No Busses, No Taxis, and Yet…

better together

If you’ve followed the news on Nicaragua, you know the incredible turmoil that the country has faced this year. Civil unrest, revolution, and violent crackdowns have been Nicaragua’s story. 

In the midst of this, a woman from the Velvet Ashes community contacted us. She told us that she and a group of other women wanted to take part in the Velvet Ashes Retreat. She asked for prayer because she didn’t know how this would be possible.

She described their situation:

“Buying food became a hardship today as the grocery stores were being looted and understandably shut down. The funding we have is to take care of the immediate medical and physical needs of those around us, and so paying for this retreat would be a hardship.”

The needs they were caring for? Street boys and families living in a trash dump.

Because of Velvet Ashes’ scholarship fund (which many of you helped to provide!), Velvet Ashes was able to gift our retreat for each of these women. They were thrilled at the opportunity. There was one more problem though. They wanted to gather to experience the retreat together, but that seemed like an insurmountable problem.

“There are no busses right now, taxis are involved in road blocks across the nation and anyone willing to transport people charges a pretty penny to do it.”

Because they so longed to have this experience, they decided to band together in one vehicle and attempt to head towards a retreat location. Incredibly, they were able to make it through the roadblocks and hurdles.

Together these women were able to experience the Velvet Ashes Retreat.   

This is what they said:

The weekend was absolutely amazing… a healing balm.”

“Before the retreat weekend I was literally laying down for days in grief…since the retreat, even though things are not getting better in Nicaragua, I have had more up days than I’ve been down.”

“As a group we were able to talk about how the violence was affecting each of us, our families and our ministries.”

“My family of 5, soon to be 6, just moved to Nicaragua this year and shortly after moving here have been face first in a revolution with the threat of war. I’m desperate to hear from the Lord and sense his presence and this retreat material is just so helpful.”

“After the retreat, I actually played the retreat worship session at home with my husband on one particularly rough night for Nicaragua.  The theme of singing resurrection life into our situation was truly comforting.”

Our team read their words through tears, rejoicing that God gave these women the gift of his comforting presence. He sees them. He sees their heart to serve him, to bring help and hope to the hurting. He sees how hard that is. And he whispers, “You are not alone. I am with you.”

It is Velvet Ashes’ joy and privilege to serve and support you. It is our prayer that in whatever season you going through, God’s words will come to you through what happens here in this space.


We’re thrilled to announce that $9,875 has been raised toward our goal of $25,000. Thank you for giving. Thank you for making this ministry a reality for 7,000 kingdom-building women in more than 120 countries.

If you haven’t already, would you consider joining us to reach our goal? If everyone in our community gives even $5, our goal will be met! 

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Did you know our team and strategic prayer partners are committed to lifting you in prayer?  We’ve already been praying in preparation for the spring retreat. We’d love to know what is going on in your life currently so we can be praying. Share with us in the comments below, or you can always email us too.

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  1. Barbara December 5, 2018

    My heart goes out to these women. As a missionary to Nicaragua also, I was in the States on furlough when the trouble started and have not been able to return. I will be going back soon and covet your prayers. God bless them for staying. Thank you for helping them.

    1. Danielle Wheeler December 6, 2018

      Yes, we will pray for you! Thank you for sharing. Asking God to make a way for you in the midst of such a difficult situation. We welcome any updates as we continue to pray.

  2. Beth December 10, 2018

    We are flying in Jan. 26, 2019. Newbies. My heart lept when I saw Nicaragua. I love what you do and thank you for your ministry!

  3. Melissa Hedding December 12, 2018

    Oh sweet Nicaragua, how I pray for you! We had to leave due to the danger in our area and our 6 young children, but we left our hearts behind. May God’s kingdom come there more and more each day, even in the midst of all those broken things!

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