“God was doing something in my heart today. I am feeling drawn to serve these people.” “Really?! I feel the same way.” This was our conversation during a visa renewal trip to Nicaragua. Nearly a year later, God opened the doors to allow us to make a new home near the southern pacific coast. We met while serving God in Costa Rica. It was amazing to see how God had given each of us the same heart for the children of Latin America. After teaching at a missionary school in San Jose, and later working in a children’s home and feeding centers in the mountains, God started drawing us toward ministry in Nicaragua.
As we settle into life in Nicaragua, we are looking for any opportunities to serve God and the people around us, whether that means serving in the church, passing out food packets to the poor, or sharing the love of Jesus with those around us. Learning English really increases a Nicaraguan’s chance to get a job. That, paired with our burden to share Jesus with kids, led us to start a Bible/English Club in a poor neighborhood.
"God has been so faithful with my boys. Some times they don't want nothing to do with me, but I look at the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of the others and praise God that He is growing and making them men of God. It is amazing what God can do with the least likely of us... We just have to believe Him." Pastor Willy's family includes more than just his wife and children... He lives with a dozen young men (some with their own families) that have been saved off the streets. The church is growing quickly, and the small carport can no longer hold the nearly 70 people that meet. A new church is being built in a poor neighborhood called Papayal, where Josh and Meghan lead a children's Bible/English club. They hope to eventually move there to be able to live with those they have come to love so much.