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Covid-19 Makes Life Harder in Nicaragua

The CHE team has contacted us regarding the situation in Nicaragua, the nation is facing the predictable emergence of corona virus in the population. Some people are panic buying and hoarding staple foods. This creates a crisis for those accustomed to daily shopping for small amounts of food (the can’t afford to buy large amounts and many don’t have refrigeration). The CHE team has made a budget for the provision of basic food packets for 8 CHE communities, at a cost of $52.43 per packet.. Please consider giving, as you are able, to support this effort. Perhaps as a Bible study group, or as a family. The CHE Nicaragua Team are hoping to find funding for 100 packets to be distributed among 8 communities at a cost of $5,243.
Partnership in Hope exists to support sustainable development using the CHE model. However, there are times when some relief is justified: Micah 6: exhorts us to ‘act justly, and love mercy…’ This assistance will be distributed as a love-offering, within the context of CHE ministry, demonstrating God’s care and mercy for people who are already eating less than usual because of the economic situation.
As always 100% of all tax deductible donations go directly to the recipients, since PiHOPE is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit and is an all volunteer organization with all administrative cost donated. You may send checks to:
Partnership in HOPE
203 N Washington, Suite 202
Spokane, WA 99201
OR
Hit the DONATE button above. Be sure to note the donation is to help pay for community food packets during the Corona Virus emergency.
Thank You, and may the peace of Christ be with us as we all confront an unprecedented situation.

FACE MASKS

And how you were a part of this work
Through God’s grace, you responded when we asked for help in making sewing machines more affordable for women in small rural communities so that they could learn to sew and augment the family income. None of us could have imagined the current situation of Covid-19, but thanks to your ‘hand up’, those women were prepared, and have now made 7,000 face masks! They are on their way to their goal of 13,000 masks!

The masks are given out to Community Health Evangelism groups, high schools, health centers and hospitals in communities in many areas of Nicaragua. In addition, some of the women are also making masks, using their own materials, and selling them as a personal venture to help their families.

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Women sewing in their church

Had you not helped these women get launched as seamstresses, their skills would not have been available to help protect their families, their communities and their nation. Thank you for being part of God’s provision for, and protection of communities in Nicaragua. Samaritans Purse, Canada, who work with the CHE Association, funded the purchase of materials.

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The latest mask design
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Darling Lopez, CHE Women’s Ministry leader, helping to pack masks

Special thanks to Mel West and Rainbow Network.

 

Saving Groups Change Lives

The CHE Association collaborates with Samaritan´s Purse, Canada, Saving Groups

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The CHE Association  supports the Learn to Live savings group, a project of Samaritan´s Purse, Canada, in El Limonal, by sending their local leader, Fátima Medina, to give the devotional at the beginning of their meetings. She also helps with some craft lessons.

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On an early March afternoon, Anne Thompson, from PiH, and her friend, Heide Miller, met with the women of the El Limonal savings group in       church. The women made table mats, which they feel will sell well at local craft fairs.The women began their group 2 years ago with $2300 capital seeded by Samaritan´s Purse, Canada, which they expect to pay back in June, 2020. The women receive applications for loans from people in the community, as well as members of the group itself. They charge 12% interest, which enables them to increase the funds, but is less than borrowers would pay elsewhere. We heard of a young, single mother of two, caring for her chronically unwell mother, who borrowed to make needed repairs to their house. She is faithfully paying back the loan, and joined the savings group two months ago.

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A group member who is enjoying her table mat sewing project

17 of the women have accepted Jesus while attending the group, a truly wonderful outcome. In the group, the women find spiritual and social support, as well as training in managing the group’s money, and experience in decision-making for the group.

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As we were leaving the church, traditional street performers were just moving away. 
There is a bicycle taxi parked in the foreground
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Left to right, the Pastor and his wife, Anne, Heide, Maria Felix (Project Manager for the CHE Association), Fátima (CHE trainer), and savings group member, Socorro.

A woman who has been a member for two years borrowed money for repairs to the Roman Catholic chapel in the community. She is responsible for taking care of it. other women in her church have helped her raise money through raffles, selling handicrafts, and organizing excursions for which they sell tickets. In this way, they are keeping up the payments on the loan, and are happy to be able to take care of their church.

Fernanda

Fernanda is a 15 year old single mother of a beautiful 8 month old baby boy. He’s a very patient baby, sitting in a chair, enjoying the attention from the women and children in the sewing class where his mother was working on making table mats.

Fernanda has had a difficult life: her mother died when she was young, so her grandmother took care of her, until she died herself. Fernanda had a boyfriend who abandoned her. She now lives with a woman who has befriended her. Through the gospel teaching in the Savings Group, Fernanda recently accepted Jesus, who will never abandon her. Getting up before dawn every day, Fernanda makes tortillas to sell in the market, and directly from the house. In this way, she provides for herself and her baby. Thanks to a small scholarship, through the CHE Association, which enables her to buy school supplies, Fernanda attends high school on Saturdays – a common situation in Nicaragua, as this allows students to work during the week.She enjoys the Savings Group, which promotes micro-business, as well as savings. Fernanda told me that she would like to study business administration in the future.

Pastor Edin and his wife Juanita

When Pastor Edin was installed as pastor in San Claudio, his wife, Juanita, stood beside him with tears running down her face. They had been called from their home on a lush beautiful island in Lake Nicaragua, to an area that is blasted by the sun, deforested decades ago, and where the land is contaminated from years of pesticide use on cotton crops. Their accommodation, initially, was inadequate, and some of their neighbors did not befriend them because they did not think they would be able to put up with the conditions. However, believing that ‘He who calls you is faithful’, they set themselves to be obedient to the call, loving their neighbors, and sharing the gospel.

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The initial meeting place for the church in 2014

The church that was only a pavilion in 2014, had a spacious church building by 2016.

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The Church in 2016 for Pastor Edin’s Installation

Now, in 2020, thanks to the organization One Child Matters, an extension that includes a kitchen, office, and store room, is being added to the church.

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The New Church Extension in 2020

There is a comfortable parsonage on the property.   The church building has become a center for women of the community to hear the gospel, and to learn skills that help them to augment the family income.

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Women displaying the beautiful patchwork table mats they have made, which should sell well at craft fairs

Juanita has a special heart for the women. She says that there are so many women with no skills, little education, and no confidence to try something new: “And until I joined CHE ministry, I was one of them”. Now she is the sewing teacher for the CHE women’s ministry traveling to other CHE communities to give classes, and train others. Juanita also leads by example, depending on God to give her the strength to be obedient in a hard place, where she daily misses her home on the island, and to lovingly do the good works that God has prepared for her to walk in.

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Juanita finishing her table mats at home

As result of CHE ministry, a woman, who has become a real friend, has had her life transformed by meeting Jesus. She put her trust in Him, and since then has seen her husband change his life. The family is experiencing the peace of Christ in their home. Juanita prayed for someone in the community whom she could disciple. A young girl, Izamar, began to meet with her to study the Bible, and accepted Jesus. Juanita continues to disciple her, and Izamar has become a strong leader in the CHE ministry,  teaching art classes to women and children, as well as the Children’s CHE Bible classes.

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Pastor Edin with his wife, Juanita, and Izamar

Five other women meet regularly with Juanita in her home, learning and practicing sewing skills, as well as learning  to love God, and be led by His Spirit.

Pastor Edin is not an official CHE trainer, but he is involved in every way possible in the ministry: making the church building available, supporting and encouraging the women’s ministry, working with parents and children in administration with One Child Matters, and making the most of informal encounters in the community. There are now 12 adult members of the church, and a team of 5 young people who work with Children’s CHE, combined with the Samaritan’s Purse program for children.

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Pastor Edin leading a devotional with the women before their sewing class

He is known to everyone from his earlier work here on the Samaritans Purse, Canada, water filter team. The team evangelizes, as well as builds the filters, installs them in homes, and trains the family in their use and maintenance. This has helped Pastor Edin when he has met with opposition and slander: people have defended him, saying, “We know you, we know you would not have done/said this thing.” Thanks be to God for preparing him to face attacks, and for being his true defender.

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Pastor Edin on his way to another community

Pastor Edin hopes to work with Pastor Chico, of the central CHE training team, to establish a model garden in the grounds of the church. This will serve as an example of productivity for the neighbors and church members involved, as well as nearby communities. Pastor Chico will be featured soon on this site: His gardens, in the small area around the house where he and Darling live, are a marvel to behold.

The dream of the church garden is attainable now that there is a well on the property. If you would like to contribute to this project, for the purchase of tools, irrigation, and seeds, that would be wonderful! Click Here to Donate!

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The new well

 

 

 

Partnership In HOPE 2019 Christmas Newsletter

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Merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters.  2019 has been a hard year for many persons throughout the world and especially for the people of Nicaragua.  They have experienced very difficult times that have resulted in our CHE servant leaders getting more involved in helping the communities grow gardens, raise pigs and chickens and use their skills to bring more income into their households.  In spite of hard times God has blessed their efforts. Samaritans Purse, World Vision and several European and Nicaraguan nonprofits have worked with CHE Nicaragua to do the following:

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  • Tutor and teach Children’s CHE to over 1,620 students in after school programs
  • 84 individuals continue to be trained in micro-enterprise skills with 15 women have started sewing businesses and another 10 women have started baking businesses
  • Six young men are being trained to be electricians
  • Many savings clubs/groups have been formed to enable families to save for education and emergencies
  • Two communities are using donated motorcycles to earn money to support CHE programs
  • Over 110 elderly have benefited from donated wheelchairs, walkers and crutches and have been supported through a new Elder CHE program started by our associates which currently has approximately 50 active members
  • 45 women are active in discipleship programs
  • 41 active participants in Bible studies
  • Approximately 80 families have been trained in animal husbandry and are now raising pigs and/or chickens
  • Over 150 latrines have been installed along with over 100 smoke reducing stoves put into homes
  • Approximately 400 families have installed biofilters and been trained on how to use them to obtain clean water and many have started family gardens to supplement their diet
  • Five Nicaraguan missionaries have been trained in CHE methodology via a Nicaraguan Mission Organization, FUMIN.
  • 35 people gave their lives to Christ through working with the teachers/volunteers of CHE Nicaragua
  • Four new community CHE programs were initiated

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All of these results are due to your prayers and donations in supporting God’s people serving their neighbors in Nicaragua.  Thank you for those prayers and donations.

If you’d like to read an unedited Christmas Newsletter from the CHE Association of Nicaragua please visit https://partnershipinhope.org/2019/12/10/che-association-news-christmas-2019

If you want to learn how the Nueva Segovia communities we began working with eight years ago are doing and how communities change once the central CHE Nicaragua staff stop their official training, check our website article on how the Jimenez family is helping transform their part of the world at  https://partnershipinhope.org/2019/12/04/2019-update-on-che-leaders-dania-jimenez-and-jose-luis-jimenez/

2020 Opportunities for CHE Nicaragua 

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The Nicaraguan CHE Association plans on continuing, and growing, the after school (school is out around noon for most children) CHE programs to feed, tutor and disciple the young Nicaraguans.  They plan on continuing the other programs that have been so successful in the past: Senior CHE, Women’s Cycle of Life, microenterprise and savings groups, discipleship programs and working with other Christian NGO’s that use wholistic Christian development.  One program that is being instituted next year is a program through Christian Medical Action (https://www.globalministries.org/lac_partners_accin_mdica_cristiana)

This program will bring much needed pharmacy supplies to isolated communities.

Hamar Tribe & Community Health Evangelism 

Amanda and Tim Hepper participated in a medical mission in the Hamar tribe in the south western part of Ethiopia and were deeply troubled.  You see, the Hamar people are beautiful and colorful and are very tribal – wearing animal skins interictally decorated with beading. The troubling part is that they have some dark rituals including a cattle-leaping ceremony that young men go through in order to reach adulthood. During this ceremony, young Hamar women are beaten (whipped, burned and cut) to prove their love for their kinsmen. Every woman we saw had many scars on their backs. They also believe that if children have their top two teeth come in first (or have any deformities) that this presents a curse upon their families. So, they leave these children in the wilderness.

A CHE project has been initiated in this region. The CHE Vision training took place in April of this year alongside the one local Christian church. The majority of participants were very excited with the possibilities of holistic transformation (physical, emotional, and spiritual) and agreed on the need and importance of the CHE ministry. They accepted the vision to move forward with TOT1 and TOT2! They agreed to go to their churches and community to share the lessons they just received and appointed people who will share the vision for their churches and prepare their community for the TOT1 and TOT2 trainings. One amazing thing is that several women participated in the training.

Please pray for the Hamar people, that they hold onto the teachings shared and onto future CHE trainings and that this community be 100% transformed by the loving grace of our Father.

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‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 

Acts 20:35 NIV

If your heart/soul is leading you to join in growing God’s Kingdom in Nicaragua or East Africa, we would love to hear from you, or you could click here, DONATE, and give whatever you feel led (on our digital newsletter found at our website).  If you do give now, be sure to write in the comment box how you want the funds to be used. All monies donated to Partnership in HOPE (PiHOPE) are tax deductible and 100% of your donation goes to the program you wish to support (our PiHOPE board members cover all administrative expenses and we are operated by volunteers).

SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITYMATCHING FUNDS FOR NICARAGUA

The Nicaraguan CHE Association has big dreams but needs more funds to allow those plans to come to fruition. A donor has stepped up and is willing to match new donations up to $6,000 that come in before February 1, 2020 to support work in Nicaragua. We would love to be able to help our friends grow the Kingdom of God but need your help. If you would like to be apart of this growth, be sure to mention that your donation is new and you wish it to be matched for Nicaragua.

Please continue to pray for the people of Nicaragua and Ethiopia as they face such difficult times.  Pray also that we at Partnership in HOPE listen to God and follow His direction.

May you experience God’s shalom in 2020

 

 

CHE Association News – Christmas 2019

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your prayers and financial support for the CHE Association, Nicaragua. We are all so grateful for your desire to support the ministry of dedicated Nicaraguan Christians whom God has called to be missionaries within their own country. This ministry has had, and continues to have, a profound impact in many rural communities in several areas of the country. In this letter we will give you some snapshots of the lives and communities where God is using Community Health Evangelism to draw people to himself, and to teach a gospel of good news for the whole person the whole family, the whole community.

This year the CHE Association has begun work in 4 new communities, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, Canada: Pacaya, Walter Arrata, Bayardo Arce, and Ciudad Dario.

HOW MANY COMMUNITIES CURRENTLY ACTIVE IN ECS – receiving training visits HOW many continue the lifestyle?

CHE always combines the spiritual and the practical in community trainings. Due to the increased unemployment and emigration, communities have chosen to focus the practical trainings on economic stability. The CHE training team is encouraging people to form, and participate in, savings groups. This cultivates the habit of saving, and promotes good economic stewardship. Members contribute between $1 and $3 a month during the year.  They save, typically, for Christmas expenses, school expenses, and withdraw at the end of the year, though some people leave a portion to carry over into the next year. They make loans among themselves at low rates of interest, agreed upon by the group, thus increasing their savings. Members are learning that they CAN save.

In Walter Arrata, a young woman learned about the importance of presentation in a CHE training. Her mother sells a variety of grain mixtures for traditional soft drinks, and was not doing well at sales. Her daughter, armed with her new knowledge, and the trainers’ help in planning, took the initiative to go to the market and buy the items to improve packaging and presentation. Her mother went out to sell – she sold everything she had!

Trainer Maria Felix is so thrilled to see the development of the children who come to the 3x weekly lunches (to boost child nutrition). CHE volunteers in the communities lead the discipleship program, ‘New Adventure’: 200 children participated, and 50 accepted Christ. The volunteers also check homework, and provide academic support, particularly in math and Spanish. The children do crafts and play games in a wholesome environment.

This program was begun during the crisis in 2018, thanks to all of you who contributed through Partnership in Hope.After 9 months the program was continued by 2 Nicaraguan organizations: Meal Plan, and the Rainbow Network. Maria Felix says that the children are less shy, she sees them growing in their faith.

The CHE training team has been very encouraged by the interest that the new communities have in taking initiative to address their needs, instead of complaining about how much they lack. Community members and the training team thank God for giving us the courage to take on challenges, united in faith and purpose.

A town clean-up day was organized in Walter Arrata and Bayardo Arce. These Seed Projects are done very early in CHE ministry for the CHE members, as a group, to demonstrate love to their communities. The 2 groups coordinated the work day with the Mayor’s office, and the Ministry of Health to clean up roads where people throw grey water into the streets. The mosquitos breed in the puddles and cause dengue and malaria. The CHE group hopes that, as has happened other communities, this seed project could be the beginning of permanent change of habits, leading to a healthier community.

In one CHE community there are 15 members who are single mothers under 18 years old.  Please pray that they find mentors and spiritual ‘mothers’ amongst the older women in the group.

One of the girls is Fernanda. She has just turned 14, and is the mother of 3 month old Dilan, born prematurely. We don’t know what happened to her parents, but she lived with a grandmother who died last year. She met her boyfriend then, and he abandoned her when she became pregnant. Fernanda did not finish elementary school. She is able to live with a friend, and makes tortillas and homemade cheese to buy formula and diapers for her baby. Fernanda hopes to sell the hair accessories and other items that she is learning to make in the CHE classes to increase her income. She also hope to resume her studies one day.

For all the teen mothers in the group, we pray that God would provide for them and protect them. We encourage them to take care of themselves and their babies, and to use what they are learning in the CHE program.

We long for all those who participate in CHE to receive salvation through Jesus. Please pray that God will give us the wisdom that only He can give, so that we can share the gospel effectively. We want to see healing in Jesus for those who come to meetings burdened by various problems.

The collaboration with World Vision, who provided an initial donation of fabric, and purchased a  worked very well for the sewing groups in Leon, who are now selling their products well, contributing to the family income.

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In order to raise some funds within Nicaragua groups of women are selling Flor de Jamaica (used to make drinks), and coffee. The CHE Association buys their products, and sells them in Managua, making a profit which is applied to materials for communities, or contributions to Children CHE. They also sell cheese and fish from other communities when possible. This is an area of work which the Association would like to expand, as it benefits the communities, the Association, and helps the women get work experience, if they don’t have that.

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Prayer requests:

  • To finish the year in the black
  • For the Association trainers and board members to be strong and of good courage, knowing that the Lord is with them, wherever they go, and depending on Him for the provision of all their needs.
  • For all the discipleship programs, the Bible studies, and the home visits made by the CHE volunteers. May those who know Him reflect Christ in all their encounters.
  • May the children’s programs influence the parents, and may the children be firmly rooted and grounded in love, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith.(Eph 3:17). Pray that they hold fast to their new faith as they grow up.

2019 Update on CHE Leaders Dania Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez

CHE ministry in a new community may begin with the general community, a church, or with a family. In the Jicaro, Nueva Segovia communities the Jimenez family have been key in the development of a ministry that:

  • Has impacted 6 communities
  • Has 300 children in discipleship classes
  • 500 women working in CHE
  • 100 women have their own businesses as a result of CHE training
  • 30 men are making hammocks (thanks to classes through CHE)

Communities have successfully worked on community projects, such as:

  • A well
  • A school
  • Latrines
  • Ovens
  • Efficient Wood Stoves
  • Scholarships
  • Child feeding stations, which include scholastic support

We can say truthfully that God uses families in the transformation of their communities.

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The Jimenez family includes the 2 CHE Area leaders: brother and sister, Jose Luis (wearing blue) and Dania (in pink). God has given them the strength to face difficulties, as well as love and patience in their work.

Their mother, Lila, Mama Lila to all of us, and their father, Don Tulio, have welcomed CHE trainers from other part of the country, and accommodated everyone at, what must have been, considerable inconvenience. Tania, their younger sister, participates in CHE trainings, and helps her mother produce delicious meals to be consumed on their wide, shady porch.

Masiel, in red, is a capable young farmer, often to be seen bringing the cows home. The family has farmed there for over 50 years, always planting corn and beans. This year, the bean crop did very poorly, so Masiel decided to try tomatoes, with seeds provided by ECHO in Florida. (echo.org) So far, the plants are doing well, so we ask God to provide a bountiful harvest.

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Eat, Share & Make Friends While Learning about East African Ministries

 

Panel Discussion (2)

Partnership in HOPE is sponsoring a panel discussion by local Christian organizations on wholistic ministries in East Africa and we would love to have you join us.  We will be learning how local ministries have grown the Kingdom of God through both word and deed in some of the poorest and most difficult parts of the world.  The following will be on a panel discussing wholistic ministry and how it is transforming East Africa:

  • David Opap, Spring of Hope International
  • Erik Larsen, New Covenant Missions
  • Tirus Githaka, Medical Ambassadors
  • Jamie Morrison, African Enterprise
  • Partners International

A free lunch will be served.

When: Monday May 8th 11:30-1pm
Where: Life Center – Multi-Purpose Room
1202 W Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224

REGISTER HERE

Feel free to contact Shannon (509.385.2369 / shannonpahern@gmail.com) if you need any more information.

 

Interested in learning more about “wholistic” Christian ministry in the US and around the world?

Learn from those who have been in the field for decades using wholistic ministry to help God transform the minds, bodies and souls of individuals and whole communities.

Attend the International Wholistic Missions Conference May 3-5 th at the University of Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona.

Learn more HERE

Attend the “Pre-Conference” trainings offered Monday and Tuesday, May 1st and 2nd
and get in-depth training in:

  • Community Health Evangelism (CHE)
  • Neighborhood Transformation (NT)
  • Women’s Cycle of Life (WCL)
  • Disability Training of Trainers
  • Children’s CHE
  • And many more

 See list of classes HERE

The cost of this three-day conference, including airfare, hotel room (dual occupancy), car rental and conference admission is approximately $600. Those that want to attend the two-day trainings prior to the conference would have to pay slightly more.

If you are interested in learning more, or attending, please contact Shannon Ahern at shannonpahern@gmail.com or call him at 509-385- 2369.

CHE Nicaragua Featured Staff 2016

Dania Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez

Both Dania and Jose Luis Jimenez are agricultural engineers, and Dania has been working with various NGO’s most of her twenties. She was sent to Japan by one group for study in crop diversification. Much of the spread of interest in CHE amongst the communities in their municipality has been due to Dania’s work connections over the last few years. In addition, CHE ministry has been able to enter the communities of Mozonte, an indigenous community, because Dania has worked there before and won the trust and friendship of the local women.

Dania is a natural leader, respected by the other CHE leaders. When there is an opportunity for the women to sell their crafts, Dania is the one to organize a sale, and make sure everyone has access to materials, even if they have to take a small loan until after the sale. She has been very active with the women involved with micro-businesses.

Jose Luis is a real doer, tireless in coordinating meetings/activities, and making sure everyone knows what is going on. When he is facilitating a training, he is very open about how much he has learned through CHE, from practical preventive health practices to drawing close to Christ through prayer and Bible study. When Pastor Antonio, from the central CHE team in Managua, visits to lead Bible studies and discipleship groups, Jose Luis takes him to all the communities on his motorcycle.  When he and his brother are not working on the family farm, they enjoy teaching their horse to do dressage – which he does to the music on a cell phone.

Both Dania and Jose lead the CHE family vegetable garden project in the rainy season that has just ended. They help with advice and information on organic practices and crop diversification, both on farms, and in gardens. Their family always has a garden in the rainy season. They are also learning about medicinal plants with Angelika Keppler, a missionary from Germany. Angelika and Johannes Keppler are with the CHE Association, and work closely with Jose Luis and Dania. Johannes is also a farmer.

Dania and Jose Luis have the whole-hearted support of their family in their work with CHE ministry. When there are trainings, and special events, or visiting teams, the family throws the farmhouse open to the visitors. Delightful times are shared in the family kitchen or on the porch.

In summary, it would be true to say that they are both agents of change who put their faith into action, and reputations on the line for CHE, and for the gospel.

What Impact has CHE had on the Communities of Nicaragua in 2015?

As of January 30, 2016

The CHE Association of Nicaragua has reached the following number of individuals in the area of Leon:

• 180 kids involved with Children’s CHE
• 225 women involved with CHE
• 140 women involved in learning skills, such as baking sewing, beauty and improving pottery skills
• 10 family gardens

In the 8 Jicaro communities:

• 8 local community trainers
• 75 women working in sewing
• 60 women working in baking
• 10 family gardens
• 120 in discipleship groups
• 46 people received advanced training via TOT2 classes
• 46 participated in micro-business training

In Somotillo-Santa Rosa

• 3 women are working with CHE Managua
• 145 kids attend Children’s CHE at the Esperanza en Cristo (Hope in Christ) church
• 25 attend CHE discipleship groups
• 9 women in the Wholistic Restoration group

The CHE Association of Nicaragua is starting a new program in East Nicaragua (the Caribbean side) in Rosita soon and working with FUMIN (www.fuminic.com).

A new missionary couple from Germany is partnering with the CHE Association of Nicaragua. They will be working with micro-business initiatives and natural medicine.

The Eastern Nicaraguan (Caribbean side) city of Rosita has asked for CHE training and the CHE Association of Nicaragua will soon begin CHE training in Rosita.