God is glorified when we are willing to serve. Here are the numbers from the Nicaragua mission team:
20 men prayed to accept Christ during the evening Pastors conference
20 accepted during street evangelism
Approx 15 accepted during the crusade.
21 accepted during street evangelism
Unfortunately, the invitation time was rained out.
15 accepted during street evangelism
Approx 20-25 during the crusade.
At volcano-1. Arden lead a street vendor to Christ.
On the plane-1. Carl lead his seat mate to Christ. Carl had his headphones on and the guy tapped him on the shoulder. He asked why he was in Nicaragua and then had questions about the Catholic Church. Carl answered his questions and led him to Christ on the plane.
Thank you for your prayers and continue to pray for these new believers in Christ.
Here are some more stories and pictures from our experience, and the people and places we encountered along the way.
On Wednesday, we wrapped up our ‘boots on the ground’ mission outreach in the western outskirts of Estelí. By most accounts, Estelí is the second largest city in Nicaragua and draws many from the outlying rural towns and ranches seeking work. Many residing in the outlying areas are clearly less fortunate than those who live in urban Estelí. Dirt roads, open sewers, dirt floors and cooking with firewood are commonplace. Door-to-door witnessing and ministry went very well with a few individuals coming to Christ and praying over an infirm man, who appeared to be not long for this world.
On Thursday, we were fortunate enough to catch some sight seeing as we made our way to Managua to catch our flight back to the USA, which left Friday morning. We took in spectacular views and ate lunch at the scenic “Mirador de Catarina.”
In the foreground, we gazed down on to “Laguna de Apoyo,” a lake occupying the caldera of an extincted volcano sitting at 240 feet above sea level. In the distance we could see the much larger “Lago de Nicaragua”, the 19th largest lake in the world (by area), the only with a species of freshwater shark, with an elevation of 102 feet above sea level. Although geographically near the Pacific, the lake drains East into the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River.
Additionally, on Thursday we had to opportunity to visit “El Volcan de Masaya”, which is an active volcano. A constant faint drone and rumbling emits from the caldera as lava and gases churn below. The smell of sulfur permeated the air. Yes, the red glow in the hole is lava.
Needless to say, we were in awe as we took in these wonderful creations of God.
We certainly could not have accomplished all the Lord’s work without our Esteli translators. This is not all of them, but here we share a face and a name of a few of them:
Franklin (left), a young professional, translated the Sunday morning sermon delivered by Carl (right)
Dimas helped translate in our daily outreach efforts
Victor (left) translated for Pastor Taylor (right) at the men’s conference and every night of the crusade
Enoc (left) helped translate in our daily outreach, accompanied here by Nathan (right)
Mara also helped translate in our daily outreach efforts
- Top left: Franklin (left), a young professional, translated the Sunday morning sermon delivered by Carl (right)
- Top right: Dimas helped translate in our daily outreach efforts.
- Bottom left: Victor (left) translated for Pastor Taylor (right) at the men’s conference and every night of the crusade
- Bottom middle: Enoc (left) helped translate in our daily outreach, accompanied here by Nathan (right)
- Bottom right: Mara also helped translate in our daily outreach efforts
We are also so grateful for our bus driver, Ricardo. Ricardo, along with his wife and two daughters (ages 9 and 13) are active members of the Primera Iglesia Bautista Emanuel De Masaya. Ricardo learned to drive large vehicles in the military after joining at the age of 17. It’s evident his years of experience have helped him become a great chauffeur as we navigated through narrow and crowded streets.
Ricardo shared that he publicly accepted Jesus Christ as his savior when he was 8 years old. Unfortunately, his father rejected his decision. The rejection was extremely difficult even through his adult life and he experienced various trying struggles but ultimately recommitted his life to Christ years ago and has one of the kindest servant’s heart you’d ever meet. Pray for Ricardo.
Lives in Nicaragua have been changed for eternity. Our lives, too have been changed by the experience.