From the desk of the Executive Director 2013
Today I was doing a little reflecting and praying as we enter a new year. We all know that “long-term development and self-sustainable programs” are certainly something to strive for. With this is in mind, we instituted our Sewing Co-op program in various churches to help very poor women, our partnership in farming with Pastor Julio’s church in Niquinohmo and a micro loan program provided by our Milverton teams. However, we also all know that many people, especially so in Nicaragua, have very pressing and current emergencies and if they don’t eat today, then they won’t be alive to worry about tomorrow. If they don’t receive medicine (or divine healing) today, then tomorrow won’t be an issue either.
The evangelical church in Nicaragua is spreading rapidly….fuelled by the preaching of Nationals. However, the churches struggle to find appropriate places of worship. They outgrow house churches very quickly and palm shelters are temporary, providing minimum relief from the sun, wind, dust, and rain. Building small sanctuaries for needy churches remains a strong priority on my heart. We have all seen the difference it makes to a community. Plus, these churches can then be the centre for social programming once they have a safe and secure shelter.
God gave me these scriptures below and they are encouraging me that “yes” we are on the right track. In fact, I’m feeling that more and more God picked a bunch of untrained missionaries that would do exactly what He is telling them to do without overly analyzing and questioning His leadings.
But first, a reminder about PAN’s theme verse, Romans 12:13a “Share with God’s people who are in need”. (All the emphases are mine.)
2 Cor. 9:12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
So, in summary, there are lots of organizations (some religious, some secular), that “do good”. I, for one, am happy to see them doing their thing. But, I believe more than ever that we at PAN are called first of all to minister to Nicaraguan churches and then as the blessings pile up they will spill out to others.
So, be encouraged as we launch into 2013. God has great things in store for us!