October 2010

We were able to attend the Global Samaritan Annual Dinner on October 5th in Abilene, TX. The dinner marked the retirement of Dr. Ed Enzor who founded with David Catalina what was Healing Hands Abilene that became Global Samaritan Resources. Larry Musick will be replacing Dr. Enzor as CEO of Global. We are thankful all the support and encouragement we have received from Dr. Enzor and from Global Samaritan. Looking forward to this continued partnership.

Sabino Rodriguez of Springdale, AR was with us this month and conducted a two day Marriage Seminar for the preachers and their wives. It is always a blessing to have Sabino with us in Nicaragua.

Five years ago the Minister of Health in Jinotega asks if we could do something in the area of Dental Prevention. Our response was to provide fluoride treatment to the children as they received their parasite treatment. In January of 2009 Dr. Patti Patterson introduced us to Dr. Jack Rudd and Teethsavers International. In June 2009 we entered a partnership with Teethsavers International and opened the “Six Year Molar School” for both training in prevention and treatment. On October 17th we graduated our first class of 10 students. Dr. Bismarck and Alan are to be commended on a work well done. Thanks to Dr. Jack Rudd the founder Teethsavers and all those that support Teethsavers for the blessing this is for the children of Nicaragua.

October started as September ended with the mission continuing to respond the effects of the rains this year. The rain has lessened but has not stopped. The ended of the month we had Richard that went north of us and as I write the potential of additional storms are still being predicted. The challenges in Nicaragua and all over Central American remain great because of the rains. We are so thankful for all that have responded this fall but we continue to look for additional food, medicine and supplies. Go to our website www.misionparacristo.com for continued updates of the challenges and response God is blessings us to do in Nicaragua. Please continue to pray as we respond to the needs caused by this year’s rains in Nicaragua. Some specific ways you can help:

-- Shipping and distribution of food - $ 8,000 (one containers was shipped in October thanks to Hunger Plus and FMSC, a second container with food will be shipped on November the 3rd. We are developing another container out of Global Samaritan in Abilene, TX and one out of Dothan, AL. We have been blessed with the funding for all of these containers but one.)

-- Mobile Clinics in rural and river areas -- $ 1,000 per clinic for medicine and expenses.

-- Community Help Promoters supplies $ 6,000.

-- Help with a drive to secure basic first aid items for our community health promoters. Contact us for a complete list of those items. They will ship from Global Samaritan in Abilene in November.

-- Black Plastic - $ 1,000 per house (to at least rebuild what they had and do more in the future)

-- Food Purchase - $ 5,000 (we still need to purchase immediate food supplies for some areas.)

-- A majority of people in Northern Nicaragua live on dirt floors, we are working to help some to have a floor in their homes…6x6 concert
foor cost $300.

-- Come and help in Nicaragua with distribution of food, mobile clinics, rebuild of homes and distribution of “Smiles”. Come be with us
the first two weeks of December. Let us know when you can come.

-- Other times to consider coming as we respond to the physical and spiritual needs of the people in Northern Nicaragua:
January 1 – 9 – Medical/Work Team from Ocala, FL
January 8 – 15 –Work group from Kilgore, TX
January 8 - 15 – Surgery Team
January 29 – February 6 – Olive Branch Ministries River Trip
February 5 – February 19 – Work group from Huntsville, TX
TBA in February – Medical/Work Team from Shreveport, LA

Your financial support can be sent to Misión Para Cristo, Highway Church of Christ, 128 Highway Church Road, Judsonia, AR 72081 (marked Rains) or an immediate secure contribution can be made through Pay-Pal on our website:  www.misionparacristo.com 

Donna and I made a trip back to the states for the funeral of my Uncle Ed Archer. Uncle Ed was a unique and special man to me, my children, my grandchildren, his family and all those who knew him. Not many people my age can have as one of their fond memories of childhood being their uncle as their Bible school teacher. He was an encourager and supporter of the mission and our ministry through the years. He leaves this world a better place because he lived. What memories and what a legacy he leaves for us. Please keep my Aunt Ella in your prayers. They were both 90 years old and had been married for 70 years.
Thanks for your continued support. As we say every month, “We could not do what we do without the blessings of God and the support of people like you.” May God continue to bless our partnership together.

Because of Him: Benny and Donna Baker

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The October 2010 newsletter is chocked full of pictures of all of the things going around in Nicragua this time of year, please download the PDF version so you can see what is being done!