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Casa Bernabe, Puerto Cabezas

Hogar de Fe

Illeana, Belkis, Justin, Junior, Edwin, Paula, Imara

High School and Sixth Grade Grads. L to R: Illeana, Belkis, Justin(6th), Junior, Edwin(6th), Paula, Imara

Casa Bernabe, Veracruz

Yader, Aydalina, and Freydaling - high school

Yader, Aydalina, and Freydaling – high school

Shereen - sixth grade with preschool class

Shereen – sixth grade with preschool class

Our Angel “Angelita”

Angela Del Socorro Castro copyAngela’s story could be considered one of abandonment, disease and death, but that’s just not how our Creator works. God designed Angela’s story to be one of Forgiveness, Courage and Faith. Her story is not only her own, but also the entire home of 80 children at el Canyon and loving staff as well as our ORPHANetwork Nica staff who have walked along side her in this past year during her inspiring fight against cancer.

Late last year, Angela’s mother abandoned her at the hospital – she was 14 years old and undergoing chemotherapy for a rare cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, most commonly occurring in children.

Mi Familia (similar to social services in the US) presented her case to the staff at El Canyon, and in December they took on the daunting challenge of caring for an abandoned teenager with cancer. Weekly doctor visits, surgeries, and discouraging reports from the doctors were overshadowed by Angela’s fighting spirit. Cinthia, the home’s director shared this earlier in the year, “Angela is a warrior, always facing things with great Faith that God will completely heal her. She has many plans for the future and although her family abandoned her in the hospital, she does not harbor resentments and she forgives them.”

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NIV

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Angela with Home Director, Carolina, in April 2016

While God’s plan did not encompass healing Angela from cancer, He did design her time at the home to unite the children and staff, inspiring them to live life fully and unselfishly. “Everyone here has felt the presence of God in our lives, allowing us to accompany her in this battle, she has united us as a family. Our hearts are grateful for what we have; we have learned to be less selfish, which fills us with much joy and peace. We are very grateful for all of the signs of affection and solidarity that have been given to “Angelita” and to us in these difficult times. The prayers, the visits and everyone’s concern has been very comforting to us.” ~ Cinthia, Director of El Canyon

 

We would like to extend a very special thank you to our church partners at Dulles Community Church (VA) for making some really special celebrations possible this year at El Canyon. A formal Quinceñera party for Angela and all of the girls who celebrated this big day in 2016 and also a very special surprise Titanic movie party for her 15th birthday in which Angela was dressed like a princess.  Our partners at Grace City (MD) also supported the staff at el Canyon to provide specialized counsel from a Child Life Specialist from Johns Hopkins.

Angela

Angelita, you have touched the hearts of so many people. Thank you for teaching us how to better love each other. We know you are living a beautiful, pain free life in Heaven with our Father God.

Angela del Socorro Castro García

August 25, 2001-November 1, 2016

Innovative Program Empowers Hundreds of Moms and Teenagers

dsc_0345Our Club for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers is now serving over 440 women and teenagers in 32 Local Church Initiatives (LCIs) across Nicaragua!
The overarching goal of the club is to prevent the often irreversible cognitive and physical defects that are caused by chronic malnourishment during a child’s most formative years.
Mothers learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to provide proper nourishment to their babies and infants. The club also educates the women on their rights and provides strategies for protection from abusive partners, all the while inviting the women into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
According to the World Bank, Nicaragua has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America – 1 in 3 teenagers will have a baby before they are 18.

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Teenagers like Chelsea (on right) are also being reached through our clubs with information about preventing teenage pregnancies as well as how to protect themselves from sexual abuse situations.
Chelsea shared, “The club has helped me learn about the consequences of an early pregnancy on my life. I am grateful for what I am learning here and I want to help teach other teenagers.”
 
We are so excited for these women and teenagers who are not only being equipped and empowered with life-changing information, but who are also experiencing Christ’s love through their local Nicaraguan church.

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