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About


My name is Amanda, and I am the person behind the Library Mission. Mid-July of 2009 I went with my youth group on a mission trip to Nicaragua. We spent a lot of time playing with and getting to know the kids in Pochocuape, a rural mountain village, but we also spent time in La Chureca helping cook the food, washing feet, distributing shoes, and participating in a church service. It’s always hard to summarize the vastness of emotions and experiences during that week. I tried once before on my personal blog. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll stick to the origin of the Library Mission.

It did not come into existence over a long period of time, but announced itself in a very distinct way. It was my second day with my youth group in La Chureca, and I was listening to Maria–a driving force behind the school, feeding center and church–talk through a translator as she spoke of the school. I had seen only one book while I was there: a forgotten and filthy book beyond repair. As a book lover, I could not accept the fact that the children were learning to read, and yet had nothing to read. Without formulating a plan, I simply knew I needed start a library; it was planted in my heart, not my mind.

Before we returned to Pochocuape for the day, I told an adult leader of my goal. Would it be difficult? Certainly. You cannot improve a life without changing the community, and education must be provided alongside necessities if we are to hope for a brighter future.

Later that week I handed Maria the three children’s Spanish books I had packed saying, “Por los niños de la Chureca.” For the children of La Chureca. Their futures are out of my hands, as they should be. But I will put in those hands books that will help them to improve their futures themselves. Who’s with me?

This is only the beginning.

Mission Statement (tentative and under construction)

Our mission is to point people to Christ’s love for them by providing reading materials that are both educational and entertaining.

My name is Amanda, and I am the person behind the Library Mission. It did not come into existence over a long period of time, but announced itself in a very distinct way mid-July 2009. It was my second day with my youth group in La Chureca, and I was listening to Maria–a driving force behind the school, feeding center and church–talk through a translator as she spoke of the school. I had seen only one book while I was there: a forgotten and filthy book beyond repair. As a book lover, I could not accept the fact that the children were learning to read, and yet had nothing to read. Without formulating a plan, I simply knew I needed start a library; it was planted in my heart, not my mind.

Before we returned to Pochocuape for the day, I told an adult leader of my goal. Would it be difficult? Certainly. You cannot improve a life without changing the community. Education must be provided alongside necessities if we are to hope for a brighter future.

Later that week I handed Maria the three childrens’ Spanish books I had packed saying, “Por los niños de la Chureca.” For the children of La Chureca. Their futures are out of my hands, as they should be. But I will put in those hands books that will help them to improve their futures themselves.

2 comments

  1. […] together a couple of times. Still, they hung with me as I told them about how the Library Mission got started and what I envisioned for the future. It was wonderful to have their knowledge and experience […]


  2. What you are doing with this is incredible! I am so inspired by your heart and motives. I think it is a wonderful ministry that you have put together. And I will be praying that God uses it to bless the many people who will be involved with it.

    God Bless



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