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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.

Women’s Cycle of Life

Women’s Cycle of Life leader: I love to see that spark in women!  I love to see them come alive, and realize that they can learn!  That they have talents, that Jesus can work through them to transform their families, and their communities.

For many women meeting Jesus through Women’s Cycle of Life, God is truly giving them beauty for ashes. They are new creations in Christ Jesus.

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Through Women of CHE classes women have the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as refine their skills.

Two women have started their own bakeries with enthusiastic support from their husbands. Others are making their own birthday and Mother’s Day cakes, which saves money.

One woman added home-made donuts to the snacks she sells outside the school, a step which has boosted sales.  Many have taken cake-decorating classes with a government program.

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The sewing classes in one community began with the village seamstress generously teaching her skills, and sharing her sewing machine.  The women came to learn in small groups throughout the week.  Recycled secondhand clothing was used for practice.  Thank you to all the seamstresses in the US who generously share their fabric stashes so that CHE women can make attractive items to sell, and begin to augment their income.

CHE Nicaragua Featured Volunteer

Janneth with happy group San Diego
Janeth (Far Right) is a gifted leader and teacher.

“One of the things I love most about CHE is that the ministry enters the community like Jesus entered communities, without excluding anyone.  The women who come are a testimony  of how CHE Entered the community.  CHE is acting upong the Great Commission – I love it!

CHE ministry works without thinking of denominations, or of social classes. For example, we have Catholics, evangelicals, and non-believers all working together: there is good communication, and we have good relationships. We look for those in the community who really need the gospel, instead of staying with the Christians.

Before becoming involved in CHE, I thought that people had to go to evangelical /Protestant churches. Now I have learned to say – yes, go to your church, pray, give your life to Jesus – God has a purpose for your life – without insisting that someone change their church…

Yes, I love CHE! And now my husband (Pastor Alejandro) wants to see CHE start in Esteli! And that is because of what he saw in the CHE ministry on Ometepe when our family was part of a team visiting the island. (They were there with Anne and Bill’s team in February.)”

JANNETH DIAZ ZALEDON

CHE Nicaragua Featured Staff 2015

DARLING JANETTE LOPEZ RAMOS
RAMIREZ LOPEZ (CHICO)

D and C teaching Dec 2013.jpeg“Darling Janette Lopez Ramos is a trained lawyer who has been working with CHE in Nicaragua since 2002 when she began working with the community of San Juan near the city of Boaco.  She eventually was responsible for setting up the Nicaraguan Woman’s Cycle of Life programs throughout Nicaragua.  Recently Darling and her husband Ramirez Lopez (Chico), a pastor of a Managua church, took the leadership role in organizing and setting up CHE programs in ten communities on the Island of Ometepe.  Currently Darling and Chico are working to establish CHE communities in Northern Nicaragua near the city of Ocotal.
Darling also trains CHE women in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic through the Woman’s Cycle of Life program while Chico is a leader of the FIEMCA church in Nicaragua.  These two sacrifice much to share Christ and to help the hurting of Nicaragua.  If you’d like to support their work in Nicaragua, you may donate here.  Know that 100% of your donation goes to them—there are no administrative costs.  These two live a very simple life style not even owning a car but using the Nicaraguan bus system to reach the communities they serve.  Many times they have continued serving without pay in order to support what God is doing in Nicaragua.”  “Darling Janette Lopez Ramos is a trained lawyer who has been working with CHE in Nicaragua since 2002 when she began working with the community of San Juan near the city of Boaco.  She eventually was responsible for setting up the Nicaraguan Woman’s Cycle of Life programs throughout Nicaragua.  Recently Darling and her husband Ramirez Lopez (Chico), a pastor of a Managua church, took the leadership role in organizing and setting up CHE programs in ten communities on the Island of Ometepe.  Currently Darling and Chico are working to establish CHE communities in Northern Nicaragua near the city of Ocotal. Darling also trains CHE women in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic through the Woman’s Cycle of Life program while Chico is a leader of the FIEMCA church in Nicaragua.  These two sacrifice much to share Christ and to help the hurting of Nicaragua.  If you’d like to support their work in Nicaragua, you may donate here.  Know that 100% of your donation goes to them—there are no administrative costs.  These two live a very simple life style not even owning a car but using the Nicaraguan bus system to reach the communities they serve.  Many times they have continued serving without pay in order to support what God is doing in Nicaragua.”

Featured Community Nueva Sogivia

CHE at work in Nueva Sogivia

We are proud to introduce you to the CHE community of Nueva Sogivia.  We have watched the community transform and prosper and here are some of our most recent stories.

Group with water project.jpgThe Well Project
The Jicaro area has bad water.  This well project was the result of a colaboration between the community, a church in the US, and the mayor’s office – which was co-ordinated by the CHE group.

Focused on Prevention
This  photo shows the Dr Romero exercise at a Vision seminar:  Participants decide where an illness/condition can best be treated – in the community, in the clinic, or the hospital.  In the photo you can clearly see that most of the common diseases can be treated in the community.  Or better yet, prevented in the community.  Remember, CHE emphasizes prevention.

Women in the Community
Women are using their newly learned craft skills:  they are selling bags and purses in the universities in Ocotal.  Women are starting baking businesses, or incorporating new products into an existing business.

New Ways to Thrive
Men in Pie de Cuesta have learned to make hammocks sponsored by The CHE Association team.  One of the concerns that emerged from the CHE committee training’s is the economic difficulties families face in the time after the crops are planted.  These men are using that waiting time to make hammocks.  They are also making more elaborate hammocks to appeal to tourists or visitors.