New Beginnings…

I stood there looking myself in the mirror thinking about who I am as a human being who confesses to believe in the God of The Bible.  I stood, looking myself eye to eye, trying to figure out whom this person is staring back at me.  The pale blueness of my eyes seemed to pierce through my very soul.  They were cold yet on fire.  Chilling the second rate qualities I possess and igniting those that God Himself crafted since the beginning of time. 

 

God, in all His wisdom and splendor, knows me only as a father would know His son.  The reality and apparentness of my sins and failures lurk around every corner seeking to blind side me with regrets and fears, pulling me down into the darkness of the abyss and away from my warm relationship with my creator.  However, it doesn’t matter how big and ugly these past sins make me seem, God looks past that old man, past the tissue, muscles, blood, bones, right through my heart and into the very center of who I am as a child and He calls me by my name. 

 

“Deep calls unto deep,” says the Apostle Paul.  “The Spirit of God intercedes on our behalf with groaning’s far to vast for words or emotions to explain.”  What deepness calls upon the deepness inside of me?  How can I access this deepness, what happens if I cannot?  That’s just confusing.  God calls us at our most pure form.  He travels to the inner parts of my life and calls out my potentiality.  The greatest thing about my relationship with God is that I have no control over how Jesus pursues me.  Like a lion, or a bird of prey, God follows me in order to win me back to Him, to rescue me from the troubles the enemy has positioned.  I doesn’t matter how far I run or in which direction I choose, God’s love triumphs over my rebellion and discontentment. 

 

There are moments, more that they’re not, when I do follow what God is leading me to do.  I use to talk about this like it was something really easy to do, back when I first came to know God.  But, in all actuality, it’s rather quite hard in respect to the ways we are taught to live life today.  My response to anything, in order to sound spiritual or ahead of my age, would be “Follow what God is leading you in…” or something like that.  Christianese at it’s finest.  It took me a while to see the difference is saying something like this and actually living it out. 

 

As I stood there in my bathroom, looking at my reflection through the toothpaste stand glass, I knew in that moment the central idea of who I am as a Son revolves around me actually following Jesus.  I’m talking about “out of body” experience type stuff where you have a realization of whom you are.  Like when you stand on a high mountain or jump into a freezing pool of water, the sensation leaves you for a second them comes rushing back to you like a mighty wind of awareness.    I knew in that moment that whatever, and I do mean whatever, God called me or led me to do I would do without question.  Because He is worth it!

 

Let’s backtrack for a second.  I came back to Nicaragua on the 19th of December after a 2-month furlough in The U.S.  I knew well before this return trip that I would not be able to spend the allotted time I wanted to spend once I returned.  God had been working with me throughout the last couple of months, showing me the in’s and out’s of what missions looks like from His perspective.  My ticket was purchased for a time period of two months and I knew upon my return to the U.S. I had to find a job and gather necessary marketing information for my current supporters as well as looking for new ones.  

 

My girlfriend and I had met in Nicaragua during my last trip and have spent a total of 2 ½ weeks together since we began dating.  We’ve been dating 5 months this month.  Travel and distance separated us but we knew we wanted to be together upon my return to the states to raise support.  We have been talking about marriage and knew that time spent together is important.  But, when you live in different states it becomes a little hard.  So I began applying for jobs in Indianapolis (city she lives in) centering my focus on different ministry openings.  I wanted to continue serving the Lord through the gifts He gave me in Music and outreach but it seemed that every job listening in those areas required things I didn’t have.  I knew I was following the Lord, my soul was crying out for what He wanted to do.  I just couldn’t see ahead of the curve unlike Him.  So, I had no idea what was coming. 

 

I got a text from my girlfriend one afternoon showing me a screenshot of the message she had received.  It was from one of her friends that worked for a non-profit missions organization in Indianapolis focusing on urban ministry and discipleship.  They wanted to know if I would be interested in working with them.  Of course I said yes.  I knew in that moment, God crafted this out of thin air, producing everything I needed/desired and placed it all in one place. 

 

Where I was a year ago to where God has taken me today is nothing short of crazy.  I live in a world of plans and formulas so the response to something spontaneous and different like this, is to look at it with confusion and misunderstanding.  Jesus talks about the realms of Heaven we will one day live and thrive in, but I cannot help but wonder why not now?  Why not live for the next life, the eternal life?  I’ve thought about this on many different occasions as I’m taken back to the mirror where the eyes of my reflection look through me, pierce through my character and persona calling out who I really am. 

 

In this world but not of it!”

 

God has asked me on many different occasions if I trust Him.  With my response comes a situation that really puts my faith and trust to the test.  I do trust Him.  It’s not something hard to say or even hard to live out but what we see with our own eyes makes it seems so much more than what it is.  I trust God with everything, where I’m going to live, my relationship with my family, my girlfriend, my job, money, future, everything!  The things I have, I’ve been given by God so it’s only right that I give them back to Him. 

 

As for my future, I’m following Jesus.  He’s led me to Nicaragua and now to Indianapolis.  I change locations like the wind changes directions but I’ve experienced things I could never replicate and I’ve made friends with the most unique people in the entire world.  I’ve also found the love of my life through where the Lord has led me, so I would say listening to Him has done wonders.  Indianapolis is in my future as well as everything my heart desires (marriage & ministry with my future wife).  All my dreams and wants have been taken to levels that far outreach my sight.  Because of all God has done for me and through me I will always praise Him.  Even through the confusing times when I have no clue as to what’s happening, it’s God who stands firm in His promises over me. 

 

As you stare at yourself in your mirror, allow God to use your reflecting eyes tell a story about your life in a way you’ve never seen nor heard before.  He knows your dreams and knows who you are, even when we lose sight of ourselves, He will never lose sight of who you really are to Him.  His child.

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New Beginnings…

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I’m moving to Indianapolis.

I am very excited to let everyone know as of December 30th, I will be living in Indianapolis, Indiana working with a non-profit organization called MissionIndy.  I will be working along side them in the areas of ministry that include College Discipleship, Groups, Service Projects in the city and surrounding communities, Worship and the growth with my own partners for my ministry in Nicaragua.  I’ve been lacking on support here lately.  Mainly because I only had enough time to raise the support I needed for the year I’ve been here and through the Lord’s blessings, He kept the support coming in but now it’s time to head back to the states and hit up support raising on a grander scale.  Jesus is the King and He knows exactly what I need and when I need it.  This job that I have was basically given to me out of thin air.  Its crazy how the Lord works but when He moves in your life, you know it! It’s definitely not hidden by any means.  I’m excited about this move and eager to see what all Jesus has planned for these next couple of months.  I will be living and working in Indianapolis starting in January and will be there through July.  We’ll see all the doors Jesus is going to open.  It’s very exciting to know that you have the Lord of the Universe leading and guiding you, it may be difficult at times but in the end, it’s very rewarding and adventurous.  I love this life.  

This is Kingdom worship!

There’s this video circulating around facebook at the moment with a Homeless man of Atlanta joining a christian recording artist while he’s recording a music video. Now, I know that much of what we see and hear about Jesus nowadays is pretty rough, but this man was truly a blessing in disguise. Homeless people in general have this crazy stereotype placed on them and we automatically act differently around them especially when they come up to us. This man, however, had the heart of God flowing through him and the music that was produced is exactly how we should approach life with God. Expect the unexpected. Life is good when lived out in love. “Hallelujah, He gets the highest praise!”

Following Jesus is the most Unsafe thing you could ever do! Part. 1

­­­­­­­Following Jesus is the most unsafe thing you can ever do.

….And the most rewarding! 

“We and the world, my children, will always be at war.  Retreat is impossible.  Arm yourselves.”  – Leif Enger 

Part. 1

Life is hard!  A life being lived out with Jesus is even harder.  I’ve heard more times than I can count of how hard life is going to be when I grow up.  It all stems from relative truth and is a very important part of our lives to understand but sometimes a question arises in my mind that provokes me to think outside of my comfortable box and situate myself in the realms of faith, in the realms of uncertainty, risk and supernatural.  Thinking back on it all so far at the age of 24 closing in on the end of the year 2013, “How about your life?  Why have things gone the way they have?  Where was God in all that and do you know what you ought to do next, with a deep, settled confidence that it will work out?”  We all like to have the confidence to tell others what we’re going to do in life; what our career is and where we’re going to live and work for the next 5 years or so before we settle down, go on vacation to the Bahamas and buy that car we always wanted.  Its good to tell people those things.  This all began in High school when we had to tell people where we were thinking of going to college and what we wanted to study or be.  Setting up the rest of our lives like a badge we wear for others to see.

 

Where does God come in?

 

The reality is that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not popular terms to mention when talking about our lives or career.  Jesus doesn’t compute with the mold of the ordinary life.  He broke the mold a couple thousand years ago and challenged us to take a stand and be different, to follow after Him and pursue the extraordinary and that has caused strife and confusion with our future.  For some, following Jesus and letting go of everything else is easy but for some it’s not.  We tend to view our lives with Jesus through the lenses of the normal.  Jesus was never normal and we can’t view a life with Him through such lenses.  The truth is that “the description of the Christian life practically shouted in the New Testament compared with the actual life of most Christians today is…embarrassing.”  Jesus, when He was teaching and speaking to the masses on Mt. Eremos or the mount of Beatitudes, He taught and spoke about things that caused men and women to stir in their skin.  It was unlike anything, anyone had ever heard before and it shook the very foundation of which they had established themselves as people.  He challenged them to forsake it all, ALL!!!!!! He asked them to give it all up and follow Him.  Some probably walked away that day, others probably kept listening, not sure what to choose but were getting really close and others were sold out immediately. This was the thing they had been waiting their whole lives to hear and once they did nothing else mattered.  They had found out who we’re supposed to be and took it.

 

“The glory of God is man fully alive.” – Saint Irenaeus

 

Back during the second century there lived a man named Irenaeus who was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul.  He was an early church father and apologist.  He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in turn was traditionally a disciple of John the Evangelist.  Irenaeus wrote these simple yet powerful words about “The glory of God is man fully alive.”  Now for me and what I’ve learned throughout my short time, as a Christian compares nothing to the fact that God, the all-powerful father of the world whose presence makes the earth melts like wax, is staking His entire reputation on us becoming fully alive!  Are you kidding me?

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full….” John 10:10

 

I thought that once I accepted Christ, I was forgiven and I was granted acceptance into Heaven (Eternal Life).  That is all true but the reality of this is that once you say Yes to God, you’ve basically pledged yourself to serve in His army by being fully alive, fully awakened at what is really going on around us.  Alive.

 

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:48

 

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38

 

There is so much talk about eternal life that we miss what’s happening right in front of us.  A quote from the book “Waking the Dead” by John Eldredge, says this:

 

“I began to get the feeling of a man who’s been robbed.  I’m well aware that it’s life I need, and it’s life I’m looking for.  But the offer has gotten “interpreted” by well-meaning people to say, ‘Oh, well. Yes, of course…God intends life for you.  But that is eternal life, meaning, because of the death of Jesus Christ you can go to Heaven when you die.’  And that’s true…in a way.  But it’s like saying getting married means, ‘Because I’ve given you this ring, you will be taken care of in your retirement.’  And in the meantime?  Isn’t there a whole lot more to the relationship in the meantime?  (It’s in the meantime that we’re living out our days, by the way.)  Are we just lost at sea?  What did Jesus mean when he promised us life?

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30

 

This war we wage with Christ is saturated throughout the New Testament.  You either fight or you die.  “Until we come to terms with war as the context of our days we will not understand life.  We will misinterpret 90% of what is happening around us and to us.”  Life is hard, unless you see it as a battle.  Before Jesus promised us life, he warned that a thief would try to steal, kill and destroy it.  I know enough to know that I don’t know that much.  But one thing I do understand clearly than the rest is: we don’t understand what’s happening around us or to us or to those we love, and we are practically clueless when it comes to the weight of our own lives and the glory that’s being…held back.  Some of us don’t see it yet, some do.  Some did and lost it long ago but it’s really easy to recover.  Warning: A life with Jesus is the most unsafe thing you will ever choose to do in this life. 

 

We were made for more. In the movie “The Matrix,” Morpheus has a conversation with Neo that goes something like this:

 

MORHPEUS: I can see it in your eyes.  You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he’s expecting to wake up.  Ironically, this is not far from the truth.  Do you believe in fate, Neo?

NEO: No.

MORPHEUS: Why?

NEO: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.

MORPHEUS: I know exactly what you mean.  Let me tell you why you’re here.  You’re here because you know something.  What you know you can’t explain.  You feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life.  There’s something wrong with the world.  You don’t know what it is.  But it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving your mad.  It is this feeling that has brought you to me…

MORPHEUS: You are a slave, Neo.  Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or smell or touch.  A prison for your mind.  Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is.  You must see it for yourself.

That truth that we cannot be told, but have to see it for ourselves spans the very foundation of our relationship with God.  That’s why most people don’t know that choosing Jesus is dangerous because you become aware of what it happening around you.  It’s a war.  A bloody battle between good and evil with us in the middle.  You have more significance that you could ever know.  Look at it like this:

 

Revelation 12:1-5,7-8,17

“a great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.  Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads…the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.  She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter…and there was a war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven…Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. 

 

We, who stand in the field of freedom, taking upon us the adoption of sons and daughters into the arms of the almighty, might stand firm in the truth spoken over us since the beginning of time, fighting the fight and running the race to make our father’s name known among the nations.  Let us not lose heart.  Focus our gaze on Jesus and fight through the crap this world seeks to combat us with.

 

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

 

 

 

Dreamin’

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A dream one could only dream of….

Last night, I had this dream that was unlike any other I’ve had before.  I know most of us have the trouble of remembering what our dreams consist of, including myself.  I usually wake up with any recollection of what I dreamt of the night before.  This was kind of like that but I did remember the feelings associated with what was going on.  I cannot place you in the scene of what I was dreaming about but I knew that I was worshiping Jesus.  I was singing a song and I can easily tell you this song was unlike anything you would hear today.  I truly believe it to have been a song from Heaven.  “Open your mouth a sing a new song.”   I remember losing myself in the music I had been singing.  I felt lightness in my step almost as if I were floating on air.  It was one of those dreams that you felt after you had woken up.  The sensation still lingered and I tried for the longest time to remember but to no avail. 

It was as if my spirit had taken flight to the place that one angel’s glide, a sweet place where music and freedom break forth like rivers of living water.  This place was home.   

That’s the thing about dreams and worship.  We worship in spirit and in truth.  As our bodies are sleeping, our spirits are being renewed.  Our spirits are dancing and singing with the Holy Spirit.  Our spirits are always free to feel and express who we are as free children of God even while our bodies are sleeping.  I don’t want to overcomplicate things but as our spirits are released to be free in who we are as children of God, we find that freedom exciting and rewarding because of the intimacy we experience with Jesus.  For me, this is something I would never want to leave from. 

You’re love is sweeter than honey.  You’re love is stronger than death.  It lifts me of my burdens and teaches me to dance. 

Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to worship in Heaven?  I have.  It captivates my very thoughts and paints a picture with them.  I see instruments never before seen by man, both new and old instruments created throughout history, singers, dancers, choirs, banners, love, mercy, freedom and Jesus.  Worship in Heaven is going to be awesome but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring Heaven to Earth in ways here or there.  There is power in the name of Jesus!  There is an army rising up, to break every chain that prohibits us from fulfilling our true destiny to be loved and to love as Children set free and adopted by their God!  To worship their God by singing a new song and standing firm in the truth of who we are as royalty. 

 

Back before the sea

Before the skies were blue

There was this melody

No one could hear but You

 

When the noise has finally disappeared

I can hear your anthem loud and clear

 

Your song goes on forever

I will sing my part, with my whole heart

Your song goes on forever

I will bless your name; I will sing your praise

Forever

 

 In my brokenness

In my victories

Even when I’m lost and scared

It still plays inside of me

Our song goes on forever…with Him!

Looking for something different? Try NEWSONG MISSION NICARAGUA

Check out the positions available here at Newsong Mission Nicaragua. Join in with what God is doing through this non-profit in the second poorest country in Central America.

To Live As Christ

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The past 1 1/2 years I spent living in Nicaragua, working with this non-profit organization called Newsong which was started over 11 years ago by two wonderful people: Tommy and Linda Gable.  Throughout their missionary beginnings, trusting God through the thick of it and trying to see the potential is something less that average, they grew together and began this church organization that, today, is still thriving and growing beyond anyones preconceived ideas.  As organizations grow, they need the capacity and numbers of workers and volunteers to help them cover all the corners.  In the last two years, Newsong has grown beyond the recognition of its earlier self.  The Lord has blessed this organization with the capability to impact communities around the north wester parts of Nicaragua, providing the spiritual lessons and health related nutritional information they have never before had the opportunities to receive.

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Looking for something different? Try NEWSONG MISSION NICARAGUA

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The past 1 1/2 years I spent living in Nicaragua, working with this non-profit organization called Newsong which was started over 11 years ago by two wonderful people: Tommy and Linda Gable.  Throughout their missionary beginnings, trusting God through the thick of it and trying to see the potential is something less that average, they grew together and began this church organization that, today, is still thriving and growing beyond anyones preconceived ideas.  As organizations grow, they need the capacity and numbers of workers and volunteers to help them cover all the corners.  In the last two years, Newsong has grown beyond the recognition of its earlier self.  The Lord has blessed this organization with the capability to impact communities around the north wester parts of Nicaragua, providing the spiritual lessons and health related nutritional information they have never before had the opportunities to receive.

We have now reached present day.  Newsong has expanded beyond the control of the 7 full time staff workers (Americans) that do the day to day jobs while running the church and all the other projects that have popped up throughout the years.  We see what the community needs and through equipping the locals we desire to see change on both a physical and spiritual level.

            New Song Mission 

Through leadership-training, spiritual discipleship, and social projects, we desire to establish communities of grace and life-giving relationships with a hope that all may come to know Jesus.

Newsong has utilized the incoming summer church groups and world race mission teams as well as summer interns to grow this community in awesome ways.  The problem with this is that as quickly as the people come in, they leave and we have so much more work than before with half the help to accomplish it all.

So, Newsong came up with a strategy that will help those interested in living abroad and experiencing the third world life, Jesus and community to come aboard and join the fight that we are currently undertaking.

Take a look at the following and see if any of these things are right up your alley for ministry/non-profit work.

Live here and love the people

New Song is a US 501c3 mission located in western Nicaragua with the goal of creating Kingdom-minded community in the midst of impoverished areas.  Through leadership-training, spiritual discipleship, and social projects, we desire to establish communities of grace and life-giving relationships with a hope that all may come to know Jesus.  

Below you will find a list of 17 internship opportunities. We have 6 month to 2 year positions available if you are interested in an overseas internship. A list of expenses for those living in Nicaragua are also included. Some U.S. positions are also available.

 

1.     Prayer Coordinator

Works with Linda

Attributes:

•  Called to Intercessory prayer

•  Able to communicate with Linda and the prayer team by email and Facebook

•  Can be located in the US or Nicaragua

Job Responsibilities:

•   Begin working with the current list of prayer partners to communicate needs and answers.

•   Send a monthly report to the team on answers and updates

•   Search for more prayer partners on social media and common networks

•   Develop ideas to strengthen the mission through prayer

 

2.     Public Relations and Communications-(US or Nica available)

Works with Linda and Diego

Attributes:

•   Help coordinate a search for new networks of fresh partners

•   Can work from within the US or Nicaragua

•   Able to think outside the box and motivate people to join hands with us to take the kingdom message effectively to Nicaragua

•   Effective communicator

Job responsibilities

•         Use Email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and phone to contact our present list of supporters to request they share about New Song to friends who would want to support.

•         Add possibly interested supporters to Mail Chimp update list.

•   Hand written letters to fundraise and invite partnerships and send gifts and a thank you letter.

•   Stateside presenter

•   Editing ideas from staff for communication

 

3.     Website/ Tech IT Assistant

Will work under the direction of Diego

Attributes:

•                      Background in graphic or website design

Job Responsibilities:

•                      Edit and input text sent by full-time staff

•                      Work on new videos and create new pages

•                      Send quarterly reports to staff and board detailing website activity

•                      Ensure that website text and materials are accurate and up-to-date

4.     Social Media Marketing Service

Will work under the direction of Diego

Attributes:

•        Background in marketing or public relations

•        Skilled in communications in every venue of communication

•        Skilled in fund raising

Job Responsibilities:

•        Search for warm partners to increase the financial base

•        Search for interns to work full time for New Song 1-2 years

•        Manage gift page on the New Song website

•        Search for free public awareness media

•        Develop a New Song eBay donation site

•        Create videos to be used for presentations & fundraising events

•        Follow up communication with donors

•        Help develop and promote the “Vision Trip”

 

5.     Financial Accounting Assistant

Will work under the direction of Diego

Attributes:

•          Background in finance or accounting

•          Able to speak Spanish

Job Responsibilities:

•          Work with Nicaraguan accountants to create monthly reports for our mission board and partners in the US

•          Work with heads of each department to manage books correctly

•          Review books, excel sheets, and balance cash

•          Send monthly financial reports to heads of each department

•          Send weekly financial reports to Diego, Linda, and Myriam

•          Present financial report with income, expense and balance, and the profit and loss report quarterly to the board of directors

•          Create a monthly financial report for Santa Matilde to send to sponsor church in US, showing balances for each of the restricted funds.

•          Develop a financial plan for moving each project to be self-sustaining

6.     Short Term Missions Director

Will work under the direction of Diego

Attributes:

•         Skilled in organization and logistics

•         Friendly and communicates well with teams

•         Able to speak Spanish

Job Responsibilities:

•         Manage and develop the GO website page including needed items to bring to the base, daily costs, what to pack, what to expect, etc.

•         Communicate with applicants

•         Select teams with Diego’s approval

•         Arrange transportation, lodging & interpreters for incoming teams

•         Provide structure needed to guide the team leader, develop activities & ministries according to New Song’s time frame & specific needs

•         Communicate any necessary changes with short-term teams & long-term staff

•         Help Lisa and Diego with team orientation

•         Help teams settle in the dorms, register in accounting, orientation, and group planning

•         Work alongside team leaders to facilitate daily plans

•         Oversee prayer and team devotions (if team leader does not)

•         Plan/lead fun day-off activities for teams to experience Nicaraguan tourist sites.

7.     Hospitality Position

 Will work under the direction of Linda, with the Missions director

Attributes:

•         Speak Spanish to communicate with both teams & kitchen/house staff

•         Friendly and welcoming

•         Good communicator to coordinate Nica staff and US volunteers

Job Responsibilities:

•         Keep inventory to secure necessary provision for the team

•         Make lists of needs for the Nica staff to buy

•         Work alongside the kitchen staff to think creatively and come  up with new healthy meals with ingredients available in Nicaragua

•         Create weekly menus for teams and mission staff

•         Communicate with buyers about weekly menu and shopping list

•         Work within the given budget when creating and planning meals.

•         Prepare dorm rooms for incoming teams and visitors

•         Ensure that rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens are kept clean

•         Cook breakfast for teams in the mornings

•         Create a hospitable environment to welcome guests serving at New Song

•         Help the team members get settled, register in accounting, and study each one to help integrate into positions of their strengths.

8.     Nutrition specialist

  Work with Linda

Attributes:

•               Background in nutrition

•               Experience in cooking and creating meals

•               Able to speak Spanish to communicate with both teams & kitchen/house staff

•               Able to be flexible and wise to integrate changes slowly

Job responsibilities:

•   Study the present diet of the locals to plan a strategy of slow change toward a healthy diet

•   Create healthier menus and train the cooks

•   Daily encouragement toward health and sanitary improvements

•   Integration of Moringa powder in foods, shakes and popsicles

•   Planning for a children feeding program

9.     Facilities Director

Will work under the direction of Linda

Attributes:

•         Background in landscaping and all types of maintenance

•         Able to speak Spanish or willing to learn

Job Responsibilities:

•         Create design for gardens and beautification of the land

•         Oversee Nicaraguan staff presently cleaning the land and doing landscaping

•         Create a maintenance schedule to oversee care and repair of truck and all equipment in the mission house and projects

•         Enhance and develop protection of our land

10.                         Clinic Coordinator

Will work under the direction of Linda

Attributes:

•         Background in medical or dental care

•         Able to speak Spanish

•         Good communication

•   US networks in the medical and dental field

Job Responsibilities:

•         Work alongside the clinic administrator to create plans to better serve the community

•         Help improve service and increase revenue

•         Create opportunities for public health education and home health care for shut-ins

•         Network with existing health services

•         Create partnerships with US doctors, dentists, and health-related missions; communicate clinic needs with interested donors

•         Facilitate trips for foreign medical teams to come and serve in our rural areas

•         Encourage organizational methods and sanitary standards

11.                        Vocational Training Manager

Will work under the direction of Linda

Attributes:

•         Able to speak Spanish

•         Good communicator

•         Organized

Job Responsibilities:

•         Works alongside Myriam, the Mission and Projects Administrator, to help develop existing projects and oversee the Training Center

•         Weekly reports to Linda communicating needs and growth of each project

•         Help improve service and increase revenue in each project

12.                        Moringa Project Director (works with Linda)

Job Responsibilities:

•         Help develop production and marketing of Moringa

•         Research to obtain rights sale Moringa in Nicaragua to export to the US

•         Research ways to market goods in the US and by internet

13-16 Student Sponsorship Assistant

Will work under the direction of Lisa

(3 more interns needed for this job description)

Attributes:

•         Must be able to speak Spanish and English to communicate with US sponsors, with local children, school directors, pastors, and parents.

•         Must be organized, a good communicator, and on-time for deadlines.

•         Background in education helpful although not required

•         Compassionate in dealing with families’ needs and yet firm with following program requirements

Job Responsibilities:

•         Home visits to collect personal information of new students and creating biography to share that student’s story with sponsors.

•         Photographing sponsored and unsponsored students.

•         Monthly student updates sent to sponsors and partners.

•         Assist students in writing letters to sponsors and then translating those letters for sponsors.

•         Delivery of school supplies to sponsored students.

•         Reviewing program benefits/requirements with newly sponsored students and their families.

•         Visiting students in their homes, schools, school events, and churches to provide support and discipleship.

•         Connecting with teachers & school directors to solve problems with a sponsored child’s education and to evaluate their school performance.

•         Promote sponsorship program and look for new sponsors.

•         Write stories of hope and success to be used by Educate Nica and New Song website.

•         Office work: filing student papers, writing monthly updates, and turning in financial and student need reports to the student sponsorship director.

•         Provide tutoring for students who are struggling in their classes.

•         Monitoring individual children’s finances to create spreadsheets of available funds for each individual child.

•         Monitoring physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children in your village. Providing wisdom and discipleship for both children and parents.

 17. Music and Worship development (working with Brandon and Haille)

Attributes:

•         Able to speak Spanish

•         Called to worship and skilled musically

•         Able to train Nicaraguans to sing and play instruments

Job responsibilities:

•   Help develop and lead worship events for the US team and the Nicaraguan community

•   Raise up Nicaraguan disciples with hearts and skills to lead the community in worship

•   Teach voice and instrument lessons

•   Hold practices to build worship teams

•   Help to find instruments to build teams with equipment in all of the outreach churches

       All Interns will participate in some area of outreach, evangelism and discipleship- taking local Nicaraguan disciples with you

Attributes:

          •        Heart for souls

•        Love for people

•        Faith to agree with God in prayer for others

•        Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit to guide people to Christ

•        Faithfulness to follow up and integrate new Christians with other of kindred spirits to begin discipleship

•        Able to speak Spanish

Job responsibilities:

          •        Visiting the homes

•        Praying for the families

•        Developing relationships to those who God joins you

•        Reading the Bible together

•        Teaching bible studies in the homes

•        Bringing people to an understanding of salvation and helping them develop an intimate relationship with Jesus

Possible Budget for New Song Annual Internship

Monthly

Annual

One-Time 

Total for 12 Month Program

Total for 6 Month Program

Individually Paid Expenses      

Airline Tickets

$800

$800

$800

Phone

$35

$420

$40

$460

$250

Food

$250

$3,000

$3,000

$1,500

Clothes Washing

$40

$480

$480

$240

Clothing

$15

$180

$180

$90

Visas & Renewals

$11

$136

$136

$68

Bus/Taxi Transportation

$20

$240

$240

$120

Healthcare

$10

$120

$120

$60

Excursions

$50

$600

$600

$300

Ministry

$30

$360

$360

$180

New Song Nica Admin Fee

$30

$360

$360

$180

Miscellaneous

$25

$300

$100

$400

$250

Unexpected

$50

$600

$300

$900

$600

Single Share of Expenses  (assumes 4 people sharing house)

Housing

$100

$1,200

$1,200

$600

Internet

$10

$120

$120

$60

Propane

$10

$120

$120

$60

Electricity

$20

$240

$240

$120

Water

$2

$24

$24

$12

Total

$708

$8,500

$1,240

$9,740

$5,490

Other Potential Expenses

Monthly

Annual

One-Time

Total for 12 Month Program 

Total for 6 Month Program

Prayer Cards & Postage

$120

$120

$120

Passports & Photos

$90

$90

$90

Tithe (assumes donated support)

$71

$850

$124

$974

$549

Taxes (assumes donated support)

$96

$1,148

$167

$1,315

$741

Agency Fee (SE Seminary Admin @5%)

$35

$425

$62

$487

$275

Health Insurance

$223

$2,676

$2,676

$1,338

Emergency

$100

$1,200

$1,200

$600

Total of Other Potential Expenses

$525

$6,299

$563

$6,862

$3,713

Thank you for your obvious heart for missions if you have gotten to this point!

We are praying that God will send those He has called to play a part in: 

Clearly proclaiming, teaching, and living out the New Covenant of Jesus Christ in Nicaragua. We invite you to work with us to break the cycle of poverty–spirit, soul, and body–by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Biblical trainings, discipleship, and social projects in order to create life-giving, Christian communities.

Contact us at:

info@newsongnica.org

or call Linda Gable at 704-817-0454

check out our website at http://www.newsongnica.org