Sponsor Letters Coming Soon!!

It gives us no greater pleasure than to share with you all the newest addition to our sponsorship program! It has been our hope and prayer for quite some time to create more opportunities for our sponsors to engage with the students and individuals that they faithful sponsor yearly!

That day has finally come and this fall we will be launching “to Nica with Love” which is simply opening up the opportunity for you to send and receive letters to/from Nicaragua.

What will this look like?

Over the summer we have been working on collecting updated pictures, bios, and letters of everyone involved in our sponsorship program. Since returning from Nicaragua we’ve been hard at work compiling all our this info to send to you…our awesome sponsors!!! We are in the last stages of  putting the finishing touches on welcome packets (for new sponsors) and translating the 1st batch of letters to send out to each of who who are involved in the program!

We will be mailing out all the information you will need to get started writing! Be on the look out for more ideas, tips, and ways you can creatively communicate with our Nicaraguan community!

The heartbeat of Vision Nicaragua has always been building relationships. That is why we are so excited about launching this new opportunity! You will have the opportunity to: be a voice of hope and encouragement into the lives of those you support and most importantly share the love of Christ! That is an impact that is truly immeasurable!

So, stay tuned and check your mailboxes! It’s coming soon!

AYMC Fundraiser on June 2nd!

Come hear a great presentation! These musicians sound great!, and part of the proceeds will benefit Vision Nicaragua.

Come to the presentation of the Asheville Young Musician’s Club on Sunday, June 2nd at 3pm.  It will be held at the Deerfield Retirement Community at 1617 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.  Admission is $20 for Adults and $10 for Students. 

I went to their presentation last year, and it was amazing.  You will hear great music performed by many of the best student musicians in the area!  Part of the proceeds help the Education Fund for Children in Nicragua.

Doug Van Wirt

love loud.

Join us this Christmas by giving a gift with lasting value. Vision Nicaragua is launching our Christmas giving initiative entitled “love loud” and we want you to be a part of it!

One of the biggest aspects of our ministry is through our sponsorship program. From when VN started, almost 15 years ago our main focus has always been people. It’s the relationships that we build with the families that we serve that is the heartbeat of what we do! This Christmas you can honor a friend of family member by supporting our friends in Nicaragua.

We have 3 different areas of our sponsorship program:

1) Men affected by Chronic Kidney Disease: The main source of employment in Western Nicaragua is working in the local sugar cane plantation. The  harmful chemicals used in the cane fields ultimately take the lives of the workers due to chronic kidney disease. Once they become too sick to work they are let go of their jobs with little to no compensation. Your sponsorship helps provide medical care  for these men as well as helping them provide for their families.

Check out this short video and blog of Coris who was sponsored through our program:

Coris’s Story (Video)

Coris’s Story (Blog)

You can also read the story of Ernesto who lives in Bethel and is sponsored through VN. Ernesto’s Story

Ernesto and his family

Sick Men Monthly sponsorship: $25/month

2) Student Sponsorship: By sponsoring a student’s education you are providing more than you may think. Through education you are enabling these young people to break the cycle of poverty of working in the local sugar cane plantation. Education=future!

Josue with his sponsor Kevin Horrell

Student Monthly sponsorship: High School $10/month and College/Trade School sponsorship $20/month.

3) Widow Sponsorship: Once the men who are affected by chronic kidney disease pass away their wives are left with the responsibility of taking care of their families. Through your sponsorship you are helping ease that burden of providing food and basic necessities for their families.

Haydee Maldonado

Widow Monthly sponsorship: $25/month

Check out Juana’s Story, one of our widow’s who is sponsored through the widow sponsorship program.

Juana’s Story

Our prayer is that as you’re reading this post today that your heart is touched in one of these different areas that you can make a difference! It’s our joy to be able to be the voice of this community and help bring to life their lives and the ways that we can be Christ to them!

Please check out our sponsorship page and/or email us at for more information.

love loud this Christmas!

Christmas Baby Shower for New Mothers in Nicaragua!!

The women’s ministry at Bent Creek Baptist Church in Asheville, NC are hosting their annual Christmas Tea. Their theme this year is centered around celebrating the birth of Jesus by having a Baby Shower for New Mothers in Nicaragua!

Everyone who attends the tea is asked to donate a baby item that will go directly to new moms in the communities that we serve.

We are so thrilled to be able to spread the word on this upcoming event that is going to be such a blessing for these new moms!

If you are interested in joining us for the event or would like to donate we’d love to have you! Here are the details:

Where: Bent Creek Baptist Church

1554 Brevard Road  Asheville, NC 28806

When: December 8th 2-4pm

Baby Items Needed:

  • Cloth diapers & pins (not disposable diapers)
  • Birth-2yrs clothes, onesies etc. (lightweight & can be gently used)
  • Baby Soap Baby Washcloths
  • Baby/Kids Vitamins
  • Lightweight blankets
  • Baby Socks

If you have any questions you can email us at or you can call Bent Creek Baptist Church at (828) 667-9818

Our next team is heading down in December and will be handing out the baby gifts during that time. So, keep an eye out for those pictures and stories!

A Call to Action!

Hey y’all!

Recently, Vision Nicaragua had the privilege of holding a fundraising banquet in Asheville, NC. The theme of the evening was entitled “Hand in Hand: Commissioned.”

An at-capacity crowd joined us Saturday, Feb. 25th where we shared an evening of worship, dinner, and message given by Anne Graham Lotz. The event left many attendees speechless, encouraged, and challenged only being able to utter the words, “Wow! God is so good!”

If you were not able to join us, you truly missed a blessing! The message that Anne Graham Lotz delivered was universal: the Gospel. Her message came alive as she shared the story of a young boy who was given the opportunity to go to the local town circus only to come home to give the report of the parade that was on Main Street. He never made it to the tent where the actual circus was held.

Anne challenged us to live for more than just the parade on Main Street, but that we are all invited in to the  “main event” being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

For many of us, this message was especially applicable to our own lives! Lotz went on to declare…

“We can hold truth in knowing we are saved, be well-versed in the scriptures, and attend church every time the doors are open. Yet, as Christians, we are often simply standing idle and watching the action take place before us.”

Ultimately, as believers, we are called to be followers of Christ. But, once we “enter the tent” and experience the power of the Gospel ourselves we can’t help but share it…it becomes an overflow.  As we are entrusted with the Gospel, it’s the “love of God that compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14) to go to places like Nicaragua to share the truth that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to be His hands and feet. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands us,

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

God calls us to go into the nations; this can be your place of work, the homeless shelter down the road, the Boys and Girls Club in your own town, or an international mission trip. The point is this: Jesus has called us! So, my question for you is, “Will you stand on the sidewalk? Or, will you follow the calling of Christ our Lord and serve Him?” Following this command doesn’t mean you have to go on a mission trip with us, Vision Nicaragua. (Although, if you are interested we would love to talk to you about it!) But, maybe that means you start an outreach ministry where you are or get involved in an already existing one, serving and loving on people who need to know the teachings of Jesus Christ! …Will you go Hand in Hand to the nations?

We want you all to know that your support through donations, gift bags, sponsorships, etc….that you ARE making a difference!  The Lord is using you in more ways that you may know!

If you are interested in becoming involved with Vision Nicaragua this year and furthering the Great Commission email us at

Guests were able to share they prayers and visions for the future of Vision Nicaragua.

Our fearless leader Daren Pinkerton & Anne Graham Lotz

Nicaraguan Coffee and Hand Painted Ornaments from the village of Bethel.

Vision Nicaragua News-Feb 2012 and more to come!

Hello, hello, hello!

Friends. It has been too long! We here at Vision Nicaragua have a few updates to pass along to you.

First! Our hope and goal is for our blog to become a central spot where you can gain information on Vision Nicaragua.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Trip updates! – Consistent posts from VN team members during their time on-site in Nicaragua.
  • Media updates! – Pictures and videos that will connect you to current trips, the people of Nicaragua, and other happenings from the VN team.
  • Staff
  • Spotlights! – Meet our Board and how they are contributing to VN!
  • Interviews with our Nicaragu
    an Staff! – Get to know our Staff down in Nicaragua and what they do to keep things going.
  • Sponsor Stories! – This will be our section dedicated to sharing the stories of families here in the States and their “extended family” in Nicaragua. (Email us at if you are interested in sharing YOUR story! Include Sponsor Blog Spotlight in the Subject line.)
  • …And lots more!!!

Second! We have our Hand in Hand: Commissioned Fundraising Banquet coming up this weekend! A capacity crowd will join us from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, February 25th, for an evening at the Doubletree by Hilton in Asheville, NC!  We will share in an evening of worship, dinner, and speaking from Anne Graham Lotz.

We look forward to sharing more  about how you can become involved in Vision Nicaragua this year and connect in our passion and calling to further the Great Commission!

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