Mission Updates

Team delivers equipment

A Casa Unida Foundation team spent the last two weeks of February in Northern Nicaragua as the undertook a number of projects that included delivering a complete set of baseball equipment to a high school in the city of Esteli.

Baseball is challenging soccer as the No. 1 sport in Nicaragua and while school kids want to play baseball, schools get no money for sports equipment.

A request from one school for baseball equipment became a foundation project. The organization collects gently-used equipment and accepts financial donations to purchase new equipment. The equipment delivered to a school includes bats, balls, gloves, batting helmets and a complete set of catcher gear.

In February the team delivered equipment to a high school of 1,000 students in Esteli. The school had a team but had no baseball equipment for the players. The foundation turned the equipment over to the school and the school plans to issue it to players for practices and games then have it returned to the school.

This is the ninth school to receive baseball equipment donations from Casa Unida Foundation and there is a long list that would like to receive equipment.

Trip planned in February

A Casa Unida Foundation team plans to travel to Northern Nicaragua in February to pain the school in the community of San Isadro.

The private school is always at the top of the academic ratings nation wide.There are about 450 students in the school and there is a waiting list of almost that many students who want to attend the school but there is no room.

Foundation teams have built classrooms at the school and plans are to build additional classrooms in the future.

The foundation has taken on an additional outreach by providing baseball equipment to public and private schools. Baseball is fast becoming the number one sport in the country but public and private schools receive no money for sports or physical education equipment.so the foundation began this ministry about two years ago. So far seven schools have been provided with baseball equipment and plans are to take equipment to two more schools during the February trip.

Volunteers help build pastor’s home

Pastor Scott leads an afternoon Bible School lesson on David and Goliath. The bible schools had four different activities, all following the David and Goliath theme.
Pastor Scott leads an afternoon Bible School lesson on David and Goliath. The bible schools had four different activities, all following the David and Goliath theme.

Early this fall, a group of volunteers from Colorado and Ohio came together to volunteer for two weeks of work and ministry.

They gave up the comfort of air conditioners and refrigerated foods for an opportunity to help Nicaraguan communities build a pastor’s home, hear the word of God and distribute food to needy families. The team came together through the Casa Unida Foundation, an organization focused on helping the people of Nicaragua with churches, medical needs, schools and water supply and safety needs. This year, the team went to Nicaragua with the goal of building a pastor’s home in a small community.

The time is also spent holding bible schools in local communities. The programs have lessons, activities for the children and adults, and food baskets are distributed to needy families. This year the team arrived as the region was experiencing a drought. Food staples that normally cost little skyrocketed in price. Families hopeful for a bright future after buying a cow had to sell it to meet expenses. It affected the team as well because more funds were needed to purchase the food, and the more that was given, the more need that was identified.

Sometimes the team lived the New Testament story of the five loaves and two fish. What resources were availa

Gary Kreczowski shows children how to play a David and Goliath themed game of marbles where the object is to knock the "Goliath" marble out of the center with five stones.
Gary Kreczowski shows children how to play a David and Goliath themed game of marbles where the object is to knock the “Goliath” marble out of the center with five stones.

ble were stretched to beyond their limits. The work part of the project is like applying sweat equity to ministry in another part of the world. It is not about being the most skilled. The local contractors and workers know how it works best for their region. It is about working beside them, as brothers and sisters in a common cause. The cause this year was to take an empty lot near a church the Foundation assisted with a few years ago and build a pastor’s home. The community is far enough away from the nearest city it is a challenge to recruit a pastor without a home.

The 13 or so American volunteers grew to 20 or 30 including nearby adults and children. Children barely old enough to walk and seniors who may be great-grandparents, and all ages in between helped with the removal of top soil, refilling with the proper fill process and setting of bricks. Hard work is a way of life for these people. Casa Unida teams go to assist them, not to tell them how, or to take jobs. The two-week experience ended with about half of the exterior walls raised; not a bad effort for a collection of people from students to truck drivers.

It will be completed as more people back the effort. The next trips are planned for early 2015 and July.Volunteers help build pastor’s home Early this fall, a group of volunteers from Colorado and Ohio came together to volunteer for two weeks of work and ministry. They gave up the comfort of air conditioners and refrigerated foods for an opportunity to help Nicaraguan communities build a pastor’s home, hear the word of God and distribute food to needy families. The team came together through the Casa Unida Foundation, an organization focused on helping the people of Nicaragua with churches, medical needs, schools and water supply and safety needs. This year, the team went to Nicaragua with the goal of building a pastor’s home in a small community.

The time is also spent holding bible schools in local communities. The programs have lessons, activities for the children and adults, and food baskets are distributed to needy families. This year the team arrived as the region was experiencing a drought. Food staples that normally cost little skyrocketed in price. Families hopeful for a bright future after buying a cow had to sell it to meet expenses. It affected the team as well because more funds were needed to purchase the f

American and Nicaraguan workers dig trenches where the walls will be built of the new home.
American and Nicaraguan workers dig trenches where the walls will be built of the new home.

ood, and the more that was given, the more need that was identified. Sometimes the team lived the New Testament story of the five loaves and two fish. What resources were available were stretched to beyond their limits.

The work part of the project is like applying sweat equity to ministry in another part of the world. It is not about being the most skilled. The local contractors and workers know how it works best for their region. It is about working beside them, as brothers and sisters in a common cause.

The cause this year was to take an empty lot near a church the Foundation assisted with a few years ago and build a pastor’s home. The community is far enough away from the nearest city it is a challenge to recruit a pastor without a home. The 13 or so American volunteers grew to 20 or 30 including nearby adults and children. Children barely old enough to walk and seniors who may be great-grandparents, and all age in between helped with the removal of top soil, refilling with the proper fill process and setting of bricks. Hard work is a way of life for these people.

Casa Unida teams go to assist them, not to tell them how, or to take jobs. The two-week experience ended with about half of the exterior walls raised; not a bad effort for a collection of people from students to truck drivers. It will be completed as more people back the effort. The next trips are planned for early 2015 and summer.