Posted by: andwego | June 15, 2010

May letter…

Dear family and friends,

We have moved!  We are no longer living at the gifted condo in Cocoa Beach but have finally found a house to rent – and it is already our favorite home (but not city) in which we’ve ever lived.  For those of you who don’t know, we have been searching for a home since we arrived in Florida 3 months ago.  We found a house on 4 acres of land posted online for rent and moved in a week later!  It has already proven to be an incredible home.

Since our time at L’Abri and the following summer with a large vegetable garden, we have wanted to grow food on a larger scale.  It has always been our desire to live on a large piece of land and try our hand at farming with some animals as well.  We had no idea that our time in Florida would be the time for that!  Besides our house there is also a pond and a stable on the property.  We are currently turning ½ of the stable into a chicken coop with a large outdoor run in order to raise free range chickens for eggs and meat.  Around ½ acre we are designating for crops, especially many root- and vine-growing vegetables.  There are 2 other families interested in working the land with us so we will all be involved in the different aspects of this process.  As the next harvest is in the fall, we have the next month to prepare the land and plant our seeds.  Once harvest comes and the chickens start laying, we will live off the ‘fruits of our labor’, selling some at local markets, sharing with our local community and donating to local feeding programs. With little to no income we want to try and be as self-sustaining as possible.  We are so thrilled with this opportunity and the gift this place has already been for our family (besides the cockroaches and snakes).  The children love having so much space to explore and enjoy – they don’t even notice that we don’t have cable anymore!  We feel that developing this side of ourselves (working /living off the land) is bringing to life a more holistic sense of living, something that is so exciting to us. 

Self-sustainability is needed all around.  We moved to Florida to create a business that would sustain an orphanage in Nicaragua.  However, the reality is we might have been too late.  New Hope Children’s Home of Nicaragua is dependent on and run by WEGO Ministries in Cocoa Beach, FL, which in turn is dependent on donor support.  While we are struggling to raise support for ourselves, WEGO is also struggling to keep open the home in Nicaragua and its other home in Mongolia.  Selling coffee is a solution, but starting a profitable company takes time.  And WEGO’s time has almost run out.  WEGO is currently walking through the process of liquidation and possible closure with both children’s homes.  Many of the foreign workers helping WEGO have lost jobs and it is only a matter of time before all 18 children in Nicaragua will be sent back to where they came from, that is, abusive homes and a trash dump. 

In all this chaotic mess, the ministry into which we have entered has to rethink and reevaluate how everything is done. We have realized that the money issue is not the problem but a symptom of the problem.  The problem has been both a lack of community involvement and awareness with WEGO and its supporters.  This is a problem both locally and in the countries where WEGO works.  We are trying to figure out how both homes can be sustained within each country through local support and involvement. We are trying to reformulate a local community of people around WEGO in the same way.  And we are trying to create a greater awareness of WEGO in general.

Please join us in prayer for the Children’s Homes, WEGO, the success of NE Goods (the new coffee company name!)  and the well being of our family in general.  If you would like to financially support our family or WEGO we would be so thankful.  You can send donations via mail or by a monthly credit card subscription on WEGO’s website:  There is a designation line in the donation section for where you would like your money to go.  May God bless you for your support.

Grace and peace,

 Jonathan, Catherine, Charlotte, and Thaddaeus                                                                                               

PO Box 320838, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32932                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



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