One of the lessons we learn from our travels is that we belong to a world larger than the one we came from. This is both a blessing and a challenge.
The blessing comes from connecting with people who are different from us. . .and yet the same. We have sisters and brothers in Ecuador, Nicaragua, the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Vietnam, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. We have different faiths, different histories, different skin colors, different life experiences–but in many ways, the same hopes and dreams. Everyday we pray for and communicate with friends around the world, and we feel connected to them on a deep soul level. Truly we have come to realize that we are all one family.
The challenge comes during times of trouble. Currently we are grieving with our friends in Nicaragua as their country is overtaken by violence. Since April 19 over 215,000 people have lost their jobs, many have been killed and injured, countless people have fled the country, and the capital city of Managua is under siege. It’s easy to feel hopeless and wonder, “What can I do?”
And sometimes an answer appears.
We have just learned that one of the young women we have worked with in Nicaragua lives in a makeshift house that fills with water and mud every time it rains. Currently it is the rainy season in Nicaragua. She and her husband have two young children, and it is a constant struggle to keep the family healthy under these dire circumstances.
We who have so much have the opportunity to share and make a significant difference in the lives of this family. Will it solve the world’s problems? Probably not, but it will make a difference to two young parents and their children.
What can we do? We can give just a little. Estimates show that for $1500 their house could be made habitable. That’s $100 each for 15 people; $50 each for 30 people; $25 each for 60 people. Maybe none of us can do it alone, but together we can create a miracle for this young family.
We invite you to join us in rising to this challenge. It’s easy, and every dollar given will move this family closer to security. There are two ways to give:
You can send a check to:
Friends of Kairos Nicaragua
10953 Thone Road
Woodbury, MN 55129
Mark the check “house”
Or contribute online using a credit card, by using this link and then the “Donate” link on the left side of the page:
Please mark your contribution “house”
99.66% of all contributions to Friends of Kairos Nicaragua go to Kairos directly. Friends of Kairos is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Please give what you can, and share this post with others. It is our belief and our experience that if we all give what we can, together our collective gifts will help build a world where everyone is valued and all can thrive.
Blessings! Pam and Penny