Churches Spur Development in Nicaragua

Last month, I visited Nicaragua along with three of my colleagues to see how God is moving. I couldn’t believe how quickly we arrived in Nicaragua. From Miami, it’s just a 2 ½ hour flight to Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua.

I visited Nicaragua with my colleagues Juan Pablo, Kathy and Eric. Ervin, FH country director in Nicaragua, was our excellent tour guide.

I visited Nicaragua with my colleagues Juan Pablo, Kathy and Eric. Ervin, FH/Nicaragua Country Director, was our excellent tour guide.

We saw the work of Food for the Hungry (FH) in the northern region of Nicaragua, where U.S. churches have partnered with us to bring a hopeful future for children.

In El Limonal, we visited with the men’s ministry from First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Beaver, Pa.   FPC sends a men’s team every year to visit their sponsored children, work on construction projects, and deepen their relationship with the community. FPC has propelled the development of El Limonal since 2007.

This community once lacked a school. Children passed their days foraging through trash in a nearby dump. Today, they have a  school with multiple classrooms, and none of the local children can be found in the dump. A vibrant church plant is present in the community. Our group met with mothers who expressed hope in their children’s future.

Members of the FPC team worked alongside men from the local community on construction projects.

Members of the FPC team worked alongside men from the local community on construction projects.

Later in the trip, we visited the community of Alemania Federal, where the local pastor told us that he has been praying for two years that a church would join his community in partnership.

This pastor and his wife told us about their prayers for their community, while their daughter Jocabed, sat next to me drew pictures of flowers and families.

This pastor and his wife told us about their prayers for their community while their daughter, Jocabed, sat next to me drawing pictures of flowers and families.

One of the most animated people we met in Nicaragua was Antonia. She introduced herself as “one of the many parents working hard so that our kids can eat!” I was struck by how simply Antonia had prioritized her life. Her kids needed to eat, so this was her objective.

Antonia introduced herself as “one of the many parents working hard so our kids can eat!”

Antonia introduced herself as “one of the many parents working hard so our kids can eat!”

Our final stop was to the home of Mario Jose, who is the child sponsored by my pastor and his family in California. Mario Jose told me that he never misses school, he’s very glad to be sponsored, and he hopes that his sponsoring family will visit him.

Mario Jose and his mother were excited to hear that I knew his sponsor personally.

Mario Jose and his mother were excited to hear that I knew his sponsor personally.

Nicaragua is a beautiful country with hardworking, hospitable people. God is inspiring hope in communities there, where people are waiting for churches who will visit them, sponsor their children, and share in the gospel.  I can’t wait to go back to Nicaragua, but I hope your church will beat me to it!

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About Wendy McMahan

Wendy McMahan is grateful for her front row seat in watching God “reconcile all things to Himself.” (Colossians 1:20) She still can’t believe that she gets to participate in His story every day. Wendy and her husband are proud parents to two daughters and have been foster parents to children of all ages. Wendy serves as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry. She hosts the Poverty Unlocked podcast.

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