The Best Ministry Moment Yet

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Last night was one of the most rewarding ministry moments of my entire life.
This past weekend we took a group of over 30 people (mostly youth ages 14-27) to a retreat/conference with the new church we are helping to plant and minister in.
To be completely honest, the weekend started off slightly uncomfortable, with much of the ministry being something I’m not used to.
I think what changed it for me was seeing the youth we brought having encounters with the Lord that were ROCKING their world.
Youth that were either new Christians or not Christians at all.
Youth that were using drugs every day,
youth who worked with a gang,
youth who had been abused by their family,
youth who had so much hate and resentment in their hearts,
youth who are desperately searching for love in all the wrong places.
They came back changed in a way I have never seen before in my entire life, and I’ve been going to church since I was a baby.

Everyone says, and the truth is that it usually happens: That people, and especially youth, will come back from a retreat on a spiritual high, and it won’t last. They’ll just go back to the same habits and life they were living before.

I chose and am choosing every day to believe and pray that this will not happen with our new warriors.

Last night we had our first church service since coming back from the retreat.
Our usual attendance is never more than 20 people on a good night, and Mario’s family makes up the majority.
Last night we had over 50 people attend.
And they weren’t people that had just heard about our church…they were family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors of all the youth that went on the retreat.
They brought their mothers who at one time had said they don’t love them, their siblings that they had denied for years, their children who had never seen the inside of a church building, and their neighbors that they had gossiped about and laughed at.

Their faces are changed. There’s an actual physical change in their appearances and the way they carry themselves.
They couldn’t stop smiling, the mouths were full of AMENs and GOD BLESS YOUs.
They had been watching the whole retreat how the leaders would be the first to lay hands on those who need prayers, the first ones to start singing and lifting their hands up to heaven, the first to help and support the pastor with whatever the Lord put on his heart.
As the message ended and we entered into a time of worship and prayer, and an invitation to be a part of this revolution, our warriors took on their new roles without anyone telling them what to do. They worshiped the Lord with all their hearts but kept an eye on the others, scurrying over to someone who was crying to lift their hands up and pray blessings over their soul.

I was humbled beyond words. Youth that I, before, would have never even dreamed about even inviting to church stood in front of the congregation and told their testimonies of how God changed their hearts. In front of everyone they asked their families to forgive them, they asked to be held accountable to not return to their past, and they declared their commitments to the Lord.
They cried as their siblings that they had invited stepped forward and accepted the challenge of living for Christ.

It was incredible.

Afterward, the pastor got the youth together and we went to three houses to pray for families that the Lord had put on the pastor’s heart. That was a whole OTHER experience.
These youth were not all friends before the retreat. Some of them were even enemies. They had some serious beef with each other.
But the last day of the retreat, and from then on, that hate and resentment was banished from our group.
Walking down the roads of Porvenir, everyone was holding hands, and telling each other I LOVE YOU and I CARE ABOUT YOU and WHAT’S WRONG and WE’LL PRAY ABOUT THAT!
After prayer, we had a meeting and the pastor explained what the next few weeks would look like.
We are so passionate that this fire will not be put out.
These warriors have their schedule, their jobs, and their responsibilities. I truly think structure and taking ownership will be the keys to not losing the “spiritual high”.

I NEED YOUR PRAYERS!

More than ever these guys need prayers. God took them out of some HEAVY stuff, and it could be so easy to return.
If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you know that although many things become more easier after letting God take control of your life, the devil comes in SO strong to tempt and destroy and take back what he thinks is his.

Help me in proclaiming DELIVERANCE and REDEMPTION over these new lives and for the Holy Spirit to transform their minds and old ways of thinking.
Pray for their unity, and for the direction the group should go in.

Pray for our church building! The one we don’t have yet!
Right now we’re meeting at Mario’s house, and we don’t fit anymore. There aren’t enough chairs or space.
We’re looking at a couple of properties, but we also need the Lord to provide the funds.

You guys.
I am SO EXCITED.
I am SO HONORED to be part of something so extraordinary.

Thank you thank you thank you for helping me with your prayers and financial support to be able to live here and experience the Kingdom of God in new ways every single day!

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Adiós

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Trying to write a note to the parents of our Sunday School kids in La Invasión and I’m bawling my eyes out.

I know God has a plan in everything, and I can already see where He’s working and how He’ll do such amazing things with the direction of where Sunday School’s going, but my heart aches.

This note is a goodbye note, an Adiós to the precious families who live in the LI barrio. We’re not moving, our ministry’s not going anywhere, but Sunday School is re-locating. It’s been such a hard decision! Katlyn started this Sunday School over a year ago in this particular neighborhood because they didn’t have one. It’s held out of a local pastor’s house where he also meets with his congregation. She started small, but the Lord really blessed it and now anywhere from 30-50 kids show up every Sunday.

We love our time with them! They are a handful at times but so joyful and eager to learn.

A couple months ago, we started having some little problems within two churches – the one we meet at and the one next door. They do not get along, but for so many complicated reasons that it’s not worth explaining. All you have to know is that they have  a messy past together.
They tried to get us in the middle of their fights and make us choose a side. The next door church wanted us to bring our Sunday School to their property, but doing so would put a big strain on our relationship we already have with the pastor and his family at the location we currently meet.
We tried meetings and compromises….explaining that we were not affiliated with either church but that we came for the children, that they were our purpose and mission. We tried suggesting having a neutral location, at neither of their churches but with the understanding that both would support us and come to help out twice a month.

The result? Church next door decided to start their own Sunday School in the morning (ours is in the afternoon because of morning conflicts). Now, it really doesn’t make any sense to have two Sunday Schools in one day, in the same neighborhood when there are plenty of other places that don’t have a single one, right?
Also, we have nothing against this new Sunday School, they do a great job! It just wasn’t necessary to have two.

So, after much prayer and logistics planning, Katlyn and I have decided to let this new Sunday School have the area, and we will start a new Sunday School in a new neighborhood where there is none. We cried about it, screamed our frustrations, and went insane trying to find a way to stay. I realize this must sound just SO dramatic, with all the emotions and seriousness, but our hearts are really invested in the kids and the community.
However, as we began to talk about what could happen, how we could turn a negative into a positive, the light began to shine. What if our purpose is to do some sort of Sunday School planting?
God had blessed our efforts in LI and grown the group in big ways. All those kids will continue going to Sunday School, just at a different location and with different leaders. That’s not so bad.
Now, we have this great opportunity to do the same thing for a different neighborhood. And really, we could just keep on going. The possibilities are endless!

We feel so much peace about the decision and know it was the right one. It also came at the perfect time, since this is the last Sunday we’ll have before taking some big trips. I’m leaving for Nicaragua for 2 or 3 weeks on Monday, Kate’s leaving for the States on Thursday, she won’t get back until June 10th, and then I’ll leave to do some fund-raising in the States. After the dust is settled and we’re back at home, we can get started on this new venture.

Please be praying for understanding and respect within the community for our decision, and that they’ll continue sending their kids to the new Sunday School.
And just pray for our hearts too, because this is SO bittersweet. Like I said, bawling my eyes out here just thinking about not getting to see those cute faces every Sunday.

Thanks as always for your prayers, encouragement, well wishes, and good vibes!!!

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes

New Home, Bright Future

Soraya is one of the very special women in Finding Hope’s Beading Program.

She joined in July 2014 and has been an essential part of our team ever since. Her beads are gorgeous, thoughtfully and painstakingly made, and show so much potential for being some of the best we have!

Today I sat down with Soraya and had a little conversation with her about money and how she has financially benefited from the program.

She started by excitedly telling me about the house she and her husband are building in a small lot across the street from where they are currently living.
Where they live right now is a tiny little shack made out of sticks and tin roofing with a dirt floor. They are squatters, although the term is used a lot more loosely here. She says she hates the feeling of being unsure whether the owner of the land is going to come one day and tell them to leave.

Soraya and her husband Osman have 3 sweet children who come to our Sunday School – Aymar, Astrid, and Osman Jr. Their little family is so important to them and they want to have a place to raise their kids while feeling safe and secure.
The Beading Program is a great fit for Soraya as she can work on her bracelets while taking care of the home, her kids, and the small pulperia (convenience store) they run out of their house.
As she’s received money for her bracelets, Soraya has been putting aside a small amount every payment to put towards the costs of building the new house. Every time her husband brings home his pay and gives her money to buy food and necessities, she buys what she needs and puts another small amount aside towards the house.
It’s hard to explain the rarity of this to people back at home. We’re used to our savings accounts, 401Ks, budgets, and investments. Most people here are living from check to check, using whatever they’ve earned that month to pay back the debts they’ve accumulated while waiting for the money. There’s no real conception of saving, of budgeting your money, or even of making worthwhile investments.

It was so refreshing to talk with Soraya and see her using the money she makes from the bracelets to invest in her and her family’s future. From what she shared with me, it is apparent that she truly appreciates the value of the money she and her husband work so very hard to earn. Soraya makes smart choices and has sound judgment.
Her husband brought up the idea of taking a loan out at the bank to help with the building costs so they could finish the house sooner. This is a trap so many people fall into here, banks and businesses and retailers all offering such low monthly payments you can’t help but believe you’re getting an amazing deal. Then, when you don’t budget your money right, or you lose your job, or you use the money to take your child to the hospital, the bills started getting higher, the payments pile up, and you lose what you’ve been working so hard to get.
Soraya told her husband that as much as she wanted the house finished as soon as possible, she just couldn’t let the bank own her new house before she got a chance to make a life in it.

“Day by day we’re struggling to build this house, but it’s all worth it. Once it’s finished it will be completely ours…that’s a feeling we haven’t had yet but we can’t wait to experience!”

I hope this is an inspiration to you as you support me, my ministry…when you buy a bracelet and see the picture of the woman who lovingly crafted your piece…
Lives are being changed! The future is becoming brighter for so many of the women and their beautiful, growing families.

I am so grateful to every single kind heart who has shown interest in Finding Hope’s ministry and believes in the work we are doing here in El Porvenir.

Please consider contributing to the last $600 we need to finish a campaign to build a roof over the Beading Workshop in the Women and Children’s Center. If you support financially, please share the campaign with your friends and family! Thanks in advance!

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A Little Bit of Community LOVE Shout-out

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I love how Nicaraguans love.

Some can say that their culture is too nosey, everyone knows everyone’s business, people talk too much, they want to know everything about you…

But for me it’s perfect.

They care.

I have never felt so loved as when someone asked me if I’ve eaten breakfast or lunch or dinner, and if I haven’t, they hurry me to a chair and grab me a plate of food, a Big Cola, and ask me if the 5 pounds of food they’ve put in front of me is enough.

If I mention I have a headache or stomachache or some weird skin problem, they call me “Pobrecita” and find medicine to fix me up.

When I need a place to sleep, I have an open invitation to several houses that will make sure I have a bed.

If I take time to look nice and do my hair, put on makeup, someone always notices and compliments me.

When I am having a difficult moment and just don’t want to talk about it, I know several people I can go to that will just sit with me and keep me company.

If I’m having a rough hair day, there’s always someone to comb my hair and make me presentable again. If it’s worse than just a bad ponytail…I have the best lice picker-outers that a girl could want.

There’s always someone worrying themselves for my well-being and making sure that I’m doing well.

They want to know every little detail of my family and friends and my life in the States.

Even if I try to hide how I’m feeling, at least one person can tell that something’s going on and will pray for me or encourage my heart.

They are genuinely interested in the lives of people close to them.

And that’s how village life is!

You know everything about everyone and a lot of times it’s more than you need to know.

But I would take that any day over a community of cold, self-focused, individualistic  people that keep to themselves.

I love living a life fully open to my community and sharing in the joys, hardships, trials, and victories of the journey we’re all on to bring a little bit of heaven to earth.

A Heart Full of Potential

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This is my friend Ariel.

His family and closest friends call him Chapo.

I wish I could explain it….but sometimes down here, people are just called a certain name, and it doesn’t mean anything, and that’s just how it is.

Ariel has been so dear to my heart ever since I’ve been down here. We’re the same age, he loves to sing, and he is just a hilarious person in general and I am super close to his family. That shirt he’s wearing in the picture? I bought it. We’re great friends.

Ariel is a driven person. He’s only the 2nd person in his large family to graduate high-school. He is going to University right now to study Law. It wasn’t his favorite at first, and he even thought about changing his major, but he stuck it out and is now starting to put what he’s learning into practice and it’s interesting and fun.

Ever since I came here and started working with the worship program, Ariel was always on my heart and mind about it, and was one of the few youth who stuck it out with me all these 9 months that changes have come and gone and growing has happened.

It’s a beautiful thing to see him worship. He sings with all his heart and soul. At the top of his lungs, Ariel praises His Savior.

The problem was, there is no way to serve two masters. No one can serve God and praise him with all their heart if their mind is thinking about how people will view them. If your heart is in a place where you don’t want to give absolutely everything over to God – your relationships with others, judgement, grudges….your mind will not be completely concentrating on where your praise is going. I always knew Ariel had it in him to worship with everything inside, a limitless potential to be a devoted man of God, but the enemy was fighting against it. The enemy was trying to convince him that he could do both things, lead his congregation in worship and still act like all the other youth of his village – holding grudges and caring about peoples’ opinions of him.

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Last Wednesday for youth group, we had a bonfire under the stars with some extended iPod worship time. Cadence taught about forgiveness. About how being the bigger person pays off and love always wins. No matter how you are received, being right with God and forgiving will always be the best thing for you personally.

After the message and some more worship, Saul opened the night up for the youth to share what was on their hearts and what they thought about everything that had been said.

Ariel stood up right away, hands shaking, but with a determination clearly visible, and said that he had something to say.
He started talking about how for years, he would get angry about small, stupid things and then just not talk to the person he was mad at. He had ruined friendships for his pride and didn’t like that that’s who the person he had become. He said sorry and asked forgiveness from the entire group of youth for any way he had hurt them in the past and told everyone he really wanted to change. He even singled 3 people out and personally apologized for things he had said and done in the past. One of these people used to be his best friend. For more than 3 months, they hadn’t talked and had just avoided each other like the plague.
This person didn’t want any of Ariel’s apology.
But Ariel pursued him. He didn’t give up after the first time he asked forgiveness and tried to talk with him. He didn’t give up after he got shot down the second time. He tried a third time and this friend finally broke down to talk, just the two of them.
They’re back to being best friends now, talking, laughing, joking, hanging out, and whatever else it is that 20-year old guys do here…I’m still not completely sure what that is.

As Ariel walked back with me to my house under the moon and stars, I got to hear more of his heart and what God was changing in him. He was a different man, walking with bravery and FREEDOM. I know that worship will now be a new and more wonderful experience for him as the Lord shows him how much he delights in his vulnerable heart.

I am so incredibly proud of his courage to do something as big as what he did in front of so many of his peers.
I wish I could just explain how huge this was and how RARE that one of our youth would confess like Ariel did.
It was a great encouragement to me that this could be the future of the men in Candelaria and Nicaragua.
My prayers have only gotten stronger for a new generation of men that are full of the Holy Spirit and willing to be VULERABLE and ENCOURAGING to those around them.

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Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Santa Matilde…the village of HOPE

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I never get over how adorable this picture is. I mean, COME ON.

This is my girl Gleysi. She lives in a little village called Santa Matilde.

I love her with all my heart. I wonder a lot of time how she’s going to grow up – what that experience is going to be like for her.

She has two parents…at the moment. She’s surrounded by a loving family…for the time being. She is healthy and growing…this week.

Santa Matilde is a pretty unstable community…the constant issues of alcoholism, drug use, domestic violence, hunger, infections, illness are all factors that can be and currently are bringing its people down, keeping them from joyful freedom by poisoning the atmosphere with discouragement, depression, and the deeply rooted belief that there is nothing else. This is your life, you’ve made it this way, there are no second chances.

But it is beautiful. You walk in and see the sun shining through the mango trees, beautiful views of fields and fields of new life, growing and soaking up the sky. Then you meet the people and you can see the many similarities between the nature and the people…every part of Santa Matilde is crying out to be lifted up, always higher!

Jesus has been speaking to me a lot about Santa Matilde. He tells me they are reaching for something more, they are open to hear His truth, they are desperate for another chance at life. Let me tell you about a woman I met there, we’ll call her Maria:

Maria was a typical Nicaraguan woman who has a couple kids, a husband who works long hours, and she takes care of the house, cooks, and cleans all day. She was also a very typical Nicaraguan woman in that her husband physically and mentally abused her. I won’t go into details because that is her past – it’s her story but it’s not her life now. And I want you to remember the person she has become, not be affected by who she was. Maria told me that her house was full of fear and anger, it was not a happy place to be. She started going to Bible studies led by some American women (Whitney and Maritza from New Song) and learned about a Savior that loved her and wanted the best for her life. He was a place of peace and comfort for her troubled soul, a place to rest her weary head and heart. Maria knew that God would take care of her if she chose to trust him. So one night after her husband brutally beat her, she ran away with her children across the country to San Juan del Sur where her mother lived. I can’t even tell you how huge that is in this culture. She took a stand for herself and acted in confidence and FAITH. God was faithful right back to her. After a few weeks, maybe more like a couple months, Maria decided to return home after her husband refused to stop begging for her to come back. Can you even imagine how frightening that would be? Not to mention she had her children to take protect. But she felt it was the right time. After much prayer and thinking, they made the day-long journey home to be reunited. Maria’s husband found her changed. She had a strength and beauty he had never seen before, or maybe just hadn’t take the time to notice. She was a woman of the Lord, and found her dignity and loveliness in his truth and protection.
This story has a happy ending. Maria started bringing her entire family (husband included) to church and he has accepted Christ into his life. They are involved with church and are striving to be a joyful, Christ-centered family.

But not all these stories have happy endings. Most of them are in the beginning stages, not even sure where to go next. I don’t see myself as a leader in their community but I see us growing together – helping each other and building each other up in love and encouragement.
I am excited by the hope I feel there. It’s the same feeling I had when I first came to New Song and saw the work they were doing – the feeling that “Big things are going to happen here…I have to be a part of this!”.

I am WAY excited to be going once a week to start visiting more families and building relationships with them. I long to be family, to pour love out and see it grow into something beautiful with my people. I want to see Gleysi grow up in a community that cherishes their children and give them hope to become something incredible, something unbelievable.

My heart is in a little village that doesn’t seem like much, but is filled with the hope of becoming a piece of heaven on earth.

Join me in prayer for the spiritual warfare, for the discouragement, for the people broken in spirit. Pray for hope and freedom and joy! For deliverance from the normalities of their culture.

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A little reminder, I am in the States until May 20th and I would love to meet up and discuss all of this more in depth and get connected in any new ways that are available. Read how you can help me out in more ways than just donating HERE.

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

March/April Photo Blog

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We are so blessed with an amazing organization called “Educate Nica” that helps so many of the kids in our community get sponsored for school, medical/dental care, and bright futures. Click on the picture to go to Educate Nica’s website and learn more!

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Meet my precious friend Darwin from Santa Matilde. He needs a sponsor!
“Darwin lives with his mom, her boyfriend, and his two older siblings in a small, one room house made of tin, plastic, and cardboard. Darwin and his siblings have been passed around to various family members as his mom and dad have been in the midst of a custody battle. Darwin is in his first year of preschool. He likes to draw, paint and practice his letters in school. Darwin stutters and still has a very limited vocabulary for a child his age. Sponsorship would open doors to have him evaluated. It will also allow him to study consistently.”
Click on the picture to go to his sponsor page on the Educate Nica website to sponsor Darwin for $25 a month!

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Here are the sweet kids from Santa Matilde! If you’ve been reading my blogs lately, you will know how much my heart has grown for this village and the precious souls that live there.

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Got the opportunity to sing a special at my friend Emerson’s church. Always an experience…

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Christian and Rosita.

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I love this girl with all my heart!

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Trip to the dam, “La Presa” with some of my faves! Jovanny, Abel, and Cadence!

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This view never gets old.

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Jovanny and Abel made lunch for Cadence and I one day!

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Gosh I love them. Rosita and Abel.

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New friend! This is Syndi, she pierced my ear 🙂 She could definitely use prayer. Please pray that Rosita and I can be good examples in her life and provide her with love and encouragement to change her future.

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I am so excited that Cadence is with us now! She is a great joy and comfort to me, I absolutely love our friendship that is growing. I’m excited to see all the ways that God is going to use her unique, passionate personality here at New Song!

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Our church made the decision to appoint Saul as youth pastor. I have a great love and respect for him and his relationship with God. He has some great ideas that he would like to try with the youth and I am asking for prayer that we would have the wisdom to carry them out well.

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Oh, how I love my dear friend Jovanny. He has lovingly and patiently taught me Spanish and how to dance Latino. He is incredibly intelligent and motivated, teaching himself English among a thousand other things. Jovanny is in university now and would love to do more things with English in the future. I have no doubt he can accomplish ANYTHING he sets his mind to!

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Easter Sunday with my lovely Cadence and Rosita!

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Communion on Easter Sunday. This is such a big deal that some of the youth participated! Having almost all grown up in legalistic church backgrounds, there is a huge amount of controversy within the youth about who can take communion, who is really a christian, etc. We are trying to impress the truth that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross covers it all, and we are made worthy by that. Keep praying that the youth believe and preach the truth!

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I loved this little area of sleepy adorableness 🙂

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Rosita’s back to playing Softball!

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Cleaning out our wood-burning oven for the food that is going to be made for the restaurant! This picture never fails to crack me up 🙂 Christian and Rosita hard at work!!

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My last day before my month in the States was Junieth’s Quinceañera. Here’s the church before it started! This is what I spent my morning doing – setting up the church.

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Waiting for…oh about 2 hours for the ceremony to start. Typical.

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The beautiful Rosita and I!

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Here they come! I believe she had 14 couples in the procession. Aren’t they adorable in their little matching outfits?

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The star of the day and her uncle Marvin. She was absolutely gorgeous!

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Two of my sweeties, Yakeling and Marileysi!

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The love of my life, Britani.

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The Vega kids kill me. I love them with all my heart.

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After-party dancing!

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Honored and blessed to be a part of these beautiful womens’ lives.

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Aaaaand I’m home! With my crazy family!

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So glad to be back home for the wedding of a dear friend…and to finally see my big sister!

A little reminder, I am in the States until May 20th and I would love to meet up and discuss all of this more in depth and get connected in any new ways that are available. Read how you can help me out in more ways than just donating HERE.

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Just had to get a little wandering out of the way first…

Hey friends and you dear supporters, 

Just want to say…

THANK YOU.

Thank you for putting  up with me as I’ve been jumping around different ministries, trying to find the right fit.

I’ve tried English Classes, Piano Lessons, Prayer Ministry, and a million other things in between.

I was searching so desperately to find where I was supposed to be, where God could be using me the best.
It was exhausting.

But it’s over for the moment.

I really feel at peace with where I’m at and what my schedule’s like right now.
Want to know where I’m at ministry-wise? I’m pretty excited about it all!

Santa Matilde

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Hanging out with some of my Santa Matilde loves – Griselda and her darling baby Glaysi
Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

I’ve posted about it before…Santa Matilde’s one of our outreach villages. I had been going once a week for English classes but had to stop those for awhile with scheduling conflicts. Cadence has come to take over that, which is awesome because she’s an incredibly gifted and exciting teacher, but my heart is still there. I haven’t wanted to leave because I feel such a pull. I’m hoping to write a blog in the near future more about my heart for this place because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about it.
Basically, it is a village that is being pulled down by darkness, discouragement, secrets, abuse, drugs, violence, and unimaginable sadness. But the beauty of it all is that Santa Matilde is OPEN. They are ready for a change and there are small signs that it could really happen.
I see so much hope.
I will be going once a week with my dear friend Rosita to visit and pray for families. Our original focus was going to be women, and it still is, but we’re also feeling called to a few specific families that just are in desperate need of encouragement.
So that’s my Friday! It takes up a good chunk of time since we bike there…which I love!

Sunday School

Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

My sweet Sunday School class
Photo Credit: Lisa Smith

I cannot get enough of the precious Pre-school loves here. They are my favorite age group to work with, in the way that I can work with them what I do best…nurturing. I am NOT gifted in classroom teaching…leading…that kind of thing. But small children? They’re perfect. They just want and need to be loved. They need to know they have a big Daddy who is looking out for them and loves them no matter what, and wants to take care of them and is always with them, no matter the scary situations that are happening in their houses. They are my heart.
I have joined Sunday School as a full-fledged teacher of the Pre-school class. It’s a good time. A crazy time, but so much fun!

Worship

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Leading worship with Brandon and Kenia

This has always been my main reason for coming down here to Nicaragua. It’s my heart of hearts, my most intense passion, the greatest love of mine. I really had no idea what I was going to do with it though! As I’ve settled  in and found more of my place, my gifts and talents have figured themselves out and just kind of settled into a routine. Saturdays, we have staff worship, and Brandon and I lead that every week. Here’s an example of it! We’ve also been leading worship at our Sunday night church services with a couple youth, mainly Kenia and Christian. It’s been a great opportunity to get to know them better and to help them grow where they’re gifted. I’m excited for one day to be able to sit and enjoy worship as the youth lead it all by themselves. That’s the goal! At the moment, they still want me to sing with them, which I’m absolutely glad to do. Our favorite song is “El Nos Ama”, which is the Spanish version of “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan. 

Those are the 3 main things I am concentrating on, praying for, and believing in. I still have my relationships with youth that I love to spend time on and I am always up for visiting for new people. Also, I do the grocery-shopping for our New Song family, which completely satisfies the domestic house-wife part of me. It’s great, I feel like a mom. I love it. In addition, I have started accompanying a couple kids to the village Pre-school two days a week to pick up on some methods of teaching that age range and also to get to know the families with children of that age. All this is for future plans that I will try to update you all on soon, but I’d rather not say anything until some things are more final.

A little reminder, I am in the States until May 20th and I would love to meet up and discuss all of this more in depth and get connected in any new ways that are available. Read how you can help me out in more ways than just donating HERE.

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

Waiting For Isaac

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“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.”

Genesis 21:1-2

How sweet are the fulfilled promises of our loving Father. Our Father who is GOOD and loves to give GOOD things to His children.

How bittersweet is the waiting.

The incredible experience of hearing from God and knowing a little more of His plans for you is juxtaposed with the aching emptiness of knowing what you want and needing to have patience for the right timing.

Abraham was a man of faith. But even He had doubts and wanted to take control for a little bit. So he had Ishmael with Hagar, His wife Sarah’s servant. God had promised him a son in his old age, but it was a pretty unbelievable thing, and so he made sure that he had security. God was still faithful in His promise, still gave Abraham his son, but he did end up with a little bit of a mess, having another son.

I was reminded of this story by my dear friend Brandon as I spent a night struggling with impatience of waiting.

GOD. IS. FAITHFUL.

He remembers His children and His promises are true.

I am going to try and be intentional this month about keeping my mind set in waiting for Isaac, instead of settling for Ishmael.

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In other news, I am heading home April 21st to spend a month visiting my family, friends, and church. I am so excited to be able to take a period of time to rest and rejuvenate. My mind is in need of peace and a chance to be reminded of the Lord’s promises. I’m impatient right now to start doing exactly what I want with children, but this is something that I need to be waiting for. It will hopefully be a pretty big commitment and I’m realizing that takes a lot of time to plan.

For now, I am really excited with the things the Lord has put in front of me for the present time. I am now the littlest kids Sunday School teacher and I am absolutely ADORING it. I’ve gotten more involved with Sunday School, going to all the meetings and trying to be a part of the very special team of youth that almost completely run Sunday mornings. They are all winners and make me so happy. I am so proud to be in their lives and see the differences and big changes they are making in the lives of kids in their community.

In addition to that, I’ve talked with the director of the Preschool here in Candelaria and have gotten permission to come and help out whenever I really have free time. It sure is nice having the freedom of being a white person in a foreign country 🙂
So, this week is going to be the start of me going 3 days a week to the local Preschool and helping out in the afternoons for a few hours. I’m really excited to get to know more of the young families in my community and start loving on their sweet babies.

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Part of my dear sweet Santa Matilde family: Griselda and her baby, my god-baby Glaysi. I adore my time with them, loving and being loved.

Stay tuned for a photo update from my month of March! Thank you for your prayers and keeping me and my community in your thoughts!

Thank you for your continued support of the journey God’s put me on! If you would like to see pictures, feel free to add me on FaceBook. They upload faster on there. If you feel led to make a donation, there are a few ways you can go about that:

1. Write a check and send to Life Church. Make check out to Life Church, put Haille Krieg in the memo line, and send to 7001 Haggerty Rd, Canton MI 48187

2. Send money electronically through Life Church’s PayPal account. You can find that here: http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions. Make sure you specify that it’s for Haille Krieg.

3. Set up an Elexio account to have an amount taken out of your bank account each month. Log into Elexio Pulse https://lifechurch.elexiopulse.com and click on the “My Giving” link to the far right, you’ll see not only your history in giving, you’ll see a large link in the upper left that says “click here to Give Online”.  If you don’t have an Elexio account you will go to the above link and click on “need an account?” and follow the prompts.

All donations are tax deductible, which is one of the reasons for me going through my church. Life Church does send out donation statements for your tax purposes.

I HAVE A DATE!!!

SO.

I bought a plane ticket the other day.

Can you guess where it’s headed?

NOVEMBER 12th.

I am going back to Nicaragua!!!

 

I am beyond stoked as you can imagine,

however,

I am still in need of support!

My church will be showing a fund-raising video on November 11th,

so I kind of took a leap of faith with this one,

praying that I would get the rest of my support raised in one day.

 

Right now, I have about $350 out of $500 per month raised.

AND $500 IS THE BARE MINIMUM.

I am hoping to raise a little extra for additional expenses.

It would be awesome to have it all taken care of before they show the video,

so that any additional donations would be extra provision.

 

Would you please prayerfully consider donating towards my trip?

I am hoping for dedicated monthly supporters

but also one-time donations as well.

Any amount helps!!

You will be enabling me to mentor and disciple teenage girls,

start a worship ministry, and build relationships in the village of Candelaria, Nicaragua.

 

If you would like to become a monthly supporter, contact me at haillekrieg@gmail.com

You can send donations to: Life Church – 7001 N. Haggerty, Canton MI 48187

Make your check out to Life Church and put my name, Haille Krieg, in the memo line.

Or you can donate at: 

 http://www.lifechurchcanton.org/#/about-life/financial-contributions

and just specify that the donation is for my trip.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and consider making a donation!

If you have any other questions, please contact me at haillekrieg@gmail.com

I appreciate you prayers more than anything!

This is my prayer card I am sending out and giving to people. If you would like one, e-mail me your address at haillekrieg@gmail.com