O little town of Belén

Several neighborhood kids have gathered as Julieth and her friends share a homemade frozen treat on the front steps of her house. This seems like the place to be! Julieth’s mother Celinia sells small frozen baggies of fruit and juice. It does not bring in much money, but it is something she can do here.  

The Guido family home is one of many that were demolished to expand a park in Barrio Ruben Darrio, a neighbourhood in downtown Managua (Nicaragua’s capital). The houses were on a flood plain by the lake and, after a flood in June, families were told they would be relocated and must pack and move within a day. Approximately 1,200 families were relocated from different areas of Managua to a brand new community named Belén, which is in the distant outskirts of their home town.

The move was difficult. Belén is two hours and several buses away from their old community and from access to regular supplies. Julieth’s mother has started the new business of selling frozen treats because her new home does not have the kitchen to support the bread making business she had in Ruben Darrio. Julieth and her mother are grateful for the support of the Christian Horizons Global sponsorship program—especially during this difficult time. 

One of the things they miss most is their church. Celinia said that they still make the trip to Ruben Dario on Sundays to attend El Shaddai church. Pastor Jose is the church pastor and also the coordinator for the Christian Horizons Global sponsorship programs in Nicaragua.  

“We can only go to church on Sundays now.  We used to go several times a week for worship and Bible studies,” explained Celenia.  

The resiliency of families like the Guidos inspires us. We know that this Christmas God’s love will be shown and His name will be praised in the new community of Belén which, in Spanish means Bethlehem.