TELL OF ALL HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS
A grandmother in her late 60s, Auraelina runs a household of 8, taking care of her 7 grandchildren. The two pictures above show Aurelina in front of her home with some of her grandchildren and her Bible and bicycle donated by the Set in Motion ministry. The one on the left was taken in June 2013 when she first received the Bible + bike package, and the one on the right was taken in January 2014, six months later. Before Set in Motion was introduced in Citalapa, no one in the family had owned either a bike or a readable Bible.
Financial hardship forced Aurelina’s son and daughter to leave the home. Auraelina’s daughter, the primary provider for the family, now lives in Managua where she works at a restaurant and earns just enough to support her family with for about twenty days per month. Unfortunately, this leaves Auraelina and her grandchildren hungry and scrounging for food the remaining ten days.
Auraelina’s son, age 16, had previously been living with the family – sporadically attending a middle/high school while also attempting to find work locally. But without means of transportation he could do neither on a regular basis. Auraelina had to ask him to leave the home and fend for himself on the streets of Managua as she simply could not afford to feed him on the money his sister contributed.
Upon receiving the new bicycle and Bible from Set in Motion, Auraelina tearfully expressed her thankfulness and excitement. She could not wait to surprise her son with the bike and welcome him back home to live! Auraelina’s son will use the household bike as transportation to a local worksite where he will be able to earn money to supplement his sister’s income and enhance his family’s quality of life.
Six months later, Auraelina’s son has returned home and uses the bicycle every day to go to work at a sweatshop in Managua. He is now the primary provider for the family. No one in the large family has skipped a single meal. Further, Auraelina’s son has been able to take some of the older grandchildren to school every morning and none of them have missed a day of school yet because of transportation-related issues.
Since receiving the new Bible, her grandchildren have been able to read Bible stories for themselves and out loud to her on a regular basis. This Bible has spurred much conversation within the family and has also brought a new sense of love and joy to the home.
Finally, in the words of Aurelina, "I see the love of Jesus reflected in this act [delivering Bibles and bikes] and I truly feel God's love shared from people around the world. It is a blessing. Please keep sending!"
Daniel & Nestor
Daniel and Nestor both work as parking lot security guards in Managua. In a normal month, Daniel and Nestor will catch a bus into the city where they will work long hours for fifteen days straight until they receive their paycheck. During this time, they find shelter somewhere on the streets or with a friend or acquaintence. On payday though, the men have earned enough money to return home to their families for one day before they catch a bus out the next morning.
Having a bike will allow Daniel and Nestor to travel to work each day on their own without worrying about bus fares. They will be able to spend more time with their young children and wives.
Sheyni, a young mother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter exclaimed, "With my new bike, I am going to start high school!"
Sheyni explained that not only she would benefit from it but her entire family would. Her sister could ride with her and go to school as well; her husband could use it for transportation to work as a gardener. Her husband will miss fewer days due to lack of transportation, therefore he will earn a more stable income and the family can count on eating each meal.
Luis, a local pastor in Citalapa, received a bike that allows him to attend and preach every Sunday at the church about 30 km from his house. The bike will also allows him to minister to people in another community about 20 km. in the opposite direction from his house.