THE NICARAGUA CONNECTION
Colegio Christiano El Padul has become dear to our hearts at Grace Cascade Christian Schools.
Years of oppressive dictatorship, wars, and natural disasters has left much of Nicaragua in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness. Schools like Colegio Christiano El Padul offer their students the hope of Jesus Christ, as well as an education and better way of life.
The Nicaragua Connection is comprised of four components: Sponsorship of El Padul Students, Annual Christmas Project, High School Spring Mission Trip to Nicaragua, and an International Student program.
Sponsorship of El Padul Students: Grace Cascade students donate monies to support 14 students who attend El Padul. The yearly cost to attend El Padul is approximately $360, and this includes meals two times per day. At Grace Christian Elementary and Cascade Christian Middle School, the donations are calculated weekly for an update during Chapel service. Cascade Christian high school students are able to donate to the students of El Padul via a giving container located in Holy Joe’s cafe’.
Annual Christmas Project: The 2016-2017 Christmas project was announced to elementary and middle school students at chapel in early November. This year we will be raising funds for much needed uniforms for each student at El Padul. Last year Grace Cascade students and families had opportunity to not only purchase uniforms, but donated much-needed vitamins for the students of El Padul. Previous projects have been backpacks filled with school supplies, Bible for each El Padul student, school uniform shoes, spoons, and curriculum.
Cascade Christian High School students will be hosting a fundraiser during the winter to raise funds for the uniforms.
2015-2016 Annual Christmas Project: The students of Grace Cascade Christian Schools collected 357 pounds of vitamins and raised $4,736.29 toward uniforms – surpassing our goal of $3,500. Praise God!
Thank you students and staff for a job well done!
High School Spring Mission Trip to Nicaragua: Cascade students have opportunity to minister to students at our sister school during most spring breaks. The purpose of the mission trip is to build lasting relationships with students at our sister school, Colegio Christiano El Padul, by serving at the school and by meeting the needs of student families in the inner-city of Managua, Nicaragua – all for the glory of Jesus Christ.
My experience in Nicaragua is something that will be with me forever. Those children at El Padul have claimed not just a part of my heart, but the whole of it. I cannot easily describe my experience in words, because it wasn’t just a life changing experience, but a life-defining experience – I know now that wherever God chooses to take me, I will be walking with the remembrance of my time with my Nicaraguan friends and with a new spirit of hope because of their passion for the Lord. ~ Katie McMahon, CCHS 2014 Graduate
International Student: Students at Grace Cascade Christian Schools have opportunity to accept and befriend an international student from El Padul who attends Cascade Christian High School through sponsorships.
For more information about the Spring mission trip, The Nicaragua Connection, or ways you can support this program, please contact Lorraine Evenson, Nicaragua Connection Volunteer Coordinator, at (541) 772-0606 or email [email protected].