In May, you read about the needs of the Miskito people in northeast Nicaragua, and you saw the letter we received from their government office asking us to help them by sending bibles. We’ve now received another letter from a government official in another part of Nicaragua called Chinandega.
Over two years ago, a local pastor named Manuel de Jesus ordered several boxes of Esperanza (Hope) magazines and took them home to Chinandega to distribute to his community. The response was incredible! In January 2017, 15 people gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized.
Since then, the situation in Nicaragua has changed dramatically for the worse. Violence and unrest fell across the country in 2018, disrupting our ability to support the local churches with GO Team mission trips, and interrupting the flow of new Scriptures into the country. In the midst of this situation, local churches continued to bring the message of peace, hope, and reconciliation through the remaining Esperanza magazines and the Gospels of John. Remarkably today, as some of the unrest has eased, the Chinandega government office has now sent us a letter requesting more!
The seeds of God’s Word, which you helped plant, are softening hearts and growing in ways beyond what we expected. In a startling development, they now want Scriptures to be given to people who work in government institutions, to their national police force, to students, and to all people in the markets. The access we’ve been given is unbelievable. Our goal is to provide scripture materials for every one of the 240,000 people in these municipalities.
When you give generously, more Scriptures will get into the hands of Nicaraguans—people who have likely never heard the true gospel story before, and have never encountered the good news of Jesus Christ in their own copy of God’s Word.