Read our recently returned Mission Team Liaison's reflection of his year at El Ayudante!
Community Leader Doña Martha with new community sign. Photo Credit: Auburn UMC Team 2015 They were a community under attack. Every year the waters would rise, and when they descended they took with them the well-being of the people. Families lost their homes, their livestock, and their security. Until, finally, a gift was [...]
Greetings from Nicaragua! I hope this note finds you and your families well! The El Ayudante team wanted to send you an update on the activities of the children at HCN. So, here we go! In January, our oldest youth, Jenny, started university at UNAN in León. She is the first El Ayudante [...]
Old Loneliness (Vieja Soledad) is not the most welcoming name. Yet, for about 65 years, this was the self-chosen identity for a community in the periphery of Quezalguaque. During the rainy season, floods killed livestock and destroyed housing. In harvest season, thick clouds of smoke enveloped the homes each time that the big plantations burned [...]
Meet Jesús. At a time in El Ayudante’s life when finances were tight, staff was overworked, and the future held many questions, Jesús and his brother, Franklin, were brought to our attention by Nicaragua’s Ministry of Families. They asked if we were able to take them in as they had been living on the streets [...]
...And is this not—at least in part—the meaning of Communion? It is a time for each of us to extend our hands and hearts beyond the spiritual, emotional, and physical prisons that every human experiences in order to remember what it is to feel something genuinely good and true and beautiful.And is this not—at least in part—the meaning of Communion? It is a time for each of us to extend our hands and hearts beyond the spiritual, emotional, and physical prisons that every human experiences in order to remember what it is to feel something genuinely good and true and beautiful....
A big thank you to Julie Downes and the rest of the Auburn UMC team for bringing this beautiful ministry to Nicaragua. You all truly blessed the ladies of Mt. Sinai! Read Julie's Words below: February 2012 an elderly lady in Nicaragua admired my short apron I made with three pockets across it. I wore it [...]