I have just returned from an eventful week in Nicaragua. The Lord was good, blessing us with abundant and, in some cases, unexpected fruit! Those of you who support this ministry monthly, as well as those who pray for us and those who gave specifically to make this trip a reality, each have had a part in this labor. Only eternity will fully reveal the impact of what you have done over these last weeks and months.
Pastor Marvin Brenes and congregation of Jerusalem Independent Baptist Church were my gracious hosts for the week. We began on Friday morning with a two-day conference for Pastors and leaders in Managua. I had the privilege of visiting Nicaragua last year and speaking at a similar event, so it was a blessing to see some familiar faces, as well as to meet several new pastors. In the evening services, the building was packed and overflowing as the host church and several guests attentively listened to the preaching of the Word of God.
Over the course of those first days, I had the opportunity to speak with several pastors who are interested in beginning SBP study centers in their churches, as well as to encourage others who are already using our materials.
The climax of the weekend was the graduation ceremony, Sunday evening. The four students who received their diplomas are the first SBP graduates in Nicaragua. Additionally, we were able to recognize those who have now completed their second module of study. Lord willing, in another two years they will be graduating from SBP as well.
On Monday we left the capital and drove to the town of San Jorge where we took a two-hour ferry ride to the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. I understand that there are over 40,000 people who live on the island permanently, in addition to the thousands of tourists who regularly visit. We had the privilege of speaking in a relatively new work, led by Pastor Luis Gutierrez for two nights. Additionally, we were able to tour most of the island during our stay, not only enjoying the beautiful scenery, but evaluating the potential for new church plants in the future. It was a blessing to travel with these pastors and see their burden for these unreached areas of their country.
Please continue to pray for Nicaragua, for the churches there, their pastors and the ministry of Global Baptist Schools and Seminario Bautista Panamericano. We thank the Lord the opportunity that He has given us to minister there. You can click the images below to enlarge them, and learn more.