Lampstand giving: the spiritual art of bragging

“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:15- 16) One of the most helpful things you can do for a ministry that you give to is to tell other people …

Dara Blandon

Testimony: from a cold God to an affectionate one

Dara Blandon, age 20: You would think that being an only child and having everything I wanted would make life easy, but it didn’t. It was empty and lonely. I didn’t have a lot of friends, and my parents worked all the time. They were also very religious, but I didn’t like the God that I saw in them. I truly had a life without purpose, and I felt very alone. One day I went …

Boy sweeping at home

Covid-19 update

Starting mid-March, we suspended all in-person ministry activities as a precaution against the pandemic. At the time, the reported covid-19 numbers in Nicaragua were low, but many of our kids live with elderly family members and our ministry activities have involved large numbers of kids playing, singing, and learning in close contact. We did not want to become an infection hotspot with the inevitable arrival of the coronavirus. Since that time, our staff has kept …

Naomi’s Legacy

One by One staff member Naomi Evers, aged 38, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday January 30 as she arrived at work. Naomi had been the Teams & Interns Director since she joined One by One in 2016. More than that, she was a person genuinely concerned with the well-being of those around her and who spent her time encouraging and serving in many ways. Here staff member Julie Russell reflects on her loss: …

Top 10: 2012

In celebrating 10 years, we’ve been looking at our top 10 highlights from each year of ministry. This gets harder to do with the more that is going on each year! 1. We purchased curriculum for the first time ever (Adventure Bay by KidzBlitz) for our large group worship service and start to implement it. It needs translating (both for language and for culture), but it gives us a huge leg up on writing kid-friendly …

Top 10: 2011

As we count our blessings from the last 10 years, here is a top 10 highlights list from 2011! 1. We put a roof on the Refuge house! As we worked towards operating a shelter for abused children, many churches and individuals gave generously for us to purchase the house next door to our main facility! A team from Discover Church came almost immediately to renovate it. (January and February) 2. Emelina Araúz joins our …

Top 10: 2010

Since we’re celebrating 10 years of ministry, here are our top 10 highlights from our second year (2010) in chronological order: 1. Ileana O’Neill joins our staff as youth pastor. (January) 2. We began visiting kids at their houses and handing out invitations to our kids’ service in person. This allowed us to begin building relationships with families. (February) 3. Tracy Russell and Dave Ruff visited and converted an outdoor area into an indoor closet; it …