by Rev. Leonardo Neitzel
While visiting some LCC mission areas in Nicaragua today I witnessed again a visible sign of God´s grace in the life of a small community at Cristo Rey, not far from Chinandega. Deaconess Olivia serves there in the Lutheran children’s education program with Missionary Maximo. Her family had donated a piece of land to build a church there. As we visited the area, we met a group of faithful people from a Lutheran Church–Canada congregation in Thunder Bay, Ontario, putting a cement floor in the church they started to build some years ago.
Not far from this area, in another community called Gracias a Dios, a lady and her daughter gather their families and neighbours under the tamarindo (tamarind) trees in front of their houses for people to gather in worship regularly. With my little Spanish I heard the lady mention to Pastor Maximo that there are many more people coming to their services lately from other nearby communities because step-by-step they are receiving the message from a group of people who join in the worship services there.
We rejoice, thank and praise our Lord for the beautiful witness of faithful Christians who give their time and resources for the expansion of the Gospel in this area.