(With his favorite wrestler) NICOLAS (With his favorite mom)
reetings and welcome to The Nicolas Project. We are Pastor & Rhonda Massad. This site is dedicated to the memory of a very beautiful little boy who was, and still is, so very precious to us. If you are viewing this website it is because you would like to know more about this project. In order to help you understand the purpose and future of the project, allow us to back up, give you some history and tell you a little bit about Nicolas.
Nicolas and his entire family came into our lives in Massachusetts in 1993 when his family became involved with our ministry. After a short time with us, his father, Nick ended up raising the five children alone as a single father. Our church rallied around him to help support his
(Nicolas’ Father, Nick)
effort and give him some needed breaks from the daily strains of single fatherhood. Along the way my wife and I ended up getting very attached to the children and became almost another set of parents to them. Over most of the last decade our family had simply grown to include all of the children. In fact, on several occasions, some or all of the children would come to live with us. Basically we ended up loving them, helping Nick to raise them and even raising them as our own children.
“The Nicolas project”
Telling Jonathan that Nicolas had died was the hardest thing that we ever had to do. As we told him, you could just see the shock hit his precious little face. He shook his head from side to side and said “No sir! You’re kidding!” When we assured him that it was true he just burst into tears. A couple of days later he was going to bed, on the bunk bed that they had shared. I was talking with him before we prayed. I asked him what he was thinking about. He replied “Nicolas”. Then I said “Are you thinking about playing video games or basketball or ridding bikes with him?” He looked down and just said “No” very somberly. I asked him what he was thinking about. He replied “How much I miss him” with his little lip quivering. That just broke my heart all over again. Right then we decided to do something very positive in Nicolas’ name. And we launched it Christmas 2002. Allow us to explain.
Nicolas was a little boy who was full of life. Every waking moment he wanted to play. If he was around, you knew it. When he walked into a room, you knew it. When he was playing, you knew it. We want to build a living memorial in his honor. We had several thoughts and have settled on one that will not only be a memorial to Nicolas but will also bless the lives of hundreds of children for decades to come.
Two of the teachers that we have teaching
John & Libby decided to “offer” the death of their children, to The Father, as seeds planted into His kingdom. They now have opened up orphanages around the world in memory of their children! They take care of 275 children, collectively in those homes. They are giving the gift of life, to children who would have no future, in memory of their children! These people have turned unimaginable tragedy into triumph … that makes them our hero’s.
John called me two days after Nicolas’
funeral. I shared with him what had
happened and the idea that was taking shape in our minds for a living
memorial. I asked him if we might work
with his orphanages and build a room or something, a place where more children
could be “loved on”, in Nicolas’ memory.
He was very open to the idea. We
have concluded that we would remodel a large room as an activity room for the
children at their orphanage in
If you would assist us by donating to THE
NICOLAS PROJECT, we will be able to put the recreation room on the Mexico
Orphanage. The total cost of equipping
the room (mostly with games and furniture) will be $7,500. Part of the reason that we are working with
John & Libby Moritz, is because we know them personally. Though they live in
Please consider assisting us with this project. Perhaps a special “present” for a child you and we don’t yet know, but who is still precious in the eyes of Our Father. We are not asking that any of you give a million dollars. We don’t even know what will happen as the years go by. Perhaps one day this project will grow. Perhaps one day Jonathan or the other kids will push it to be something great. Who knows. All we know now is that we want to build a recreation room, to bless some very deprived orphans, in the name of a beautiful, precious little boy, who was and is so very dear to us.
In keeping with the high level of accountability, we have asked four people to sit on the Board of Directors of THE NICOLAS PROJECT. They are Attorneys Pamela Massad and Suzanne Benoit. The other two people are Paul Zine (Nicolas’ favorite wrestler) and my brother, Douglas Massad. All four of these people have been chosen for their high levels of personal integrity and professional reliability. They will have total control over this fund. We, along with John & Libby Moritz will sit only as advisors to the board. To further assist with the overall integrity of the fund, all donations are tax deductible and shall be sent to:
THE NICOLAS PROJECT
c/o Commerce Bank
The Nicolas Project Lockbox
We would give anything to have five more minutes with Nicolas to hold him and hug him and tell him how much we love him, just one more time. But absent of that, we will settle for loving the children in this orphanage, in Nicolas’ name. Though we have suffered a grief unspeakable, we are determined that it will not be in vain. Though the devil meant to cripple us with an unbearable pain, we shall bear the unbearable and turn this tragedy into triumph.
God Bless and thank you for all of your help.
Pastor & Rhonda Massad