Saturday, August 9, 2014

Missions Report From Eden Baptist Church

The team from Eden Baptist Church had a wonderful missions trip to Nicaragua June 14-22, 2014, and was blessed once again by working with Oscar and Rosibel and their awesome team.  Pastor Damont enjoyed preaching at the Rose of Sharon Church on Sunday morning and again on Monday evening at the youth service. Connie Rivenbark and Kathie Drake shared their testimonies in the Sunday morning worship service and Pastor Blair shared a devotion on Monday evening.

The team went to the city dump in Chinandega on Monday morning where they toured the area and saw several of the homes that have been built through Oscar’s ministry.  Damont and Kathie were able to meet the two children we sponsor and that was such a huge blessing.  Kathie was able (through a translator) to talk at length with them and to begin a relationship.

We were happy to see the new tables with tile tops that had been added since our trip last year.  This made ministering there so much easier.  Also the pharmacy had been completed.  We shared bible stories, played games, and did several other activities with the children. 

We met the young woman whose house we would be building with the funds Eden Baptist had provided.  Seeing her current living conditions and hearing her share about what this gift meant to her and her family was a huge blessing to the team.  The men began construction on her house and were able to work there four days.  A couple of the men also worked on another house at the dump. 

While the men were at the dump, the women went to two feeding centers each day and prepared and served food, shared bible studies, and did other activities with the children.  The plan of salvation was shared in the villages, and we made almost 400 salvation necklaces as a reminder of how to be saved.   The children received a copy of what the beads on the necklaces stood for (in Spanish) to take home to their families.  Aneriam was our translator and he is an exceptional godly man.  Oscar has trained his staff extremely well, and we were especially impressed with how well Aneriam interacted with the children.  He truly has a love for God and for children.

We were able to visit the dream center and were amazed and blessed to see what all has been built since our last visit.  We had prayer walked the area (which was just grass) last year.   Now the first level of the center is almost completed! God has truly provided for this center through the generosity of donors and is fulfilling the vision He gave to Oscar.  We expect many amazing things to happen here in the future.  We were also able to clean the inside of the storage unit as a new shipment of rice was arriving the following day.

We visited the local hospital and were able to meet many children.   We had prayer with them and their families and distributed candy, toys, and clothes that our team had collected.

We went to a ballpark on Saturday and shared the gospel with many people in the bleachers.  Three young men and one older woman prayed to received Christ.  One of Oscar’s team members was so excited because these young men were neighbors of his and he planned to follow up with them.  An older man indicated he wanted to read the bible we gave him to learn more about accepting Christ because he thought it was a difficult process.  He thought only Jews were supposed to read the bible!  But, the gospel was shared with him and he said he felt like he would make that decision after reading the bible for himself. 

We prayed with several others that indicated that they were believers but had some prayer requests.  Many bibles and tracts were distributed.  Damont shared a devotion between games and gave an invitation to accept Christ.   Several children and men indicated they made that decision. 

After the trip to the ballpark, we were taken to a local beach and treated to a wonderful meal, which we all enjoyed.  We went to the market on the way back to shop and to have one last visit to the local ice cream shop!

We had devotions with our team in the evenings and had time to share about our daily activities. We were also blessed to hear Oscar’s testimony.  I am sure he gets tired of sharing it with each group, but he has an amazing testimony of God’s work in his life.  It touches the hearts of all who hear it and makes them feel as if they know him personally. 

We are so impressed with all the men and women who serve on Oscar’s team.  They are so kind and friendly, and they work so hard.  They start early in the morning and finish late in the evening.  The men are very protective of us when we are out.  They all love the Lord and it shows in how they treat not only us, but also everyone in the villages.  And the food. . . we think we will lose weight when we go, but not the way these women cook.  The food is excellent and the freshly made juice each day is delicious.  These women work so hard and they are always either cooking or cleaning.  There is so much love in their smiles as they interact with us and they truly make us feel welcome.  The entire team has a deep love and respect for Oscar and Rosibel, which clearly shows through in their interactions with them.  And the feelings are mutual as we see how Oscar and Rosibel treat them with the same love and respect.

It is truly a blessing to be able to serve with On Eagle’s Wings Ministry.  Our church is already raising money to build another house at the dump next year.  The team members developed a spiritual bond with Oscar and Rosibel and his team, and look forward to returning to Nicaragua to serve the Lord with them.  As Pastor Charles stated, they are the “real deal”!