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Partnership In HOPE 2019 Christmas Newsletter



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:

Children's CHE graduation Class 2019Photo: Some of the Children’s CHE graduates

  • 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

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.16.37 PMPhoto: Teaching Electrician Skills

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 

Mail Merge 2Photo: Volunteer teacher working with kids after school

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).


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.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.12.18 PM.pngPhoto: Young women posing with the corsages and wallets they have just learned to make. Their CHE trainer, Fatima, is 3rd from the right.

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.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.14.27 PMPhoto: Class in progress.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.15.51 PM.pngPhoto: 15th birthday table centerpieces. These can be sold.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.16.37 PMPhoto: 6 young men between 14 and 20 years of age are in Pastor Chico’s class on residential electricity.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.17.47 PM.pngPhoto: Baby CHE modeling the headband and other accessories her mother had made for her in the class. Even now, these are things that people buy as gifts.

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 1.19.31 PM.pngPhoto: This woman is one of 10 selected to receive a young pig to raise to help with family food security. When the pig breeds she will pass one of the piglets on to bless someone else as she and her family have been blessed. Other groups of women are raising chickens in the same manner.

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.


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.



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.