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Knock and the door will be opened...

I love it when people lead and inspire by example. 

A few weeks ago we were sitting at the table with friends and talking about the next step-- the construction.  When can we get started?  What’s stopping us?  Well, funds of course!  Our friends told us to make the plans to get it going and if the money didn’t arrive before we were ready, they would pay for the first phase--- I felt my faith growing right then and there.


We got to work doing the little we could do and then ....

We began to knock on the doors of prospective donors when another dear friend reminded us of the most important door of all… She called me specifically to tell me to not walk in fear but to take my desires to the throne.  She told me that what I was asking for was the kingdom and God wanted to give it, so I should walk with confidence.  Another friend called and reminded me that God doesn’t embarrass his children. Then on the phone with yet another friend she asked me, “Have you asked God for the nations? “ Hmmm, I don’t think so?

I was sharing all this with some women in the barrio over coffee and prayer, my favorite combination, and when we arrived home that same afternoon we received the email confirming that full funding was approved!  Almost overnight the funds were completely raised for our building project and other donated funds could then be used in our operating budget for 2011-2012 that we now beginning to raise!

Our building project is in full swing now and we are using almost exclusively volunteer labor...makes us proud of the community and the body of Christ!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:34    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt. 7:7-8  

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Labor of Love

Those of you who have given birth know the pain of labor and the joy of holding new life.  What has brought us to this moment in time can truly be described as a labor of love.  We have literally cried out in birth pains calling out for God to save us, have mercy on us, convince us of His love and cover us in His grace.

God has comforted us with a picture of us toddling around as He scoops us up in one arm, like all moms are adept of doing, placing us firmly on one hip. And while we hang on, He wraps one arm around us, and stretches His free arm before us holding a sword parting the path and fighting on our behalf.  The storms rage.  The jungle entangles. The dust chokes.  And we find peace in the arms of our heavenly father.  This is where we long to be, abiding in Him forever.

This is also our dream for the girls in the barrio and all those in need of a father-- a safe place, an affirmation of love, and new hope.  May they be close and still enough to hear God whisper in their ear, “I love you, and if I am for you, who can be against you?”   May they be moved by His voice alone!

This is our baby-- new life full of promise and wonder.  Like all moms holding their tiny new little one, we wonder how we will ever care for them.  What if we make a mistake?  What if we drop them?  What if we can’t provide for them?  What if, what if, what if? But God Himself has whispered in our ear, “If I am for you who can be against you?  This is my work and you are invited to be a part of it.” So instead we think, we don’t know how—but we know who!   We are confident that this project cannot fail because it belongs to the Lord and we are only privileged to be a part of it.

In August 2011, we will open the doors of Nueva Esperanza—New Hope Girls Academy! We plan to serve 20 girls in two   multiage classrooms.  We will also be available to offer emergency housing in an effort to provide abuse relief to girls as we are able.

If you want to be the very hands and feet of God to these girls....


I’m not sure there is a person on this planet that loves Starbucks more than me.  I truly receive a bag of coffee or a hot latte as love.  But God is on the move, and we want to be a part of it so we invite you to join us and give up your Starbucks or whatever your $5 love is, and buy hope instead.

If 10,000 cups of hope are purchased at $5.00  we can fund the education and care for the girls in our currently donated house for an entire year!  If 25,000 cups are purchased, we can buy land and begin plans to serve even more girls.


      $5 cups of Hope   =   Education and care       for Girls living in poverty

1 cup= 1 notebook and a pencil

5 cups= a chair for our classroom

10 cups= a uniform for one girl

25 cups= one month of breakfast

50 cups= a class set of novels

100 cups= a plumbed bathroom

500 cups= completion of the first floor.

1,000 cups= a teacher’s salary

2, 500 cups= complete our building project

10,000 cups= education for 20 girls and emergency housing for 6 for an entire year!

Visit our Online Registry to see our progress and and learn how you can help us build a home full of New Hope.