SERVING IN: Nicaragua , Central America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Mercy Ministry
Sandy Britnell began her life career as a missionary at the age of 13, in the jungles of Columbia, South America. Sandy’s parents, along with she and her siblings, established a mission outpost to the interior native tribes of Colombia.
Sandy later served and ministered in Germany, Russia, and the United States, prior to moving with her family to Nicaragua in 1998. There they built a large orphanage in mountains of Jinotega, taking care of up to 60 Nicaraguan children at a time. In 2005 Sandy purchased 70 acres outside the capital city of Managua. Two years later she opened a second orphanage in Los Cedros, specifically to care for abandoned and abused babies.
Sandy now travels extensively raising funds for the further care of the children in Nicaragua, while simultaneously recruiting missionaries, volunteers and teams to help with the everyday ministry activities. Sandy serves as a member of the Globe International Leadership Team and as well as Globe’s Director of Humanitarian Aid.
What the kids are learning during the pandemic
“The whole Covid-19 process has been very difficult but has not taken our happiness away. We are following all of the necessary measures, and although wearing a mask is not fun, we know it saves lives! We all continue to look to God, knowing He is protecting and taking care of us. Despite the pandemic, I know God is righteous and our lives are in His hands.”
After three months of quarantine, our kids were getting extremely restless. The term cabin fever was an understatement. A few members of our staff started doing some research. The idea was to find a safe outing site to take the children out for a fun change of pace outing. We contacted the Young Life campground close by and they were delighted to host the children for a day.
For over a year we could not allow teams to visit the orphanage for safety reasons due to the uprising in Nicaragua. We no sooner opened the opportunity for teams to start visiting again when the COVID-19 stopped everyone in their tracks. But for Sandy and the orphanage, what hasn’t stopped is that we continue to receive new orphaned children on a regular basis and we continue to support and take care of all of our children.
As the events of the past months began to unfold, Jim and I were forced to cancel our April trip to Jinotega. As soon as it is safe to travel back to Nicaragua we will be be on our way. The next flight is already paid for and we are eager to return. Everyone is healthy. Only the essential people are in and out.
I presented the Challenge Farm home for children in Africa to our kids a couple of weeks ago. I suggested we select one of the 4 children I had photos of to begin to sponsor on a regular basis. I told them it was time they learned to give back. Before I even finished the presentation they began coming up and putting some of their very small allowances into the bank!
We are looking forward to hosting teams again in 2020! We already have a few dates reserved on our calendar. Please contact Linda or myself for more information. Linda’s email: email@example.com.
At CODN we are committed to doing our part. We provide hope for children who are born into hopeless situations. We take them from a place of darkness and despair and give them a home filled with security and Christ centered care.
In a recent meeting with Ivonne, our child psychologist, we were reflecting on the tremendous progress so many of our children have made over their years with us. None of the children arrived with a good history. Thankfully, all that changes once they are here and can heal and sense there is hope for their future.
Sandy and several missionaries who make up the US Support Team recently returned from a trip to our children’s home in Jinotega. They were delighted to also have one of our child sponsors, Chris and his daughter Elizabeth join them on the trip.
Everyone at the school is enjoying the flexible schedule, but remain constantly aware of the spiritual darkness hovering over their country. A battle wages in the Heavenlies, & daily prayer times are very important.
Thank you to all who have sent emergency funds to help purchase extra food and supplies in case they become scarce. We want to assure you that we are doing all we can to help the children, staff and daily operations to be as normal as possible.