Here’s a follow-up to our last post, Teaching Tool. The below was recorded on April 6, 2018 in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. The young man is Hilder, who teaches English for us in the under-served villages of Sintiope and Urbaite, where he lives. It was the first time he had seen and touched the computer donated to us in March. Watch as he shares not only his gratitude but an amazing testimony about the BEST timing…
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven.” Eclesiastés 3:1(NBLH) Todo Tiene su Tiempo “Hay un tiempo señalado para todo, y hay un tiempo para cada suceso[a] bajo el cielo”
Since our last post, March Update, we’ve received approval from the Ministerio de Education de Nicaragua (MINED) for 2 classrooms in the towns of Urbaite and Sintiope on Ometepe Island. Today, Hilder is just starting the third week of teaching English to these 2 communities as follows:
Basic English – Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 PM in Urbaite
Advanced English – Saturdays and Sundays 6-8 pm in Urbaite
Children’s Basic English – Saturdays 8-11 am in Sintiope
When God has a mission, He really delivers in the most unexpected ways. Within 2 hours of sending the March Update email, we received a text from a close family friend. She’s in her early twenties (like Hilder) & wanted to donate her less-than-1-year-old Dell Inspiron computer to Hilder. This young woman could have easily sold the Dell to keep the money for herself, but she didn’t. She used the opportunity to demonstrate her gratitude to God for blessing her life recently. This isn’t just an old, slow “dinosaur” of a computer. It’s also a touchscreen “tablet” AND and has external DVD drive!
First Children’s Saturday Class
In fact, it’s better than my laptop and, yes I admit, I had a fleeting, selfish thought of swapping out the laptops to keep the better one for myself. Of course I didn’t. It’s God’s mission for Hilder to have it and to use it teaching tool for planning, teaching and sharing lessons to His glory for those on Ometepe Island. Funny how it turned into a lesson for me, too.
The children in the above photo are just the beginning recipients of Hilder’s gifts of teaching English and sharing his love of Jesus. We can’t wait to see what happens next!
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support, especially as Rochelle prepares to leave for a 2-week visit to Nicaragua on April 5.
Dear Family & Friends:
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers for our ministry on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. We’ve made great progress with our Guiding Pillars, and many families will be blessed thanks to your generosity. Our next trip to Nicaragua is scheduled for April 5. Please follow us on Facebook or our blog, for real-time updates from the mission field. See below for our current progress, including some small ways you can help make a difference! Love, T.J. and Rochelle Scott
Minds: Meet our local English Teacher
Thanks to your support, our ministry hired a local young man, Hilder, who loves the Lord and the English language.
He will prepare & teach English classes for a total 15 hours per week. Classes will be held Monday – Saturday to both young adults and children in the underserved towns of Urbaite and Sintiope.
We are in current need of a laptop computer, portable projector and projector replacement bulbs. If you have any of these items used, or interested in donating specifically to this need, contact us today.
Bodies: “Eyes for Hope” Drive
Do you have extra reading or old prescription glasses? There is a huge need for these items in Nicaragua. Even if you don’t have a spare pair, most dollar stores carry readers. Rochelle will have a collection bin located at her Cocoa Beach yoga classes, or contact us to make arrangements.
February was back-to-school time in Nicaragua. Your donations provided the mandatory uniforms & school supplies for the new school year to Yendri, Cindy, Anyel and Cristian (left-to-right). Muchas gracias.
USA Project We are pleased to share the news of our latest US-based effort. OBGM is helping to facilitate the start of an urban ministry led by Ben & Abby Houck helping at-risk families in Brevard Country, FL.
Ben, Abby and their five children serve families and children twice weekly in several Section 8 communities. Many in these communities do not know from where their next meal will come, and suffer from decades of trauma and poverty.
We provide food, crafts, faith-based yoga, meditation and the love of Jesus Christ to these communities. This effort aligns with our Guiding Pillars to prepare minds, bodies & spirts as one body of Christ. If your heart is called to support Ben & Abby’s local efforts please contact us, and we will ensure your contributions get to them.
Wohoo! Julia Maria starts her 2nd year of foreign-language studies at the University of Managua (UNAN) on March 5. Our sponsorship provides Julia Maria with books, photocopies, transportation and food. See our blog for Julia Maria’s story. Thank you!
Amazon Wish List We created another small way you can be the hands and feet of Jesus from the comfort of your home. Visit our “wish list” on Amazon for items that support our ministry.
“SO IN CHRIST, WE WHO ARE MANY ARE ONE BODY, AND EACH MEMBER BELONGS TO ONE ANOTHER” – ROMANS 12:5.
My husband, TJ, is a devoted husband, father, family member, employee and friend to everyone he knows. He’s spent the past four years in a “commuting triangle” between Chicago, IL – Cocoa Beach, FL and Cherry Hill, NJ. While we’re grateful for this job that provides for our family… let’s face it … it’s not the ideal situation. When he accepted the role in Chicago, our intentions didn’t start out that our family would be separated in three different states spanning 2,300 miles. However, circumstances were beyond our control. We had to make tough decisions. Some people may have thought we were crazy, or worse, getting a divorce!
During this time, there were days we felt like we could barely ‘keep our heads above water.’ Loneliness and doubt sunk in. Our relationship with God suffered. However, there were also good days – cherishing the windows of time we had together, either as a couple or a family. This kept us hopeful that there was a larger plan in all of the craziness.
Slowly, God planted people in our lives who awakened our senses to His greater plan:
Julia Maria from Ometepe who contacted us in January 2017, to humbly ask for help to attend University (Matthew 21:22).
A young family with five kids here in Florida showed us what it’s like to truly walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). They abandoned their comfortable life in another state far way to follow a calling into the mission field serving the poor in Florida.
Madelyn. She is a full-time 23-yr old missionary in Nicaragua, whose love for Jesus and to gather His sheep is so contagious. (Isaiah 40:11).
Hilder. A young 21-yr. old man supporting & carrying his family in Ometepe. Hilder’s gift is teaching English language and love for Jesus (Romans 12: 6-7)– All are great needs in Nicaragua.
With each encounter, we became more finely tuned to: Ask, Walk, Tend, Gather, Carry, Teach and Lead – all to advance His Kingdom, not ours!
We put ourselves at God’s disposal, and He put more people (too long to mention all the names here) in our paths. What happened in our family and with the ministry have been miraculous. On January 10, 2018, One Body Global Ministries hired Hilder to start teaching English classes on Ometepe for young adults and children. The same day, T.J. received a written job offer from his employer to work in Florida! Now what remains for us on His mission seem more clear.
As Christians, I believe God wants us to know, first and foremost, that we are at His disposal – from our most simple acts as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians: 27). Sometimes it comes to us through the written word, sometimes through the people or unexpected events in our daily lives. How will you respond when God needs you to be at His disposal?
During a trip to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua in late November, I was awoken at 4:00 am to the sound of fireworks and loud music from about 1/2 mile up the road. The local residents were celebrating a special day in Advent at church before their workday began at sunrise. I was made aware by my friends, Tom & Esther, that the entire month of December was a firework-filled preparation leading up to Christmas. Throughout that morning, afternoon and early evening, fireworks permeated the landscape on Ometepe as a reminder of Christ’s upcoming birth.
At first, I thought to myself, “what a contrast to the way Americans at home celebrate the season!” But then I pondered deeper, and recalled the spectacle of light displays & sounds that adorn our homes, neighborhoods, churches, towns and cities in preparation for the Holidays. (Note: On Ometepe, consistent electricity is a luxury, even to those who can afford it.)
While fireworks and Christmas lights are very different methods, both are meant to light up the sky and draw our attention to the same, larger meaning of Christmas: the ultimate hope, promise & light of Jesus, our Savior! John 1:9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
When I returned home to the US in early December to all of the newly-hung Christmas lights in my neighborhood, instead of noticing how “pretty” the lights looked, I found myself reflecting on, and finding gratitude in, God’s perfect gift of grace through the birth of His Son, Jesus – wohoo! It felt like fireworks inside of me.
This Christmas, I wish the same awesome feeling for you and your family (without the 4:00 am fireworks episode). Also, as you make your 2018 New Year’s resolution(s), consider how you can be a light for Jesus in your family, community or beyond. He wants us to be a light for others. Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
One attribute that my mother instilled in me at an early age was “to be an indpedent woman.” I suspect she was emulating the changing times of the 1970’s & 80’s, when women were claiming their independence in the workplace and in leadership roles throughout American culture. I am grateful for her encouragement, and it has shaped me into the strong person that I am today.
To have to ask for help, however, is not an easy task for me. Stepping into the missionary world and walking in faith, I need to learn how to better embrace this. From asking how to say a word in Spanish, or asking directions, or to asking sponsors for donations, I need to put my ego aside and remember “the ask” is really from Jesus and not for me.
This was the mindset we had to embrace when making this video, and as I prepare to go to Ometepe November 25 – December 2.
John 14:13-14(NIV)13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Enoy the video below. Thank you for your support and continued prayers. Dios le bendiga!
Meet Julia Maria. She is the sister of one our medical sponsor recipients who unfortunately passed away in October 2016. Through her faith in Jesus and the inspiration of her sister, she’s completing year 1 of her 5-year foreign language degree at University of Managua. In July 2017, she joined us in Granada for sight seeing before meeting her family on Ometepe. Financial assistance is needed to supply books, materials, meals and travel expenses that are not covered by her education scholarship. You can help Julia Maria by donating to our ministry (please specify One Body or Rochelle Scott in the ministry field).
Waiting on others can be a challenge. For instance, have you ever waited in a long line at the grocery store and the cashier is really slow at bagging, or even worse, she encounters a glitch with the computer system? Sometimes you just want to scream about how much time we spent waiting on others.
As I grow older, I have learned to embrace these times as a gift to talk to Jesus or to find gratitude that I have two healthy legs to stand upright in a line in an air conditioned building (living in Florida is hot).
Recently though, my patience has been challenged with slower-than-expected progress on our plans to build our mission house on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Luckily, I was able to take step back and remind myself that I am NOT in control of this process — He’s in charge! Knowing this is so comforting to me. Whether you are waiting to hear from someone about your next job, medical test results or delivery of a promise, when the time is right…the Lord will make it happen.
The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.
– Isaiah 60:22
Meet sisters, Arelis and Julia Maria. Both of these young ladies are shining examples of complete faith in Christ’s unconditional love. Through their journies, they inspire us to remain strong in our faith and to traverse through whatever obstacles come our way. Our lights shine brighter because of them. We are steadfast in our commitment to our calling. We trust in His unfailing love.
Psalm 13:5 – But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation..