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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Are you ready for some futbol?

Futbol (soccer) practice has begun and the boys are having so much fun!  Sergio and Exequiel are fantastic coaches. They are not only teaching soccer skills, but discipline, respect and teamwork. The boys have shown a great deal of improvement already.  They are passing the ball and utlizing the space of the field.  We hope this soccer ministry will open doors for them to attend college on soccer scholarships, because otherwise they are very unlikely to attend college since their families cannot afford it.  Several boys are not able to play soccer due to their poor grades.  In fact, one boy came to practice and had to be comforted by Sergio for atleast 30 minutes.  The same boy also showed me (Kim) a drawing of himself sitting on the sidelines crying because he couldn't play soccer.  Hopefully, we can help him get his grades up so he can join the rest of the team soon.

Praying before practice

The 4th graders

The 3rd graders

Exequiel and Serigo,the coaches

Summer didn't want the girls to be left out while the boys were playing soccer, so she has begun a class for them.  The class includes a bible study and making a craft. The girls love this time with each other and Summer. 

Prayer time

The beautiful bracelets the girls made

The girls

Along with futbol season, it's also harvest time.  The 3rd and 4th grade students were able to glean the field this past week as they gathered corn for their fellow students and families.  The rest of the the corn will be sold to raise money for the school.

Do not reap the very edges of your field....leave them for the poor.  Leviticus 19:9-10

Share with the Lord's people who are in need.  Romans 12:13
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16

Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.  Mark 9:37

We love because He first loved us.  I John 4:19

The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.  Matthew 9:37
 Other good news.....our road has been paved! This may not seem like a big deal but to those who have been to Nicaragua Christian School know what a bumpy, dusty, rough road it is.  Now, it's smooth sailing, except for the cows, chickens, pigs, dogs, horsecarts, bikes and people who contiune to keep the drive exciting as we navigate the obstacle course we call our road. 

We are hoping to give each child at Nicaragua Christian School a Christmas gift and need your help.  Three easy steps:  1.Fill a shoebox with items from the list below. 2. Wrap the box and lid separately in holiday wrapping paper. 3. Indicate whether the gift is for a boy or girl and place $5.00 on top of the box to cover the cost of shipping.  Each box should contain: School supplies ( pencils, pens, crayons, paper, pencil sharpener). Personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, soap, washcloth).  Clothing (socks, underwear,shorts, t-shirt, sandals, ball cap, sunglasses). Toys (yo-yos, small cars, dolls, stickers, jump rope, bubbles, harmonicas).  Filler (candy, mints, gum.  No chocolate or other candy that might melt).  All boxes need to be at Campbell Street Church of Christ no later than September 19th.  For more information, contact Christy Lovelace at 731-427-9511.

Lord, thank you for showering your blessings upon us and allowing us to be in the lives of the children at Nicaragua Christian School.  Open our eyes and hearts and help us to see others as you see them. Use us as your hands and feet.  Fill us with your spirit and let your light shine through us.

Dios te bendiga,
James and Kim

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