It was another beautiful day in “The Emerald”! The weather has been considerably ‘cold’, for the region, and the rain has been minimal. As I type, the men are preparing a bonfire... to cook s’mores... but most of us are excited for the warmth, too!
This morning, our team and the Nicas split into two groups. We went walking through the communities doing visitations. Visitations, as the church calls them, are our chance to put a touch of love on the individual families in La Esmeralda. It consists of 2-3 of us asking permission to come up to a home, hand the residents a hygiene pack, and, if they will allow, praying for them.
The hygiene pack, which is just a bag of basic supplies, does allow us to shows Christ’s love in a tangible way, but the beautiful thing is the Gospel being shared! The Nicaraguans that are with us have Gospel tracks prepared with Bible verses, local ministries, and an invitation for Salvation! It was wonderful watching their joy for sharing Jesus with their neighbors! About 70 packs were handed out today and many people heard about Jesus and were prayed for!
After a short break, we were invited to Pastor Denis and Karen’s coffee farm. We got to hear a little of how the farm runs, like how the banana trees will provide shade for the coffee plants and when beans are ready to pick.
Fox River, this farm is immensely important to the church and the people here!
With all the trouble over the last year, the sustainability of the ministries in this community came into question. It was a sinking feeling for them, wondering whether they would even be able to receive our support, then or in the future.
We will continue to support them in every way we can!!
But, having this field of coffee plants helps to ensure their ability to survive on their own. It’s something they never expected to have and know only God could have made it happen!
Thank you for being obedient to God’s calling, Fox River!