We have supported a Church Planting project in the most Northern regions of Nicaragua for 8 years now. The place is Walakitang, it is along the Rio Coco on the Norther border. The majority of the people there are Miskito Indians, an autonomous people of Central America that spread into Honduras.
This is an update from our meeting with Pastor Victor Nieves in January.
New Years Celebration & Prayer Vigil:
People came to Walakitang from all of the surrounding communities of Siksiaris, Raiti, Lakusta, Linda Vista, and Honduras. It was the end of the year and Pastor Victor called all of the churches together for a celebration in Walakitang. So many people came that they had to take the back wall of the church down and set up bamboo benches for everyone to fit. It was set to be a night of Worship, Preaching, Prayer and Feasting together.
The people who made the journey to Walakitang brought bread, corn meal for tortillas, coffee, milk and even a pig for the meal with them. A brother from San Andres, a community four hours to the East by boat, came and led the worship. Victor said they were all very excited because he was a very talented musician and came to offer his talents to the Lord. Their times of Worship were very powerful. Victor said “the time was filled with great joy and manifestations of the Holy Spirit.”
During the preaching time eleven people made decisions to follow Christ for the first time and one person decided to reconcile with the Lord. One of the most powerful moments came when a woman from the church who had been very sick arrived. She had serious heart problems and was very sick to the point of being lame. (understand this is a place that is 2 days by boat from any town with a hospital, there is no electricity or running water their either.)
Victor shared that everyone in the church rose up to pray for her. The Spirit of the Lord fell on them all in a way that one could feel it in their bodies. They prayed for her for what must have been a half hour during the Worship time and the Spirit of God ministered to her in many many different ways during that time. When they finished their prayer, she was healed. Victor’s wife Damaris said “100% instantly healed”. Amen!
What a great way to celebrate the New Year! God is good and He is moving along the Rio Coco…Praise Jesus for the healing, the salvation, the beautiful time he gave the church together!
Some other tidbits of information from our meeting. * They were able to buy a guitar for the Lakusta church which was a great gift. * In the Fall, the church commissioned the construction of a new boat for the River. It was an effort on their part to make a self sustaining endeavor. Verbo Church (the local denomination which is our covering for this mission) loaned the money for the project. 80 men spent three days pulling the tree out of the forest to the river where they formed the boat. When they sold the boat they were able to buy a sound system and speaker for the church, which they can run off of a generator for church services. Victor was very excited to share about this project. * The church building is still coming along slowly. They have the supplies and are slowly making blocks for the building. They need a skilled construction person to aid in the building of the church, so they are waiting on that person as well.
I hope reading some of this encourages you about what God is doing around the world. It is awesome to know that to every corner of the Earth, God’s Spirit moves and is constantly calling people to salvation in Jesus Christ!
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” -Romans 5:1-5