Recently, in our kids Sunday evening study, we covered Mark 10:13-16, where the little children were brought to Jesus. This passage is always a great reminder of how special kids are to our Savior. Jesus is “greatly displeased” when the disciples “rebuked those who brought” the children to Him. He tells his disciples, “Let the little children come to Me, and DO NOT FORBID them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (emphasis mine).
Working with children can be tiresome and even challenging…but never a waste of time. Jesus took time to minister to them and invest in their lives. So, it is a joy that we have been able to do that often, and even more so in the last two weeks.
VBS Nueva Guinea
Last week, we had the opportunity to take the 5 hour drive along the country side to the small town of Nueva Guinea. Over the last 6 months, we have been blessed in getting to know the missionaries who serve at the Calvary there, and they have become dear friends. We were able to come alongside them and the church body to do a two day VBS-type outreach for the children of the church and the community. Our time there was fun, rich and a great blessing. We got to spend those days with about 40 kiddos each day. Our time with them consisted of Bible lessons, music, crafts, games and a lot of hugs & laughs. Would you pray that the Bible truths, songs and love poured into each of their little hearts would produce lasting fruit? Many of them come from very rough backgrounds (which is the sad reality for many children of Nicaragua in general), so our desire is to bring the hope of Jesus into their lives, in the midst of the difficulties and hurt many of them face.
Along with the children’s outreach, Mike had the opportunity to teach the Wednesday evening Bible study. We are grateful for our friends who are faithfully serving Jesus and the community of Nueva Guinea. If you would like to see more of what the Lord is doing in Nueva Guinea, you can check out their website: http://graceministriesint.com
This week, we had the privilege of having a team of parents and their teenage children from Christ Journey church in Florida minister to our kids, here in Managua. They too did a VBS-type outreach with the kids from our Sunday evening study and an additional small group of students from the school (Club Cristiano La Esperanza). The kick off took place on Sunday evening, where they shared with the kids about Palm Sunday. Then, the Easter story was continued the following morning, along with songs, crafts and games. On Tuesday, we culminated our time with the kids by getting on a bus and driving out to Ruby Ranch, which is about an hour outside of Managua in the country. At Ruby Ranch, we had a fun day full of games, water slide, horses, bikes, and so much more. We are so grateful for the team of Christ Journey Church who poured the love of Jesus into the lives of the kids we’ve been ministering to for the last 9 months. Not only did the children have a blast, but they tangibly experienced the love of Christ. Please pray for these kiddos as well; That God would do a deep and life-changing work in their lives…so they would in turn make an eternal impact in their families, communities and country.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
We hope you have a wonderful Easter, celebrating our risen Savior! He has conquered and our lives have been eternally changed. That is worth celebrating!
One more thing…
If you or your church are interested in coming down to Nicaragua, please feel free to contact us. Summer is approaching quickly and now is the time to begin planning!
Blessings to you all and as always, THANK YOU for praying and reading.