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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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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