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 Gospel In Action

This is Rosa. She is the newest member of our team here in Nicaragua. Yesterday at our team meeting, another team member began to share that there are 2 young girls and their children who have no where to live. They are currently sleeping in the streets outside the Nueva Vida trash dump and they have no...

Expanding our tent pegs as we celebrate 7 years here in Nicaragua

Hola from Nicaragua! We are so excited and grateful to announce that the Lord has expanded our team as well as our children’s discipling and tutoring program beside the Nueva Vida trash dump! We have doubled the amount of kids in this program from last year. Glory to the Lord! However, because of that, w...

Creating Kingdom Family

Running a scholarship program is so much more than buying a uniform and enrolling a child into school. Many of these children have to overcome the giant lie that they are worthless. Many of them think that they belong in a trash dump for the rest of their lives because that is what they have been told. T...



Young girl is delivered of tormenting spirit beside Managua’s busiest traffic intersection


Jesus rescues and heals a little girl who was trafficked


300 prostitutes loved by Jesus, the first flushing toilet in Nueva Vida and Honeypot school ends.