“Nothing comes easy in Nicaragua”
It was in January 2013, when Los Rayos de Experanza (LRdE), Bless Back’s partner in Nicaragua sent an email about the community they had come across in Nicaragua. Sitting in my comfortable family room, reading the description of the living conditions was heartbreaking. The community is called La Paz de Reconcillian. It is about 20 minutes outside of Diriomo. The people live in dilapidated structures made of scraps of plastic, tin and tarps. There’s no running water, no electricity, no hope. The children don’t go to school because they are so embarrassed about their clothes & hygiene. Unemployment and underemployment exceeds 90% in this community – and most of the communities where Bless Back serves in Nicaragua. Reading the email, we were convicted.
Since that first email, Bless Back Worldwide has sent three teams to this community – with another team scheduled before the end of the year. Two teams have provided greatly needed medical care. One team spent a week loving on and caring for the people. They planted fruit producing shade trees, treated the women to a spa day, distributed food bags and led a Vacation Bible School for the children. And… we’ve prayed. We’ve prayed for months that the government would take pity on this community and provide water to these sweet people.
Nothing comes easy in Nicaragua. Naomi Heidorn, with LRdE, worked feverishly with the community leaders mentoring them to advocate for themselves. BBW raised funds to purchase pipes. We purchased shovels so the community could have tools to dig the ditches. Many, many meetings – many, many roadblocks. The government, the water company, the owner of the property where we needed a right-of-way, they all wanted a piece of the action and the goal seemed unattainable. In October, 2013 our hopes were dashed. After great consideration, we thought we would reallocate the funds we had set aside for this project to another need.
“Oh yea of little faith”! Last week, we got word that the work had begun on the project! The government gave the go ahead. The water company lived up to their part of the bargain. The locals dug the ditches. BBW provided the funds and LRdE purchased and delivered pipes and spigots for each of the 100+ homes. In less than five days… the water in La Paz is flowing! The joy in the community is overwhelming! In a few short days, our people on the ground have already noticed a difference in the hygiene. There is a renewed hope in the community of La Paz. This is a gift that is changing the world. And as Bless Back teams return to La Paz to serve in other ways – we are reminded of John 7:38…. “Whoever, believes in me, ‘Out of his heart will flow waters of living water’. Thank you to our generous donors and prayer warriors who NEVER give up hope. Let’s go tackle the next one!