Dates: June 9 - 19
Ministry Partner: Evangelical Spanish Mission
Ministry Focus: Outreach, VBS, medical campaign, construction, leadership training
We are once again thrilled to offer a trip to Nicaragua under the leadership of our Spanish Ministries Pastor, David Cea. Nicaragua is a country ripe for the harvest, and churches there are growing fast. Depending on the skills and gifts of the team members, ministry could include outreach ministries, VBS, a medical campaign, food distribution, construction, and leadership training. Spanish fluency is required for this ministry.
Updated Thursday, June 20
The Nicaragua GO Team returned home safely and without incident last night, grateful for your prayers and celebrating God's goodness to them and through them. Please make plans to attend the GO Team Celebration on Sunday night, September 15, where you can hear from this team and from the others that took God's grace to the nations this year.
Updated Tuesday, June 18
This afternoon we finished our second afternoon in this
community. We left half of the material here and the other half goes to the
church in Las Cortezas. We concluded the afternoon with water balloon toss,
piñatas for all the groups, gifts, 8 soccer balls, etc., and the lesson on life
in Jesus Christ. We also gave tracks to those outside the church as we were
Our numbers were these:
Total attendees = 320 both days , 90% children.
New converts and recommitments = 170
At closing many of
the children remained and wanted us to stay longer, asked for us to return and
pleaded for pictures with the group and also individual ones. This church also
received 20 Bolsas de Esperanza for 20 of their most needy families. There were
100 Bolsas for all the communities with a cost of approximately $20.00 each.
Before we left the elders and the pastor prayed for us,
for our safety, and surprised us with souvenir gifts for each one of us; very
Tomorrow is Tuesday and it's our day off.
We are very grateful to God that our labor is done here
and that He had prepared His children for us. We are very thankful also that
Grace Baptist sent us to preach the
gospel, and are thankful for your prayers and support.
Updated Monday, June 17
Yesterday we finished our events at Pilas del Occidente.
Between the 2 afternoons we ministered to more than 550, mostly children and approximately 100 adults.
Of these, 75% made a decision of some kind. Our team was very happy and honored to have
been used so mightily of Our Lord.
We gave baby clothing to about 30 families
and gave the Bolsas de Esperanza to another 20 very needy families!!! Many
small gifts were given to all the children along with our very special lesson
which include crafts, erasers, crayons, water balloons, pencils, coloring
pages, etc. Since it was our 2nd and last
afternoon here, the 4 piñatas for children up to 16 years old, and one
for the young mothers were broken.
Thank you for your faithful prayers.
In this community we ministered 2 days, and the total
amount of people that came was approximately 550. Of this total,
the number who indicated a spiritual decision was about 200.
We distributed another 20 Bolsas de Esperanza to 20 of the
church's families. This community is very poor, and the number of members
is just about 50. The total amount of offerings each month is about
$40.00, and this church helps the community even with this low amount of
offerings. This is the church for which our Hispanic members collected the
amount of $600.00 to buy the windows. Those pictures will follow later.
Tomorrow our team will be ministering in 2
communities. In the morning we will be in Pilas del Occidente, and in the
afternoon, we will be going to Piedras Quemadas. This will be the most
activity filled day for the team and we expect a huge turnout again.
Please pray for us, for His Spirit to guide us and
strengthen us, that our transport be safe and that the roads will be
driveable. There has been rain all afternoon today and it is also
expected for tomorrow.
Updated Thursday, June 13
E-mail from Maria
Second and last day at El Tunel:
137 children and 40 adults. 20% were members of
the congregation. The rest were unbelievers that came invited
for the first time by some members of this congregation.
Because of an unexpected storm we were ready with plan B,
and Carolina Cea gave the lesson under the roofed part of the church.
We had 4 different pinatas for the children which included
one for the young mothers and women that came. These young mothers and adult
women enjoyed this activity as much as the children did!
After the storm passed, more children came. About 80
children and adults stood up to indicate a spiritual decision.
Bolsas de Esperanza were distributed among 20 families, and
9 single mothers, some pregnant again, received a bags with 2 sets of clothes
for their young infant child.
Updated Wednesday, June 12
E-mail from Maria
Want to update on our progress here in Nicaragua up to our second
day. Yesterday the first community that we visited was Las
Cortezas. There were about 93 children and adults that were already
waiting for us. 45 children and 7 adults responded to our teaching with a spiritual decision.
We had a
Pastor team that arrived from El Salvador and together with our GO Team helped
in the ministering and also helped us distribute 20 Bolsas de Espeanza to some
of the church families. One family left the church in one of the local horse
Today the church that we visited was more of a challenge to
decorate, because there were no walls on the sides, but this did not hinder the
Spirit of the Lord to move their hearts. Of 127 children and 34 adults that
came, 93 made a spiritual decision.
Tomorrow expect our new report.
Updated Monday, June 10
Updated Sunday, June 9
E-mail from David
Praise the Lord we are in Masaya, Nicaragua! We did
not have any problem at all, and are ready to lead our first VBS in Las Cortezas.
Please say hi to eveyone.
The Nicaragua team left this afternoon for LAX, after a prayerful farewell at Grace. Thank you for your prayers as they start this journey.