This month, we celebrated not one, but two graduations at PCA: Our preschool graduation with 27 students and our first ever primary school graduation with 26 students. Praise the Lord!! This is a truly exciting and monumental moment for us as a ministry as well as for the 26 students who graduated from primary school. For many children in underserved regions of Nicaragua, this would be the highest level of education they would complete before beginning to work outside of the home.
It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of another amazing year loving and serving the children and families of Palacaguina. And we are truly thankful for all God has done and for all He will do. With only a few weeks of class time left in 2023, we begin focusing on graduation and next year’s planning. This year is a special year as we have our first Primary School graduation to celebrate.
It was a timely reminder today that as believers, we walk by faith and not by sight. I know in my life, it feels so much more secure to only go where I can see. But that is not what God has called us to is it? No, God has called us to a life of faith.
The next few months will determine many things for PCA and the future of our students. By God’s grace, we have been working diligently to meet all requirements to open and operate the High School. Thank you, Jesus, that we have received written approvals from the local and regional offices. We are only awaiting written approval from the national office, and we will have the permission we need to begin High School. Now we must step up our prayer.
Traveling to Nicaragua is amazing. Every time, it feels so good to be in-country. It feels so much like home. And to be traveling with my son, Jonah, priceless. I am so grateful to share with you the summary of our trip in June and I hope it will encourage you to join us on a trip to Palacaguina in the future. Our group of 16 included a family from Austin, TX and a youth group from Aurora, CO.
Asking for help is hard. Asking people for money and support has been and continues to be the most difficult
thing we will ever do. It goes against our nature and it goes against our strong, human will to be self-sufficient
I want to reflect on the Lord’s compassion and faithfulness to start our update.
Knowing that every morning His compassion is new gives hope for each day. Hope that yesterday’s struggles
do not define our present or future and yesterday’s successes do not limit what new works God can work in
our lives today. His compassion is NEW. This fills each day with the promise of possibility and fills our heart
with promise of possibility for a new ministry and school year at PCA.
I fondly remember a charismatic worship song from my youth, Look What the Lord has Done. And as I recall the many joyful times I sung that song in church, it feels like such an applicable theme for the last year at PCA. God has done so much through the ministry of PCA in the students, families, and community of Palacaguina.
It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of yet another incredibly successful school year at PCA. Within a
week, we will have our 6th Kindergarten class graduating from our preschool program.
To be like Jesus means that when God calls, we answer. This is truly one of the greatest acts of faith to trust and follow where God calls you to go. But what happens when the distractions and burdens of this world try to reduce the passion you once had in your calling, when you get discouraged or exhausted?
We are thankful beyond words for your partnership in this journey. Each day I think about the work we have all engaged in and to be honest, sometimes it feels overwhelming. And it is true that often the work we do can be exhausting.
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” – Ecclesiastes 3:12