“In Nicaragua, as in other Central American countries, there are many children in need of help. There are thousands of children living in extreme poverty where many struggle to find enough food to survive each day. Coupled with this, there are many children who live in abusive situations. Sometimes the abuse is a result of the poverty, but often caused by a culturally poor view of children and their value and an overall lack of spiritual conviction and education. In light of the many needs that exist, we feel God's calling to minister and care for young ladies who have been subjected to abuse. While many children's homes offer a good place to sleep and eat, it is our goal and vision to do something more. It is our goal to minister to each young lady spiritually, emotionally and physically with the love of Jesus Christ.” ~ Karl & Beth Brassfield, Emmanuel Home of Protection.
We had the privilege of seeing the vision of Karl & Beth Brassfield firsthand. We spent an afternoon & evening with the girls at the Emmanuel Home of Protection located in Dirambia, Nicaragua. Even though their capacity is 32, they currently are caring for 45 children. These children are sent to them by the Ministry of Families, an entity of the Nicaraguan government. However, they receive no government funding to provide care for these children. Everything they do is done with the help of missionary support and sponsorships.
The Brassfield’s mission is to provide a place where girls can feel love and develop a healthy self-esteem. They teach them Biblical principles and provide each girl with the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as personal Lord, Savior and Healer. They recently had several girls accept Christ.
Sharing our photo book with the girls
When we arrived at the home, the girls were all outside waiting for us. As soon as I stepped off of the bus, they were coming up to me giving me hugs and introducing themselves. They were all very excited to see us. One girl especially touched my heart. Her name is Natalia and she’s 13. She was the first girl that greeted me and she greeted me in English. All throughout the evening she would come up to me and put her hand on my heart and then put it on her heart. She would smile and say “mi Corazon” (my heart).
Me and Natalia
We had a wonderful evening doing crafts, playing games and providing yummy lasagna for dinner & ice cream for dessert. Due to the extremely tight budget at the home, the girls usually eat rice and beans 3 meals a day. They were all so excited to have lasagna. It was also a nice treat for us as a team. We had so much lasagna that many girls had seconds and there was enough left for them to have it for lunch the next day.
Before we left, the girls all gathered around and sang two songs for us. They all sang with such passion and enthusiasm. Then our team leader got out his guitar and played a song for us all to sing together. The girls sang in Spanish and the team sang in English. It was such an amazing sound of praise to God!!
Please pray for Karl & Beth Brassfield as they minister to these girls. They are doing such an amazing job showing Christ's love to every child who enters the home.