The Mercy Ministry

Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Matthew 10:40


Project Mercy Center

How do you make a difference in the lives of families affected by disability?

Imagine this. It was a Thursday night in May of 2015. Our team was visiting families with disabled children. In one village, we traveled down a dirt road and climbed a rock wall. There inside a small adobe one room house, sitting on a stringed frame, serving as a bed, sat an elderly grandmother. She had no teeth, no smile and no oomph – none whatsoever. Emotionless, the woman sat on the makeshift bed, while next to the bed, on the ground, crouched a five-year-old child wracked with disability. Our visit included a warm greeting, prayer and a gift bag with food to last a week.  Shortly after our friendly exchanges, we left. For the next three days, this scene was repeated over and over.

In the last several years different Cascabel Collective volunteers have traveled to this rural area in Northern Nicaragua. We have gathered facts, learned of the needs and have come up with a plan.

Because most of you won’t be meeting these families face to face, we are wanting to paint a clear and accurate picture of intensity and persistence the mercy families agonize with daily. They have no physical therapy. They have no occupational therapy. They have no speech therapy. Most families are raising their mercy child without a basic diagnosis. These families have no insurance policies, no special education classrooms . . . in fact they have very little relief of any sort. Most bare their burdens alone. They are dealing with disabilities that don’t quit.  They can’t beat or escape their situation.

Having seen the need - Cascabel Collective purchased land and we are building The Mercy Center. The center will provide therapies – of every kind. We will have a full time RN bring her experience from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with her. Ellen moves there in February of 2018.  Hiring a full-time local physical therapist will be Ellen’s first demand.  Of course, we are open and hoping for a continual flow of volunteers from both inside and outside the country.

We have a great list of needs. Financing the building, buying a vehicle to transport the kids and providing salaries for the staff are a few of our heavy-handed needs.  At this point, we have $15,000 of the $50,000. needed.

  •  Completion of Mercy Center               $15,000.

  •  Purchase vehicle                                  $20,000.

  •  Physical therapist salary                   $5,000.

  •  Administrator salary                           $3,000.

  •  Lunches for kids during therapy        $3,000.

  •  Equipment needed for therapy            $5,000.

We want to seek out and accommodate children with disabilities. Cascabel Collective is being intentional about our faith. It is going to be hard work and require much determination. We NEED you!  You can contribute in multiple different ways.




Ana, age 15, is one of the "rescued" who is now "rescuing."  She drew this during one of our brainstorming sessions, in Nicaragua. Her love and devotion toward the kids with disabilities is precious. 

Ana, age 15, is one of the "rescued" who is now "rescuing."  She drew this during one of our brainstorming sessions, in Nicaragua. Her love and devotion toward the kids with disabilities is precious. 


Mercy ministry narrative

Caring for many of the Mercy children is a full-time job for their parents, creating a profound lack of resources. Hunger is a daily reality. Unfortunately, work in this rural area is limited and parents who have children with disability have few resources for child care.

Pastor Carlos and the team in Nicaragua provides beans, corn, powdered milk, cereal, cooking oil, salt, sugar, soap, and toilet paper for 243 children with mental and physical disabilities.  Currently, due to funding restrictions, the Nicaraguan team can only provide relief bags for the families four times a year. 

The statistics for families affected by disability are staggering:

90% of the Mercy Ministry kids live in extreme poverty

80% have been abandoned by their fathers

Many don’t have beds

Most have no latrines

35 families carry in water daily

This is where we come in. Our hope is that families can be supported as they care for their disabled children. Each bag of food costs only $24 and a goal is to increase the frequency of food deliveries from four times a year to once a month.