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Update #2020-01 – WHAT A YEAR!!

January 1, 2020

What a powerful year at PCA.  2019 has truly been a wonderful year that is now forever imprinted into the history of PCA.  We may never fully know the eternal impact for the kingdom, but we know that God is recording everything and has promised not to forget our work (Hebrews 6:10).  We are so grateful your kingdom work is partnering with us to Change a Generation of children for the glory of Christ.

 

GRADUATION 2019 – CLASS OF 2030

We are so proud of our 28 kindergarten students who represent our 3rd preschool graduating class at Palacaguina Christian Academy.  These promising students will now enter primary school at PCA and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store.  Regardless of what their future may hold, we are committed to nurture and guide them with the love and grace of Jesus Christ as they navigate the next 11 years of their lives.  Praise God we can all partner together to give them the hope and opportunity every child deserves.

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FLORIDA TRIP

What a wonderful time in Florida.  It was so nice to see several of you and share all God has done in 2019.  Special thanks to Christ Central Church, St Gabriel’s, Renewal Church, Rockledge United Methodist, and all who helped make this a successful trip for the school.  Thank you!!

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NICARAGUA TRIP

I will be making my annual January trip to Palacaguina to kick-off the next school year.  Please pray for safe travels and for our teachers and staff as they work together to get the school and classrooms ready for our students to return in February.  If you are interested in going to Palacaguina in 2020, we may have a trip the first week of July.  More information on this trip to come.

FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY

In addition to hard economic times in Nicaragua, this year, the weather was not favorable and many in our community of Palacaguina suffered poor harvests this year.  In response, many families requested help.  The local government offices verified the need and responded with food.  However, they needed help transporting the food into very hard to reach areas.  PCA, having a 4×4 vehicle, partnered to help provide transportation of the food to families in severe need.  Thank you God for allowing us to help these starving families.

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HELPING OTHERS

PCA learned of an elderly couple living in extreme conditions of poverty.  Don Pastor(95) and his wife Mrs. Doña Ramona(82) some days do not even have a match to light a fire.  They are now without electricity as their service was cut off because they could not afford the bill which was less than $1.00.  PCA was able to give this couple sanitary items, clothing, blankets and jackets for the cold winter nights as well as canned beans and mana packs to give them enough food for a month.  Please pray we will be able to find local friends who will help provide regular help to the couple.  And thank you Jesus for allowing us to reach out to them as the coldest nights are coming in the next few months.

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TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

We were blessed to be part of an outreach with the local ministry of education to provide toys for needy children in Palacaguina and surrounding communities.  We provided transportation and assisted local officials to deliver toys to poor children in very hard to reach places.  We look forward each year to this, bringing joy to children at Christmas who have so little.  As a partner with PCA, you help make moments like this possible.

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PROJECT UPDATES

The primary school bathroom is fully funded and will be completed soon.  In addition we have many projects underway to fully prepare for next year including new fencing, gates, and safety railing.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

  • PRAISE: All necessary 3rd grade construction projects are fully funded!!!!
  • PRAISE: The trip to Florida was blessed and God answered our prayers.
  • PRAISE: We are only $1,000 away from having a fully funded 2020 Budget
  • Please pray for safety and God to be glorified in the January trip to Palacaguina
  • Safe travels for Brianna as she returns to Palacaguina this month
  • Rest for us, our teachers and staff as we prepare our hearts for a new year

PROJECT GOALS

Praise the Lord for his provision to meet all of our upcoming project goals!!

  1. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($24,175) – MET
  2. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by January 2020 ($2,200) – MET
  3. Finish our safety rails, fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,150) – MET
  4. 3rd Grade Classroom windows by April 2020 ($1,000) – NOT MET

 

PCA SPONSORSHIP

We have several opportunities to sponsor children for the 2020 school year.  Sponsoring a child not only provides a quality education, but a meal every day, a uniform, books and supplies to help them stay in school.  By next month’s update, we will finalize our current children needing a sponsor and our new students as well.  Please pray God will open doors and hearts to get every child sponsored in 2020.

THANK YOU!!!

2019 has been a year full of God’s favor and loving on children and families with the love of Christ.  Thank you for partnering with us.  This work would not be possible without your sacrifice and partnership.  We pray you can feel the impact and powerful difference you are making for all of our children and really the whole community of Palacaguina.  May the Lord bless you and keep you as you continue to serve Him in all of His kingdom work.  We look forward to seeing all God is going to do through you in 2020!

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

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Update #201912 – FELIZ NAVIDAD

December 2, 2019

Advent10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11

Possibly the most incredible verses in all of scripture as the angel announced our Savior’s birth.  Our eternity was forever changed in an instant.  As we enter this Advent season and look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus, we pray you will remember that Christmas is not about materialism and excess, but about the humble coming of our Lord and Savior that brought each of us the opportunity of salvation.  As we come to the end of another amazing year at PCA, we are grateful to all of you who partner with us each month.  We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Palacaguina Christian Academy!!

 

JOIN ME IN FLORIDA

Sunday, December 1stSt Gabriel’s, Titusville FL – AM Service (7:30am & 10:30am)

Sunday, December 1stRenewal Church, Jupiter FL – PM Service (6:30pm)

Saturday, December 7thChrist Central Church, Titusville FL – 3-5pm – Partner Appreciation

Sunday, December 8th, Rockledge United Methodist Church, Rockledge, FL – AM Service (10:30am)

If you would like to get together, I will be in Titusville Tue-Fri, Dec 3rd-6th.

 

END OF YEAR GIVING

As you look back at the blessed and prosperous year the Lord has given you and consider your end of year giving options, please remember PCA.  Your year-end gift would have a tremendous impact on our 2020 budget as we enter the New Year.  100% of your gift, as always, will go directly to the school.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. God’s continued provision for our remaining construction projects this year
  2. Divine appointments and the Lords favor while in Florida
  3. God to move on hearts as we plan our 2020 mission trips
  4. Safe travels and opportunities for Brianna as she is traveling/fund raising this month

 

PCA FLOATS (CARROZAS)

This year, we provided a fun competition for PCA students.  The challenge: Create the best float (carrozas).  The families and students had a wonderful time in this activity and as you can see they chose the theme of Christmas and were very creative. Events like this help our students, families and the community focus on more positive activities in the midst of a very difficult time in the country.  We love seeing our children smile.

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BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

 

It truly is a blessing to give.  We have begun this season of giving with a gift of food, clothing and sanitation items to our staff and teachers at PCA.  As a thank you from us, these gifts will not only help their immediate family but their extended family in the community as well.

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LOVING ON OUR SENIORS

PCA staff visited the local nursing home in Palacaguina to donate food and blankets as well as visit with the seniors living there.  As we focus on impacting the children of Palacaguina, we must never forget to love and care for those who have gone before us to pave the way for our beloved community.

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PROJECT UPDATES & GOALS

We are getting even closer to finishing the bathroom project with only $2,000 left to complete it.  Praise God!!!  We completed the 3rd grade classroom flooring as well as the tile work in the bathrooms.  We only need to finish the classroom and safety projects by February to be completely ready for the next school year.

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Please pray specifically for these areas and that God will provide for each need.

  1. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by December 20th ($2,000)
    1. Internal Bathroom Stalls – $2,000 – NOT MET
  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by January 2020 ($1,300)
    1. 3rd Grade Classroom Doors – $300 – NOT MET
    2. 3rd Grade Classroom Windows – $1,000 – NOT MET
  1. Finish our safety rails, fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,150)
    1. Front Gate – $550 – NOT MET
    2. Chain link fencing/installation – $700 – NOT MET
    3. Safety Railing – $900 – NOT MET

PCA SPONSORSHIP

We have 15 current students needing sponsorship and an estimated 20 new students who will need sponsors.  Please share with others to help find sponsors for these wonderful children.  Sponsoring a child not only provides a quality education, but a meal every day, a uniform, books and supplies to help them stay in school.

 

THANK YOU!!!

Finishing a week focused on giving thanks, we can honestly say we are thankful.  God has given us so much and has blessed us with each of you who partner and share with us in the ministry of PCA.  Seeing the impact of all God has done and continues to do, we are amazed.  Each and every one of you are being used by God to make that impact a reality in the lives of children and families in Palacaguina.  Thank you for continually making the choice each month to sacrifice in order to literally change the lives of children and their families.  Thank you!!!

Feliz Navidad y Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (Merry Christmas and God Bless you from the Witonski family)

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Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

 

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Update #201911 – MAKING AN IMPACT

November 2, 2019

What a blessing it is to know we are making a real impact in the lives of so many children and families.  Together, through Christ, there are 16 families with stable, full time jobs; 115 children receiving an education and hope for the future; nearly 20,000 meals provided…I could go on and on about all God has done through you and through PCA.  Thank you for helping us make a truly lasting impact on so many lives for the kingdom!!

 

TITUSVILLE & JUPITER FL – DEC 1st-8th

I am traveling to Florida!  I look forward to seeing many of you and bringing praise to God for all He has done.

I will be in the following places:

Sunday, December 1stRenewal Church, Jupiter FL – PM Service (6:30pm)

Saturday, December 7thChrist Central Church, Titusville FL – 3-5pm – Partner Appreciation

Sunday, December 8th, Rockledge United Methodist Church, Rockledge, FL – AM Service (10:30am)

In each of these venues I will be sharing the stories of the impact you have been making through your partnership with PCA.  You will definitely want to see the pictures and hear the exciting stories of how God is moving in Palacaguina through this ministry and your generosity. Hope to see you there!  Friends are always welcome.

If you would like to get together, I will be in Titusville Mon-Fri, Dec 2nd-6th.

 

FRUIT DAY

I am so proud of how our teachers are creatively, working hard to educate and grow our students.  In October we had our first “Fruit Day” where children were encouraged to bring healthy fruits to school and were taught the importance of healthy eating.  We saw apples, grapes, coconut, mango, oranges, guayaba and bananas.

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INDIGENOUS DAY

This month, our students celebrated the indigenous peoples of Nicaragua by dressing up and having a mini-parade to honor the historic peoples of Nicaragua.  It was a fun day for the children and a good way for them to learn more of their beautiful history and culture.

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READING COMPETITION

Such a proud moment for PCA as two of our first grade students placed 1st and 2nd place in a city-wide reading competition.  This is a moment truly representing the impact PCA can have on the life and future of a child.  I will be sharing the full story and backstory in detail at our events in Florida next month.  We congratulate Erick Daniel and Andrea Nicole for their amazing accomplishment!!  Erick will move up to represent the city of Palacaguina and PCA at the upcoming regional competition.

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PROJECT UPDATES

We are getting so close to finishing the bathroom project.  Only $5,105 to complete it.  Praise God!!!  In addition, we are preparing to start work on the 3rd grade classroom floor and the bathroom floors.  We still have several projects to complete by February so please continue to pray for these needs.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. God’s continued provision for our remaining construction projects this year ($9,205)
  2. Divine appointments and the Lords favor for the Florida trip in December
  3. God to move on hearts as we plan our 2020 mission trips
  4. Safe travels and opportunities for Brianna as she travels to the US for 2 months

PROJECT GOALS

Please pray specifically for these areas and that God will provide for each need.

  1. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($24,175)

$1,750 by June 1st – GOAL MET                     $6,000 by August 1st – GOAL MET

$5,000 by September 15th – GOAL MET        $5,400 by October 1st – GOAL MET

$6,025 $5,105 by December 15thNOT FULLY MET

  •              Bathroom Flooring – $920 – GOAL MET
  •              Bathroom Wall Tiling – $1,325 – NOT MET
  •              Bathroom Internal Stalls – $2,000 – NOT MET
  •              Purchase/Install 8 toilets – $1,085 – NOT MET
  •              Purchase/Install 2 urinals – $150 – NOT MET
  •              Purchase/Install Sinks – $545 – NOT MET
  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by January 2020 ($3,200)
    1. 3rd Grade Classroom Floor – $1,100 – GOAL MET
    2. 3rd Grade Classroom Doors – $300 – NOT MET
    3. 3rd Grade Classroom Windows – $1,000 – NOT MET
    4. Whiteboard/Furniture – $500 – GOAL MET
    5. Classroom Television – $300 – GOAL MET
  1. Finish our safety rails, fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,800)
    1. Front Gate – $700 – NOT MET
    2. Chain link fencing/installation – $1,500 – NOT MET
    3. Safety Railing – $600 – NOT MET

 

PCA SPONSORSHIP

We gladly introduce to you two children needing sponsorship at PCA.  Sponsoring a child not only provides a quality education, but a meal every day, uniforms, books and supplies to help them stay in school.  Please share with others the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a child.  A sharable page is provided along with this update.

 

MEET ASTRID IGLESIAS (PreK-4)

Astrid is 5 years old and livers with her mom and grandparents.  She is a cheerful, active and very intelligent young girl.  She loves to sing and wants to learn the piano.  One day, she would like to be a doctor to help children and adults.

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MEET ANTHONY LEONARDO (PreK-3)

Anthony is 4 years old and lives with his Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  Anthony is a very curious and well behaved little boy who loves his sister a lot.  Anthony really enjoys learning about animals and wants to be a doctor when he grows up so he can help people like his dad does.

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THANK YOU!!!

God is so good!!  We are forever grateful for all of you who partner with us in prayer and support each month to make a difference in the lives of the children and families in Palacaguina.  We pray you never grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)  What a blessing to being doing so much for the kingdom together and to know that God promises us a wonderful harvest for our diligence and perseverance.  We thank you for the sacrifices you make in order to so deeply touch the lives of others.  We could not do this without you!!

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

 

Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

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Update #201910 – ENCOURAGED AND BLESSED

October 1, 2019

What a blessed month we have had at PCA.  God continues to provide for our bathroom project and the kids are doing wonderfully.  Though we have had several attacks from the enemy this month, we are encouraged by this.  We know the Devil does not attack unless God is about to do something big.  So, we are eagerly awaiting what God is about to do through our ministry and through His people who are working with us to ensure the Gospel is shared and 115 children in Palacaguina have a strong future in Him!

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Our newest ministry partner in Palacaguina is confirming God has called her to love and serve the children of PCA.  We are super grateful for her heart and for her serving with us.  She is already making an impact and has started teaching the English classes in 1st and 2nd grade.  Thank you Lord for sending great servants like Brianna.

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WORLD RACE TEAM

In addition, this month we were blessed to have a World Race Team serving in Palacaguina and at PCA.  Every day they came to work with our students helping them learn English and playing with them.  What a blessing to have these incredible women loving on our students.  Our children love visitors!!

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FLORIDA TRIP

This December 1st – 8th, I will be in Titusville, Florida.  I am super excited to reconnect with so many of you who are such a wonderful part of PCA and all God is doing in Palcaguina.  There will be more details to come in the next update, but we are looking to plan an event Saturday the 7th.  I hope you will mark your calendars. Please let me know if you would like me to speak to your tribe about all God is doing at PCA.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Our students participated in two Independence Day parades this year; one for the preschool and one for primary.  These are wonderful yearly events that include bands and dancing.  For both parades, we participated with a band and dancers from PCA.  What a fun opportunity for our students.

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PROJECT UPDATES

The bathrooms are really starting to come together.  We are only $6,025 away from completely finishing this $24,175 project.  Praise God!!!  We hope you can share our joy with these pictures of PCA’s positive growth and becoming one step closer to finishing the primary school.

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PROJECT GOALS

Please pray specifically for these areas and that God will provide for each need.

  1. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($24,175)
  • $1,750 by June 1st – GOAL MET
  • $6,000 by August 1st – GOAL MET
  • $5,000 by September 15th – GOAL MET
  • $5,400 by October 1st – GOAL MET
  • $6,025 by November 15thNOT MET
  • Bathroom Flooring – $920
  • Bathroom Wall Tiling – $1,325
  • Bathroom Internal Stalls – $2,000
  • Purchase/Install 8 toilets – $1,085
  • Purchase/Install 2 urinals – $150
  • Purchase/Install Sinks – $545
  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by January 2020 ($3,200)
    • 3rd Grade Classroom Floor – $1,100 – NOT MET
    • 3rd Grade Classroom Doors – $300 – NOT MET
    • 3rd Grade Classroom Windows – $1,000 – NOT MET
    • Whiteboard/Furniture – $500 – GOAL MET
    • Classroom Television – $300 – GOAL MET
  1. Finish our safety rails, fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,800)
    • Front Gate – $700 – NOT MET
    • Chain link fencing/installation – $1,500 – NOT MET
    • Safety Railing – $600 – NOT MET

 

PCA SPONSORSHIP

We gladly introduce to you two our children needing sponsorship at PCA.  Sponsoring a child not only provides a quality education, but a meal every day, uniforms, books and supplies to help them stay in school.  Please share with others the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a child.  A sharable page is provided along with this update.

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Danny is 4 years old and lives with his Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  Danny is a funny and affectionate boy in our PreK-3 classroom.  He enjoys singing and making others laugh.  He enjoys soccer and playing the drums.  Danny would like to be a truck driver when he grows up.

 

 

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Jaden is 4 years old and lives with his Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  Jaden is a very focused and disciplined boy.  He likes going on walks with his Mom and Dad and playing with his two best friends.  He wants to be a doctor when he grows up so he can help his mother and grandmother in the hospital.

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. God’s continued provision for our remaining construction projects this year ($11,225)
  2. For the struggling families in Palacaguina
  3. God to move on hearts as we plan our 2020 mission trips

 

THANK YOU!!!

We are always so amazed each month as we experience and see all God is doing through PCA and in the lives of the people of Nicaragua.  We are humbled that God has chosen us to be a part of such a magnificent work for His kingdom and how he has brought so many wonderful people into our lives to make it all possible.  God owns everything, but in His grace God entrusts to us what is already His so that we can be a part of what He is doing.  It is truly amazing!  And we are grateful for your faithfulness to be a part of what God is doing in Palcaguina.

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

 

Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

 

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Update #201909 – KEEP MOVING FORWARD

September 1, 2019

With all the activity and progress of a strong year at PCA, we keep moving forward to accomplish the mission God has called us to.  The current projects remind us there is so much left to do, but we know that God is faithful and will finish the work He has started at PCA.  We are encouraged by the ways God continues to provide and bless us with the ongoing opportunities to pour into the community and lives of the children and families in Palacaguina.  We are getting to make a real difference for real people and it is an honor serving with each of you, our prayer partners and sponsors, in this mission for the kingdom.

 

NEW ENGLISH TEACHER

We are super excited to welcome our newest missionary volunteer, Brianna, who will be teaching English at PCA.  She arrived safely and officially joined us this month.  Brianna feels God’s call to love and minister to the children of Palacaguina.  Please continue to lift her up in your prayers as she transitions into her new position at the school as our primary school English teacher.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. God’s provision for our construction projects this year ($16,500)
  2. For the struggling families in Palacaguina
  3. God to move on hearts as we plan our 2020 mission trips

 

PROJECT GOALS

To more focus your prayer, these are the God sized goals’ details we have for next year:

  1. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($26,000)
    1. $1,750 by June 1stGOAL MET
    2. $6,000 by August 1stGOAL MET
    3. $5,000 by September 15thGOAL MET
    4. $5,000 by October 1st1/2 Goal Met
    5. $5,000 by November 15th – NOT MET
    6. $5,000 by December 31st – NOT MET
  2. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by January 2020 ($2,300)
    1. 3rd Grade Classroom Floor – $1,500 – NOT MET
    2. Whiteboard/Furniture – $500 – 1/2 Goal Met
    3. Classroom Television – $300 – NOT MET
  3. Finish our safety perimeter fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,200)
    1. Front Gate – $700 – NOT MET
    2. Chain link fencing/installation – $1,500 – NOT MET

These projects are critical for us to complete in order to add our 3rd grade classroom next year.

 

PASTORS VISIT

We enjoyed a visit from several US pastors in Palacaguina for an annual pastor’s conference.  They visited the school and were very encouraged to see the work being done for the kingdom.  We always love visitors.

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PROJECT UPDATES

We have one project completing this month and one that is making great progress.

With the completion of our stairway project, teams and visitors now have a safe way to and from the school.

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And, our primary school bathroom project is making great progress.  These new bathrooms are vital to us being able to continue opening new primary school classrooms each year.

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Praise the Lord for the provision to accomplish these projects for the school.

 

BLESSING EL TAMARINDO

El Tamarindo is a small village in the mountains near Palacaguina.  Small communities such as El Tamarindo are struggling even more with the current economic situation in Nicaragua.  In an effort to help, our teachers purchased meat and along with our school rice & beans cooked a meal and brought clothing, shoes and other donations for the children of the community.  With a piñata and a movie to bring the children a little joy it was a wonderful outreach.  Thank you to our teachers who are reaching out with the love of Christ.

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THE RIGHT CHOICE

PCA continues to be the best choice for families in Palacaguina.  Parents know that an education means a future for their children and we are honored when families choose PCA.  Each new student means a new opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child and their family with the love of Christ.  Please pray with us that as new children come, new sponsors will join as well to help make the difference.  With that said, we welcome our new 1st grade student to PCA.

MEET ERICK DANIEL (1st Grade)

Erick is 7 years old and lives with his Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  Erick and his family recently moved to Palacaguina for work reasons.  When his parents had to decide what the best opportunity is for Erick, we are grateful they chose PCA.  We are looking forward to sharing the love of Christ with Erick and his family.

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Remember as you share Erick with others that sponsorship not only provides a valuable education, but a meal every day, uniforms, books and supplies to help Erick attend and stay in school.

THANK YOU!!!

Looking back on all God has done and looking at all God is doing in Palacaguina, we cannot help but be grateful for all our partners and sponsors who God is using to make this possible.  God is so good to have provided such a wonderful family of supporters who pray and give each month to make everything we are doing in Palacaguina a reality.  Thank you for the sacrifices you make each month in order to make a real difference in the world and to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.  Bless you for your heart to serve!!

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

On a Personal Note

This month Deborah and I celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary.

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What an amazing, wonderful journey it has been!!!

 

Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

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Update #201908 – TRES AÑOS (Three years)

August 2, 2019

This month we celebrate year 3 of Palacaguina Christian Academy.  What a blessing to have been serving the children and families of Palacaguina for these last 3 years.  Through every struggle and every praise, we can say without a doubt that God is good!!  We are so grateful for each one of you who are a part of this celebration.  You, allowing God to use you and being obedient to His calling in your heart to give and pray, are the reason we can celebrate.  Thank you for being a part of what God is doing in Palacaguina!

 

CELEBRATING 3 YEARS

We had a wonderful celebration for all of our students, teachers and their families to rejoice together.  We had face painting, a trampoline and of course…food!  The kids absolutely loved the trampoline and I love what they did with our giant teddy bear.  The theme was “De colores PCA” or “The colors of PCA”.  Each of our classrooms coordinated to come in different colors and it was beautiful.  Everyone had a wonderful time.

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PROJECT GOALS

To more focus your prayer, these are the God sized goals’ details we have for next year:

  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by December 2019 ($2,300)
    1. 3rd Grade Classroom Floor – $1,500 – NOT MET
    2. Whiteboard/Furniture – $500 – NOT MET
    3. Classroom Television – $300 – NOT MET
  2. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($26,000)
    1. $1,750 by June 1stGOAL MET
    2. $6,000 by August 1stGOAL MET
    3. $5,000 by September 15thGOAL MET – PRAISE GOD!!!
    4. $5,000 by October 1st – NOT MET
    5. $5,000 by November 15th – NOT MET
    6. $5,000 by December 31st – NOT MET
  3. Finish our safety perimeter fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,200)
    1. Front Gate – $700 – NOT MET
    2. Chain link fencing/installation – $1,500 – NOT MET

 

These projects are critical for us to complete in order to add our 3rd grade classroom next year.

 

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

We finished the Septic Tank project.  This is our first step in building our primary school bathrooms and we are super happy to have this complete.  In addition, we are almost finished with the stairway project to connect the mission’s house to the school.  Now, teams and visitors will have a safe way up and down!

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SPONSORSHIP HIGHLIGHT

Meet two of our children needing sponsors this year.  Sponsorship not only provides a valuable education for these children, but a meal every school day, uniforms, books and supplies.  Please share these wonderful children and the opportunity to partner with PCA.  You can see their full information page with this update.

 

MEET ALEX (PreK-3)

Alex is 4 years old and lives with his Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  Alex is a positive, quiet boy who likes everything to be neat and in order.  His best friend is his Brother.  Alex would like to be a mechanic and repair trucks and cranes.  He would also like to play baseball one day for the New York Yankees.

 

MEET NELLYS (PreK-3)

Nelly is 4 years old and lives with her Mom and Dad in Palacaguina.  She is a shy girl who loves to sing, is very organized and enjoys school.  She says she wants to be a doctor so she can help adults when their hearts hurt.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Pray every child will be sponsored for 2019 (we have 17)
  2. Pray for our new English volunteer as she prepares to arrive (she arrives this month)
  3. God’s provision for our construction projects this year ($19,500)

 

THANK YOU!!!

It is not possible for us to express how grateful we are for you in only words.  We hope each one of you truly know how deeply thankful we are for your partnership with us in all God is doing in and through the ministry of PCA.  Together we are literally the hands and feet of Christ serving these children and their families.  Bless you for all you do and we pray you fully grasp the amazing impact you are making in Palacaguina!

 

 

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

 

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Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

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Update #201907 – SO MUCH TO DO

July 1, 2019

Update #201907 – SO MUCH TO DO

We have now reached half-way through the school year and how exciting it is to continue loving our kids with the love of Christ and build into their futures through a solid education.  This school year has been such a blessing.  But, in our joy, we are reminded of the projects we need to complete before January so we can open our 3rd grade classroom.  We have about $30,500 worth of projects to complete.  Please be praying for us as we work towards next year that God will open hearts and doors to make these much needed projects a reality.  There is so much still to do, but we know that through God, all things are possible.

 

PROJECT GOALS

To more focus your prayer, these are the God sized goals’ details we have for next year:

  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by December 2019 ($2,300)
    1. 3rd Grade Classroom Floor – $1,500 – NOT MET
    2. Whiteboard/Furniture – $500 – NOT MET
    3. Classroom Television – $300 – NOT MET
  2. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020 ($26,000)
    1. $1,750 by June 1stGOAL MET
    2. $6,000 by August 1stGOAL MET
    3. $5,000 by September 15th – NOT MET
    4. $5,000 by October 1st – NOT MET
    5. $10,000 by December 31st – NOT MET
  3. Finish our safety perimeter fencing and gate by February 2020 ($2,200)
    1. Front Gate – $700 – NOT MET
    2. Chain link fencing/installation – $1,500 – NOT MET

These projects are critical for us to complete in order to add our 3rd grade classroom next year.

 

MEDICAL EVALUATIONS

In partnership with the Nicaragua Ministry of Health, nurses visited PCA to perform medical evaluations of our students including height, weight, vision, nutritional health and immunizations.  This is an answer to prayer as we seek to ensure our students are doing well in their health as well as their education.

 

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PCA ARBOR DAY (kind of)

To help reforest Nicaragua, we partnered with a group of youth backed by our local government office to plant trees in the green areas in and around PCA.  The group of youth helped our 2nd grade students plant 50 trees as part of a classroom activity.  In addition to planting the youth spoke to our students about the importance of trees and the value they bring to the environment.

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SPONSORSHIP HIGHLIGHT

Meet two of our children needing sponsors this year.  Sponsorship not only provides a valuable education for these children, but a meal every school day, uniforms, books and supplies.  Please share these wonderful children and the opportunity to partner with PCA.  You can see their full information page with this update.

 

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Noan is 3 years old and lives in the city of Palacaguina with his Mom and Dad.  He is a cheerful little boy and likes to color and sing. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up to operate on his stuffed animals and people.

 

 

 

Roxana Paulina Hernandez Olivas.MEET ROXANA (PreK-3)

Roxana is 4 years old and lives in the Las Llantas community of Palacaguina with her Mom.  She is a funny girl who likes to sing, dance and spend time with her best friend.  Roxana would like to be a doctor one day to take care of her mommy.

 

 

ANF PARTNERSHIP

We were blessed again with many wonderful donations from the American Nicaragua Foundation (ANF).  Praise God for this valuable partnership that provides us with Food, Furniture, Classroom Supplies and many other items each quarter.  This quarter we received packaged food, teacher desks, a palet of school supplies, bathroom tissue and a Teddy Bear.  Cannot wait to see what we do with the Teddy Bear. (The stuffed one that is. 🙂 )

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PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Pray every child will be sponsored for 2019 (we have 17)
  2. Pray for our new English volunteer’s health (she arrives in August)
  3. God’s provision for our construction projects this year ($30k)

 

THANK YOU!!!

It is always an honor each month to share with you the activities and ministry of PCA.  Your prayers and your support make it possible for us to love and minister to the children and families of Palacaguina.  We could not do this without each of you continuing to partner with us each month.  Thank you for sharing your passion to make a difference with others and grow our family of partners who are allowing us to grow and open our doors to new students each year.  Bless you and your heart to Change a Generation!!

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

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BONUS:  Children of PCA; Noan Information Sheet; Roxana Information Sheet

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Update #201906 – VERY STRONG YEAR

June 1, 2019

Update #201906 – VERY STRONG YEAR

This year is proving to be one of our strongest years yet.  As we continue to grow we learn more and each day brings new opportunities to improve our processes and procedures.  With so much pressure to expand our programs and so much need surrounding us, we are pacing ourselves and staying focused on our core mission to provide a quality education and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  As the Lord provides, we will gladly expand, but for now, we are concentrating on solidifying what is in place and preparing for one year of growth at a time.

 

GOALS

We are so thankful for what God has provided, but we never want to become complacent or satisfied.  With so much opportunity, we want to always strive to do more for the Kingdom and grow the impact of PCA in Palacaguina.  As we pray and trust God to continually provide, we look forward to what is next.  We wanted to share with you our main goals this year so you can be praying and believing with us:

  1. Finish our 3rd Grade Classroom by December 2019
  2. Finish perimeter fence for the Primary school by January 2020
  3. Finish our Primary school bathrooms by January 2020

 

These projects are critical for us to complete in order to add our 3rd grade classroom next year.

Please pray that God will open hearts and doors to provide the means to complete these projects.
 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS

Our current projects are the primary school bathroom and a safety wall and stairs for the school.   The new septic tank for the bathrooms is well underway and the stairs are looking good.  We should begin construction on the back safety wall in June.

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FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH

A big thank you to Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for hosting us on Sunday, May 12th.  It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and share the amazing work God is doing in Palacaguina.  We are grateful for your continued support and partnership and we look forward to serving together another year.

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PCA TODAY

This month we wanted to fill our update with pictures of what PCA looks like today.  We are grateful for all of you who partner with us in prayer and support to make this ministry a reality.  God is using each and every one of you to make an impact in the lives of these wonderful children and give them a brighter future.  Here we have English tutoring with Abner, the playground, chapel and traditional dance day at the school.

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION VISIT

On May 28th, PCA was visited by the Ministry of Education (MINED) Managua.  This is an annual visit to verify we are complying with the requirements established by Nicaraguan law for operating a school.  We are happy to report, we received a positive review and they even took pictures of PCA to use as examples for other schools to follow.  Praise the Lord for a good review and being allowed to continue our efforts.

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TRIP TO PALACAGUINA

The next trip to Palacaguina is tentatively planned for the week of July 21st.  If you or your tribe would like to accompany me, see PCA up close, meet the children, and make a personal impact on the school, contact me by June 7th at bwitonski@gmail.com.  Total cost of the trip would be around $1,800 per person for a group of 10 or individually would be $1,100 + airfare.

 

SPONSORSHIP/SUPPORT UPDATE

19 students still need a sponsor this year.  Please continue to join with us in prayer for new partners who would be willing to sponsor one or more of these wonderful children.  And share with others about the good work being done in Palacaguina.  They can partner with you in sponsoring a child for only $40 a month.  If you have a church or group who would like a presentation on PCA and its impact, please contact me via e-mail.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Pray every child will be sponsored for 2019
  2. Pray for our staff, students and families in Palacaguina
  3. God’s provision for our construction projects this year

 

PRAISE – Thank you to those who prayed and are praying for Nathan Johnston.  Last month I mentioned how he suffered a head injury.  We are grateful to report he is doing much better.  His surgeries went well and he is on the road to recovery.  He is returning to the US for a time to see a neuro ophthalmologist and for physical therapy.

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THANK YOU!!!

God is so good!!  And we are incredibly grateful for all of you who pray for and partner with us each month.  You are the literal hands and feet of God doing the work of the kingdom.  Your efforts and sacrifices make such a difference in the lives of our children and we are so thankful for you.  We pray for you and your families that you are well and that each day you are aware of and know the impact you are making.

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

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Update #201905 – PARTNERSHIP AND TEAMWORK

May 1, 2019

As we continue in our school year, we are blessed to have so many wonderful partners and a strong local team making a difference in the lives of our children and families each day.  Together we are all part of one mission to Change a Generation.  Thank you to all of you who partner with us in prayer and child sponsorship to make Palacaguina Christian Academy a reality every month.

 

PARTNER APPRECIATION EVENT

Our recent event in Central Arkansas was an absolute success.  Thank you to the 50+ partners who were able to make it out in the stormy weather to hear all that you accomplished in 2018.  We hope you felt the impact you are making and our extreme appreciation for your partnership.  For those who were not able to make it, we hope to see you at our next event.  And a big thank you to our sponsoring church, Fellowship North, for hosting the event and to the youth group who came out to help make the night a success.

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STAFF DEVELOPMENT

During the Holy Week Break, we took the opportunity to continue building into our teachers and staff at PCA by providing a team building trip to Jinotega.  Together, with some family, our team spent the day in Jinotega exploring the sites and serving along-side a young couple evangelizing and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a small community.  One of our primary focuses this year is teamwork and building into our local team.  The feedback from our staff was extremely positive and we hope to find more ways to grow and build our team.

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HELPING OTHERS

We want our staff to not only work together but to serve together.  While on the trip to Jinotega our staff took the opportunity to help a local community, Sisle, by distributing coats, shoes, backpacks, notebooks and pencils to children and residents of the community.  They also brought a piñata for the children.  The children were extremely happy to receive the gifts and they always love a good piñata.

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REACHING OUT

Each year, the local Ministry of Education (MINED) distributes backpacks and school supplies to small communities around Palacaguina.  However, they do not have transportation available to reach the poorer communities further away.  This year, PCA partnered with the MINED providing fuel and a vehicle to bring these supplies to seven communities.  Yet another way we are partnering locally to help.

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TRIP TO PALACAGUINA

The next trip to Palacaguina is planned for the month of July.  If you or your tribe would like to accompany me, see PCA up close, meet the children, and make a personal impact on the school, contact me by May 31st at bwitonski@gmail.com.  Total cost of the trip would be around $1,800 per person.

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS

We have completed the land work paving the way for all our future development of the PCA campus.  Our next big project for PCA will be additional bathrooms allowing us to meet the needs of our growing primary school.  This is a critical project to complete this year and we will begin with a new septic tank next month.

To the delight of anyone who has braved the climb from our home to the school, we are well underway on our project to build a safe pathway to the school for future teams serving at PCA.  We hope to complete this project by the end of this Summer.

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SPONSORSHIP UPDATE

22 students still need a sponsor this year.  Please continue to join with us in prayer for new partners who would be willing to sponsor one or more of these wonderful children.  And share with others about the good work being done in Palacaguina.  They can partner with you in sponsoring a child for only $40 a month.  If you have a church or group who would like a presentation on PCA and its impact, please contact me via e-mail.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. Pray every child will be sponsored for 2019
  2. Pray for our staff, students and families in Palacaguina.
  3. Nathan Johnston – Fellow missionary in Nicaragua who recently suffered a head injury.

Pray for his complete healing and restoration to the ministry he so greatly loves.

 

THANK YOU!!!

We are incredibly grateful to all of you who have answered God’s call to help Palacaguina Christian Academy be the only option for children to receive an education and an introduction to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Your impact cannot be overstated.  We thank God for the sacrifices and prayers you make each month.  We absolutely could not minister to and impact so many without your help.  Thank you!!!

 

Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!  (God Bless you from the Witonski family)

Want more frequent updates, pictures and videos?  Check out the schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AcademiaCristianaPalacaguina/

 

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