Our vision for Nicaragua is to see the birth of an indigenous, church planting movement that has the ability and vision to train its own pastors, plant their own churches and send out its own missionaries.
Nicaragua and its church are in pretty bad shape. Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, had a terrible earthquake in 1972 that destroyed 90% of the city and left 250,000 people homeless. This disaster was followed by years of civil war. Neither Managua nor Nicaragua has ever recovered. The people live in poverty, and the country is the poorest in the hemisphere, second only to Haiti.
The Education system in Nicaragua has its flaws. For most, school ends by the fifth grade, but that’s not the fifth grade that you and I would think about. Many families can not afford to purchase uniforms and school supplies, so their children do not go to school. The Nicaraguan government provides a school building and a teacher but no books or even electricity.
The church in Nicaragua has been described this way: a Christian decides he wants to be a pastor, so he grabs his Bible and opens a church. That’s it. Do you see what’s missing? There is no discipleship or training; it’s just you and your Bible.
We believe this is a problem. In fact, it’s a big problem. Our vision for Nicaragua is to see the birth of an indigenous, church planting movement that has the ability and vision to train its own pastors, plant their own churches and send out its own missionaries.
But this movement has to start somewhere. We see our first role as identifying potential church planters and discipling and training them.