God is doing great things in my life and our church. As you may know, I was called to full-time ministry as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Missouri. We are loving the chance to devote ourselves to God’s work, and the commission to care for the least of these. In the spirit of that calling, I want to share with you a challenging ministry opportunity God has presented to us. From August 19-26, I will be traveling with the Project H.O.P.E mission team to Nicaragua.
Firstly, God has opened the doors for us to serve the people living inside the city dump of Ciudad Sandino. Each person’s survival depends on what they can scavenge for that day. In partnership with Convoy of Hope, the missions of Project H.O.P.E have opened a feeding center for the children living in the dump. The center provides lunch to the children five days a week and many times is the only meal the children will receive that day.
Our mission team will further serve the people of this community by building homes for the local community. The poverty level in Nicaragua is so severe, that most families are living in residences that look more like piles of garbage than homes. Straps of metal, cardboard and plastic tied to sticks. It is our goal to help provide safer homes for families.
Secondly, our mission team will be integrating into the community, as volunteers evangelize. Accompanied by a translator, we will be sharing the good news as we get to know the people of this culture and community. I must confess that this is the portion of the journey that speaks to my heart the most. I have a passion for sharing God’s word, and this is a unique opportunity for me to grow in my service to Christ. This includes visiting both men’s and women’s shelters for those recovering from addiction and the local men’s prison.
Third, during this mission trip, the team will be hosting a children’s ministry. In previous years, hundreds of children have participated. This program will be similar to the Vacation Bible School experienced by our children here in the US. Daily lessons, worship, games and other activities. It’s more than just ministry, it’s sharing the love of Christ to a new generation of believers.
I hope you see the value in what we will accomplish. We would like to ask that you partner with us on this cause, and devote some of your prayer time to the mission team and Project H.O.P.E. I ask that you lift up prayer for the local community that we will be visiting and that God’s power be unleashed in such a way that lives are healed and a community is changed. Prayer is the greatest gift and resource that you can provide to support a mission trip like this one. To God be all the glory.
As you can imagine, a trip like this also requires financial support from the local community. As mentioned above, Project H.O.P.E receives donations that cover all of the building materials and resources, but the mission team needs to pay for their own related travel expenses. If you would be willing to contribute to the financial aspect of this trip in addition to your gift of prayer, we would be very grateful.
You can provide financial support for this trip by visiting our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your support.
Wendy and I are so grateful for your prayers and your support as we participate in this calling.
May God bless you and your family.