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Unmailed Postcard #1 – Nicaragua

“The Hurrieder I Go…”

00-Postcard-Collage-300x200Denise and I were praying and brainstorming yesterday about our upcoming teaching ministry in Perú (Oct. 26-Nov. 9) when it hit me – there are some “postcard reports” that I have meant to send out about the ministry trips to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Iowa, and California earlier this year. Alas, my life is proof of the old saying, “The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get”!
You've been faithful to pray, so please allow me to send some brief “postcard” newsletters about these recent ministry trips.

Postcard from Nicaragua

April 3-8, 2016
Some of the pastor and leaders at the Quilalí sessions

Some of the pastor and leaders at the Quilalí sessions

Bobby Hoyle, head of LendAHand Mission Teams, and I headed off to Nicaragua early Sunday morning, 4/3. After a day of travel on Monday 4/4 and connecting with our Guatemalan teammates, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday teaching over 50 pastors and leaders in Palacagüina. My job was to introduce the subject of hermeneutics (the art and science of studying and preaching the Scriptures in context).

Thursday and Friday we taught 83 pastors and leaders in Quilalí (same subject, but second module in the series), where there's always such a hungry and appreciative response. Then we traveled the long road back to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

A Highlight of the Week

Pastor Nelson and two of the pastors he supervises

Pastor Nelson and two of the pastors he supervises

The first night in Palacagüina, I fellowshipped with Pastor Nelson (of Quilalí) for two hours – almost entirely in Spanish! Much of our discussion centered around the need of pastors in his area to obtain basic Bible-study tools – concordances, Bible dictionaries, and one-volume commentaries, (in Spanish, of course). The good news – we can get these three volumes for pastors for about $60 per set (a savings of 60%). The challenges:

 

  1. raising $60 x 80 pastors ($4800);
  2. shipping the books to Nicaragua (cost and method as yet unknown); and,
  3. distribution and training (little problem once the books are through customs).
The 3 basic Spanish-language Bible study tools

The 3 basic Spanish Bible study tools

The Quilalí brothers (more than 80 leaders come to the meetings) are doing a good work, helped by the Holy Spirit. Imagine how much they would be aided by these basic Bible-study tools. We continue to see how these reference books benefit the Guatemalan pastors who received them in 2009 and 2010. So this possibility is the prayer focus for this postcard.

A Final Scribble

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Credits: Both “postcard” images used under license from 123RF Stock Photos.
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