Jehovah Nissi Clinic

After completing the Finances for the Kingdom program in 2017, Pediatrician Karla was ready to apply newly learned stewardship principals to her personal finances. To free herself from the financial stress and the accumulated debt she had acquired, she began looking for other opportunities to earn extra income and pay back this debt.  She opened up her home to her community of Nejapa, a semi rural area on the outskirts of the capital city of Managua. She began offering medical consultations right on her front porch from 5:00-9:00 PM. During the first few months of opening her home for medical consultations, neighboring parents brought their children to see her. A few adults came seeking medical attention as well. 

No after hours medical clinics are open in this semi-rural community. Within the two clinics located in Nejapa a pediatrician is available once a week. God began to fill Dr. Karla's heart with the desire to start her own medical clinic and include a pharmacy. After seeki…

Year Four!

We've been back in Managua, Nicaragua for a month now and it feels great! Our fourth year here and things look very promising for Satisfied Wages! Work always starts off slow for the new year here at the Nehemiah Center but we're excited for some plans coming in the next few months. We'll share more details about them as they develop. There were some changes here during the months we were back in Michigan.
ESVO Closed 😞 The Escuela Vocational- ESVO (vocational School) closed at the end of December. After 12 yrs of good ministry it appears this season is over. The apprentices have left to look for work. I was told various reasons as to why the school closed, but overall it can be said the closing was a result of increased pressure from the government on different schools and NGOs as a result of the current political situation in Nicaragua. Perhaps ESVO could open again in a different location, but those are plans for the leaders to consider.

This news was a surprise for m…

Snowed in..but not out!

On January 17 we said good bye to Michigan after four months of 'home' visit. We rented a car and headed off to Chicago to stay at a Best Western hotel until 3 a.m. to check in at the Chicago O'hare airport. It started snowing heavily and our road trip took an extra two hours to reach out hotel because of traffic and weather conditions. We finally reached the hotel and then I returned our rental car and walked back to the hotel in the snow. I didn't have a coat to keep me dry and just wore an old hooded sweatshirt, scarf, headband and a good pair of waterproof boots! I walked back the half mile to the hotel and finally settled into our room for the night.

"Finally, Jari, rest and we're going back home!" I said to my wife. About an hour later I received a terrible email notice from our airline, then soon the app sent a notice too, both read, "WE ARE CURRENTLY ATTEMPTING TO REBOOK YOU." When I opened the email it said our flight was delayed three …

Satisfied Wages is International

Unison church is on its way to becoming a financially free congregation! Why? How? Well because in October we finished our first course of Freed-Up Financial Living! This is the Good Sense Movement's English course. We ended this class in October and we have our first mentoring meeting at the end of this month. Jari and I are very excited to hear testimonies and see the progress of our participants. We are using the same techniques and methods we created in Nicaragua for this group, God's Word is universal!

It was a small class, but I have learned over the years it's not about the quantity of people in your courses but the quality. The ones who show up after all the prework requirements and paying the registration fee are those who are really dedicated to making a change in their lives in the area of finances. They always increase their faith in God and share their knowledge to others. In this class we have a church administrator, and God willing future church planters. Ho…

Back in the Great Lakes State!

It has been over a year since we've been back to Michigan. We've had 18 months to focus on our ministry without the interruptions of visa renewals. Growing our ministry as financial coaches and mentors! I have tallied up all of our sign in sheets, courses and interactions with our program seminars.

We are very satisfied with these numbers. We are thankful to God for these results and to all of your prayers since we started this work! These numbers have been achieved with a very small budget at the Nehemiah Center, a budget almost non-existent. We have been working by faith and the providence of the Holy Spirit, who has given us the people and placed a motivation to commit to changing their communities for Christ!

We have also been working and living here in Nicaragua with a personal budget that has been underfunded. Since arriving in October 2016 we raised about 40% of our budget required to keep our ministry going. If we have had these types of results with underfunded budget…

We Love Testimonies!

The Holy Spirit is working in amazing ways in Nicaragua and through our ministry! What a blessing it is to be a part of God’s Kingdom work! Since the first Finance's for the Kingdom stewardship class in 2017 we’ve had 173 people impacted with God’s Word in regards to money. This month we celebrated 15 new facilitators of the Good Sense Financial course! Those who had gone through our stewardship class and received mentoring, whose lives have been impacted by these teachings, were invited to the facilitator's training. Participants learned how to teach the Good Sense material to become facilitators themselves! We asked those interested to write a short paragraph of the significant changes they’ve experienced since being part of this program. And I want to share with you a few of their responses.

Doctor Karla is a pediatrician who works with people of all ages, specifically with special needs children in Managua and in the rural communities. She writes:

When I started the Good Se…

Presenting El Muchachito!

A neighbor of mine was feeling the loss of BBQ chicken, ribs and steaks. He would come home and smell the air filled with smokey BBQ goodness from El Muchachon on Sunday afternoons! He said he was going to buy a grill from the Sinsa (overpriced Home Depot of Nicaragua). I said "NO! Do not buy some overpriced tin can made in China! We can make one here for you at the ESVO! It will be stronger, better and custom made!"

In case your wondering, an imported Charbroil grill here can cost over $200 at the Sinsa. We know back in the USA a Charbroil grill is decent, but they are not worth that price! So my neighbor and I sat down at the kitchen table and drew up some plans for a smaller grill. It was to use the same concept and designs from "El Muchachon' grill I made in December.

I brought the plans to the young men at the ESVO (Vocational School) and we started to get to work once again. In a little over a week the grill was completed and now I present to you, 'El Muc…