The culture is foreign, the terrain is difficult, the location is remote, the journey is grueling, the people are beautiful…there are souls crying out for their savior. The Miskito Indian communities along the Rio Coco in the North of Nicaragua are as remote as you can get and their way of life is one of a kind.
We have been supporting Pastor Victor and Verbo Church over the last decade to reach this region with Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are seventeen churches that have been planted! Amen Amen Amen.
The journey to Walakitang is “one day by car two days by boat” type of Journey. So, we do not get to visit in person very often. Pastor Victor (pictured in the center) came to Managua last month for medical attention and to visit his ailing mother along the way. It was a real joy to see him and hear the stories about the church. We shared stories of old friends and new friends, stories of healing and comforting, stories of God providing and stories of pushing forward in faith in some of the deepest valleys.
Cornelius was with Victor on this trip because his young daughter has a severe illness. His wife had come to know Jesus but Cornelius remained distant for many years. When their daughter got sick and they were so desperate, he saw the church gather around to pray for them, to help them, and to get closer to them at the hardest times…not push them at a distance like so many others did. Because the testimony of God’s people surrounding him in his most desperate hour, Cornelius gave his life to Jesus! He will be baptized soon and their large family is still praying for their baby girl’s complete healing!
These photos above are of some of the Pastors and leaders from the seventeen churches along the Rio Coco. The people are humble and do not have very much, most of the churches have dirt floors. But they love Jesus and have clung to His great commission…
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” – Matthew 28
As we met together in Managua, Pastor Victor expressed his desire to call together a gathering of all 60 pastors and leaders. He has felt himself to be absent from some and wanted to gather them all together for encouragement and to unite together under the same vision. So, in two weeks we will be sponsoring a Gathering of all the Verbo Pastors along the Rio Coco in Walakitang. We want to help these Men and Women to go and tell people about Jesus!!!
Please be in prayer for this Gathering…encouragement, unity of vision, power of God’s Holy Presence!
If you would like to assist financially we would appreciate any donations towards this gathering. We will send boats in both directions to gather all the pastors and their spouses, provide shelter in homes of church members, provide meals for everyone, and all the materials for the gathering…This is outside of our monthly support for Walakitang so we are thankful for any help you can give!
The Gathering is expected to cost $1,770