For the first year and a half that the Willards were serving adopting families in Nicaragua, they supported their work primarily through technology consulting projects with clients back in the States. While they were so grateful to have jobs that enabled them to work from anywhere, with flexibility, as the ministry grew they felt continually pulled in two different directions.
So in June of 2014, the Willards made the decision to begin raising financial support for the monthly expenses of running the adoption care ministry as well as for the long-term potential of building a facility. They also partnered with the Martinez family, who took over the day-to-day in-country hosting of adopting families at the end of 2014, so the Willards could return to the U.S. to focus on the administration of the ministry, education of the adopting families, and additional fundraising.
Please Consider Monthly Support
Our updated goal is to raise at least $3600/month** to fund a missionary family whose primary job is to serve adopting families. This amount covers housing, utilities, food, personal items, ministry expenses like staff, transportation, taxes, and administrative costs. We are also accepting one-time donations to help with the cost of securing and furnishing the several apartments to be used by adopting families. In addition, these donations are enabling us to hire a full-time driver for the ministry van, to make transportation services available at minimal cost to adopting families.
**As of December 2016, we are at 64% of that monthly goal.
Hear it best from fellow missionaries in Nicaragua who are also financial supporters of this ministry:
“We live and serve cross-culturally in Nicaragua. We, ourselves, are the recipients of the generous and obedient giving of ministry partners. We could easily justify that we ‘give’ enough by serving and living cross-culturally… but God’s Word tells us that giving is good. We have a ground-level view of many ministries here; we feel that FIT Nicaragua is one of the BEST ways to impact and nurture lives in Christ. God Himself adopts us into His forever family when we believe… and while we, personally, are not walking the road of adoption on earth, we can participate in this Kingdom act by partnering with FIT.
“Living in another culture is quite stressful at times and even more so for these adopting families who are experiencing intense transition. They NEED a caring community to walk alongside them, not just when they get back “home,” but right from the start. FIT Nicaragua works to provide this for them. We are honored to be a part of what God is doing through FIT as they seek to support these families that are choosing to welcome a child into a forever home. What a beautiful way to be involved in the Kingdom of God!”
We are able to accept tax-deductible donations to our Nicaragua adoption care project (Carlos & Sharla Martinez) through the Shepherd’s Staff. Use the green donate button to get started online!
You can also mail checks to:
(Be sure to include account #4110 in the memo field.)
Other Ways to Give
In addition to financial and prayer support, the following items are welcomed:
- Spanish/English bilingual children’s books
- Crayons/markers/colored pencils, bilingual coloring books
- Toys that encourage creative play, like: Legos, K’nex, blocks, dress up clothes, musical instruments, and Play-Doh.
- Airline miles
- Gift cards to Amazon (to purchase necessary items that can be brought by adopting families)
- “Going home backpacks” — age and gender appropriate backpacks to prepare the newly adopted child for returning to the US. Suggested contents include airplane-friendly games and snacks, a small blanket and traveling pillow, gum, travel-size toiletries, hair accessories, stickers, sunglasses, etc.