A team of 14 members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA, and 2 from New Hope Baptist Church in Mauldin, SC, ministered in Nicaragua September 18 – 26.
On Saturday, the team led a marriage seminar for adults, conducted VBS for children and shared a hot cooked meal at the church of an old friend in Carazo -- Pastor Hilario. We were the first American team to visit this church.
The team spent Sunday through Tuesday conducting various ministries with Pastor Luder Garay and the people of Iglesia Bet-el in the Las Torres barrio of Juigalpa.
Ministry activities included a Bible study of Esther with the ladies, Bible stories and music with elementary and middle school students in the public school near the church, door-to-door evangelism, sharing about the husband’s role in marriage with the men, and holding a community-wide worship service the last evening in the barrio.
The team also worked along side of the CCM staff to build a house for a single mom with four small children, three of whom had physical and/or mental challenges.
On Wednesday, the team conducted Bible studies and did a feeding for over 140 men, women, and children in the mountain barrio of Los Cocos near Juigalpa. A “neighboring” school of 14 students was invited to join us. Normally, this would have been a 3-hour walk over the mountain, but they made it a 1-hour horseback ride, led by their very capable teacher.
On Thursday, the team assisted members of Iglesia Bet-el doing door-to-door evangelism in the 17th of July barrio, where they have been doing outreach over the last year. Again, we were the first American team to work in this barrio outside Juigalpa. Food bags of rice, beans, and oil were provided to people in all 3 barrios.
God truly blessed our time in Nicaragua by allowing us to build relationships, continue relationships built over our last 13 years there, share the Gospel of Christ, meet physical needs, and assist His local church in their mission. He also blessed us by allowing us to see fruit from our ministry during our time in Nicaragua. The CCM Staff is such a blessing to work with and so respected in their communities.
To God Be the Glory… Great Things He Has Done!
Charles Estes-Team Leader