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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Dios te bendiga de la familia Witonski!!! (God Bless you from the Witonski family)
The Witonski Family <><
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