In January, we began offering music classes teaching piano, guitar, and voice. We are hoping to help create new musicians for our worship team, which is still struggling after the death of Medardo last April, whom we honored with a memorial service on April 9th of this year. We are still praying for his mother and sister (Scarleth and Margarita), both of whom are still battling depression over the loss of their loved one.
Along with fall comes the end of another school year season. This has been busy here at CC Managua. We are rejoicing along with our school principal Carolina Chavez, about the birth of her first child, Jonotan David on fourth of Nov. Carolina has been very dedicated to the school and the driving force behind training a great team of teachers to minister to our students. The timing could not have been better since Carolina only missed the last few weeks of school and will get to enjoy the vacation time with her family before returning to lead the new school year at the end of January. Of course a wise leader always raises up others, and Clementina Huerta has done a great job of filling for Carolina while she has been away. We are blessed to have such a great staff at the school.
During the summer, Jessie and I traveled to California to visit churches and family. While we were gone, the youth, headed up by Nayka Barboza (Luz Marina's daughter), started up the Awana Program for children in our neighborhood. We are so proud to see them get involved in service! Please pray that the Lord will grow the faith of the leaders as well as the faith of the children.
In July, a team came down from CC Merritt Island to help us out with covering up graffiti on the church and repainting much of the school. It is good to have things looking new again. The team was joined by John Meneghini, his son Noah, and his daughter Michaela. John and his son, as always, helped us a bunch with network and computer issues.
We have enjoyed seeing the Lord work in the lives of the people at CC Managua this winter.
In November, we had a record ten people from CC Managua attend the Central American pastors and leaders conference in Antigua, Guatemala. It was a good time of fellowship and growth, especially for some of the youth leaders.
July was kicked off with a great team from CC Chelmsford in Mass. They were a whirlwind of activity. Not everyone has the knowledge and the energy to do a multitude of projects, repairs and ministry in the same week. They installed screens to prevent cats from getting in the ceiling at the school. Installed a new roof vent at the school. Repaired the ceilings in the class rooms, repaired and cleaned the gutters in both the school and the feeding center. They repaired twenty chairs in the sanctuary and almost an equal number of desks at the school, and much, much more.
It has been a busy year at Calvary Chapel Managua so far, full of the blessings of God! Shortly after Cal and Jessie returned from their annual Christmas/New Years trip to the states, Cal began preparing for a baptism and on March 2, we held a baptism for five ladies from our church. It is always a blessing to see the people from the church growing in their walk with the Lord!