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We feel that it is part of our call as the people of God to be a missional people, sharing the Gospel through acts of service, compassion and justice. Our mission council, composed of many men and women, are the catalysts for sponsoring missionaries, funding global and local projects, initiating service projects, and educating the greater congregation on the many ways we are able to missionally serve God.
Work and Witness. Hello Church, Our church formed a Work and Witness team in 2013 to travel to Nicaragua and build a parsonage and minister to gangs in Masaya, Nicaragua. We gained relationships and were blessed to serve the Lord and watch miracles before our eyes. We have been contacted by our Missionary leaders Bub and Rickie Honea with a priority project opportunity for our church in the Nuevo Palmer church in Guatemala. This trip would most likely be in the Fall of 2015 for us. Here is part of the message from Rickie:
“One of the ideas that struck me for your group was your interest in helping the Children in Nicaragua. The ministry at the Nuevo Palmar church touched our hearts and sent our thoughts to you and your people.
The Nuevo Palomar is actively responding to the great need of tending to the children and the youth of the area that has had a large amount fleeing to the States. There is a group of 10 adults whom have risen to the urgency of the need. They have had a CDC for sometime but the #’s of leaders had dwindle until a recent new crop of leaders has stepped up. The Lord is faithful and the leaders are responding. With the new leadership they are now reaching up to 100+ children and they say about 30 youth. They’re work includes the help of our Area Compassionate ministries office and Child Sponsorship program. They have activities for both the children and the youth in all areas of care, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. They are close to starting a new Trade Center to help train in some trades to help students and parents earn monies quickly. Most of the cause of fleeing to the States can be deferred if the families can find means to sustain. It is a very poor area and kids are being sent away because there is no hope to alleviate their current circumstances. Gangs also play a role in the disparity, but if a family can live by their own means, they do not have to sell out to the influences of the Gangs.
Finding a congregation that would make the means available to start this building would need to understand a couple of things. The project would be started as soon as a team commits to the project. Bub, Fili, Wilson and I would go the first of March to put up the structure and the roof. This will allow a team of 35 Medical staff, Dr.'s, Nurses, Dentist and an Eye Dr. to be on site to hold 10 days of clinics during the last two weeks of Mar. The second would be that the committed team would then come to help pour floors, put up walls and depending on funding put in doors and windows. If the team would have an electrician available to help put in electricity that would be an added bonus. Eventually the multipurpose center will house the new Trade Center at one end of the facility.” - end of quote
I’m sending this information out to you today church wide to pray about this opportunity. Our mission's council has asked, along with me to consider our response to this opportunity. Secondly, if we decided to commit to the Nuevo Palmer church, we would be forming a team from Guymon Nazarene to personally pay their way to travel to Guatemala in the fall of 2015 to finish construction on this building. If we go, would you be interested in joining a 10 day trip to Guatemala?
Contact any NMI counsel member with questions or to respond with your interest in seeing this project accepted. Our new council is: Robin Dawson, John Garrision, Melesa Garrision, Deena Reid, Troy Christie, Carol Cornelius, Linda McCurdy, Jaci Strickland, Debbie Sanders.