Dust is everywhere. It’s been hot and dry for months. The terrain is hard, rocky, and not ideal for farming. Yet for many people in Candelaria, Nicaragua, farming is their means of survival. With little cash flow, they are very dependent on the land.
Cirilo is no exception. He is a young father with three pairs of little eyes looking to him to provide daily sustenance. Between April and mid-July, when it is the driest, Cirilo finds life the most difficult. Although he can sporadically find other work here or there, his growing children need food, and the struggle to provide continues.
The Nicaragua-Adopt-A-Family program helps ease Cirilo’s load, and he and his family are grateful when the monthly food parcel arrives. This parcel gives them basic food items including rice, oil, flour, and some prized chicken. Since they rarely have meat to eat, the canned chicken is a specialty. The children are excited when the parcel arrives and like to taste the dry soup mix even before it is cooked! A Christian family magazine, La Antorcha de la Verdad, comes with this parcel and provides spiritual encouragement for Cirilo who also spends much time at the local church, investing in the lives of the young people.
Although Cirilo lives in a house with mud walls and dirt floor, he is blessed with a wife, two daughters, and a son. His wife, Gladys, grew up in a family of twelve and remembers the blessing of receiving monthly food parcels when she was young.
Generation after generation, God continues to provide for the needs of the hungry. Nicaragua-Adopt-a-Family is a channel through which one Christian family can help another even if they are in different parts of the world. With the help of Christian brothers and sisters in the States, Cirilo’s struggle to provide for his family eases.