Well, now that we are making our official plans to move to Nicaragua in July, we need your help! We are having a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s in two weeks, on April 28th, from 8 – 10am.
A lot of folks have asked about how we plan to support ourselves in Nicaragua, so here’s a little background… When we first started scheming about this move, we were both turned off by the idea of having to raise monthly support, as many missionaries do. (This in no way insinuates that raising support is a bad thing! Not at all! It’s just that we didn’t feel it was the right course of action for us.)
Thankfully, God gave us another plan. The Apostle Paul was a tent-maker. [See Acts 18:1-4.] It was his occupation to actually craft these ancient necessities with cloth and goat hair. He performed this task during week days, then shared the Gospel on the weekends. The Bible tells us he was a skilled craftsman who worked hard for his income, then worked just as hard ministering to those around him. This is a fabulous model for all Christians, who can be missionaries wherever we work and wherever we live.
My husband and I are blessed to have jobs we can perform from anywhere, provided we have a high-speed internet connection. Neither of us thinks this is a coincidence. We are currently waiting to find out if his current employer will let him stay on as a full-time employee working from Nicaragua, but even if they say no, he will seek alternative contract work to make ends meet. I’ve been working from home (as a contractor) for over a decade, and he has been doing the same (as a full-time employee) since last fall. [We sit right next to each other all day long, five days a week, and still love each other... imagine that! ]
Now even though Paul had a “regular” job, he sometimes accepted gifts from the church of Philippi, for the purposes of ministry. He praised God for such generosity and support. [See Philippians 4:10-19.] To that end, we are having a fundraiser, through our church, to raise funds to purchase a large vehicle in Nicaragua. It is our hope to purchase a vehicle large enough to help transport mission teams from the U.S., as well as other groups, traveling to Campo Alegría.
So… bring your appetite (and your checkbook) to the Applebee’s on Rt. 22 the morning of April 28th for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The cost is $7/adults and $5/kids, but we certainly won’t complain if you want to give a little (or a lot) more. All donations are tax-deductible. If you’re coming to the breakfast, checks should be made out to EPIC Community Church. You can RSVP on Facebook.
But what if you live too far away to join us that morning? Never fear! You can still help! If you’re mailing contributions, they can be sent directly to Chop Point, the organization that operates Campo Alegría in Nicaragua. Mail to:
Chop Point – Nicaragua Vehicle Fund
420 Chop Point Road
Woolwich, Maine 04579
Thank you for your support!