House Project Update

Most who know us know that we are in the midst of building a home for our family here in Nicaragua. Our family thought about living here for many years before we made the move and we are incredibly excited about this next step of having a home to raise our kids in here.

We currently live in one of the small, round houses on the camp. It has certainly been interesting to have the six of us in a little over 600 sq. ft. for the past year and a half. We have found creative ways to make the most of the space we have and it has been an adventure! The biggest struggle we have faced is in homeschooling and Phillip’s administrative work. We do it all (school and Phillip’s office work) in our small living room and often find ourselves frustrated and tripping (and sometimes yelling) over each other. Needless to say we are very excited that the new house will have a separate space for Phillip’s office and the kids’ school.

The house is coming along great. Most of the lower level is built (no floor yet) and they will be finishing the floor of the second story next week. Next, they will be building the walls of the second story. We do, however, need to raise some more money to keep the construction going.

We still have a way to go before we are able to spend our first night under its roof. After they build the walls of the second story we still need the following: a roof, cement floor on the lower level, a fine cement finish over all the walls (this will allow us to paint), windows (we don’t run AC during the day so we need good windows to keep us cool!), electricity, plumbing, tile floors throughout, completed bathrooms, completed kitchen (cabinets and counter tops), a drop ceiling and paint on the walls.

If you would like to be a part of the construction of this house you can donate through PayPal or send a check to the Way of the Cross (address below). We are so thankful for all the people God has put in our lives to support our family as we serve the Lord in Nicaragua.

All donations sent through the ministry are tax deductible. Please put a note on the check indicating its purpose.

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If donating through PayPal, please indicate the purpose of the money either through PayPal or through an e-mail sent to wotc@wotc.org.

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Ministry and Travel Update

It has been a while since our last update, so this one will be full!

Our Kids Camp was amazing. We had such a great time with about 80 kids over 4 days. We played games, put on dramas, made some pretty cool crafts and even better friends with the kids. Many of them didn’t want to leave and we frequently see the kids wearing their tie-dye shirts and Gospel necklaces they made during the camp.

We are now preparing for a busy summer starting in about 2 weeks. We will be doing a “Big Feed” in Nicaragua instead of our usual Granada Crusade, and we are very excited about the new area and the thousands of people we will be ministering to.

In the midst of preparing for summer we are continuing with our weekly ministry projects. Our staff here are working in local churches two or three days  a week, teaching them to reach out into their areas with the Gospel. Our weekly Bible study is growing even more, and we now frequently have around 40 kids plus 20 or so adults coming every Saturday. Phillip taught a lesson two weeks ago on the parable of the sower and the kids had a blast digging in the ground and having a watermelon seed spitting contest. Emma taught the lesson this past Saturday, and we were so proud of her as she told the story of Moses crossing the Red Sea, applied it to the kids lives then led them in a craft and game.

We have been talking about our travels back to the U.S. for a while now. We got invitations to speak at churches, we told family and friends we would be coming their way, we planned our driving route, we worked on budgeting and we sat down at the computer ready to buy the tickets…except we didn’t. We struggled with the decision but ultimately felt like the Lord was leading us to give up the trip this year. We are in the midst of building a house for our family here in Nicaragua and when we looked at the cost of the trip we knew the money would go a long way in the building of our house. It is never easy to have to suddenly change your plans, especially when those plans involved so many other people. We apologize to those who extended an invitation for us to visit their church or stay in their home. We will truly miss seeing everyone and the encouragement that comes from visiting the body of Christ, but we look forward to seeing many of you here in Nicaragua. Hopefully we will be able to have you over to our house for a meal or cup of coffee or just to sit and chat about the blessings of the Lord.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we serve the Lord here in Nicaragua. The kids have about 2 weeks left of school and we are all excited to have a time away from the books as we serve the Lord this summer.

Here are some videos that will give you a better idea of what we have been doing and we will be going into this summer. As always, we would love to have you or your group join us on the mission field anytime!

 

 

Summer Travels

It’s hard to believe we are already planning our trip back to the U.S. for this year, but here we are, writing down schedules, finding routes, looking for airline tickets. This yearly trip is two-fold: it is a time for us to rest and relax and it is a time for us to visit churches and share the work we do for the Lord with brothers and sisters in Christ.

We will be starting our trip in Michigan and travelling south-west to Oklahoma and back through Tennessee before heading again to Michigan. If you find yourself in our path and would like to have us speak to your church, small group or just meet up for a cup of coffee please let us know. We love the chance to speak in churches, but with just a few Sundays and Wednesdays available we also love the opportunity to meet up on other days as well.

So what do we want to share with you? We want to talk about what the Lord is doing in Nicaragua, about the projects we’ve accomplished over the past year and the ones we are looking forward to. We have videos, pictures and a lot of excitement to give you a taste of what it is like to be a missionary in Nicaragua. We love to talk about how the church can become involved with what we are doing, how they can serve right where they are or step out and join us on the mission field. We are always eager to answer questions and listen to ideas of how the church can further impact the world for Jesus.

We haven’t bought the tickets yet, but we are looking at late July through late August for our visit. Please e-mail us at pnj@zinckfamilymissions.com or send us a message on Facebook if you would like our family to visit and share our love for missions.

 

 

Coming Soon

We have a lot going on in the ministry here in Nicaragua these days. I thought I would take a moment and give a brief update on the things we have coming up. If you are interested in being a part of any of these events, or want to help support them, we would love to have you join us in the work of the Lord.

  1. Kids Camp: April 25th-28th- Our third Kids Camp is coming up soon! We are excited to work with about 80 kids from a new school. We will be teaching Bible stories and how they apply to our lives today, doing crafts such as tie-dying shirts, playing games and a lot of other fun activities. Our greatest need here is for financial donations to buy supplies and a children’s bible for every kid that joins us.
  2. Summer Crusades: Various Dates- It is hard to believe summer is just around the corner. We have three planned crusades- Granada (staying at our base camp in Masaya), Jinotega (in the mountains of Nicaragua) and the Ironman/MASH (on the river of Nicaragua). Our biggest need here is for people to come and join us on the mission field. Check out this video if you would like to see what a crusade is like: La Dalia Crusade Video
  3. Construction Projects: Various Dates- We have been blessed to be able to help a near-by community receive new homes. We have built 2 homes already, with the third one starting next week. We have had many Sunday school classes and churches raise the money to build a house and later this year our first groups will come to help build a house and do children’s ministry. If you would like to know more about these projects click here.

If you would like more information on how to get involved please e-mail us at reservations@wotc.org.

On a personal note…

Our family will be visiting the U.S. in August this year. We love the partnerships that God has given us with the church and the body of Christ and we find great encouragement and strength through building those relationships. We also have a great passion for what we do and love any opportunity to share what God is doing here in Nicaragua and how others can get involved. If you would like us to visit your church/Sunday School/small group please e-mail us here: pnj@zinckfamilymissions.com.

And because I couldn’t post without a cute picture of the kids being very excited about our new house that is being built in Nicaragua….

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…we’ll have more on that later.

 

Mountain Mission

We recently returned from spending a week in the mountain city of La Dalia, Nicaragua. With a group of 4 from Oklahoma and some of our staff here in Nicaragua we ventured into cooler temperatures, “rustic” living and mountain hiking to take the Gospel message into 17 schools. Many of the schools we visited were out of the way, requiring us to hike up and down the mountains and drive an hour or more over dirt roads to reach them. This was something we loved though, knowing that those children rarely had people visit them.

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You can do it Emma!

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We teamed up with a local church who brought in many of the pastors in the area to go with us and share the love of Jesus. We spent some time on our first day there training them and the church members joining us on how to share the Gospel message with the EvangeCube (a little tool we like to use). Training others is very important to us, as we know that they are the ones who live there and they are the ones who will have the most impact in the future.

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Paige practicing sharing the Gospel with the EvangeCube during the training.

As we went into the schools we shared testimonies, the Gospel, had some laughs and handed out a few gifts to the kids and teachers. We were especially proud of our kids as they boldly stood up and shared the Gospel time and time again. The pastor of the church, Benancio, addressed the church on the last day, saying in his 40 years of being a pastor he had never seen such young preachers (Emma & Paige). He even asked Emma if she would share the EvangeCube for his congregation, so that they could be encouraged to share the Gospel message as well. Emma usually doesn’t like to share in front of adults but she agreed and did an excellent job (she told me later that her legs were shaking).

The trip was full of adventure, trials and beautiful wonders of God. I could go on and on telling you about it but instead I’ll just share a video and let it tell you the story.

Click Here to see what our week was like!

The pastor also let us know that there were many, many more schools who wanted us to visit. If you or a team would like to join us to continue taking the Gospel message in this area, please let us know.

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Training, Building, and Growing

Well, a lot has been happening since we last posted. January and February are very busy times for us but we are now catching our breath and looking forward to what is to come.

A lot of the ministry we are doing and are going to do is focused around training. The motto of the ministry is to “preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and train others to do the same” and now more than ever we are working hard to train others to reach the World for Jesus.

We completed our third Missionary Training School this past weekend. So far, we have had a total of 102 students go through this school from all across Nicaragua. They receive training on the Bible, their personal walk with the Lord, how to win the lost, and much, much more. We have also had about 10 of those students join Way of the Cross Nicaragua full time.  We will soon begin a mission to go throughout Nicaragua to train up churches and congregations to win the lost as well as other things that will encourage and build the churches of Nicaragua.

Of course a lot of the training and ministry that happens occurs within our own home. Our four kids are growing and healthy and doing very well in school. We have especially loved the curriculum we are using this year and I love to overhear my kids sharing the word of God and the things they learn from school with anyone who will listen.

Since it has been a while since we last posted I am giving you a picture update to get you caught up on all the fun we have been having…simply click the picture to read the full caption.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go into our second year living and ministering here in Nicaragua.

(More updates on our housing projects, crusade to the mountains, and Kids Camp coming soon!)

A Year of Firsts

This past year has been one of many firsts for us. It was our first year living in Nicaragua, first even year we haven’t had a new baby (since 2008), first time missing two of the ministry’s big events in the U.S. and Mexico, and our first Christmas and New Year in Nicaragua. The end of 2016 has been exciting for our family as we are enjoying these “firsts” and we look forward to things to come in 2017.

As I have mentioned in previous posts we have been doing weekly bible studies at place just down the street from our base camp. Most of the kids we work with are extremely poor and receive little to nothing for Christmas. Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday this year so we decided to do a surprise Christmas party for the kids. We brought them to the camp where I shared a Christmas message (we saw a handful of salvations) then we had a pinata and a gift for every child and adult. A special thank you goes to the two wonderful teachers from Michigan who helped provide the finances to buy the kids a gift.

Our kids truly enjoyed Christmas this year. They got to have Christmas early both in Michigan and Kentucky with family in early December but we wanted to make sure their first Christmas in Nicaragua was memorable. We spent lots of time together as a family, baking cookies, reading books and playing games. The day after Christmas our oldest, Emma, started crying because it was over. It wasn’t the gifts she missed, though, but the time we had spent as a family. One of our resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time together just laughing, playing games and making memories.

We pray that as you go into the New Year that you will seek the Lord your God with all your heart and find ways to show His love to the people around you.