Stories and Testimonials
The People that God is Using to Build His Kingdom in Nicaragua
Here are just a few stories and testimonies of the people that have become friends as well as brothers and sisters in Christ.
From Local Residents:
Julio, a village leader in Santa Isabel, Nicaragua – “People pass by on the road every day, but they don’t see us. I am thankful that God made people from Georgia able to see us and come and help us.”
God is using us to help improve the quality of life for many people in the poorest country in Latin America. Here’s just one example of Mario and his family – “Mario, a member of Faith Community Church Matagalpa, had been seeking a place to attend church and learn about Jesus. In the past, they visited churches and were left with a feeling of heaviness because of the hard preaching. Having attended our ESL course in January 2018, he began coming to the church. He and his family felt comfortable and were able to openly explore Jesus’ teaching. As he explored and understood more, he has become a believer in Christ and now participates in our discipleship course.”
Pastor Frank shares two stories from an outreach dinner event at his church:
“One of the husbands who came to our dinner said before that he ‘would never put his feet in a church again.’ He came to our Sunday service and afterwards he came to me and expressed how thankful he was for being received as family and that he wants to be part of Faith Community Church. This guy has not gone to a church in about 10 years.
One of the baseball players for Brumas, the city team, came with his wife to our couples’ dinner. He had a very noticeable rosary hanging over his shirt. His wife told us that she wanted to come to our church, but her husband didn’t like churches other than the Catholic church. They came back on Sunday and at the end he left us a note on our visitor’s card asking that someone visit him because he needs God and now realizes how important it is to have a relationship with Christ so He can help him go through all the trials that he is facing. He is planning to attend FCJ regularly with his wife as we continue to talk together about what it means to live a Christ-centered life.”
From Ministry Volunteers:
“From the beginning of this experience, I was apprehensive about my own abilities to share my testimony as well as the Gospel in a public arena. But the spirit and example set by your staff members put me completely at ease by living out the love of Christ in the community. While the ultimate goal is to spread the Gospel, I had the overwhelming sense how your organization was meeting critical needs in the daily lives of the people of Nicaragua.” – John Gatlin
“From the moment we landed in Nicaragua and met the team, it was easy to see their passion for the people they were serving. I worked harder than I ever have but loved every single minute of it! God enabled us to build communal relationships and share His love through service. Seeing the gratitude and excitement on the residents’ faces once completing their bathhouse was amazing!” – Jake Spengler
From OUR Pastors:
“We see many discipleship training opportunities where we can share the love of God and help meet the needs of each person. When our church meets to worship, we are excited for the great work that God has entrusted to us.” – Pastor Nelson
“Being able to go and meet people where they are has been an interesting experience for the people in our church. Now, we all can see the need for fellowship with one another to strengthen ourselves and be intentional about evangelism (sharing Christ in every way possible). This is now a time for restoration, and it’s a walk of faith with a different perspective.” – Pastor Frank
“We have three very important aspects as a priority at this moment–Discipleship, Evangelism, and Service (Worship). And we believe that this will help us to be a solid church committed to the Kingdom.” – Pastor Eli