When we left Nicaragua February 1st, it was with mixed emotions. We got to see the completed water well and I tell you to hear a rock splashing into the water brought great joy after all the difficulties we had while drilling. During that trip we also began construction on the well house/storage shed. Ulises and his son, both locals in the community of Guanacastillo, worked hard that week and by the time we left, had poured the slab and begun constructing the walls. Since then, the walls have been completed and the window and doorframes installed. All that is lacking is a roof and the finishing on the outside. To see Project Samuel Nicaragua moving forward and building permanent structures was very exciting!
Now I told you the emotions were mixed. When we got on the plane that day, I knew coming home meant in order to get back and continue moving forward, fundraising was going to consume my life. We need to put a pump in the well and have electricity hooked up to start on the construction of our mission house. Once the pump is installed, we will need to complete the well shed to keep the pump and our equipment locked up and secured. Then the process of leveling land and beginning the foundation of the mission house will be able to start. All of this work takes money; so we have been working non stop trying to find partners that will help us bring hope to the at-risk children of Nicaragua.
We have been preparing packets with a detailed brochure and video, which shares our heart and passion for the children of Nicaragua as well as the plans and construction budget for the project. We have set up PIE meetings and been scheduling appointments to meet with people face to face to share the work God allows us to take part in and find partners that are willing to help make this a reality. All of these processes take time so you can see where it can consume you.
Its not that I hate fundraising by any means but, I do have to admit, its not my favorite thing to do. I enjoy connecting with donors and being able to minister to them but what keeps me pushing forward is the smiling faces of children awaiting the hope that Project Samuel has to offer. In fact, it’s the smiling faces all over the world that depend on us to raise funds and be a voice for them that keeps us pushing forward, no matter the circumstances. Their futures and dreams are important to us so we will do whatever it takes to meet them where they’re at and bring hope into their lives!