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This is the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) April 2005 Update. NIMA is an outreach of the Agape Christian Church and friends from around the world.


New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) Update for April, 2005: NIMA is an
outreach of Agape Christian Church and friends from around the world. You
may reach us by mail at: P O Box 15133 Las Cruces, NM 88004; by phone at
(505) 647 2168 or (505) 650-3915; By e-mail at [email protected]; Our web site
for information and bank card donations is www.zianet.com/nima . Our
interactive website is www.missionoffaith.org; Our Guatemala e-mail site is
a new address: [email protected]; The phone in Guatemala for Lori and
Queno is

011.502.639.806. This update brings you news of the Morning Glory Christian
School-Community Christian Hospital, and other Christian outreaches in
Guatemala.

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I realize that I just sent out the March update, and two weeks later I am
sending out the April update. I am doing this at the special request of
Lori Nij, to let you know all the wonderful things happening in Guatemala,
and the special needs right now. If you have already responded to this
need, thank you so very much. Herb Pinney.

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Dad please send this out as soon as possible to all on the mailing list.

Dear Loved Ones:

I am writing this letter to share with you our successes and needs. I have
prayed long and hard over how to write this letter but I have finally
decided just to sit down and let my fingers do the talking for my heart.

Last Saturday was an incredible day for me. Several weeks ago a group of
parents came to me with a proposition. They want to build a separate
playground for the pre school children, As of now I have recess all morning
long trying to keep all the age groups separate and minimize possible
accidents. Even so, the big kids are always running over my little tots and
knocking them flying. The parents understood my budget limitations and came
up with a great idea on their own. They decided to organize a fair in the
park. Each class would organize according to food groups and each parent
would cooperate with prepared food to sell. For example, the pre k and
first graders brought meat and chicken to barbeque along with hot tortillas
and sauce. The Kinder 5 group brought cake, donuts and other sweet goods
along with the fifth and sixth graders, the primary prep kids were in charge
of drinks, popsicles and jello. The second and third graders handled tacos,
tostadas, tamales, nachos and just about anything made with tortillas. One
fourth grade class made fried chicken and rice and the other class sold
fruit cocktail and fresh fruit. This meant that parents who had more than
one child in our school, helped several different times. The teachers and I
planned all kinds of different games for the kids to play. We had put up
all kinds of small toys that the medical team brought for the school in
March to use as prizes. Nestle and Nescafe donated lots of other prizes, a
public address system and an inflatable game. The local bank donated a
basketball and soccer ball for the games. Local business helped with
electricity. I rented another inflatable game for the bigger kids and we
were set up. Everything was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. At first I was
really nervous about what was going to happen. We all got to the park about
12:30 to set up. Colocho, Herbert, Neidy, Tabi and I began to set up tables
and the games. Slowly but surely my teachers began to show up then right at
1:30 all the moms began to come with their prepared dishes to sell. Melba
and I had made three huge cakes on Friday and three dozen cupcakes. Only a
dozen cupcakes survived Herbert, Queno and Colocho to Saturday afternoon but
the cakes made it to the park whole. My banana nut cake is always a winner
and the chocolate, vanilla swirl was right behind. The moms started the
fire in the grill for the meat and within a half an hour everything was
ready to start. I was in charge of the line and control in the inflatable
games. We had a fishing pool, dart toss, face painting, fountain of
fortune, ball toss and the hit of the day was the dunking for apples. This
was a totally new game for the Guatemalans and they loved it. We had to
send for more apples halfway through the afternoon. David controled the
basketball toss and Colocho and Cristobal the soccer goal. We gave out
prize tickets and the prizes varied in price from one ticket to five tickets
for the best prizes. We had a great crowd turn out even though most of our
parents from Cerro Alto and Sacsuy, the villages north of town were unable
to come.

Taco by taco, donut by donut, game by game we raised almost $1000 in one
afternoon. The incredible thing of all this was the individual effort by
parents. Not only did they bring food to sell, but then they turned around
and gave their kids money to buy and play games. At the end of the
afternoon it took us hours to count the money and three of us to carry it to
the car. Almost everything we took in was in coins and small bills.
Everyone had a great time. (Remember, they had to count 8 one quetzal bills
for each $1.00.)

The moral of this story is that bit by bit, God works in wonderful ways. In
twenty six years of mission work I have watched and experienced the wonders
of our Lord. The times that God has provided for our needs through large
donations are few and far between. Even though those large donations are
wonderful and much needed and do great things, the majority of times God
works Taco by taco. Not a one of my dear parents by themselves could be
capable of giving $1000 to build a playground, but we put 320 family groups
together, and working together, each one bringing the widow’s mite, we were
able to reach our goal. Most mothers like me, did not make Saturday lunch
or supper, using the food budget to buy food for the family at the fair.
These last few months have tested my faith almost to its limit. We took out
a loan against our family home for the first time in order to buy tires, fix
brakes and overhaul the vans in time for school. We had enough left over to
install the bathrooms in the pre school classrooms and remodeled the office.
Queno, Colocho and Herbert did almost all the labor to keep down costs. But
our Budget shortages have consistently dried up all our emergency resources.
First I finished off the school savings and have now emptied out our family
saving account. I have prayed and cried over this many a night. I try not
to worry but right now that is pretty much impossible. Come the first of
April I will be about $1,500 short to pay salaries and bills. Queno and I
will cover as much as possible out of our personal funds but it still adds
up short. So for the first time in twenty six years I am directly asking
you for funds. I don’t have any more corners to cut to make budget. We are
only covering teacher’s salaries and gas for the vehicles. I have cut out
everything extra and am praying that the transmission on the white van lasts
a few more months. (A couple of weeks ago the driver lost the brakes and
emergency brake on the steep hill and had to put the van into park moving in
order for the kids to be able to jump off the van before he drove it alone
on down the hill and into a sand pile. Thank God it was the first trip with
all big kids and the backhoe that was digging out sand the day before had
left a pile for the dump truck about half way down the hill. If that pile of
sand had not been there Colocho would have been going so fast by the time he
got to the bottom that he would have never made the hard right turn and gone
off the bridge. The brake line got pinched and punctured loosing all the
fluid when Colocho stepped on the brakes to start down the hill. But this
damaged the transmission. We are babying it along until we have funds to
take it into the city and get it fixed. Thank God everyone got off in time
and Colocho had the presence of mind to get the kids off and God kept
everyone else off the road for the seconds that it took him to get the bus
down the hill. As always my angels were working overtime.) Queno has been
paying electricity and phone out of our personal funds for the last three
months.

I hate writing letters like this. I wish my faith were greater and I could
sleep at night without worrying but it is just not happening. So I need
your help. I know that probably none of you within and of yourself is
capable of solving my problem but last Saturday I learned a valuable lesson.
God works taco by taco. Perhaps you think that $10 or $20 is insignificant,
perhaps as those children who spent one or five quetzal coins last Saturday
afternoon, but when we added them all up we had reached the goal. So if you
can find it in your heart to send an extra $10 or $20 or whatever in the
next week, it can make a big difference. When my parents came to me and
complained that they couldn’t buy their children’s books for the year, I put
it to them like this. A reading book costs what two liters of Pepsi costs,
drink water for two meals and you have bought a reading book for your child.
A Math book costs the same as five liters of Pepsi drink water for one week
and you bought the math book and will be healthier. Two months later and
almost all our children have their school books. I just had to help my
parents define priorities. (Everyone around here jokes that since I am now
a sworn member of “Cokes and Pepsi anonymous” that I want to convert
everyone else.)

If this were for myself or my family I would never ask, but for my kids and
the vision of Morning Glory I loose all pride.

If I had any other option or choice I would not have written this letter.
But I am out of options, Morning Glory Christian School is a work of faith.
God has done wonderful things in the last four years. I know within my
heart and mind that neither my God nor His people are broke. In twenty six
years of mission work there has never been a day that God did not place food
on the family table. I have never had to forfeit on a bill or not pay a
worker. God has always provided and I am trusting the once again He will
use His people to provide our needs.

I invite you to come and visit us. I guarantee you will get more hugs and
kisses and receive more love than you can ever imagine.

So I ask your help and may we build Morning Glory, Taco by Taco

In His Love

Lori

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In late April I will be sending out a full report of the blessings that are
coming in as a result of the update mail out. I want you to know that we
keep expenses to a minimum here and in Guatemala. When Lori mentions that
there are a number of the bills paid out of their family funds, you need to
know that our two degreed leaders in Guatemala, working seven days a week,
each make a salary of $800.00 per month. The vast majority of the office
expense here in the states is paid by Agape Christian Church and volunteer
mission staff here in New Mexico. Your money goes straight to the work in
Guatemala.

Thank you so much for reading, caring and responding. Love in Christ.
Herb Pinney