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Update #201811 – Transitions

November 1, 2018

If there is one word I could use to describe this part of the journey, it would be transitions.  October has absolutely been a full month of transitions.  But, no matter how chaotic it may feel or how little we know of God’s plan, we absolutely know that God still has a plan and He is going to do amazing things through His plan.  Our job is to continue trusting in His plan and work as hard as we can to accomplish the tasks He is giving us each day.  And know how amazing it will be to look back and see all God did.  His plan, His glory!!

 

 

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN CUSMAJI

This month we handed out food packages(rice and beans) to families in the community of Cusmaji.  Accompanied with a Bible, 50 poor families received life giving food packages and heard a message of the gospel.  Making a difference in the lives of people with the grace and love of Jesus through meeting real need is the greatest reward of this ministry and what we get to be a part of in Nicaragua.  You make this possible.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCA UPDATE

The school continues to do well.  We are quickly approaching the end of our second school year and it is very exciting.  Plans for the Kindergarten graduation are underway and we are planning for next year’s enrollment process.  The tiling of our 2nd grade classroom is complete and our ANF donated desks are in place.  The community of Palacaguina is very happy with PCA and greatly looking forward to all God is going to continue to do in the lives of our students and in the community.

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THE GIFT OF SLEEP

Imagine sleeping without a pillow.  For many in our community, they will no longer need to.  In our most recent ANF donation, we received cases of pillows that we were able to give to local people in need of something to rest their weary heads.

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WITONSKI FAMILY UPDATE

We were blessed by a local Little Rock family with a home to be in for October.  It is a beautiful home and a huge blessing.  We have settled in and it has almost felt somewhat stable for the last several weeks.  We are still seeking to understand what the future holds for our family and preparing for our next move in November.  So far everything is temporary as we strive to continue our focus on the school while learning a new way of living as missionaries.  The great news is we are together as a family and that is what is most important.  We trust God will reveal more of His plan as we faithfully serve and honor His call in our lives.

SPONSORSHIP

Due to changes in sponsorship, we now have 7 current students who need sponsorship.  If you know someone who would like to help us Change a Generation and impact the life of a child and their community, please share this need.  Sponsorship is only $40 per month and includes exposure to the gospel, a daily meal, uniform, creation of local jobs and many various community projects we get to support.  If you are currently sponsoring we hope you will plan on continuing for the next school year.

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FUN TIMES AT PCA

Our students celebrated different cultures on Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race).  It was fun day where both parents and teachers participated with the students.  It is good to see days like this in times like these.

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EXPANDING OUR IMPACT

We had two visits in October that show ways we are expanding our impact in our region of Nicaragua.  First, we had a group of university students in their 3rd year of English training come to observe our English classes.  We are the only private school in our state of Madrid teaching English.  Second, we had a group of High School students come to present on domestic animal abuse.  This is a part of their education and was a wonderful topic to share with our students on the importance of not mistreating animals.  This message is greatly needed.PCA_visitors

SPONSOR UPDATES & PARTNER APPRECIATION EVENT

Look forward to our upcoming Sponsor Update.  We are actively working on a new update from your child that should be in your inbox by the end of November.  Also, you will be receiving a Save the Date for our next Partner Appreciation Event.  Our next event is planned for Spring of 2019 in Central Arkansas.  More information to come.

ANSWERED PRAYER

Days after our last update was sent, God answered our prayers around my contracting position.  It was extended until December.  Praise the Lord!!  This will help us to survive a little longer and continue several projects at the school through December.

PRAISES

  • Being together as a family!!! Still so grateful for this!
  • God provided a wonderful home for us to stay and it was extended until mid-November.
  • The school doing so well and our 2nd grade desks being approved by the Ministry of Education.
  • Answered prayer for my job.

PRAYERS

  • Pray for specific direction as to where we will live towards the end of November.
  • Pray for my job situation that God will continue opening doors for us while in the US.
  • Pray for clarity and direction on how we can continue serving Christ in all we are doing.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED

  • If you would like to help fund our ANF partnership allowing us to feed children every day, provide clothing and supplies for communities and help us obtain the desks, furniture and school supplies we need to operate we would love your help. We have a $1000 payment for this yearly partnership coming in December.  Let us know if you would like to give towards this need.
  • Purchasing property in front of the school for future growth is becoming a bigger priority. This land, at $10,000 will allow us to grow to be a self-sustaining school.
  • Our cafeteria area is almost completed. $2500 will finish the roof over our new addition and $1200 will finish our seating.  An additional $5000 will complete the actual kitchen.

THANK YOU

We truly appreciate each and every one of you who partner with us in prayer and support each month.  You are making such a powerful impact for the kingdom.  Thank you for continuing to partner with us in this ministry.  Even in the midst of the struggles and uncertainty, God is still moving and touching lives with His grace and goodness.  And we know this is only because of your prayers.  We look forward to seeing all God will continue to do in Palacaguina.

 

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

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Update #201810 – Together Again

October 8, 2018

Together again at last!!  After our family being separated for over 3 months, we are finally back together again.  This has been an extremely difficult time for us, but I am happy to say we made it through.  And we hope and pray we do not have to do that again.  It is a beautiful thing to be together!  We pray each of you will be reminded how good it is to be together and will take a little extra time this month to hug longer and enjoy each moment God gives you to share with your family.

 

NICARAGUA AND PCA UPDATE

Two of our 1st grade students were able to participate and place in a local reading competition.   We are so proud of Hannah and Edwin for their great work!!!

And praise the Lord for the school continuing to operate well in the midst of all that is happening and us not being able to be there.  The state of Nicaragua continues to be a delicate situation.  Though I do not want to overshare in our update about specifics, I do want to encourage each of you to continue praying for our beloved country and for the people we so dearly love and long to return to.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY MARCH

A big highlight this month was the participation of our students in the annual Independence day march in Palacaguina.  I cannot express enough what a big deal this is for our families and students to be able to represent their school in this celebration.  We had special uniforms made for our band, introduced academic honors this year and had a wonderful turnout of students to represent PCA.  It was truly a great day!!

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CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

The steps and ramp projects have been completed!  Very happy to continue seeing progress on the school.  This is encouraging and helps to see the school is still moving forward.  And a big thank you to those who have given to help keep the school construction moving forward.  With this, we are ready to finish our Second Grade classroom.

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FAMILY UPDATE

All things considered, the family is doing well.  Michael is enjoying 1st grade.  Andee, Jonah and Lilly are doing great at home schooling.  Deborah and I are good, just trying to figure out the next steps.  We are focusing heavily on trying to listen to what God is telling us and what we are supposed to do for the next phase.  We appreciate your prayers as we need to make some big decisions by the end of October.  PCA is still the primary focus of our hearts, but we will need to focus and lead stateside for at least the next year.

 

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Last month we had an immediate need for a car.  We had been borrowing a car since July, but needed a car that could fit the whole family and that we could use long-term.  Specifically we were praying for a Honda Pilot.  God answered with a beautiful 2011 Honda Pilot that is going to be perfect for our family.  Thank you Lord!!!  And thank you to all of you who were joining us in prayer for this need.

 

 

PRAISES

  • Being together as a family!!!
  • God provided a wonderful home for us to stay in for October.
  • The school continuing to function normally.
  • Answered prayer for a car.

PRAYERS

  • Pray for specific direction as to where we will live starting in November.
  • Pray for my job situation. My current position ends October 24th.
  • Pray for continued help with the medical condition in our family.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED

  • If you would like to help fund our ANF partnership allowing us to feed children every day, provide clothing and supplies for communities and help us obtain the desks, furniture and school supplies we need to operate we would love your help. We have a $1000 payment for this yearly partnership coming in December.  Let us know if you would like to give towards this need.
  • Purchasing property in front of the school for future growth is becoming a bigger priority. This land, at $10,000 will allow us to grow to be a self-sustaining school.
  • Our cafeteria area is almost completed. $2500 will finish the roof over our new addition and $1200 will finish our seating.  An additional $5000 will complete the actual kitchen.
  • We are working to complete our primary school classrooms 2nd through 4th It costs approximately $2,300 per classroom for flooring and furnishings to have it ready for students.
  • Our next major project is to build our 5th and 6th grade classrooms addition. This will add, two classrooms, bathrooms and much needed storage.  The project is estimated at $11,000 to complete the foundation and 1st floor and an additional $12,000 to finish the second floor.
  • To complete the Preschool we will need to finish the front wall and gates. This project would be one of our last big projects for the structure of the school and is estimated at $9,580.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for continuing to love and support our family and this amazing ministry God has given us.  Together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of the children and families of Palacaguina.  We have 98 beautiful children and their families we get to love and care for.  The sacrifices you make every month to support PCA through your prayers, sponsorship and giving are changing a generation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and education.  I know God is glorified and pleased with your participation in His mission.

 

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

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UPDATE 201809 – GOD IS GOOD!!!

September 1, 2018

“God is good…All the time!  And all the time…God is good!”

In my first church, this was a common saying and response.  We may feel this easy to say when times are good but so much harder when times are, well, not so good.  In the midst of what we have been going through these last few months, I can honestly and most powerfully say God IS Still Good!!  He is so good.  Especially in the midst of trials and chaos that so often surrounds us.  We have truly held onto the truth that “His mercies are new every morning” and “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  We can say through it all that God is good.  We hope and pray you can see how good God is in your life too.

 

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I must begin with an absolute positive show of God’s goodness to PCA and our ministry.  This month we received the largest donation yet from our partnership with ANF.  Not only did we receive enough food for the rest of the year to feed our children and help children in two other communities, but we received school supplies, desks, chairs, furniture, clothing, shoes, notebooks, paint and many other items we were in great need of.  We are super excited about the opportunities this will give us to reach out and give more to those who are in need.  Already we have given out notebooks and clothing to the community of Los Arados where we recently built a chapel.  Our goal is to use or give away everything by December.

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SCHOOL STATUS

God is truly amazing.  Yet another reason why God is so good is that even in the midst of the greatest civil unrest since the civil war in the 80’s, PCA has graciously not been impacted by the situation.  Every day, our children are able to attend school and maintain their normal lives.  This is sadly not the case in other parts of Nicaragua right now.  We are truly grateful the school is continuing to serve the families of Palacaguina and do even more than we have ever done before.  PCA is strong and moving forward thanks to our leadership, staff and so many of you who continue to support us and make PCA a possibility every month.

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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

We wanted to highlight two activities from August.  (1) The students, parents and staff have been working hard to represent PCA well in the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.  We have new patriotic uniforms and recognition of student excellence to add to our returning band in the city parade this year.  And (2), our 4 year old class put on a play for the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  What a great job by our students.  And a special thanks to our parents who of course worked hard on their costumes.

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CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

We are actively working to complete our steps and handicap ramp to our next classrooms and have completed the planning and design of our main office for next year.  What a difference it will make to have an official main office for the school.  Next we will be tiling our 2nd grade classroom and working more on our kitchen/cafeteria space.

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FAMILY UPDATE

We are so grateful for all of you who have been praying for us and reaching out to us in this time.  We know God is good because of the wonderful people He has put in our lives who love and care for us.  Though we are still separated, we are doing well.  The Wyoming crew is continuing homeschooling every day and fully enjoying every moment with Grandmamaw and Grandpapaw.  Michael and I have been settling into a new normal and getting wonderful opportunities to see friends and family.  Looking forward to all being together by the end of September and staying in Central Arkansas through October.

 

NEXT STEPS

Though we had hopes of returning to Palacaguina in October, this is not going to be possible for two reasons.  First, the situation in Nicaragua is still very volatile.  There have definitely been a reduction in all out violence, however, protesting is still ongoing, civil order has not returned, the people are still unhappy and there is still the very real potential of things getting worse fast.  Second, by God’s grace after coming to the US, we identified a medical condition in our family that will require us to be in the US for treatment.  We have determined a minimum of one-year to be in the US for this and are working on the details.  We know God is directing every step and we are grateful we can continue working with and operating the school even in our absence.

 

PRAISES

  • Though expensive, we were able to shield the school and Arete from sharing any of our evacuation expenses. Thank you God for providing for us and helping us not impact the school in this.
  • God continues to provide transportation and temporary housing for our family.
  • Identification of a new method for getting funds into Nicaragua without fees.

 

PRAYERS

  • Pray for us as we search for a used car for our family. Specifically, for a good used Honda Pilot.
  • Pray for us as we seek direction on where God wants us to land for our time stateside until we can return to Nicaragua.
  • Pray for a medical condition that has arisen in our family. Nothing life-threatening, but will require treatment over the next year and a lot of changes.

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED

  • If you would like to help fund our side of the ANF partnership that allows us to feed children every day, provide clothing and supplies for communities and help us obtain the desks, furniture and school supplies we need to operate we would love your help. We have a $1000 payment for this yearly partnership coming in December.  Let us know if you would like to give towards this need.
  • Our cafeteria area is almost completed. $2500 will finish the roof over our new addition and $1200 will finish our seating.  An additional $5000 will complete the actual kitchen.
  • We are working to complete our primary school classrooms 2nd through 4th It costs approximately $2,300 per classroom for flooring and furnishings to have it ready for students.  You could help us be ready.
  • Our next major project is to build our 5th and 6th grade classrooms addition. This will add, two classrooms, bathrooms and much needed storage.  The project is estimated at $11,000 to complete the foundation and 1st floor and an additional $12,000 to finish the second floor.
  • To complete the Preschool we will need to finish the front wall and gates. This project would be one of our last big projects for the structure of the school and is estimated at $9,580.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you for your prayers, your reaching out, your thoughts and your continued support of our family and PCA through everything.  We are encouraged about the future of PCA and the ministry.  We know it is crazy right now, but we believe it will get better and we will eventually be able to return to Palacaguina.  And how good it is to know that you will be with us in that.  God is good!!  AMEN!!!

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

 

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Update #2018-08 – So Many Unknowns

August 4, 2018

When can we return to Nicaragua? Where do we live if it takes more time? What can we do now?  Why are we here, when our hearts are in Palacaguina?  How do we take the next step?  Even though there are so many unknowns we are facing right now, we know beyond any doubt that God is Good!  And His plans are good!  God does not need us to figure everything out, He just needs us to trust in the fact that He has it figured out.

In our last update, we shared about our family having to evacuate Nicaragua.  I want to share more about this but first I want to share about how God is still moving, the school is going strong and there are doors of opportunity for reaching more people with the Gospel.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

There are several new projects we have been able to complete this month and we are well on our way to getting ready for 2nd grade next year.  We were able to finish the cafeteria floor, an electrical project, new doors, and some much-needed drainage projects.  Next, we will be working on other projects to get our 2nd grade classroom completed and focusing on finishing our kitchen and main office space.  Thank you to all of our wonderful partners continuing to help us move forward every month.

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NEW STUDENTS

We have added two new students from Managua and we are grateful to have them.  Even more, we are able to provide a safe and structured environment filled with the love of Christ.  We are so happy to be able to provide this to families and children who are being displaced.

 

AMERICAN NICARAGUA FOUNDATION (ANF) PARTNERSHIP

We are happy to announce that our partnership with ANF is going to continue for another year.  We will be signing a new one-year partnership with ANF in the coming weeks and this is going to ensure we are able to provide daily meals for our children as well as a few surrounding communities.  This year we are also going to be receiving school supplies, furniture, and many other items as they are available.  Praise the Lord for this partnership.  If you would like to help with the $2,000 cost of this partnership that provides food every day and so many other benefits, please let us know or give at www.lovepala.com.

 

NEW CHAPEL

Last month I shared about a chapel the local church we attend built in a small village.  We have had the opportunity to be a part of building another chapel in another community desperately in need of a place to worship.  This chapel will create a new place of ministry and many opportunities to reach this new community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Praise the Lord!  As the situation in Nicaragua continues on, more people are searching for real answers.  What a blessing to provide a place for those who are seeking answers to find the one true answer.  Hope, in this life, is found solely in Jesus Christ.  Amen?  Amen!

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FAMILY REFUGEE UPDATE

Technically, we are now refugees.  How in the world did we get to this place?  To be honest, we have no idea.  But, what we do know is that God is still directing our steps and He is still good!  We know God has called our family to Nicaragua, and we believe His call is still strong.  However, we are not able to be present in our home due to the situation.  At this point, we are trusting God to show us our next immediate steps, but absolutely committed to our calling.  Thankfully the school has been running normally through the month of July and we are grateful for our incredible friends and staff who have stepped up to fill our absence.  We hope to have a better idea next update of what this chapter of our journey is going to be.  For now, we simply ask for your prayers.  Please pray for direction, understanding, wisdom and grace as we move forward.

 

ARKANSAS (AUGUST/SEPTEMBER)

Over the next few months, I look forward to continuing meeting with many of you in Central Arkansas and sharing in person all God has been doing at PCA and the hope we have for the future of the school and the ministry.  If you would like to reach out to me and schedule a time to get together, please reply.  I want you to see how good God can be even in the midst of uncertainty and chaos.  Our faith is strong and the future is bright.

PRAYERS

  • Please pray for Nicaragua to have a peaceful resolution soon to the current situation.
  • Please pray for God to use our time in the states for His glory.
  • Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.

PRAISE

  • God’s miraculous intervention and clear favor in our evacuations
  • A warm home to be in during our temporary situation
  • A car to use while we are in the states
  • Provision for additional expenses we have incurred

 

THANK YOU

We are so grateful for all of you who are continuing to pray and partner with us through everything.  It would not be possible to keep running the school and making an impact in Palacaguina without you.  Thank you for remaining committed to this ministry and what God is doing in Nicaragua.  Know and trust in God’s plans.  Though we do not always understand every step, God is faithful and will complete the work He has started.

 

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

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Update #2018-07 – WHAT AN ADVENTURE

July 1, 2018

What a month June has been.  Amidst the greatest civil unrest Nicaragua has experienced since the 80’s, God is still doing amazing things.  PCA is moving forward, educating and reaching out to the children and families of Palacaguina and all because of your prayers and support.  We finished several projects this month and had several opportunities to minister and love on others.  So grateful God has called us to work in Palacaguina.  We hope you enjoy seeing the pictures in this update and read to the end for a special update on our family.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

One of the most exciting happenings in June was the completion of our primary school playground.  The pictures can barely begin to express the excitement of the 1st graders.  They love their new playground and we are so grateful to the WPC Youth who created the space with the fence and sand as well as for the wonderful donor who paid for the structures to be created.  Thank you so much for providing this amazing place for our children to play.

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1st Grade TV

A major part of our English class has been the ability to show videos.  We were able to purchase and install the TV for the first grade class this month.  Thank you to the donor who has so far provided all of our classroom TVs.  These are used every day to teach and we are grateful to have them.  This is one more capability that sets PCA apart.

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INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

Two of our Preschool children participated in a local International Folk Festival.  They competed in a dance competition where they performed a traditional Nicaraguan dance.  It was a blessing to watch and see PCA getting to participate in this event.  One of the ways we are able to be a part of the community.

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WHAT AN HONOR

I was humbled to be invited by this small church in the mountains of Palacaguina to a delicious meal.  I cannot begin to describe what an honor this was to be given so much from people who have so little.  They slaughtered a goat for us and fed us so much.  This chapel our church in Palacaguina built is the only church in this village of about 400 people.  It is amazing to see what God is doing.

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YOUTH CAMP

A definite highlight this month was participating in a youth camp we did in Palacaguina.  We had 126 youth come out for a day of worship, teaching, food, & fun.  I was the games coordinator for the camp and it was so much fun.  I love getting to work with and spend time with the wonderful people of Nicaragua.  God is so good!!

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FATHERS DAY AT THE HOUSE

This year, for Father’s Day, we had an event at our house for the men of our church.  It was great to have about 18 men come up and spend the day just fellowshipping and spending time in God’s Word together.  They made an outdoor stove and cooked some delicious traditional soup and I even made some stove-top popcorn for the first time.  It was a great day of Fellowship.

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SPONSORSHIP

As of this update we only have 2 children who need a sponsor.  Sponsorship not only covers the cost of education, but also provides a meal each day and ministry programs for the children.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child at $40 per month, please let us know or go to our website at www.lovepala.com.

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EVACUATION – FAMILY UPDATE

It is with great sadness we had to make a decision this month to evacuate the family from Nicaragua for a short time.  Due to the increasing violence and instability of the political situation, our Board of Directors requested we leave Nicaragua to give the country time to stabilize.  Though we did not want to leave and have never felt in direct danger, we are being obedient to those in authority over us and trusting in their wisdom.  We immediately evacuated part of the family on June 13th to Wyoming and I followed on June 29th to Arkansas.  I needed to stay in order to prepare PCA and our home for our absence.  We hope to return to Palacaguina within the next few months.  Thank you for those of you who have been praying for our safety during this time.  We know God is going to use our time in the states for His glory.  And I look forward to spending time meeting with many of you and our partners in Central Arkansas in the month of July.  This all happened very quickly and we have so many mixed emotions we are processing through.  We were able to leave the school in great hands and the school will continue to operate normally in our absence.  This will be a great test of our continuity plan for the school and we feel the school will not have any issues for this short time of us not being there.  Please continue to pray God will open doors for us to safely return to our beloved home, Palacaguina.

PRAYERS

  • Please pray for Nicaragua to have a peaceful resolution soon to the current situation.
  • Please pray for God to use our time in the states for His glory.
  • Please pray for a new 1-year volunteer to start in January to teach English in 2nd
  • Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.

THANK YOU!

It is amazing to see what God can do through the willing hearts of His people.  We are absolutely grateful for each of you who are praying for, giving to and telling others about all God is doing in Palacaguina.  We would not be able to do all of this without you.  97 children, families, youth, other communities, and many more are being touched by the love and grace of God and it is all because of you.  We are blessed to be a part of what God is doing and so grateful you are by our side through it all.  We know God will finish all He has started.

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

The Witonski Family <><

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Update #2018-06 – INSECTAGEDDON PART II

June 1, 2018

It is that time of year again, the rain is plentiful, everything is turning green and the bugs outnumber people a million to 1.  That’s right, it is INSECTAGEDDON 2018.  We could definitely be the backdrop for one of those really bad B Movies.  Like When Moths Attack or Attack of the Killer June Bug or Flying Ants Destroy the World.  This is definitely an “experience”.  Maybe not one everyone would enjoy, but something we are learning to live with in our new world.  We have adjusted accordingly with changes such as not having lights on after the sun goes down (Dad is loving the electricity savings) and showering by candle light so the moths do not negate the shower you just took.  All in all, it is good.  Happy to see the mountains turning green and seeing the rain coming from far away through the mountains is such a beautiful sight to see.

 

So much has happened in the month of May.  I returned from my US Trip, we are making much progress on the primary school playground, we have a new English volunteer and we have been blessed with many more stories of God’s faithfulness and provision.  Let us take a look at all God has been doing in the ministry and the school over the last month.

US TRIP REPORT

I have to thank each of you who prayed for our trip to the US.  This was our first trip of its kind and one we have decided most definitely needs to be repeated each year as it was an extremely successful trip.  We were able to connect with old friends and meet so many new friends along the way.  Out of 26 children we needed to sponsor, 22 were sponsored.  PRAISE GOD!!  This is going to open so many doors this year and next.  This means we are no longer operating in a super deficit for the year and we will be able to help fund Uniforms, books, school supplies, and other programs we have been eager to do.  This also means we will be able to afford our partnership with ANF for another year to continue providing food, clothing and other materials for our children and other communities.  God is so good and I am so thankful for all of our new partners who are working with us to Change a Generation.  We will be deciding dates and details for our 2019 trip soon.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

We are seeing this major need come to reality.  It started in April with a team of youth who built the fencing and provided the sand and continues with the construction of playground equipment.  We are creating three structures: teeter-totters, slides and monkey bars.  Though we still need about $3,000 to finish the playground, we are hoping to finish with what we currently have in June so the children can begin playing on their new equipment.

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20180523_150210_HDRA CINDERELLA STORY

Ok, maybe not apples to apples, but still an amazing story.  A little girl who lives across from the school is getting the opportunity of a lifetime.  April (not her real name) would come every day to work and play alongside our last missions team.  One of the youth serving (we will call her Jill) fell in love with April (not hard to do).  When Jill returned, she shared with her family and they decided to adopt April’s future, literally.  April’s family, though living across from the school and wanting April to attend, did not have the means to do so.   Jill and her family have given April and her family a reason to hope for an amazing future for April.  Jill’s family is not only sponsoring her as a PCA partner, but they are going to sponsor the family’s expenses as well.  AND they want to do this all the way through graduation.  When I shared this with April’s family, they were overwhelmed and you could see the gratefulness in their hearts for the opportunity this brings to their little girl.  April’s first day at PCA was yesterday and after school I asked her how her first day went and let me say, her amazing smile was so bright as she exclaimed how great it was.  It is such a joy to see, first hand, the happiness and hope you bring when you sponsor a child and give them the promise of education.  I wish each of you could see the impact you are making that I get to see every day.  Thank you for giving hope and a future to all of the little Aprils.  You are making such a difference.

Celebrating Moms

Nicaragua takes celebrating Moms to a whole new level.  As a school, PCA was able to honor all of our Moms with a special celebration and lunch.  Thank you to all of the great Moms who sacrifice and work so hard to love us and help our lives to be great!!  We love you Mom!!

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Making a Difference

Thanks to a successful trip to the US and our funding almost being complete, we were able to award more 50% scholarships to local families struggling so hard to give their children a bright future.  This brings our ½ scholarship recipients up to 40 children.  A little less than half of our families attending PCA.  The need is great, but we are grateful to be making a difference every way we can.

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We are super excited to be welcoming to PCA Natasha.  Natasha, recently married, moved to Nicaragua in March.  Her husband is from Palacaguina.  I cannot express enough how grateful we are Natasha is now serving as our first grade English teacher.  We are hopeful Natasha will partner with us for many years to Change a Generation and be the difference for our children learning English.  She has already made a HUGE impact in only a few short weeks.  Welcome to PCA Natasha!!!  You are a direct answer to our and so many others’ prayers.

 

Sponsorship

As of this update we only have 4 children who need a sponsor.  Sponsorship not only covers the cost of education, but also provides a meal each day and ministry programs for the children.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child at $40 per month, please let us know or go to our website at www.lovepala.com.

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Prayers

  • Please pray for a new 1-year volunteer to start in January to teach English in 2nd
  • Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.
  • Please pray for Nicaragua to have a peaceful resolution soon to the current situation. Our family is doing ok for any concerned.  Just trusting in God to use us where He has called us.

THANK YOU!

Once again we are reminded of how limited we are on our own in fulfilling the call God has given our family.  We absolutely could not do anything we are doing without all of you supporting us with your prayers and your giving.  God can do so much through His people when we join together to fulfill the Great Commission and we are so blessed to be able to see and experience this directly.  You are literally the hands and feet of Christ working along-side us to make a difference in the lives of the children and families of Palacaguina.  Thank you so much for your sacrifice and for all you do!!

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

The Witonski Family <><

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Update #2018-05 – STORY TIME

May 2, 2018

Everyone loves a good story, especially when it encourages us to believe in something greater than ourselves and helps give us the strength to overcome. Well, we have got a story to tell and we love to share it with others. The first half of April we have been able to continue building upon our story and the last half of April has given us many opportunities to tell our story all over the US from Arkansas, to San Francisco to Florida. We are so grateful to have an amazing story to tell, but we know so well it is not our story…it is God’s story. And what a joy to be a part of God’s Great Story! We are so grateful you too are a part of this amazing God story!

WELCOME WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN
We were blessed to have a wonderful group of young people join us this month for a week at the school. Not only did they fulfill a critical need helping us with our student evaluations, but they completed the expansion of our primary school playground, including a full week of moving 65 cubic meters of sand by HAND. And they spent time ministering to and playing with our kids each day through VBS activity. You are amazing and we are so grateful for you investing your time and resources into our children!! What an impact you have made.
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GOODBYE HOPE AND RILEY
It was so sad to say goodbye to two incredible volunteers who have been with us since January. You have made such a difference in the kids of PCA and I know they will never forget all of the time you spent with them and all of the love you gave them over these last 3 months. Thank you for giving a part of your lives to us. We will miss you so much! We look forward to seeing you again…soon.IMG_3962

 

 

 

 

 

US TRIP UPDATE
It has been a very fruitful trip so far for PCA. We began with 27 students who needed to be sponsored and by God’s grace we only have 5 left to sponsor with one more week to go. And I cannot even begin to tell of all the wonderful new friends we have made along the way. God is so good. Thank you to all of you who have met with us and newly partnered with us in Changing a Generation in Palacaguina. You are truly making a difference!

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IMG_3937RESIDENCY UPDATE
PRAISE GOD!! I will say it again in case you did not hear me, PRAISE GOD!! The Witonski family are officially residents of Nicaragua!! Oh, what a joy! After 16 months of laboring toward residency we have achieved our first year of temporary residency. We will need to renew yearly twice and then we can apply for permanent residency. This is such a major milestone in our call to Nicaragua and one step closer to being fully established in our new home. Thank you so much for your prayers and for all those who have helped us along the way.

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We were able to complete the additional structural support for the 1st Grade Classroom. Though unplanned, this was a critical safety project and I am so grateful it is completed. Now, we will be able to move forward on preparing the 2nd grade classroom for next year. Next steps will be the library, completing our existing building and adding two new classrooms to expand our space through 6th grade. We know God is going to continue providing for His school.

SPONSORSHIP

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As of this update we only have 5 children who need a sponsor. Sponsorship not only covers the cost of education, but also provides a meal each day and ministry programs for the children. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child at $40 per month, please let us know or go to our website at www.lovepala.com.

PRAYERS
1) Please continue to pray for our US trip. We have one week left and then we return home.
2) Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.
3) Please continue to pray for our teachers and staff as they work hard to learn new ways to work with our children and teach them about discipline and values.

THANK YOU!
What a joy it is to serve beside each of you in God’s call to reach the children and families of Palacaguina with his grace and a life-changing education. All we do through God’s grace would not be possible without you. Thank you for your prayers, your support and everything you do to make this ministry possible. You are truly the wind in our sails and the hands and feet of Christ. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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

The Witonski Family <><

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Update #2018-04 – Busy busy busy

April 1, 2018

As Americans from the United States, we seem to have great ability to always fill up our days with things to do.  Well, the mission field is certainly no exception or reprieve from that well-developed skill.  The month of March has been insanely busy.  However, we are grateful the Lord has entrusted so many responsibilities to us here in Palacaguina for His kingdom.  We continue to believe in the mission He has given us to Change a Generation and we are extremely grateful for those of you praying for us and allowing God to use you to be a part of it with us.  Together we will accomplish all God has for us here and we will never tire of serving Him!!

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2018 Capital Campaign

We are officially kicking off our 2018 Capital Campaign to raise $350,000.  This campaign will complete the known school construction projects so we can begin fully focusing on our programs around ministry and education.  We need to be focusing on how to reach the students and our community with funds and efforts, not on building the school.  So, I ask you, how can you help us reach this goal?  Are you able to give, please give!  Are you able to evangelize and tell others, please tell the story!  Are you able to pray for God to open the doors to meet this need, please pray earnestly!  We know God is able and God can do it through His people.  SO, LET’S BUILD HIS SCHOOL and CHANGE A GENERATION!!

 

US Trip – Share the Vision

Speaking of our capital campaign, please pray God will open doors and hearts on our fund-raising trip to the states.  From April 11th through May 7th, Brenton will be in the US sharing our vision for the next several years and hopefully inspiring those who hear.  If you are near any of these places, please join him and bring a friend:

  • Thursday, April 12th – The Church at Rock Creek – Man Church – 6pm
  • Saturday, April 14th – The Flying Saucer Event Center Little Rock Rivermarket – 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, April 15th – Fellowship Bible Church AM Services – 8am-1pm
  • Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 21st – San Francisco, CA
  • Saturday, April 22nd – 26th – Miami, FL – Various Locations and Churches
  • Friday, April 27th – Saturday, May 5th – Titusville, FL – Various Locations and Churches
  • Sunday, May 6th – Conway, AR

 

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We had two groups visit us in March.  We had a group of church leaders visit us from Nebraska.  This was a wonderful visit to share the vision of PCA and all of the amazing things God has done here.  We were also blessed to spend a day with a group of students from the University of South Carolina.  We look forward to seeing this group led by Doug and Dave each year.  Though we only got to see them for one day this time around, it was truly great to see them and we look forward to more opportunities to serve with them in the future.20180316_112753

 

 

 

 

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Our Volunteers continue to make the difference at PCA.  Trying to teach English without native English speakers is super challenging.  Which is why we continue to be grateful for Riley and Hope who are serving with us.  Hope will be returning to the states next month.  We and the children will greatly miss her.  Thankfully, Riley will be continuing with us and a new volunteer, Lexii, will be rejoining us in May.  We have truly missed Lexii and are super excited to have her returning to spend 3 months with us in between her college classes.  Nic will also be rejoining us at the end of April for a few weeks to see the children he fell in love with and who also fell in love with him last year.   If you or someone you know would like to volunteer with us for 3-12 months to teach English in the school, please let us know.  We will need 3 full-time, long-term volunteers next year.Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Updates

We continue to move forward little-by-little with improvements.  We completed the primary school playground fencing, began structural repairs for the 1st grade classroom and had 5 big trucks of sand delivered for the playground.

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Sponsorship

We have completed identifying all children at PCA needing a sponsor this year.  We have 27 children who need a sponsor.  Sponsorship not only covers the cost of education, but also provides a meal each day and ministry programs for the children.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child at $40 per month, please let us know or go to our website at www.lovepala.com.  Thank you for considering/sharing sponsorship opportunities.  We strive to never turn away a child due to financial hardship.

Melanie Liam Kelvin Jireth

 

 

Prayers

  • Please pray for our April fund raising events and meetings in Central Arkansas, California and Florida that God will open doors and we will have a successful event.
  • Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.
  • Please continue to pray for our teachers and staff as they work hard to learn new ways to work with our children and teach them about discipline and values.

 

Personal Update

ANDEE HAS HER RESIDENCY!!!  We were informed Andee has been approved for residency in Nicaragua.  Not sure why just her, but hey, it is a positive step forward.  We go the first week in April to get her residency card!!  Way to go Andee!!  Andee also played her first live piano worship in Church this month.  So proud of her.  Jonah, Lilly and Michael are also doing wonderfully and have so enjoyed all the time with Oma and Opa.  Sadly they had to return to the US, but we will cherish every beautiful moment we spent with them.  We hope more of you are planning to come see us.  It really makes the difference to see friends and family.

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THANK YOU!

It is truly a pleasure to labor and serve in the beautiful city of Palacaguina, Nicaragua.  Thank you for continuing to partner with us financially and through prayer.  We absolutely would not be able to do all God is calling us to do without your support.  We love each and every one of you and hope you can clearly see the impact you are making directly in the lives of children and families who are in the midst of great poverty.  God’s mission here is opening doors for these children to break the cycle of poverty and make a difference in their community and the world.  We believe God has big dreams for these children and we are so grateful you are a part of making those dreams come true.

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

 

The Witonski Family <><

 

 

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Update #2018-03 – 97 Children, Oh my!

March 2, 2018

It is absolutely amazing to have 97 children starting at Palacaguina Christian Academy this school year.  That is 97 children getting a good meal, being educated, learning English and being taught Christian values and morals every day.  We are so grateful for the opportunity we have to be here, in Palacaguina, working with the wonderful families and children we get to work with.  And we are super thankful for those of you who are partnering with us and supporting the school to make this happen.  God bless you!!  You are making such a difference in the lives of 97 children!!!

 

1st Day of School

We had our first day of school and it was absolutely refreshing to see (and hug) the children from last year and welcome so many new students.  We are extremely hopeful for all that is in store for this new year.  It is overwhelming how much older the 1st graders look from last year.  They grow so fast.

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Many people ask how we minister to children at PCA.  We have several aspects of ministry at this stage.  One of those is our weekly chapel service.  Every week, there is a time of worship and a Bible Story to teach the children about Christ.  In addition to weekly chapel, we pray every morning with the children during our morning assembly and have a weekly memory verse.  Also, we have several groups who do VBS weeks for the children when they come.  As we grow, we look forward to more opportunities to engage with students and minister to them even more.

 

Project Updates

Thanks to many of you generously giving in January, we have been able to accomplish many school projects this month.  We were able to: Finish the cafeteria, add 5 sections of fencing, excavate more of the hill to allow for the primary school playground, and complete 2 new bathrooms.  With these improvements we have increased safety and provided an even better school for children to attend.  So wonderful.

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April US Trip – SAVE THE DATE

I will be in Central Arkansas this April and I need your help.  We are planning a mid-day event for Saturday, April 14th.  If you are available to help with planning, coordinating, setup or simply inviting others, please reach out to me.  The goal is to see many of you and share the vision of our ministry for the next year and invite many new people to join us in the journey.  If you believe in this ministry and what we are doing to Change a Generation of children in Nicaragua, please plan to attend and invite 1 or 10 others to come with you.  More details to come.

 

 

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As many of you know, every child who attends PCA needs a sponsor in order to attend the school.  With the level of poverty in Northern Nicaragua, it is just not possible for the majority of our families to afford a good education.  Over the next month, we will be identifying all of our students who still need sponsors for 2018.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child at $40 per month, please let us know.  Sponsorship provides the operational costs of running the school, as well as allows us to provide programs and outreach opportunities for the children.  Thank you for considering/sharing sponsorship opportunities.  We strive to never turn away a child due to financial hardship.

Prayers

  • Please pray for our April fund raising event in Central Arkansas that God will open doors and we will have a successful event.
  • Please pray for God to move on our behalf regarding school transportation, land purchases, and business opportunities to help the future of PCA.
  • Please continue to pray for our teachers and staff as they work hard to learn new ways to work with our children and teach them about discipline and values.

 

Personal Update

So happy to report there has been activity in our residency process.  Over the last few weeks, we have had several visits from immigration and we are told they are working on it.  This is fantastic news.  The family is doing great and we are so blessed to have Oma and Opa visiting with us from Arkansas for a whole month.  Everything is going quite well and I would say life is almost normal after a year of adjusting.

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THANK YOU!

We are overwhelmed each day by the opportunity we have to serve the kingdom in Nicaragua.  The needs are great and the days can be so long and sometimes just plain hard, but we know this ministry is making a difference in the future of these children both spiritually and educationally.  We are so aware none of this would be possible without the army of Brothers and Sisters, true Friends who are making a sacrifice each month to pray and support us.  Thank you for all you continue to do each month to allow us to make a difference and Change a Generation!!  We love you dearly!

 

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

 

The Witonski Family <><

 

 

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Update #2018-02 – PCA: 2018 School Year Begins

February 1, 2018

As we get ready in just a few days to kick off the 2018 Academic school year, I am overwhelmed by the goodness of God and how far we have come in only a year.  Next month, Deborah and the kids mark their one year anniversary of living in Nicaragua.  It has been truly amazing seeing all God is doing and knowing He has only just begun.  I hope you are all as excited as we are to see all God has planned for this year.  We are going to do our best to keep sharing and hope you are as amazed as us with what God can do.  This year as you look for ways to follow God closer, I pray you will hear His voice and see His face more in every detail of your life.

 

Open House

The PCA open house was a fantastic event.  We were much more prepared than last year, but oh we have so many ways to improve.  I am proud to say we had our handbook and parent agreements ready and the children enjoyed meeting their teachers and seeing their new classrooms.  Many of our children are so excited for school to start.  We have truly missed the kids and it was an indescribable blessing to get so many hugs from these wonderful children.  They have most definitely stolen our hearts.

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This month we saw the arrival of our two new English volunteers for this year.  Riley arrived on the 22nd and will be teaching English in our 1st grade.  Hope arrived on the 25th and will be teaching English in the preschool.  We are so happy to have Riley and Hope joining us this year.  Oh what a difference these two wonderful servants will make.  Please pray for them as they transition into life in Nicaragua and are working hard on preparing for their classes next week.

 

1st Grade

Speaking of, the first grade class looks incredible.  The desks have arrived, and everything is ready for classes to start.  We have most of our last year Kindergarten students returning and several new students starting with us.  This is going to be an exciting year for PCA.  I know it is only the beginning, but wow the opportunity that lies before us.

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Another Great Partnership

I was extremely blessed to learn this month the Fellowship North Youth Group has chosen us as their missions partners.  We are honored they will be partnering closely with us to bring the Gospel to Palacaguina through a Christ-centered, bi-lingual education.  With a trip this summer in the works to Palacaguina, we look forward to all God has in store for the youth and us.  Welcome to the team and we look forward to meeting each of you!  We love our Fellowship North Family!

 

Projects

Quick update on several projects we have been tackling this month in preparation for the new school year.  We have refreshed paint, added roofing in critical areas, sidewalks for our new entrance and are almost complete with the first third of our kitchen/cafeteria.  These are all very important to complete before school starts and I am so grateful for a year-end gift that made it all possible.  We had no idea how we could get it done, but God called and His children listened.  Thank You!

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Teacher Orientation

In the last update we mentioned a new partnership with a family who would be helping us with professional development.  I am overwhelmed by the amount of work they did to make our first ever teacher orientation and training a success.  I spent two weeks teaching modules on everything from lesson planning and behavioral management to CPR, First Aid and kids YOGA.  It was a great time spent with the teachers and the concepts they learned, I believe, will help us to be even more intentional and successful this year.  We are off to a great start!  I know it will be worth the many 19 hour back-to-back days.

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April Trip

Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready!!  Now that our teacher orientation is complete and we are about to kick off our next year, I am going to be focusing heavily on my trip to the states in April.  The trip will be focused on sharing our vision for 2018 and trying to raise support for our $350,000 capital campaign.  I plan to be in Central Arkansas for 6 days and Florida for 14.  We are already booking up quickly and I know God is going to open the doors.  I will be planning a fund raising event in Central Arkansas so please pray about how you can be a part of helping us have a successful event.  I will need help with planning and will be reaching out to many of you very soon.

New Hires

We added several new faces to our team this year.  Our new office assistant is Karina.  She is actually a product of 516Now’s smiling school kids program and a wonderful example of the success and opportunity that await children who receive an education.  We are happy to have Karina joining us.  In addition, we welcome Jorge (Hor-Hey) to our team who will be working as our full-time maintenance resource for the school.  Jorge will also be driving the microbus and helping out all around.  And Abner will be our new English Professor for the school.  Welcome to PCA!!

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Just a few days ago, we received our 3rd donation from the American Nicaragua Foundation.  We received several books, tables & chairs as well as more food for our students.  This has been a wonderful partnership and we hope it will continue for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

Family Visit

We had an amazing blessing this month getting a family visit.  It was great to spend the week just relaxing and spending time with our loved ones.  We miss everyone so much and when we get moments like these we cherish them.  We are so grateful for the time together.  Thank you Paul and Peggy for blessing us with your visit!

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Prayers

  • Please continue to pray for our fund raising campaign this year. $350,000 or bust. J
  • Please pray for the transportation needs of the school. We are still investigating what this will require, but we will definitely need the donation of a bus to make this happen.
  • Please pray for a positive school year and that our teachers will be firm and consistent.

 

Thank you all for your prayers and your support.  I say this every update, but I really mean it when I say we could not do this without those of you who are supporting and praying for us.  We are able to be the hands and feet of Christ on the ground only because of you who are the hands and feet of Christ in sending and supporting us.  We are doing this work together all for the glory of the Lord.  And we are so grateful to be serving with you for the kingdom.  God has shown me that this year is going to be the most challenging, but I know through your prayers and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are going to kick the enemy in the teeth and see what God can do when His people are faithful to follow Him where He leads.  Hope you enjoyed the update, talk to you soon.

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Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!!

(God Bless you from the Witonski family)

 

 

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