In the early 1900’s, Latin American missionaries shared the gospel message of Jesus with my great-grandparents in Nicaragua. That gospel got a hold of their lives and completely changed their focus of life to serving others, preaching and teaching the message of Jesus and of planting churches and humanitarian ministries in Nicaragua. So much of the faith that was instilled by my parents is owed to the faithfulness of my great-granparents and grandparents who sought to follow Jesus in a country that was ravaged by racial injustice, political corruption, civil war, and an extreme poverty that has affected it into this past decade. Nicaragua is now only 2nd to Haiti as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
With this history in mind, you’ll understand why I am so proud to know that in 2004, the Covenant church began working in a small town of Nicaragua called Ameya. Nueva Generacion Covenant church was planted by Pastor Rolando Luna, a Nicaraguan native and one of our Covenant Pastors from Redwood City, CA. Since then, Nueva Generacion has opened a preschool, a library, a vocational school and an urban children’s center. The town of Ameya still has no clean running water, no electricity in the homes and no medical clinic or hospital nearby but the people of the church and the community are dedicated to continuing their development and are extremely resilient.
Our team includes Shelley, Nicole, Marcus, Jen, Adam, Nathan and Brittne along with several others who will be joining us. We will be leaving on Dec 30 and returning on Jan 8.
Would you consider supporting our team in several ways?
1. By visiting the FCC Giving Tree in the Sanctuary and taking an ornament to donate. (There are several other great ministries listed here so please feel free to consider them all as you decide how you want to give this Christmas season.)
3. Most importantly, please be in prayer for our team. Pray for our travel, our time spent there and for the town of Ameya. Pray for the work that God is already doing in Nicaragua.
My hope in this partnering trip between FCC and Nueva Generacion Covenant church is that we would come back sensing how God has used us to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua and that we would have eyes to see how God wants us all to learn about his love for people around the world.