Thankful Turkeys in Nicaragua

"Thankswhat?"
On my way to Matagalpa, Thanksgiving Day of 2016, I saw a few Turkeys hanging out in front of houses along dirt roads. These turkeys were strutting and gobbling in front of everyone without a care in the world. It's good to be a turkey in Nicaragua. Here they don't need to run from the ax, at least not on the third Thursday of November!

Thanksgiving Day is not celebrated in Nicaragua. So on my first Thanksgiving here I was left with a lot of baked turkey dreams. All those turkeys looked so delicious! At the end of our trip, we settled for fried chicken, on Thanksgiving day?!

In April the whole country of Nicaragua changed. Protests against social security reforms have turn into a political crisis. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, thousand have been injured or disappeared. Thousands have lost their jobs too. All of our past posts this summer have had something to do with the situation of the country. It has been a life changing event for us. However, despite all of the uncertainty we have so much to be thankful for!

The Finances for the Kingdom Program has continued on! Even in the hardest months of May through July, Nicaraguans committed to breaking the spirit of poverty have pressed on  within the program! We now have 28 program alumni! Faithful stewards eager to take their training and share it with the ministries they work at, the churches they worship in, and the communities where they live!

The Association of Christian Entrepreneurs of Nicaragua (AECNIC) has invited us to hold a financial course for their members in January 2019! Finally, we are going to see the two paths of our ministry merge into one! Many of their businesses have been suffering since the start of the crisis, and they have asked us help with better financial management skills for their businesses.

Feed me!

The spirit of poverty is on the run! We are so THANKFUL for God's work in all of this. We are thankful for all those who have participated in the program. We are thankful for Freddy Mendez who has facilitated the Good Sense course. We are thankful to the Lord who has provided us funding through the generous contributions of donors. We are thankful for all of you! Today, I am as happy as a Nicaraguan Chompipe (turkey) on Thanksgiving Day!

#1 Tom

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