Iris Beauty for Ashes

"He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" — Luke 10:2 (NIV)

Managua - Nicaragua


Our heart is to see the Kingdom of God come; for heaven to touch earth in the trash heaps of Nicaragua.

About Iris Beauty for Ashes

Our heart is for trash dump communities. The founder of the Nicaragua base, Kara Westermann, met Jesus for the first time in the trash dump in Managua in 2008 and in 2013 she moved to Nicaragua full time to begin working in the trash dumps. Currently our missionaries live and work in two separate trash dumps in Nicaragua.

The first is in the capital of Managua. We have a children’s home there full of amazing teenagers who grew up in the trash dumps and in gangs. This home is where we host small groups of volunteers as well as weekly worship nights as a big family. It also serves as our after school program for the children from the La Chureca trash dump who are part of our scholarship program called Children With Destiny. Our second location is beside the trash dump known as Nueva Vida in the town outside of Managua called Ciudad Sandino. We build new homes throughout this community for those living in plastic houses. We have an after-school program in this trash dump as well and food distribution to the elderly and to the families working in the dump. This location will be our location for our large future base that will include our church, children’s school, baby house, vocational programs, missionary housing and harvest school training.

The Honeypot Missions School

When dreams become a big, beautiful reality and they are so much better than you even dreamed they would be!! ? We just finished the 2nd session of our school here in Nicaragua, The Honeypot ? I have personally never seen such rapid transformation in a group of people. Each day has truly felt like His...

Jesus Visits Ruth in the Trash Dump

The Nueva Vida trash dump sits right outside of the capital city of Nicaragua. It is an unregulated landfill where people and children forage to find food and anything that they can to live from. I want to tell you a beautiful story that came from this place. It is the story of the Father’s passionate pu...

The Jesus Chair

The Jesus chair. My sweet little Nissi and Junery made the Jesus chair after all 21 of our scholarship kids were having a bit of a challenging week. I sat them down Wednesday afternoon and told them all to forget about their homework. All we are going to do today is worship King Jesus and invite Him to b...



From street kids to beloved sons


Iris Beauty for Ashes