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  • Sending Our Kids On Mission Trips

    Today our kids, Chris and Amanda, are flying to Nepal on a mission trip. They will return May 21st. They are going with their church, Sojourn Church in Louisville, KY. The team will be sharing the Gospel, building relationships, working primarily with pastors and also families in Kathmandu and surrounding villages. 

    This is a very unique trip in that many who are going are entire families. The women will be sharing Christ with other ladies while building relationships with them and their children. Many of the children are preschool and grade school age.

    They left this morning at 6:15am and will arrive at 3:55pm tomorrow. It's a 23hr flight without delays. (They are already delayed in Philadelphia)

    As you can see from the Joshua Project information on religions, Nepal is a very unbelieving country, only 0.9% profess to be Christian: https://joshuaproject.net/countries/NP

    Would you join with us as we pray for these things:

    • Flights, baggage, etc.
    • No problems with customs
    • Boldness in sharing their faith
    • Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit leading them
    • Openness to Gospel for those they will be meeting and working
    • Protection from sickness, spiritual warfare, things they see and experience

    Being a father, I want to pray for safety. But, God is teaching me that my concern needs to be more for their BOLDNESS in sharing the Gospel and the OPENNESS of those to whom they are going to serve to the Gospel.

    As you can see, Sara and I totally understand the feeling of sending our children to foreign countries on mission trips. Our kids have been all over the US and also to these foreign countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Russia, Belgium, South Africa, Africa and many more. Our hearts are full because of how God is using them to share the Gospel to those who do not know Him.

    Thanks for praying!

    Jeff Wilson


  • 1.29.16 UPDATE on Pastor Enrique

    I have recently heard back from Dr. Karla and Pastor Diomedes. Pastor Enrique is feeling better due to the medicine that he is receiving. In fact, when he went to the Dr the last time they were amazed and how well he is doing. They were expecting to see a man in tremendous pain and unable to walk. He was in great spirits and walked in on his own.

    They still have not been able to do tests needed to know if the liver is damaged. The condition of his kidney's has not changed. He will go back to the Dr. on Feb. 8th. They will give us updates following that visit.

    Here's how we can continue to pray:

    • Pray to God for healing. James 5:14-15 says, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."

    • Pray that the creatinine levels decrease so that they can do the tests needed on his liver.

    • Pray for continued improvement with his strength and decreased pain.

    • Pray for he, his family and the church during this time. That they will trust in God and throughout this difficult time God will be glorified.

    • Pray for the Dr's and medical team as they try and determine exactly what is wrong and what needs to be done.

    Thank you so much for praying for this dear servant of Christ, his family and the church in San Francisco!


  • Muy Caliente!

       

    Caliente is Spanish for hot and that accurately sums up much of today.  

    It was 92 with a heat index of 102 and no wind today in El Platanal. As we wrapped up our time in Somitillo, San Fransisco del Norte, and El Platanal today we are coming away with many lessons and memories from our friends and co-laborers in Christ.  It has been a joy and a privilege to serve alongside the pastors, deacons, and church member as we have sought to serve their communities.  While we were able to bring specific gifts like medical treatment and training for their pastors.  They provided us life lesson in contentment and joy in all situation.

    We spent the day today in El Platanal and I am coming away from day humbled by the way the people in that community love, serve, and are genuinely care for each other. I had countless interactions with people and they are genuinely content and joyful in in a way many in the United States should be.

    I had the privilege to sit down this morning with 15 pastors and teach them about God the Father and God the Son.  These pastors love their churches and are hungry to learn so that they can teach their people.  We had great conversations and they were helping to teach each other as they asked questions.  We encouraged them to continue to meet together and discuss the materials so that they can continue to grow and be encouraged by one another.  This afternoon Jay and myself spent 2.5 hours running around in the heat and humidity of the day playing soccer with about 20 kids and 2 of our translators.  It was unbelievable hot and humid but the kids loved playing and I don't recall many drinking any water.  I had to drink 2 bottles of water and 2 Powerades just to try and keep up with them.  They were still running circles around me.

    I had the privilege of preaching tonight at church.  We talked about how you can know for sure that you are saved from 1 John 2:3-6.  It was a joy to get to teach and encourage them from the scriptures.  Edgar who helped us by giving eye exams and acting as van driver lead us in worship for the first time this trip and is an excellent singer.

    To recap our last 4 days of ministry here is difficult as their have been so many blessing it is impossible to list them but a few highlights that I want to share are:

    • 84 people came to Christ this week through the ministry of the clinic and pastors who shared the gospel with many hundreds of people after going to the clinic.
    • 722 patients were seen in 4 days.  210 today alone. 
    • 220 pairs of glasses were provided to people this week.  The wife of one of the pastors cried tears of joy when she realized she could read her Bible for the first time in a long time.
    • Through a series of events this week Pastor Diomedes has had the opportunity to build a better relationship with government officials in this area especially one of the major political leaders. Our prayer is that through our interaction this week and the pastors continued interaction when we leave that this relationship will continue to grow and that they would come to know Christ.

    Gloria a Dios, (Glory to God!)

    John Erdman


  • Be Bold For Christ

    Have you been in a store and there was a person that was trying to get help and no one could understand anything that person was saying?  Now flip the situation and you are in a different country and no one in the store speaks English. These are the challenges we would have had in Nicaragua if it wasn't for our translators Miguel, Luddy, Domingo, Jimmy, Alex, Eric, and Junior.  This is the first time I have been with our church to Nicaragua but for the half of our mission team that has been here multiple times I could immediately tell on Sunday the excitement and respect they had for these young men and lady. After getting to know them for the last 3 days, they are not just translators to us but young people who have a heart for the Lord!

    Today our team had an exciting day. We made our early morning one hour fifteen minute drive to San Francisco to continue our second day of medical missions and pastor training for that community.  When we got there we were met at the church by a long line of people but our team was ready and excited because I believe God has been present here in Nicaragua every step of the way.

    At noon everyone loaded up and we drove to a river near the church for a baptism. Pastor Jeff had the pleasure to baptize 3 people in the river in front of our mission team and Pastor Enrique and members of Iglesia Baptista de San Francisco. Being on a riverbank in Nicaragua for a baptism was an unbelievable experience!

    Tonight we stayed for a worship service at the church in San Francisco. Before Pastor Jeff preached he asked Pastor Enrique and the Deacons to come forward for the members, our mission team, and the rest of the congregation to lay hands on them and pray as a dedication for their new church building.

    In our morning devotions Pastor Jeff has been reading from Philippians 1. He talked about instead of praying for safety for ourselves, family, or friends we should be praying for boldness for Christ. In this chapter Paul was in prison but it didn't hinder him from spreading the gospel. It created new opportunities because of his boldness. What can we do to be bold for Christ?

    Shawn Rich

  • Monday - Settling In

    Settling In

    Monday’s are always a little hectic. Getting everything ready. Getting everyone in place. Getting the routine down. Finding a rhythm.

    It started off a little difficult. But, everyone adapted and within a few hours everyone was settled into their new assignments and roles. Our doctors and nurses saw so many people. We were able to help those with diabetes, stomach problems, skin problems, fevers, and much more. We gave away glasses. There were a number of 80+ year old women who had not been able to see for 60+ years who walked away being able to see.

    Our Health Education Team taught the importance of cleanliness, how to trap flies, wash their hands properly all to help improve their entire families health. As a part of this Education the Gospel was presented through the sharing of testimonies from our group.

    Playing with children is always a great way to minister to the women and children in the communities. We play kickball, soccer, hand games, make glasses out of pipe cleaner, color and share Bible Stories out of the Jesus Storybook Bible.

    After everyone has seen a doctor and been given their prescriptions, a pastor meets with them to share the Gospel and give them an opportunity to accept Jesus. Many prayed with Pastor Hidalio.

    Our Water Purification Team was able to install one of the systems on Monday at Sunnyside where we stay. We will test the Sunnyside system out today and begin installing the second system at the Clinic in Somotillo. Hopefully by the end of the day there will be purified water at both locations.

    Meeting peoples individual needs is important. Jesus met many peoples needs. The blind, lame, sick, lepers, all were healed. But, was that His main purpose, to heal the physical needs? No, Jesus came to heal their spiritual needs. He knew that meeting a persons physical needs would lead to their being open to discussing their spiritual needs. This is the model we should take. Not stopping at meeting the physical or emotional needs. Go further and share Jesus. He will meet everyones most important need, spiritual healing.

    This is true in Nicaragua and also in Kentucky, Cambodia, Russia, China, Brazil and all the parts of the world. Take time today and pray for us to not just focus on the physical or emotional needs, but also to share how Jesus can help meet ALL their needs.

    While your praying for us, take a moment and pray that God will use YOU today to help lead someone to Jesus.

    Jeff Wilson


  • To Advance the Gospel

    Saturday and Sunday

    Thankfully everyone arrived safely to Managua. But, we had some issues with some of our luggage. All of our glasses and some of our medical supplies are still in customs. We were unsuccessful to get the bags after many attempts to persuade them to release the bags to us.

    So, we go to plan B. Luddy, one of our interpreters is also our Optometrist. Back at his home he had 800+ pairs of glasses. So, Mike & Susan Byers, Linnea’ Smith , Luddy and I hopped in my truck and headed out to Rivas, Luddy’s home. Rivas is a beautiful community situated 20mi west of the Costa Rica border. 1.5 hours away from Managua. We headed East, and the rest of the group headed West. We were able to get all the glasses. I was able to meet his wonderful family and then we headed West towards Somotillo. (See the photo)

    The team arrived in Somotillo around 2:30pm. We arrived around 5:15pm. We prepared ourselves to go to worship. What a joy it is to sing and pray and sit under Biblical teaching with this wonderful Body of Christ!

    Just as Paul says in Philippians 1: 12, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,”. We are praying the event though we may not have all that we think we need, God will do a mighty work to advance the gospel through all that has happened and will happen.

    Today we will be working in the clinic in Somotillo. We will also begin the installation of the water purification system. Pastor training and Health Education will be held in Somotillo and El Platanal. It will be a full day! 

    Please join us in praying for the advance of the Gospel here in Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal.

     

  • Going On Mission

     

    Good morining from Nicaragua! I have been in country since Monday spending time with Pastors Diomedes, Juan and Enrique. I came early so that I could take care of some of the technical details of our trip but to mainly spend time with these dear friends. Every time we come to Nicaragua I get to see them, but rarely do I have time to sit down and speak with them at length about themselves, their families and the ministry. It has been wonderful hearing how God is moving in their lives. I've shared coffee with them, laughed, eaten wonderful Chicken Soup, played with their children and prayed with them. 

    You might be wondering why I titled this post "Going on Mission." It sounds a little odd. It doesn't seem like I'm using correct grammer. (Although, I'm not the person to ask about grammer) Yes, it was purposeful. 

    Scripture tells each of us, I'm speaking of believers, that we are sojourners in this world. This is not our home. Our home is in heaven. But, while we are here, we have a mission. That mission is to Love God | Love People | Make Disciples. Our mission is the same no matter where we might be.

    While in E'town...we are on mission. While on vacation...we are on mission. While at work or school...we are on mission. Our mission doesn't change. But, at times our location does.

    Today, 19 brothers and sisters will hop on a plane and join me in Nicaragua. Our mission...Love God | Love People | Make Disciples. Our location: the airports, airplanes, hotels, Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal. 

    Would you pray for us while we are on mission in Nicaragua? We promise to pray for you while you are on mission back in Kentucky.

    Jeff Wilson

     

  • Eyeglasses for Medical Missions

      

    On October 17-24, 2015 we'll be taking a team to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip. We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo, and also providing medical clinics in both El Platanal and San Francisco.

    We need your help to reach the people of Nicaragua by donating gently-used prescription eyeglasses for our eyeglass clinics. Collection bins are located throughout the church.

    Learn more about missions Here | Near | Far: Missions Blog

     

  • Medical Mission Trip - Information Meeting

     

    Information Meeting: Sunday, June 14 at 12:15 pm

    On Sunday, June 14th we will be having an Informational Meeting for those interested in finding out more about the medical mission trip we will be taking in October. The meeting will be held following the second worship service at 12:15 pm in the Atrium.

    We are especially looking for people with medical experience (nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) who are interested in going on this trip. 

    Click the button to register for the information meeting:

    Download the Covenant/Medical Release Form

    Below is information about the trip. 

     

    October 17-24, 2015

    Purpose: Medical, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo. We will also be providing medical clinics in both communities that we have adopted: El Platanal and San Francisco. Evangelism will take place while doing the medical clinics, VBS for children and worship services. Relationships will be established and deepened while working alongside church members and those in the communities during the clinics.

    If you would like to find out more about the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Medical Clinic) where we will be working October 17-24, go and check out their Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/clinicamedicaministeriosdejesus.cmdj?fref=ts


    For more information contact:
    Jeff Wilson, Associate Pastor of Leadership & Equipping
    Debbie Evans, Ministry Associate
    270.765.7822

     

  • My Missions Experience - Bill Johnson

    In January 2013, I expressed an interest in going on a mission trip to Nicaragua. This was to be a water well installation team. I felt this would be something I could do as I knew I could work with my hands. On the flight down I sensed from Jeff that this would be something much grander. He was speaking of more trips. We were going to be trained to take over what his friends from Oklahoma had begun. Those guys were remarkable but ready to serve in other areas back stateside. I was very unsettled to what I had signed up for. It was probably just a day or so before I told Jeff of my apprehension in one breath and then telling him I am there for wherever God leads in the next breath.

    Present day, May 9, 2015, we are just completing my third trip to Nicaragua. I believe that everyone on this team would tell you that God really blessed the trip, but more importantly softened our hearts. The Lord is most definitely at work with the seeds that have been planted.

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jeff, Emmet and Austin did pastor training. It was attended really well. We also experimented with a new water system that we took with us in hopes to have the ability to give them chlorinated water. We experimented with it on Wednesday night and we actually chlorinated 5 gallons of water in under three minutes. It was absolutely amazing. We did not get this unit placed anywhere, but all is ready for the next trip.

    The conclusion to the week was a church service at San Francisco in the new facility which is under construction. Even though the building doesn't have a roof, the people attended really well.

    I would encourage anyone to plug into an opportunity that you may be led to go on a mission trip.  It has blessed me way more than I would have ever thought possible.

    Bill Johnson

  • San Francisco - Day 1

    Grace and peace to you! I have the pleasure of sharing with you about our first day at San Francisco Del Norte, a town about an hour up into the mountains north of Somotillo, and how we participated with the Lord there.

    The trip to San Francisco was beautiful. Not only did we have the rare opportunity to see Cortez trees, (which only bloom three days out of the year) but we also saw the handy work of the Lord in the majesty of the mountains. That was the perfect start to the day.

    When we arrived, we started working. The church was under construction, and we helped out by tamping dirt, carrying blocks, sifting sand, painting metal beams that will be roof trusses, and a few other ways. But the focus was not our physical work. After roughly an hour and a half of work, Jeff gathered all the workers for a siesta. We all stood in a semicircle, and we got to hear Bill Johnson and Mike Brady’s testimony. This was the focus of the week.

    "Sharing God’s Word."

    Instances like this illuminated the focus throughout the entire week, but hearing their testimonies made it potent.

    At this point, the group divided. Jeff, Emmet, and Austin went to lead pastor training, while all of us went to play soccer in the square. Our next activity was with younger, more energetic children. This was also an opportunity to share God’s Word. We tried to keep up with the kids, contributed to the team, and attempted to avoid injury, but soccer was not the focus.

    After we had attempted to play for an hour, one of our interpreters, Alex, called all the kids to the stairs behind one of the goal. Our opportunity arrived. Peggy and Cheryl presented A Bible story, then I had the opportunity to share my testimony. Every time I shared my testimony highlighted my week, because it allowed me to participate in the focus of the week in a powerful way.

    "By sharing how God has changed my life."

    When I participate in foreign missions, it re-focuses my mind to my purpose. Matthew 28:19-20 outlines what we are commanded to do. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

    Isaac Wright

  • 2015 International Mission Trips

     

    We have set the dates for two International Mission trips for 2015. An Informational Meeting will be held March 8th at 12:15pm in the Atrium for those interested in finding out more about both of these trips.

    Click the button to register for the information meeting:

      

    Download the Covenant/Medical Release Form

    Below is information about each trip.


    May 2-9, 2015

    Purpose: Construction, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working with the churches in El Platanal and San Francisco during our trip. Plans are to paint and help install electricity/lights in the newly constructed church building in El Platanal. We will also be going to work on the construction of the church in San Francisco. Evangelism will take place through worship services in each community and also while building relationships as we work.


    October 17-24, 2015

    Purpose: Medical, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo. We will also be providing medical clinics in both communities that we have adopted: El Platanal and San Francisco. Evangelism will take place while doing the medical clinics, VBS for children and worship services. Relationships will be established and deepened while working alongside church members and those in the communities during the clinics. 


    For more information contact:
    Jeff Wilson, Associate Pastor of Leadership & Equipping
    Debbie Evans, Ministry Associate
    270.765.7822

  • Medical Mission Trip - October 17-24, 2015

    If you would like to find out more about the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Medical Clinic) where we will be working October 17-24, go and check out their FaceBook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/clinicamedicaministeriosdejesus.cmdj?fref=ts

    Be sure and come to our Informational Meeting for the two upcoming trips to Nicaragua, March 8th at 12:15pm in the Atrium.

  • Going to Cacao

     

    As we near the end of our mission trip, there are so many different memories to reflect on. We started out the week baptizing three new believers from San Francisco in the Rio de Negro. We followed up the next day with a trip to La Palma. We had to travel on narrow, steep and rocky roads in four-wheel drive to reach the town. Once there, split into three groups in order to teach the children, teens, and adults. We had a blast playing futbol with the children and teens. Our experience was a great prelude for what was to come next.

    On Tuesday, our group traveled to El Platanal, prepared to teach the children, teens and adults once again. In Platanal we found the children much more responsive and eager to play baseball and futbol. It was amazing to watch Mr. Johnson and Taylor interact with the youngest of the children while we played baseball and futbol with around 100 children. Immediately following our time in El Platanal, some of us went to the church here in Somotillo to meet with the youth group. We played a few games and taught them how to read the Bible one-on-one. It was awesome to study and pray with students our age in a youth group setting.

    Wednesday was by far my favorite day. I started it by sharing my testimony on the radio with Josh. Our group then traveled back to San Francisco to teach and play with the teens. School was in session so we met with only a few teens and children. We used the salvation bracelets and evangi-cubes to show them how to share their faith with their friends. Halfway through the lesson, the school's marching band began to practice so Langdon, Mr. Johnson, Luddy and I went to watch them practice. The band was made up of all drums and one xylophone and it sounded cooler than any American marching band that I have seen. After lunch, half of our group went to the town square to play soccer while all of the others went house to house inviting people to the worship service. We ended up playing multiple 6v6 sudden death matches with many of the children and a few teens. Around 4:00 we traveled to Pastor Enrique's house for the worship service. We set up the sound system and chairs for the service and then relocated them when it started to rain. During this lull, we continued to play with the children, and I personally sword fought about a half dozen of them. We had a blast. Finally it was time to start the service. Lander played guitar with the band and Josh taught on Mark 2. The service ended with a suprise for the church of San Francisco. The church had been praying for a sound system, so we suprised them by giving them the one that was used that night, brand new, fresh out of the box. 

    Which brings us to today. Today we were given an option. For those of us that were exhausted or feeling poorly, we could tour the different ministries of Pastor Diomedes, the medical clinic, the agricultural area, the radio station, and Prayer Mountain. For those of us who were up to it, a hike to Cacao was on the agenda. I chose the latter. Pastor Santos was in the hospital recently with pneumonia and our mission was to make the 90 minute hike up the mountain to visit and pray with him. Pastor Wilson, Mr. Johnson, Langdon, Zach, Jacob, Miguel, Domingo, Luddy and I set out for the hike and soon found that the trail was much different than what many of us had expected. We had a blast though and made it to the top by 10:30, stopping at Pastor Santos' parents house on the way. We had as short worship while we were there and Pastor Wilson taught on James 5. We went expecting to be blessed and instead were blessed even more when Pastor Santos and his family made us chicken soup for lunch. We had an enjoyable trip down the mountain and made it safely back to Somotillo without any sprained or broken bones. Now we are headed out to El Platanal to have a worship service. Zach is teaching tonight and we are excited for the things to come in our last two days on the road. 

    Many thanks to Pastor Diomedes' wife for all of the amazing food. This stuff is manna from heaven. Also thanks to the interpreters, Luddy, Domingo, Alex and Junior, who gave up their week to help us. They have been so very fun to work with and I am glad to call them my friends. Thanks for all of the prayers over the course of the past few days. We are loving every second of our time here. 

    Glora a Dios!

    John Costello

     

  • Highlights from San Francisco

     

    Yesterday we spent the day in San Francisco. Two years ago there were 12 people meeting and studying the Bible. This past Sunday there were 82 people that came together to sing, give testimonies, give offerings and hear the Word of God proclaimed. Gloria a Dios! (Glory to God!)

    We spent the day training the teenagers how to share their faith using evanglism bracelets. The teenagers were very attentive and at the end were able to share the Gospel message to all. Let's pray that they will have the boldness to declare their faith as Paul prayed for in Philippians 1:20.

    We also trained the pastors and leaders in the morning. We had a great time of Bible study and discussion about how the church is to be organized. The leaders were very eager to learn and asked many questions. I am convinced that we need to spend a significant amount of time every trip we make to Nicaragua training the pastors and leaders. This could make a huge difference in the growth and stability in the church.

    In the afternoon we went out into the community inviting them to come to the worship service. It was great seeing our teenagers and adults going door to door inviting people they have never met to come and hear the Gospel presented. They did a wonderful job without any hesitation. After that we went to the town center and played Futbol with many children and teenagers. There were so many who wanted to play we had to break into four different teams. When it was time to go we invited them all to come to the worship service.

    We went back into the area of the community and set up the sound system for the service. Many of those we met while going door to door came. Many that we played Futbol with came. Lander Ryan played with the worship band and Josh Ehlers preached from Mark 2:1-12 about the paralytic man who was lowered through the roof by his friends to be healed by Jesus. Josh did a great job sharing Christ to all present. Let's pray that the message they heard will bring forth fruit in the days to come.

    It was a great day! Thank you for continuing to pray for us and for those we are sharing Christ. Please pray for the service we will be having in El Platanal tonight.

    Jeff Wilson


  • I Felt a Calling from God

     

    This morning, as I awoke, I felt a calling from God. The plan for the day was to drive to Somotillo, unload our luggage, and spend the remainder of the day in San Francisco at a baptism service. I was baptized as a child, before I accepted God's free gift of salvation four years later. Although the Bible says that we are to believe and then be baptized, I had never been baptized post-salvation. This morning I felt God calling me to fulfill this commandment.  

    Upon our arrival in San Francisco, Pastor Enrique explained that the church of San Francisco had grown to 25 members with 75 people attending. It now had started two other churches in small nearby towns. With this news the church members shouted praises to God in a Spanish worship song. We gave up our bus seats to the church and I sat in the back of a pickup truck with several Nicaraguans to ride to El Rio de Negro for the baptism service. I used my heavily limited Spanish to meet Jose and Fernando. We struggled to understand each other for the next 15 minutes or so and they laughed at my limited vocabulary. I learned that they are fans of the Boston Red Sox, they play lots of Futbol, and that they love the Lord.  

    When we had reached the river, Pastor Enrique read Mark 16:16, explaining the purpose of baptism. Along with Jose, Paula, and Yasita, three new believers in Christ, I followed in the footsteps laid down by Christ and was baptized in El Rio de Negro in San Francisco Nicaragua. God is showing me through this trip that His love has no bounds.

    I can't wait to see what else He is going to reveal to me on this trip.

    Langdon Johnson

     

  • Praying for Those Going to Nicaragua

    There are many ways that you can prepare for a mission trip. Making flight arrangements. Securing lodging. What will we do for food? How will we travel within the country? Is everyone's passport up to date? Do we have travel/health insurance? What immunizations do we need? How many translators are needed? Obviously there are a lot of details that must be taken care of just to leave the country.

    But, the most important preparation we can make is to prepare ourselves spiritually. In the Westminister Catechism it asks the question, "What is the chief end of man?" It then answers, "To glorify God and enjoy Him forever." This begs another question, "How do we glorify God?" To put it simply, we are to live our lives as He desires. I believe everyone, yes everyone, should at one time or another go on a mission trip. There are many reasons why I say this. But, one of the best reasons is the preparation for the trip. 

    For the last 4 months we have been preparing to go to "Glorify God" while we are in Nicaragua. Yes, we've been working on the travel details. But, we have also been working on the personal spiritual details as well. All who are going have written and re-written their testimonies. They have done this to make sure they can share their testimony clearly presenting the Gospel message. They have been memorizing scripture to be able to weave into their testimonies and also share with others as God leads. They have been studying how to lead One to One Bible studies with teens, children and adults. They have also personally committed to staying in God's word and to confess sin so that we can do as 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV) says,

    20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

    Would you pray for those going on the upcoming trip to Nicaragua in these specific ways?

    • That we would confess any sin areas of our lives.
    • That we would stay in the scripture daily, depending on Him and His words for daily living.
    • That God would help take care of all the details for the trip.
    • That God would use us in ways that we would never imagine.
    • That many children, teenagers and adults would come to know Christ.
    • That we would strengthen and encourage Pastor Diomedes, Pastor Juan and Pastor Enrique.
    • That we would strengthen and encourage the churches in San Francisco and El Platanal.
    • That we would not come back the same, but come back focused on sharing God's Good News here, near and far and living our lives to "Glorify God and enjoy Him forever."

     

  • Nicaragua 2014

    In just a few weeks, October 4th-11th, we will be taking at team of 16 people to Nicaragua. Our trip will include these objectives:

    • Sharing Christ through gospel conversations.
    • Distributing Bibles & Reading Glasses.
    • Teaching people how to read the Bible.
    • Teaching children Bible stories.
    • Reaching teenagers through specific events: Worship service, Soccer, Baseball and conversation.
    • Pastor/Church Leader training.
    • Worship services in both communities.
    • Baptism service in San Francisco.

    We will be working in both communities that we have adopted: San Francisco and El Platanal. Please continue to pray for Pastor Enrique (San Francisco) and Pastor Juan (El Platanal). They are seeing God move in both of their communities.

    We need your help! Would you:

    1. Pray for us as we go:

    • To be Opportunistic - to take advantage of every opportunity that God gives us to share the gospel.
    • Boldness to share the gospel.
    • Openness to step out of our comfort zone.
    • Flexibility to adapt when plan change.
    • Receptivity among those who will be hearing the gospel.

    2. Donate these items:

    • Reading Glasses - Would you like to help us provide reading glasses for those who can't read? If so, we have found a distributor that can supply us reading glasses for $0.50 a pair! If you want to help, you can make a donation online, Donate Online, be sure and select "Missions Ministry Gift", or you can give through the offering by marking the envelope "Glasses for Nicaragua." Inexpensive reading glasses will give them the opportunity to read God's Word for the first time or for the first time in a long time. 
    • Toys - We would like to take with us small toys (ie. like what comes in Kid's Meals) with us to give to the children. Many children don't have any toys or their toys are broken.

    Collection boxes will be located in the Lobby of the church for you to place your donations.

    Be sure and subscribe to the SVmissions Blog to keep up with all that is happening! We will be updating the blog each day while we are in Nicaragua. 

    Thank you for your prayers and support!