Go Climb

Occasionally we have had a guest blog writer share their experiences. This week we are going to continue that tradition with my favorite person in the whole world: my beautiful wife, Michelle!

So, without further audue, here is what Michelle wanted to share!

Ok, here goes my first blog post.

I am a little nervous and a little excited. Party because this is my first blog entry ever, but also because I am going to get a bit vulnerable, which is not my strongest suit. But I truly believe what I have to share is important… so, fingers crossed and here goes nothing!

The other day at church here in Southern California, we were singing a song with lyrics that said, “ There’s no shadow you won’t light up, no mountain you won’t climb up coming after me”. I’m not one to normally cry or get emotional, but this day I Read the rest of this entry »

Life’s Summits

I am hot, tired, and exhausted. But not done. I have been hiking for four hours and have already summited one mountain top. I am on my way down from the first peak and setting my sights on the next one.

As long as the weather and my body hold up I will make it to the top of two 14ers in one day.

The trail is steep and my next summit looks a million miles away to my oxygen starved brain. A little voice in my head tells me I could just turn around. That making it to the top isn’t that important – it’s too hard, too far, too scary. It whispers to look how easy the descent would be and how sweet it would be to rest.

But a mountain looms before me that must be conquered. The summit beckons me forward, inviting me to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to push past the little voice and ignore my screaming legs and lungs. To push forward to a beautiful vista, an accomplished goal, a moment that will last forever.

I must make a choice. Or maybe, the choice will make me.

Why I Love to Hike

For me, one of the most beautiful things about hiking is how much it reminds me of Read the rest of this entry »

Up, Up and Away

In 30 days we will be heading to Colorado to do a very difficult thing. A thing we have been preparing and training for over the past 3-4 months. A thing that only a small percentage of the world’s population will ever do.

And we are counting down the days until our skills get put to the test.

What are we doing, you ask? And why on earth are we doing it?

Great questions. I’m glad you asked them.

What We Are Doing

In one month Michelle and I will be joined by 2 of our dear friends, Brian and Lindsay who are pictured to the right, as we head deep into the heart of the Colorado mountains to Read the rest of this entry »

Notebooks of Hope


School Supplies

Do you remember going school supply shopping as a kid?

I do.

I remember going to Walmart as an elementary school child and seeing a seemingly endless line of people all clamoring over an equally endless stock of pencils, pens, binders, notebooks, and every other kind of school supply you could think of. Every year I would be in awe of how many options there. The number of colors available in the folder section was a rainbow of possibilities only exceeded by the multitude of colors in crayon boxes – many with exotic names I had never heard of.

Side note – who at Crayola gets to name colors?? I mean, that is the real creative genius there. Anyone can blend colors together to get different shades, but someone has to Read the rest of this entry »

Thankful

Can you believe it is 2018?!

I cannot. I don’t know about you, but for us, 2017 flew by and the next thing we knew it was 2018. But before we get too deep into the year, I wanted to make sure that took a few minutes to give thanks for all the wonderful things that happened in Nicaragua in 2017.

In fact, all of us at With One Hope want to say thank you to each and every one of you that helped make 2017 possible. You prayed for us, encouraged us, and supported us financially. Because of your love, generosity, and dedication to our cause we were able to bring hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, and spread the gospel within Nicaragua.

We will all be forever grateful for the support you have provided.

That said, let’s start the celebration! Drum roll please….

1. Joy, joy, and more joy!

We believe there is a Read the rest of this entry »

Cornering Hope

Whiff went the bat as it was swung hitting nothing but air. The laughter of little kids exploded from the small one-room school. Another miss, and it was hilarious.

Whiff. More laughter. Whiff. Even more laughter, with the volume increasing each time.

Now the encouragements began with “You can do it!!” and “You’ll get it this time!!”

The laughter of little kids could be heard outside the school house just a stones-throw from the Read the rest of this entry »

Another Round, Please!

Do you remember starting back to school as a kid? I honestly don’t but I’m pretty sure I didn’t want to go. Nowadays, I’m so grateful I received an education, but back in the day, between the homework, the waking up early, and the being stuck in a chair for 6 hours a day, I was pretty sure I could find a better use of my time!

One of the things that never ceases to surprise me about the kiddos in Nicaragua is that they view school Read the rest of this entry »

Prayers for Yaris

Hey everyone!

Many of you that have come down to visit us or regularly read our blog posts know Yaris – one of the sweetest little girls you will ever meet. The picture to the right is of her and I on our most recent trip to Nicaragua and the picture below is her with her sister.

For those that don’t, Yaris was born with special needs and we have been working with her the past 7 years to help her receive the care she needs. While Yaris may not be able to do everything the children around her can, she has made HUGE progress over the past years.

She has learned Read the rest of this entry »

21,000 Thank You’s

We at With One Hope have a lot to be grateful for. One of those things is you, the people that have prayed for us, followed us, and supported us each year that we have been working in Nicaragua. At the end of 2016 we asked you to help us once again raise year-end funds, and you responded.

Thanks to your generous donations, including the match, we raised a little more than Read the rest of this entry »

Step-by-Step

A few days ago I opened my email and thought to myself, “Today is a good day. A good, good day.”

Why? Because when I opened my email and I saw the picture to the right and I had a hard time not crying tears of joy. We had been working for this moment for the past 6 years. SIX YEARS!! And now I can officially announce that Read the rest of this entry »

December Joy

I love December! You start with Thanksgiving leftovers, finally get some colder weather (even here in California), celebrate Christmas, and end it all with a New Year’s celebration! It’s one of my favorite months.

Even with all that wonderful goodness, my love for December has only grown since starting With One Hope. You know why? Because December is graduation month in Nicaragua!

The Nicaraguan school year is different from ours. They start classes in February or March and then finish the year in December. As a result, every year around Christmas, Walter floods my inbox with Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Match!


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The 2016 “Dare to Dream” campaign is here!

This year our goal is to raise $10,000 – enough funds to run our entire organization for 5 months! 100% of the donations will go directly to Nicaragua and will help us bring education, food, safety and hope to over 1,000 children and adults.

This year we are also excited to announce our biggest match ever! For every $1 you donate, we will receive $3 in total! That’s right – your donation will be tripled!!

So will you partner with us to help bring hope to the hopeless? If so, click here for the donation widget!

Still not convinced? Check out the rest of the blog post for our video and to see why we do what we do!
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Lifeguards

I love the ocean. The waves and the sand. The seagulls (unless they are stealing your food!) and the little sandpipers that run constantly in and out of the surf, almost playing with the waves as they roll in and out.

There are so many wonderful things about the beach and the water, but there are also scary things. Dangerous things.

We recently moved to California and we now live within Read the rest of this entry »

Pictures

What’s in a picture? Technically, if it’s a digital snap, it all boils down to binary code – just a bunch of 1’s and 0’s, a bunch of “Yes” and “No” statements. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a long line of 1’s and 0’s and thought to myself, “Life will never be the same.”

On the other hand, when a computer looks at all those simple statements it is able to convert them into images. Images that make us smile, that make us laugh, cry, and, sometimes, stand speechless at the depth of them. Somehow those lines of binary code transform and transcend until they are no longer just an image, but part of us.

So, what’s in a picture? In the end, I guess it’s Read the rest of this entry »

Can you believe it?! 15,000!!!

It’s amazing how fast time flies. I can’t believe it has been 4 months since my last entry!! What?!?! There is no way!!

As most of you know that follow our work via the blog, the past few years have been chaulk full of big life changes. We now have one more to add to the list: a little less than 2 months ago we moved to California!

Crazy, I know.

But throughout that time, our work in Nicaragua has continued, flourishing even more than ever! In fact, we have hit a milestone at one of our schools: 15,000!!

15,000 what? Well, read below to find out!! Read the rest of this entry »

Graduation Time

Man, I love this time of year! Christmas trees & lights, snow (or the lack thereof), good food, and time with family and friends. It truly is magical.

But I love this time of year for far more reasons than all the Christmas hype. I love it because it reminds me of Read the rest of this entry »

Thankful

Every year, at this time, we gather together with our friends and families to give thanks. We give thanks for the plenty in our lives, for the time spent with people we love, for a God that loves us deeply, and a million other things. We then sit down to decorated tables, eat the cornucopias of food placed before us, and Read the rest of this entry »

Stepping Stones

I know I have been out of pocket the last few months, but it was for a few good reasons. What reasons? Well, the first one is a BIG one.

I am…wait for it… Read the rest of this entry »

Erupting Volcanoes

Have you ever had a volcano erupt in your backyard? We did! The Telica volcano outside of Leon – one of the cities where we do a lot of work – began erupting Read the rest of this entry »

Everything Changes

Graduation days rock! They are beautiful, TANGIBLE reminders that lives really are being impacted by our work. They also help me remember why we do what we do: because EVERY life and EVERY soul matters!

So who are we celebrating today?!? The Guitierrez family! A family of 5 that Read the rest of this entry »