Charity Ford — Nicaragua

Update on Gym Renovation

I wanted to give you all a quick update on where we are on the gym renovation and also share an urgent need with you that we need you to please agree with us in prayer regarding. As most of you know we have been in the process of renovating our gym for some time. But, what many of you probably aren’t aware of is the teak trees we have purchased.

This is something I have been working on for over 6 months now. It has been a lot more difficult that I originally thought, but worth it. As a result of the high cost of the wood needed for this project I started looking at the possibility of buying trees and processing them ourselves and hopefully save quite a bit of money as well.

So… I found 107 Teak Trees that we could purchase for much less than the price it would have cost us to buy wood needed in the gym and at the same time have enough  wood to use for repairs and projects we have pending here and even have enough wood to even build a Rancho (Open Air Pavilion) here in El Crucero to hold meetings and activities outside with a much larger capacity than our chapel. This has been a vision I’ve had for many years now, but much more needed now than ever since we no longer have the gym under roof to hold activities like we had in the past. I have to say that getting these trees has been a long and difficult process, learning about all the requirements here legally and getting the necessary documents and approvals from the government, but I’m excited to report that it is finally happening!

On Tuesday we were able to start loading our first semi with trees to transport them to a warehouse we are renting where we will be processing them. I found a warehouse we could rent for $300 where we can store and process these trees since we have no place here in El Crucero. The Lord gave us favor with the owners, because they were originally asking much more than that. But even at $300 it was a big step of faith for us to commit to, because we don’t have close to enough monthly support for the monthly expenses we already have, but I’m believing the Lord will provide. Please agree with us in prayer for this need and so many other needs we have. Thankfully we had enough finances come in towards the gym renovations that I was able to purchase the trees, but those finances have ran out and now we don’t have the finances necessary to transport them or to continue on with this project.

It’s going to take 2 trips with a semi to get all the trees moved. I was able to borrow $1,500 to cover the expenses of the first trip we made on Tuesday. This covered the cost of the Semi, 2 tractors and their drivers to help load the trees and a crew of about a dozen men. However we still have one more trip we need to make to get all of these trees moved which is going to cost us an additional $1,500. We need to get these trees moved ASAP. We can’t leave the trees where they are any longer or we could risk losing them. Please agree with us for the $3,000 that we urgently need to get these trees moved to the warehouse as well as the rest of the finances we need to complete this project ($17,000).

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Thank you all so much for your prayers and support of New Hope Children’s Foundation!