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2018.5


Hello….

Thank you for your interest in ABINA’S updates.

Can you believe 2018 is almost over?

Since 2010, our donors have provided much needed home furnishings and appliances to the orphans’ homes at Residence of Life (RdV) in Grecia, Costa Rica…

To date, our donors have provided three freezers, two industrial sized refrigerators, one apartment size and one office fridge, three heavy duty washing machines (2 with 10 year warranties) , an indoor ball and bike rack, a swing-set (in storage), 20 custom made beds (10 bunks) with 20 mattresses, a sectional couch (2018 Mission) , plumbing materials, home maintenance (screen repairs) etc., donations of clothing, shoes, household goods, party supplies and everyday care needs for orphaned children.  

*-LABOR OF LOVE-*

2018 started out fairly slow because our family was hit with the flu and walking pneumonia. Our Spring and Summer was spent working on our farm in the Pacific Northwest. The many hours of outdoor work help strengthen our muscles and widdle-away some of my winter fluff!

The past couple of years have been a turbulent time for us. I had minor back surgery and Jeremy beat prostate cancer thanks be to God and the surgeon’s brilliant mind, hands and technology.

Jeremy’s new lease on life and my new and improved back means that ABINA Ministries mission to help Costa Rica orphans WILL continue.  We are grateful to ALL who participate in helping ABINA serve Residence of Life (RdV)……thank you for the comforts your donations have provided the two homes and 20 children.

Last but not least, we are asking  for prayers for the orphanage founder, Cherie McCullah. As most of you know, she is an incredible mom and servant of God.  Cherie  is currently in treatment for her cancer, and we trust that God will heal her, just as He did my husband.  She is in good hands and the children are being well cared for by RdV’s in-home Christian caregivers.

Pray for the children’s hearts as they anxiously await their Mama’s return home. It truly does take a village to raise 20 children and we are not done yet!

Pura Vida and Vaya con Dios Amigos!  In Christ’s Service and with love,

J & C Bert/ABINA Ministries

 

 

 

 

 

ABINA 2016


A BLESSING IN A BED, TEN AGAIN…

We did it!

ABINA Ministries 2016 Orphan Project

In 2016, our Costa Rica mission’s goal was to build ten more beds for the expansion of Residence of Life’s home #2 ….

Please pray that the ten children who enter in, will find respite from their abuses and will thrive in their new home.

We are grateful to all who participated in this year’s project and look forward to our next mission in November of 2017….

Anyone with a heart for helping ABINA’S Christian Ministries, please ask how you can help or possibly join us on-site, if you can!

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A blessing in a 12 passenger van with a roof rack to transport the wood, to build 10 new beds…

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Jeremy, hard at work!

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Mary Beth and Jeff & their children took on the task of staining the boards.

 

 

FIESTA!


THANKS TO OUR DONORS….

ABINA’S Swim FIESTA has become a tradition for the orphans at RdV! 

The children enjoy every minute, as do the caregivers who deserve to have some fun, too!

This video is being shared for the benefit of all those who help fund, support, pray for, care for and love the orphans in Costa Rica.

(click on the swim fiesta link below)

SWIM FIESTA /abinaorphanproject

Blessings to All,
Nosotros Ammamos,

Colette & ABINA Ministries

make someones life better

 

ABINA MINISTRIES – BUCK-UP-4-ORPHANS-5th-ANNUAL-CHILI-CHALLENGE 2016


Dear Chili Cooks, Guests and Donors….

ABINA’S 2016 ~ 5th Annual Chili-Challenge for

COSTA RICA ORPHANS!

WHEN?  July 16, 2016 @ 12 noon; cooks @ 11 am.

 COME JOIN THE FUN! …

WHERE?  Deming, Washington….

R.S.V.P for directions…

CALL 360-220-7110

Or email us @ abinaorphanproject@gmail.com

http://wp.me/P26AMe-bq

My husband and sister made this for ABINA, while I was away visiting family...it will be a great asset to our future fundraisers!

 ABINA’S Ticket Booth…a great asset made with love by Jeremy and Maureen..

2015….ABINA Costa Rica Project successfully purchased, delivered and hooked-up 2 heavy duty washing machines for Residence of Life, built a custom fit bike and ball rack and hosted a swim/pizza party at Adventure Inn for the orphans and their care-givers.

2014 …despite the rain,  Buck-Up-4-Orphans CHILI CHALLENGE was so much fun!!…..

Buck-Up-4-Orphans Fundraiser provides for the needs of the orphan home in Costa Rica. The Christmas in July raffle raises the funds to help purchase their most needed household items. Thanks to all who donate! 2015 funds will go to purchase a new industrial sized washing machine!

Buck-Up-4-Orphans Fundraiser provides for the needs of the orphan home in Costa Rica. The Christmas in July raffle raises the funds to help purchase their most needed household items. Thanks to all who donate! 2015 funds will go to purchase a new industrial sized washing machine!

Take a peek at some of the fun we have each year!

ABINA’S 2013 ANNUAL CHILI CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO“…

WE are GRATEFUL for ALL WHO HELP MAKE 

“BUCK$UP4ORPHANS”

POSSIBLE.

To  VOLUNTEER FOR JULY 16th, 2016 CHILI CHALLENGE…..

MOST NEEDED for fundraiser are

  • a photographer
  • help with set-up and take-down crew
  • acoustic and vocal musicians
  • donations of raffle prizes and hand made goods are welcome…

 WE CARE….and respect the privacy of our guests. Let us know beforehand if you do not want your picture and/or name included in our event video and photos …

There is no place like home!


We are home after a successful mission trip to Costa Rica!

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Pura Vida!

Back in the States, upon our return home, we began preparing for ABINA’S 3rd Annual Chili Challenge at BBR. With the help of our volunteers and board members, we were able to get everything done in time for the event. 

ABINA’S yearly fundraiser, held on July 19th, raised enough funds to buy the orphan’s home a larger size refrigerator. The new appliance will be delivered to the children and their care-givers before Christmas. 

The new freezer was purchased by ABINA donors, in Costa Rica, as a part of  our mission trip in April 2014. 

One of life’s simple pleasures, a new freezer! They didn’t know it was coming until the truck pulled up into the driveway!

Spring Mission Trip To Residence of Life,  Atenas, Costa Rica; 

Jeremy and Colette traveled to perform maintenance on the bunk beds and kitchen cabinets built in 2010/11.

Several of the kitchen cabinets, kitchen table, and one child’s bunk-bed. We were able to rid the furnishings from the termite infestation and spray for six months protection.

The funds used to replace the infested wood was paid for by ABINA’S donors.We tried to take photos to show you how important this mission was. If we had waited another year, the bed would have been a total loss. We learned that in the future, all of our wood work will need to have a preventative applied to them, on a regular basis. One application lasts six months. We will be back!

bunk bed 1 - damaged upright termites

THE TERMITES HAVE BEEN BUSY!

safest place in the house

ABINA BEDS ARE THE STRONGEST PIECE OF FURNITURE IN THE HOUSE…..!!

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DAMAGE DONE FROM TERMITES ENTERING IN THROUGH ONE OF THE SCREW HOLES!

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IF YOU SEE THIS UNDER THE BED, YOU CAN BE SURE THE TERMITES ARE BACK!

bunk bed infested

DISGUSTING!

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Jose Maureen Jeremiah doing beds

A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR COSTA RICA FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS, MAUREEN AND JOSE….

Jose Arietta

WHILE THE CHILDREN WERE ON THEIR ABINA SPONSORED EVENT, JOSE AND MAUREEN WERE HELPING JEREMY REPAIR AND APPLY TERMITE PREVENTATIVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN!

THE CHILDREN LOVE TO HELP WHEN THEY ARE ABLE TO….

2014 boys trampline back profile

ABINA DONATIONS WERE USED TO RESTORE AND REPAIR  THE CHILDREN’S FAVORITE FORM OF EXERCISE…THE TRAMPOLINE!

2014 jer and john begin installation of floor

2014 jer and john almost done trampoline 2014 jer and john just starting trampoline  girls reaction to fixed trampoline

 

A BLESSING IN A NEW BEGINNING……2014 ABINA PROJECT


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Every nonprofit organization has unique challenges and opportunities. The first four years of our growth and changes, reflect the realities and decisions we have had to make.

We give thanks to God for allowing ABINA Orphan Project Ministries to to grow and become ABINA Ministries, Inc, a recognized non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity.  We are committed to His Great Commission and mission to be a conduit of  blessings for North Americans to provide for abandoned, orphaned, and UN-adopted children in Central America.

Thank you ALL for choosing to help ABINA’S volunteers bless the children at Residence of Life.

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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Your cash donations, contributions, moral and personal support, prayers, time and participation in our annual fundraiser has provided a safe and loving environment for six children who are NO LONGER abandoned and abused~!

In one year’s time, Cherie McCullah has successfully managed her residence, her hired help, volunteers, and the demands of the health department.

The six children have adjusted to their routines with their new school, church, their community activities and friends.

Opportunities often come disguised as obstacles……

Last year, Residence of Life celebrated their first anniversary and second Christmas in the home you helped ABINA Ministries remodel. Unfortunately, this was to be their last Christmas in the home. The land-owner presented Cherie with a notice to vacate the property by April 1, 2014. The up-shot is that a new home will allow Residence of Life the change needed for growth. Although the rent will cost more than what she is paying now; we trust God will provide ALL that is needed.

What is required for Cherie to do next is move to a at least a four bedroom with three bathrooms home, on 1/4 acre of land in the Atenas, Costa Rica area. She is interested in a rent to own option, for a home that fulfills the 14 page health department rules and regulations. 

The Girl's Bunks x 3

The Girl’s Bunks x 3

Our 2014 mission was to dismantle and move all the ABINA funded furnishings, and home improvements to a new home.

Before we arrived in Atenas on March 11th, the home Cherie was planning to move to, fell through. Thankfully, her current home’s landowner will not be returning to Costa Rica on April 1st, which has allowed Residence of Life time to find a new home. 

In the meantime we, Jeremy and Colette, are on our ninth day of working to confront the termite infestation found in the children’s beds and kitchen cabinets.We have replaced the damaged and infested wood on all but one kitchen cabinets, sprayed to prevent more damage and sealed the new pieces to protect from further infestations. Tomorrow, we hope to be finished with this project!

One thoughtful donor provided ABINA enough money to sponsor a fun event for the children, This included lunch at the Cariari Mall, and an afternoon of swimming at our home away from home, The Adventure Inn. 

A real treat for the children and care-givers.

A real treat for the children and care-givers.

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One of our simple pleasures after a hard days work; watching the sun go down…!

COSTA RICA MISSION…

As always, our projects are on-site and are planned around a school break, either Christmas or Spring in order to accommodate students and families who are able to travel with us to Costa Rica. All willing hearts, strong backs and volunteers who are not afraid to get dirty are welcome to join us…

Washington State Mission…..

BBR’S  3rd Annual “Buck-$-Up for Orphans Chili Challenge”

 July 19, 2014

Mark your calendars! You have time to perfect your favorite chili recipe. We have added a new category for the “BEST SALSA.” ABINA’S funds are raised through our yearly fundraiser, USPS Mail and/or through our online PayPal link to be found @ https://abinaprojectministries.com/2013/03/21/donate-now-faq/ or   http://wp.me/p26AMe-ap

About the only thing we can not take with us....the children's hand prints will remain as a reminder of their new beginning.

About the only thing we can not take with us….the children’s hand prints will remain as a reminder of their new beginning.

We invite you to view our previous projects, subscribe to our blog, view our new mobile app, and contact us for more info.

Email: abinaorphanproject@gmail.com   / Web: http:www.abinaprojectministries.com / Mobile: http://m.abinaorphanproject.com

ABINA Ministries is a 501(c) 3 public charity created to be a conduit of blessings for abandoned, orphaned, and un-adopted children in Central and North America. Our mission is to provide occasional relief to children left without their first line of defense, their parents. ABINA Projects are funded by tax-deductible cash contributions from donors, with the help of volunteers who offer their time, skills labor, and prayers.   

ABINA MINISTRIES, INC – P.O BOX 294 – DEMING, WA 98244 – 360-220-7110

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us….

2014 PROJECT in REVERSE!

BEFORE……

RESIDENCE OF LIFE'S KITCHEN BEFORE ABINA'S KITCHEN PROJECT.....One of our projects in 2014 is to remove everything ABINA installed and leave it as we found it.    DURING…..

RESIDENCE OF LIFE'S ABINA'S KITCHEN PROJECT.....
RESIDENCE OF LIFE’S ABINA’S KITCHEN PROJECT…..

And AFTER!

Removed, Rebuilt, Retreated and Sealed Wood and Reinstalled...No more bugs, my lady!

As our 501(c)3 project guidelines require our charity to do, ABINA maintains our donor-funded  projects (furniture, etc) to assure ALL we offer will continue to benefit its recipients (children)…In this shelving unit’s case, all the termite infested wood was removed, the pantry shelves rebuilt, retreated and resealed. The area it is attached to was cleaned by RdV volunteers and the cabinet(s) reinstalled to be just like new! NO more bugs, my lady! May ABINA donors blessings continue to be “A Blessing In A New Beginning…” according to God’s Will, and to His Glory Forever!

Jesus goes to the heart for salvation,

the mind for renewal, and the body for purification.

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

“Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. —1 Chronicles 29:15

MIMI HELPING WRAP

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes. Prayer pillows, new sheets and mattress protectors were provided by ABINA donors for the refurbished children’s beds…

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built. What will matter is not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. It is not about your competence, but about your character. It is not about your success, but about your significance.

Sisters in Christ Jesus...

Sisters in Christ Jesus…

“For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” – Ephesians 2:8-10

ABINA 2010


A Blessing In....Donations to fund the Orphan's Christmas Dinner, 200 pieces of chicken, a willing cook named Jeremy, and three hours time.

A Blessing In….Donations to fund the Orphan’s Christmas Dinner, 200 pieces of chicken, a willing cook named Jeremy, and three hours time.

As Paul said in Acts 20: 35, “ in all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said,” It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

ABINA Ministries is a 501(c)3 public charity,  created to offer occasional relief to orphaned, abandoned, at-risk and un-adopted children in Central and North America.

Tax delectable donations of cash, clothing, school uniforms and supplies, personal care and household  items are collected year round….ABINA volunteers travel to Costa Rica once a year to help the children’s caregivers with home repairs and building projects and deliver your offerings to the children,  personally.

All cash donations received, (less 10% for frugal administration costs), are applied to the upcoming building project(s), unless otherwise specified by the donor. 

The sum of funds collected are what ABINA’S Board of Directors uses to set the parameters of our work in Costa Rica, according to their immediate needs. Any funds left-over after a project, are applied to the next mission trip’s  project. Donations and contributions are never used for the personal gain of the caregivers in Costa Rica or expenses of Board Members or Volunteers.

All cash funds are used to buy building materials and the related expenses  for home repairs, upgrades, custom fit children’s furniture, outdoor playground equipment, and appliances to help the Tias properly care for the children. Some donors give to the Orphan’s Christmas fund with Walmart gift cards, an unwrapped child or caregivers gift,  and/or host a fun-event or field trip.

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ABINA’S future goal is to help as many children as possible! We trust that the permanent family style home care solution that Residence of Life embraces is the best alternative to government institutionalized centers.

In a country with limited resources for foster care, the older un-adopted children may be assigned to live with a foster-type family or with a relative. Many of them run away and this is the  “gap” they fall into, and only perpetuates the rise of abuse, victims of crime and exploitation.

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This is why ABINA Ministries is committed to working with missionaries in Costa Rica who have dedicated their lives to saving one child at a time.

THE NEED IS GREAT!

Keeping children out of the hands of those who do not have their best interest in mind, is essential. Building more permanent family homes, is urgent.

In this photo, the children are enjoying a healthy lunch, together, on their covered front porch. 

ABINA KIDS EATING

In January of 2013, the National Children’s Hospital of San Jose reported that child-abuse has risen to epidemic proportions (up 600%) in the past decade.Sadly, they predict that the percentage is even higher,  noting the unreported cases of trauma and injuries that go untreated.

Our hope and prayer is for people to get involved, and to help ABINA provide relief for children in jeopardy of “falling through the cracks.”

Our long-term goal in Costa Rica is to help the founder of Residence of Life build ten safe and nurturing homes for at-risk, abandoned and orphamed children, one home at a time.

JAKE JORDAN JERRY

ABINA’S next MISSION TRIP will be in November 2017…

Volunteers are needed to travel and work on-site to help build tables, benches and more!

Volunteers should speak conversational Spanish to experience and interact with the “Tico” children, care givers and culture. 

A cost estimate, reference’s and help in preparing for your mission trip to Grecia, Costa Rica is available!

Two founders finally meet! Cherie (Residence of Life) & Colette (ABINA) 2010

Two founders finally meet! Cherie (Residence of Life) & Colette (ABINA) 2010

Please send inquiries to:

abinaorphanproject@gmail.com 

ABINA’S on-line credit-card donation link is:

 http://wp.me/p26AMe-ap

For all mailings:

ABINA MINISTRIES, INC.

(checks, money orders made out to ABINA Ministries)

P.O.Box 294

Deming, WA. 98244

message phone: 360-220-7110

THANK YOU for all of your support, prayers and  donations. Bless you for demonstrating the Love of Jesus Christ to the children and caregivers who’s prayers you have answered. 

For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name's sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do. Hebrews 6: 10

For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name’s sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do. Hebrews 6: 10

A Blessing in a Boot, provided 40 children with rain boots, pajamas, and sweet treats for Christmas in 2010….

orphans blue boot girls one boy

Joe leading the game,

Joe leading the game, “Snake!”

First set of ABINA

First set of ABINA “Lamb-Jams.”

The Girl's Bunks x 3

The Girl’s Bunks x 3

Our work continues to help RdV expand, 10 children per home. Join us if you can…Many hands make light work!