New York Conference Mission to Nicaragua a Success in Global Partnerships
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
This January 9 representatives from churches around the state (Rochester, Syracuse, New York City, Long Island, and 1 from Germany) travelled to Managua, Nicaragua, to meet with Misión Cristiana, the denomination we have had a partnership with for more than 20 years. We met with them, in part, to discuss opportunities for future mission trips and had a remarkable visit.
In the 7 days we spent with our friends in Misión Cristiana we got a taste of what future mission trips could be. We had the opportunity to do some work in 1st church where they are adding a 2nd floor to accommodate their growing after school program. We also met some of the teachers and children of this program. We visited some tourist spots around the capital city, and also visited 29th church to see how the church is using an alternate fuel source with their Biogas stoves, and creating a sustainable seed sharing program for local villagers to plant their crops. I have to admit, the pick-up game of soccer we had with the children at 29th church was a personal highlight for me!
I think I can speak for the group when I say we made some new friendships and look forward to seeing what comes next in this partnership. Plans are already under way for a spring trip next year. There will be mission opportunities for many different ages and abilities with things like planting trees, helping with construction on another church, helping out in one of the school programs, or even fund raising opportunities to help finance their ongoing renovations. Many of us who made this trip will be on hand at the Annual Meeting in June and would love to share our experience with you and answer any questions you may have.