Today is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and as I reflect on what this season means, a story from Nicaragua comes to mind.

“Seven years ago, I was in a bar, drinking with friends,” recalled a young man named Juan Carlos. “There was a very violent argument during which a man drew his gun and shot me in the lower back. When I woke up in the hospital, I could not feel my legs.”

Thankfully, that was not the end of the story for Juan Carlos.

“That situation caused a complete turnaround in my life,” he continued. “I used to drink liquor, but now I go out to preach the word of God and give hope to people who do not want to live. Now I know God has a purpose for us, and however hard it may be, it will always be for good.”

Rather than despair, Juan Carlos has found new beginnings and hope. Now, he lives to offer it to others.

He received a new wheelchair from Metanoia Missions, one of our distribution partners in Nicaragua. Not only does this gift allow him to live more independently, it “helps me reach out to more people so I can continue preaching the gospel of Jesus.”

Because of you, lives are being transformed in more ways than one.

Did you know that on average, 180 people per day receive one of the wheelchairs you help send out? Each one represents a new life, a second chance, a renewed hope.

Thank you for all you do to give the gift of mobility. Happy Easter, friends.


Don Schoendorfer