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