We hope you have time to read our recent newsletter today. Things have gotten worse in Nicaragua since our writing. We are so appreciative of your continued prayers and financial support, now more than ever!
Some specific ways to pray for us:
– For our family and Nicaraguan team’s safety amongst the violence and lack of police presence to deter crime. Things have quickly become very unsafe in Nicaragua.
I went on a ride with a group of guys out to Ruby Ranch on Thursday. It was gonna be a fun day riding back roads out to the Ranch and then back home, but I had an accident on the first leg. Our friend Jace was behind me and actually caught it on his GoPro, and when a young creative guy has the footage well…
This is actually what happened 🙂 😉 🙂 ….
Thankfully I didn’t knock myself out or have anything more serious. But, unfortunately Read More
**This is a new post to try and keep things easier to follow. Click here for our previous post if you would like to catch up on how things started two weeks ago…
Please keep praying for Nicaragua. The unrest continues as the country is trying to move forward after the violent crackdown by the government on protests led to dozens of deaths. We believe that God can do miracles and we are asking for peace, justice and truth in Nicaragua…Peaceful non violent changes, justice for the families who had loved ones killed, and truth to be told about the atrocities.
Update Monday May 7, 2018:
The above picture captures the situation well. Here are seven university students who marched in a small group last week hoping Read More
THURSDAY APRIL 19TH
Some of you may have heard on Facebook or seen in the news that Nicaragua is in the middle of some pretty serious Political unrest. We want to let everyone know that we are all ok and nothing has escalated to a very dangerous level for most people. There are however protests going on in downtown Managua that have turned violent. So, we are avoiding those areas. The U.S. Embassy is keeping its advisories updated on Facebook. If you speak Spanish and want to follow local news here this is a great source using FB live to get the story out. (Update: I want to add La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario the major Nicaraguan print newspapers.)
We are staying close to home and keeping our ear on things. Please pray for Nicaragua! Here is our understanding of what is happening.
There has been unrest in recent months due the Sandanista governments lack of response to wild fires in remote regions of the country. There was clamor about the suppression of information as well. Those protestors made their way to Nicaragua to raise awareness at the end of March. It did not escalate at the time though.
This week’s unrest started on Wednesday. It actually has been an issue that has been boiling for a couple years now. The Nicaragua Social Security Institute (INSS) has been accused in La Prensa (as far back as 2009) of loaning out funds to political allies of the government for a wide variety of projects, buildings, housing developments, business building and then other more nefarious accusations. Read More
During Semana Santa vacation this year at Club Esperanza our friends from Love, Light & Melody held their annual event called “Dia De Luz” (Day of Light). This year’s timing during Easter Week made it all the more fun for the community. All of the children were on vacation from school for the week and didn’t really have much to do besides sitting around in the scorching heat. But not this year…it was a big Ol’ Fiesta at Club Esperanza! Read More
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Yesterday we visited Masaya Volcano and Aliyah took this picture. This volcano has a long history, and part of it is tragic. It’s open mouth filled with lava, molten rock and sulfuric smoke pouring out gained it the historical title “The Gate to Hell.” For a time in history, human sacrifices were made to try and appease the volcano. In our modern times it is hard to believe that not long ago such brutality took place. But then, centuries ago the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached in this part of the world and those who once made sacrifices into the volcano erected a cross on its highest peak. They stopped the sacrifices because they had come to a saving knowledge that many centuries before, One sacrifice was already made for us all. The burden of sin and judgement was already lifted from us. We needed not appease the Gate of Hell. Because as Isaiah prophesied, by the wounds of Jesus Christ on the Cross we are healed. Over two thousand years ago victory over sin and death was won…and the Gates of Hell cannot stand in the way! Jesus is alive, and by his sacrifice on the cross we are saved. And, because of His resurrection, we have eternal life. Easter is the most important day in history, Amen.
I think Aliyah’s picture captures this very well!
Victory. Jesus is Alive!
We hope you have blessed Easter Weekend!
This morning we said good bye to our Church family from Christ Journey Church in Miami (click the link to read about their trip and others to Haiti and Ecuador!). Above is our group picture. A missions trip was an awesome way to spend Easter Week! Read More
We hope you have some time today to read the digital version of our Newsletter. As you read, please pray for our family and for the good Godly things happening here!
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God Bless from Nicaragua, Chris & Krista
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