Great Things HE Has Done

 

“Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart;

for consider what great things He has done for you.”

1 Samuel 12:24

The Lord has done and continues to do great things for His children.  It is such a privilege that we get to serve our great God!  We continue to see and be amazed by God’s faithfulness toward us as we serve Him here in Nica.

The month of July flew by!  We had our first visitors come this month.  It was so nice, so encouraging and so fun to have friends here for a week.  We got to explore a little bit of Nicaragua with them and they got to do some of our weekly ministry activities with us.  We are so thankful for their time here with us!

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Our friends Barbs, Ana and Siera visiting us from California.

 

We have a testimony to share with you from our Sunday afternoon Bible study.  A young guy named Isaac has been attending the study regularly.  Mike initially met him while walking in the neighborhood with a missions team.  He (Isaac) approached the team because he has an interest in practicing English…so, seeing a bunch of North Americans seemed like a great opportunity to do just that.  But God had greater plans than just practicing English.  Mike told him about the Bible study and he actually showed up!  As they studied the book of Mark, the topic of repentance came up.  After the study, Isaac shared with Mike that he wasn’t ready to repent yet.  He wanted to “fix” his life before coming back to the Lord (he used to go to church some time ago).  Mike explained to him that we do not need to “fix” our lives before coming to the Lord and continued to minister God’s truth about salvation and repentance over the next few weeks.  A few Sundays ago, Isaac did not show up.  His mom told us that he had been beaten and robbed.  The next time we saw Isaac, he talked to Mike for a while and shared with him that God had used this incident to shake him up and to make him realize that what he had been learning was true: he didn’t need to wait any longer to get right with God.  God’s Word does not return void!  This young man recommitted his life to the Lord and we are so excited to see what the Lord will do in and through Isaac!!!  If you think of it, pray for him and his renewed faith and hope in Jesus.

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Los niños from our Sunday afternoon study.

 

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Los adultos from Sunday afternoons.

 

Mike has also been sharing a weekly devotional with the students and staff at Club Esperanza the last few weeks.  It has been a great opportunity to share God’s Word and His love to these precious people.

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The hardworking staff of Club Cristiano La Esperanza

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Mike sharing a devo with the students and staff

We’ll wrap it up with that.  Thank you for reading and thank you for praying!  Enjoy the remainder of your summer friends.  WE LOVE YOU!

 

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Some Firsts: Birthdays and Bible Studies

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe we are already in the month of June?!?  Hope you are all enjoying the beginning of your summer.  And for all of you 2017 graduates, congratulations!!!

We wanted to share with you all about a few “firsts” for us in the last few weeks.  Both, Mike and I celebrated our first birthdays here in Nicaragua.  I was wonderfully surprised by Mike and the staff at Club Esperanza with a fun fiesta! Mike’s birthday was celebrated at home with a little cake.  Here are a couple of pictures on our birthdays:

 

We have also started a few Bible studies in the last few weeks, which is something we have been praying about for a while.

The first Bible study is for youth kids whose parents are missionaries here in Nicaragua.  Here is a picture of our first time with them.  We had games, worship, snacks and a study in God’s Word.  Please join us in praying for this group of youth.

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MK’s Youth Group

It is exciting for us to share with you that we have also begun a Sunday afternoon Bible study for adults and children at the school site (Club Esperanza).  We have been given the freedom to use the building on Sunday afternoons so that we can share God’s Word with people all of ages.  In preparation, we purchased some Bibles for the adults to use and some crayons for the kids.  Our first study took place last Sunday.  We had two ladies and 8 children show up.  We are at rest knowing that God will do what He wants to do through this.  For now, the adults will be going through the Gospel of Mark and the kids will be studying the life of Jesus by going through the gospels.  Here are a few pictures of us setting up and of the children coloring after listening to their Bible lesson.

 

In other news, Mike has been enjoying leading worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays at Calvary Chapel Managua.  He also got to teach on a Wednesday evening service.  It has been a blessing getting to know Pastor Cal and his wife Jessica. Continue to pray for the work the Lord is doing through CCM.

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Mike teaching at CC Managua

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

First of all, THANK YOU all for your prayers and encouragement. We love to get emails, texts and phone calls from you all.  We are incredibly blessed.

1-Please continue to pray for the Eleazar, Belen, Shaylyn & Mario (kids who lost their parents) and their grandma Maribel.  They continue to adjust and adapt to the new normal.  Mike was able to visit them today and bring some food that was donated.

2-VISA RENEWAL: Our visa expires in a few weeks (it has to be renewed every 3 months).  For that reason, the three of us will be traveling to Costa Rica for a few days in order to renew our visa.  Please pray that things would not be too complicated and for protection and provision as we take this little trip.

3-Pray for the communities we are reaching out to (Via Guadalupe & surrounding areas).  Pray that their hearts would be receptive to the gospel and that the Lord would use this little Bible study to bring many into His Kingdom.

“But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.”

Jeremiah 20:9

“…And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully…”

Jeremiah 23:28

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Sharing Jesus

Hello Everyone!

We want to share a few stories of opportunities Mike has had to share Jesus here in Nicaragua.  Please read about these individuals and join us in praying for them.

 

ALVIN

Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.  And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”  But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”

Acts 9:13-15

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Two days ago I was standing outside the club/school. I glanced over and saw a man waiting for his daughter. I went over to speak with him and he began to tell me a story. He began by saying, “My refrigerator use to be a small thermos that I would occasionally fill with ice to keep things cold. My bed use to be an old door that I would lay flat and sleep on. My stove use to be three rocks and some wood. My shower use to be three pieces of plastic hung up to block people from watching me bathe. My source of water use to be me walking to fill buckets and bring them to my house….” Alvin went on painting this picture of what life use to be for him when he lived in the dump. He said he use to have to rummage through the trash to find things to sell and things to feed his family. As Alvin was talking something in me began to say, “I think I know this guy?” So I asked him if he knew me, and he said, “Of course I know you, that’s why I’m talking to you.” I said, “Did you use to live in the front of the dump on the left hand side?” He said, “ Yes.” It was then, I knew I remembered him for sure. I said to him, “It must have been 10 years since I last saw you.” Alvin corrected me and proceeded to say, “No, it’s been eight years.” He then went on to tell me, “Of course I remember you. You saw me getting rotten left over chicken from the dump and taking it to serve it to my family. When you saw that, you told me not to eat the rotten chicken. You gave me money and told me to feed my family with real food.” Alvin began to share that since then the Lord has done amazing things in his life. Alvin described how he use to stab and shoot people and how he use to be in a gang (at this point he pulled up his sleeve to show me the tattoo). He said he use to drink, smoke, do drugs and fight. But a radical change had occurred. He said that the Lord had completely changed his life. At that point, Alvin invited me to come see his house, so we hopped in my truck and drove to his place. He showed me his wonderful new home in the new community. He showed me how the Lord has blessed his life in so many ways since he decided to give up his sin and follow Jesus. We sat down for a moment and began to talk about the Lord. I grabbed my Bible from the truck and we began to have a Bible study right then and there. It was such sweet fellowship. I can see that Alvin is hungry for more of God’s word. At the end, he asked me to come back and do this (Bible study) again.

Alvin’s testimony made me think of Saul/Paul. He had been a murderer yet when Jesus touched him, his life was radically changed.  The same God who delivered Paul is the one who has delivered Alvin and is working through his life.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  Please pray for Alvin and his family. That they would continue to grow and be a light in the midst of their community.

IS GOD REAL?

This week, there is a missions team from the U.S. serving at the school.  One of the team members is a young youth guy.  While working with him, I sensed the need to ask him, “Why are you on this missions trip?” His response was that he wanted to help people. I asked him if he was a Christian and went to church, to which he said, “No.”. He said that he believed that there was something out there, and that we didn’t just come from nothing, but he didn’t know what/who that was. I then went on to ask him, “Do you want to know who that Someone is?” And he said, “Sure.” I was able to talk with him for about 30 minutes sharing who God is and assuring Him that God loved him. I shared about the history of redemption and gave him the gospel message. Later on I found out that this young man had talked to his parents about the conversation we had. That evening, his dad thanked me saying, “You were able to do more for my son in a few minutes than we have been able to do in 4 years.”

Please pray for this young man–that as he goes back to the states he continues to seek Truth with an open heart and that he would give his life to Jesus.

WILLIAM

I was standing outside the club last night. This middle-aged man came stumbling up to me asking me for money. He was holding an open bottle of alcohol in his hand and halfway spilling it on the ground. He asked me for money to which I said, “No.” He began to explain to me that he was gay and that people beat him some times because they think its funny. I began to firmly explain to him that nothing in this life will satisfy him. I told him that he could keep searching and looking in all the wrong places for satisfaction, but that nothing would ever meet that need in his life, apart from God. I shared the gospel with him and asked if he knew where he was going when he died. Tears rolled down his eyes and with his slurred speech told me he did not want to go to hell. He explained that he was dying of aids and was drinking away his sorrow. I asked him if he wanted to know 100 % sure that he would go to heaven when he died and he said yes. He kept motioning for me to talk quieter for fear of the people around, but I told him this was nothing to hide or be ashamed of. I asked him to pray with me. He lifted his head up with his eyes closed and arms lifted up and prayed to receive Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. A minute later we were talking amongst a few of the “gringos” from the mission team that was visiting. This man William still had the bottle of alcohol in hand and began to take a large gulp with it dripping down his face. I loudly told him, “This alcohol is going to taste bitter now, because only God will satisfy.” He began to cough over and over and over again. I kept telling him that he needed to throw it out, get rid of it and be done with it. At that point, he chucked the bottle on the ground and everyone around clapped for him.

I ask that you please pray for William. Pray that God would bring the gospel message to remembrance when he is sober and that his life would truly be changed for eternity.

ANGELITO

Last night as I was arriving home, there was a young boy sitting near the guard shack at the entrance to our community. The boy must have been about 12 years old. The guard began to explain to me that the boy had just been robbed at knife point, and had no money or way to get home now. I was able to give him a ride home and share the gospel with him, and explain to him how much God loves him and wants to comfort him in this crazy time of his life. He was super shaken up, but received the encouragement well.
Pray for Angelito and his family, that this incident would lead them to Jesus and that they would know how much He loves them.

These testimonies are examples of how important it is to share the truth of God’s word and His love to those around you.  We cannot compromise those moments where the Lord says, “Please share my love with this person; tell them all about Me.”

There is an incredible need here in Nicaragua (and worlwide!).  God is stirring up my heart immensely for those that I am meeting. His gospel must be preached and His word must be taught. Pray for wisdom and clarified vision. Pray for strength and protection. We love you all.

Settling In…

Greetings from Nicaragua! We made it!!! Getting to Nicaragua was an adventure (our flight was delayed several times and we ended up leaving a day after our original flight!).  And the adventure hasn’t stopped. These past couple of weeks have been full of…”surprises.” 🙂

We hope you all had an wonderful Easter celebrating JESUS with friends and family.  We missed being with family and loved ones but we enjoyed worshiping the LIVING God with our brothers and sisters of  Calvary Chapel Managua.

We wanted to give you all a quick update of what has been taking place the last couple of weeks since arriving to Managua.  In a nutshell, we have been running around non-stop doing the necessary things to get us into our home.  It is with overwhelming joy and gratitude that we share with you that God has provided for our kitchen appliances (stove, refrigerator, etc…), beds, a washing machine (yes!!!) and even transportation.  Thank you to all who have so willingly and lovingly given to us.

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Our stove and fridge.

 

Now, getting all of these items and moving into our house, has been quite the process. Nothing here is quick and easy.  What you think should be simple and quick…well, that’s not always the case around here.  There have been challenges, tears, frustrations, and long (and sweaty!) days; but all of this is part of the adaptation process we are undergoing as we learn to live in a new country.

We have now been in our house for 5 days and are getting familiar with our neighborhood and surrounding areas.  As the dust begins to settle, we look forward to diving into the ministry opportunities God has opened before us, and moving forward as He leads.

We ask that you pray for us as we continue to adjust and step into ministry.  In my  (Mike) time in the Word, I came to Isaiah 30:21, which sums up the prayer of our heart:

‘Your ears shall hear a word saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”  Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.’

We look forward to walking in the ministries He leads us to.

We love and miss you all.

God’s Faithfulness

We are less than a week away from our move to Nicaragua! The official countdown has begun.  We fly out on March 31st.  There is great anticipation and excitement, but also many other emotions going on, so we appreciate your prayers for us and our beloved families.

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

We are in awe of the way the Lord has been so faithful to provide for us so far.  We are very grateful to all of you who have given, who have prayed, and who have encouraged us during these last few weeks.  We have seen the love of Jesus displayed through you and there are no words to adequately express how blessed and humbled we are by all of this.  We want to thank the churches who are standing by our side, Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs, Calvary Chapel Living Hope and Calvary Chapel Phelan.  The support we have received from the body of Christ is incredible and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

We also wanted to share with you the exciting news that we have a house to move into!  This too, is a display of God’s faithfulness in our lives.   Mike had the opportunity to take a trip to Nicaragua in January to attend a conference and to look for a house.  After days of looking at different rentals, God led him to a house that we will now call home.

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Our home in Nicaragua.  Move in date is April 1st.

ANONYMOUS DONOR #2

We were just notified today, that we now have another anonymous donor who is wanting to match any funds received this week.   This donor will match all funds up to $5,000.  The match will go through March 31st, which is moving day for us.  This is just one of the MANY and unexpected ways God has displayed His faithfulness toward us.  If you are interested in giving, please click on the “Where to Give” tab for more information.

If you have any questions, you can send us a message: booths.nicaragua@gmail.com

With Love,

The Booths

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Thank you to all who came out to the pupusa fundraiser at CCSFS. 

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Our pastors praying for us at our send-off service.

 

The Call

MOVING TO NICARAGUA

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Visionary trip to Nicaragua in May of 2016

For many years, God’s calling on our lives has been clear;  We have been called to serve Him in the mission field.  Last year, in May of 2016, we took a visionary trip down to Nicaragua.  We had heard of some ministry opportunities and wanted to see if the Lord was opening doors for us to serve Him there.  It wasn’t clear right off the bat, but as we returned home and continued seeking His direction, He began to show us that He was indeed calling us to serve Him in the country of Nicaragua.  It is because of this reason, that in a few months, our home church, Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs, will be sending us out to serve and live in the country of Nicaragua.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

CLUB ESPERANZA–As of now, we will hit the ground running by coming alongside a Christian School, Club Cristiano La Esperanza, located in the city of Managua.  This school ministers to over 300 preschool and elementary-aged children during the day and offers an afterschool program to students up to 12th grade.  The day to day life of these inner city children and youth include harsh living conditions due to extreme poverty, addictions, abuse and neglect.  Club Esperanza has become a safe haven for many of its students, providing them with an education, a meal and most importantly, the love of Jesus.  Our primary role at the school will be to spiritually invest in the youth that attend the afterschool program.  It is our heart that they would come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, grow in their faith and then in turn, go out and be a godly influence in their communities.  Our prayer is that because of Jesus, these kids would be able to break away from the life cycles of abuse, addiction and neglect they are surrounded by and become lights in the midst of darkness.

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Sharing with the youth in May of 2016

 

CALVARY CHAPEL MANAGUA–In addition, we have also been given the opportunity to serve at Calvary Chapel Managua.  Pastor Cal has extended to us an open door to jump right in with what the Lord is already doing through them in Managua.  Some of the ministry needs there include: worship ministry, teaching/counseling youth, children’s ministry and building maintenance and repairs.

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Mike leading worship at CC Managua in May of 2016

 

These are but a few of the many open doors for ministry that we have seen in Nicaragua.  We are excited to see God lead us as we submit and yield to His plans.  We are thrilled and humbled that the Lord would choose us to be His ambassadors to Nicaragua.

We appreciate your prayers for our family as we transition from California to Nicaragua.

With Love,

Mike, Rocio and Nate Booth