Hello Everyone. We hope you and your family are well. The recent weeks have been surreal with OBGM’s current outreach efforts (see below) and plans for a future return to Ometepe. As of today, we are sad to hear from many of our friends and extended family that the Covid-19 virus is rapidly spreading throughout Nicaragua with the contagion curve still on the rise. Their government continues to do nothing to help prevent the spread. In fact, there is an effort to cover up the deaths and some health care workers describe it as, “Nicaragua seems like a horror movie, only it is real life.”* Of course, many in Ometepe are jobless because tourism stopped. As a result, we will increase the scope our food assistance program starting in June. If you would like to provide a food packet, donate below. $20 covers a family of four with enough of the basic staples: rice, beans, oil, sugar, coffee & salt for 7-10 days. 100% of your donation is tax deductible and directly benefits the most impoverished in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
Thank you always for your continued prayers for Nicaragua and all of the nations during these unprecedented times. As Christians, we are called to unite by choosing to love our neighbors and our enemies. We are called to stop for the one, whether they be in our own family, community or across the globe without barriers. We are ONE BODY in Christ. Are you with us?
Rochelle & TJ
|GREAT NEWS & NEW ITEMS for GUYS & GALS|
We are delighted to share that Ometepe Artisans Etsy Shop & project is off to a strong start with orders from friends and strangers throughout the USA. New inventory is being added to the shop each week!
Profits from all sales go directly to Rosa and Gladys. This project provided them nearly $400 of income since April when they would have otherwise earned $0due to crisis. The amount may seem modest, but it is enough provide for their sustenance. This project is not only empowering these women, it is providing much-needed hope in the community.
Help us continue this success. Please share the online Etsy Shop with your friends and family. Purchase a small treasure that will empower these deserving women. Items range from $8 – $55. Also, you can follow new posts and updates on their Instagram or Facebook page.
If you have any questions email or IM us on social media.
|Does Your Employer Have a Match Program?|
OBGM has been vetted and approved as a charity in good standing for many corporate employee-match programs through Benevity. If you work for one of the following companies, your employer may have a matching program through Benevity.
For example, if your employer’s policy is to match 2:1 and you defer $25 each month to OBGM, we will receive $75 each month. The extra $50/month would sponsor a young adult for a college education!
If you have any questions, email us or contact your HR Dept even if your employer is not listed below.
|COVID-19 & Community Outreach|
During May we invited our college scholarship recipients to assist OBGM continue to help with community outreach and education. Our first attempt at DIY disinfectant wipes failed, however the the second attempt was a success.
Thank you to Erlin, Hilder, Leydis, Prisila, Cinthia, Escarleth, Joshua and Andres doing all the hard work to pack, organize and distribute the following all while social distancing with masks in the brutal heat:
36 high-risk families 52 disinfectant wipes, soap & COVID-19 prevention handouts
13 family food packets of rice, coffee, oil, salt and sugar
10 dog food packets under our Donations for Dogs program
|We currently have 13 enrolled on AmazonSmile that generated $42.00 in the first quarter of the year. We we would love to double that number by the end of 2020 Can you help us? Use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-084001.|
Also, AmazonSmile customers can now support One Body Global Ministries Inc in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.