds. Since much of the plantains, bananas, and cassava got destroyed, other crops that produce quickly will be necessary to avoid severe food shortages in the next six to eight months.

We hope to give each family a seed package with 5 pounds of corn and a variety of other vegetable seeds so they can raise food that can be harvested during this time of serious need. If you or your church group would like to help provide for these seed packages, you can do so from the contribute tab, or by sending your donation to: Religion to Relationship Ministries PO Box 345 Houston, Mo. 65483

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Hurricane Iota

Nov. 18th. Thank yall for your prayers. We are well, praise God! The brunt of the storm has past, but still raining some. A few houses blew down in the storm, and the water is rising rapidly. We’ll see how high it will come up this time, because it is coming up much faster than the last time. Likely it will be higher than last time the way it’s looking. We appreciate yall greatly!

Nov 20th. Praise God! The water is actually going down today. It crested at about 12 last night, and by tonight has receded about 4 feet. We appreciate all your prayers, there’s a lot of damage, but nobody from our village died from the storm or the flash flooding. There are a few less houses though. We were able to rescue 4 guys yesterday who were floating down the river in a house they were trying to tie down when the up pressure from the wood wanting to float jerked the posts out of the ground and took them for a ride of their life. It has been quite hectic the last few days helping people evacuate, and taking most of our things to higher ground. It’s been different to run our boats all over the village through the normally small rainy weather ditches. Now for cleanup, repairs, getting things back into there places, and then helping rebuilding.

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