The year 2019 is almost history! We would like to share with you a recap of this year’s activities.
We begin with the Tabernacle of Adoration at San Felix. The project consisted of removing a large stump and major grading around the church, replacing a generator for supplying water from the well to the water tank, and some maintenance to the valve mechanism at the tank. When the rains came, the water ran towards the church building and was causing erosion of the building’s foundation, thus the reason for the grading around the church.
Major work progressed at The House of the Eternal God, in El Salto (a church building near the base of an inactive Volcano-Baru) at Boquete. The main concern there was laying a cement floor to help curb diseases that thrive on a dirt floor. Upon careful inspection of the existing structure, it was noted that there was considerable damage to the wooden boards and leaking metal roof. That need was considered along with the cement floor and was it was decided to move ahead with a complete renovation of the building. To complete this project meant that we needed major funding. Thankfully, some of our prior donor’s rose to the occasion and from December of 2018 to August 2019, there was a complete “Transformation”. We were honored to be present at the dedication of the church on August 24th. The banner inside the church building announced- “The Year of Divine Provision”. Pastor Marco Delgado ministers to the Ngabe there and those who come during the busy season of “coffee bean picking”, where the size of attendees swells from 60-120!
Pastor Marco & Helper
New Structure Rising
New Church Structure
Year Of Divine Providence
Through our outreach via FICADEN( a Ngabe organization we work with), we saw the completion of the Latrine project at Chorcha , a community on the comarca. The bamboo structures were erected around the latrines which were hand dug by the way. Our grateful thanks to Hope Community Church who sponsored the latrines. The Ngabes are very thankful! Hope church is home to Phoebe, Sam’s sister, and her family.
Bamboo Structures over the latrines with temporary plastic doors to soon be replaced with Bamboo
Working alongside FICADEN, we are looking at the possibilities, in 2020, of impacting about (14) more areas in the Comarca for afterschool/programs including a feeding program for a meal 5 times a week. Some of the children only have one meal a day. We recently visited several areas of those outlying communities and met some of their leaders who will be heading the program. Jane presented numerous “Baby Blanket Blessings” to mothers of babies up to 15 months of age and expectant mothers. The Ngabe Mom’s really appreciate the quilts made by The Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany, Penna. Through the Christmas holidays the hygiene packets provided by efforts of Keith & Pam VanEss will be distributed in these areas as well.
Footbridge @ Llano Nope
Housing – Remote Area
Projects for the new year indicate through FICADEN that we will be enhancing the Feeding and afterschool Programs with nutritional items for healthy development in children. Recently Jane & I and another friend of the Boquete area toured the local facility of Global Food Providers operated by Dr. Daniel Daves. He has a gigantic greenhouse and a dehydration plant. There is a particular Spinach plant that he calls, Miracle Spinach. It grows rapidly, a vine like plant which is very rich in iron. That plant with other vegetables that are grown can be dehydrated and packed in (5) pound packets that can last up to (6) months. The contents can then be reconstituted in soups, etc. This would be a great addition to the diet of the Ngabe! We have discussed it with FICADEN and they will have to educate their people regarding the benefits of eating more vegetables. This will be new to them even though they eat yucca and carrots. It is introducing a new food item in their diet. FICADEN is on board with it and some from their group will be going to see the dehydration plant so they can see firsthand what it all entails.
A continued project for Year 2020 is to raise the height of the cement block walls in the Children’s Feeding Area at the San Felix Tabernacle of Adoration and install wind screen to control the elements of rain and wind that deteriorate the finish of the picnic tables used for the feeding. Another project at the church is to wire it for electricity. The drilling of the water well two years ago made it a priority to the government that there be electricity to the community area. The electric has now arrived!!! But, it needs to be connected to the church. The estimated costs for these (2) projects is $4,000.00. Presently we have $ 1,500.00 to be applied toward the electricity project. Completing these projects at the church should bring to conclusion the improvements to the church and community in the Oma District of San Felix.
Thank You all for your continued support and should you desire to contribute to these needs you can make your year-end contributions no later than December 31st. to Cleft of The Rock Ministries via check to Cleft of The Rock Ministries_ 35 Galilee Street, Falling Waters, WV. 25419 or PayPal though our Website: www. cleftoftherockminisries. com
May you and your family enjoy a Joyous Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us at COTRM with your donations and special projects through your church to aid us in these basic needs of the Ngabe people. We obviously could not accomplish any of these projects without your assistance- God is so good to us and the Ngabe people.