World Challenge - Nicaraguaby Gary Wilkerson | November 26, 2012
Imagine what would happen to our nation if one of every four Americans died. That was the death toll among Nicaraguans in the 1980s during one of the world’s bloodiest civil wars. With one quarter of the population wiped out this Central American country was devastated. Multitudes were left wounded or homeless.
Twenty-five years later the effects of war are still being felt in Nicaragua. Eight of every ten Nicaraguans live below the poverty line. Six of every ten adults are unemployed, their families left in ruin and desperation. In cities and rural villages, children rummage through garbage dumps for scraps of food while scores of teenagers roam the streets addicted to drugs.
In the midst of this extreme poverty and dire need, the powerful love of Christ is on the move. World Challenge recently helped launch a desperately needed food ministry in the village of Rancho Grande. Through this outreach, hundreds of malnourished children receive one healthy meal a day, five days a week.
We also have helped to build a farm training program called Promise Land Farming Technical School. Here young men are shown the love of Christ as they learn agricultural skills to improve their future. Opening its doors last December, Promise Land School now has fifteen students who operate the farm while immersing themselves in Bible study and prayer. These precious young men are thriving as they grow in the Lord. They stand out as godly examples in a community where alcoholism is prevalent and nearly half of all families are left without a father. In just a few months’ time Promise Land School has become a testimony to the entire region of God’s love, power and provision.
In other Nicaraguan communities, World Challenge continues to partner with ministries to supply food and provide education to hundreds of children. All of these efforts are advancing God’s kingdom in one of the world’s most broken nations as lives are transformed and living conditions improved. Thank you for your continued support through your prayers and gifts of compassion. One hundred percent of all earmarked donations goes directly to the mission in Nicaragua, where the good news of Christ is making a real and lasting difference.
Our policy is that all gifts designated for a specific project be applied to that project. Occasionally we receive more funds than can be wisely used for the designated project. When that happens, we use those funds to meet other similar pressing needs in the same country to advance the gospel.