May was definitely Harvester Christian Church month around here. We started off with the executive delegation from HCC. Doyle and Jean Roth as well as Senior Minister Brian Jobe visited the projects and were the featured speakers at the first leadership conference sponsored by Centro Cosecha, our national counterpart organization.
In the picture the delegation heads out to sea for a visit to the Liyasiksa community of the Miskitu Tribe for activities with the women and children as well as showing the Jesus Film in the native language. We were blessed with good weather and good reception by the village.
The leadership conference was attended by forty-two preachers and leaders from Christian Churches and other denominations as well as some of the school directors. These men and women often donít have the opportunity for continuing training so these conferences are a real encouragement. Thanks to Brian and Doyle for teaching.
Later in the month Don Sanders and John Hall visited again with teaching and traveling. This time we went out to a group of preachers we work with in the northwest corner of Nicaragua. This group of men and women pastor congregations that are very far back in the mountains but they always attend the training sessions. On the same trip we did a session at the church in Chinandega, which I had not visited before. Thanks to Don and Jon!.
Reflecting on these two trips with small numbers reminds me that we donít need a large number of people to make a great impact. Small groups allow us to use skills that people have and teach in ways that are difficult with a large group.
I also got to make a solo trip out to the coast to do some prep work for water projects. With the rainy season approaching this was a good chance to visit some communities before seasonal flooding makes travel difficult. Of the communities visited with the help of our guide Seferino, Tawan Raya was the most promising for ministry. It is actually a rarity in the tribal areas, a new indigenous settlement. Most of the tribes people tend to drift toward the established towns instead of starting new settlements. They face difficult odds trying to carve out a new life for their families in the bush. It will be a new dynamic for us as we try to work with this group. Like any new settlement, it is a time of new beginnings for people and often there is willingness to work around old tribal jealousies that hinder the Lordís work in older established villages.
Harvest Initiative/Centro Cosechas
We want everyone to know that our stateside nonprofit organization, Harvest Initiative, is now fully approved as a federal 501c3 which means that all donations to HI are fully tax deductible. In Nicaragua we are chartered as a nonprofit under the name of Asociacion Centro Cosecha de Nicaragua. The new legal status both stateside and here will provide more opportunities for contributors, volunteers and their Nica counterparts to use their gifts for evangelism, education and community development. As the work here grows we need for our legal framework to grow as well. Our desire is to build on our strengths in education, evangelism and community development allowing Nicaraguan and American staff and volunteers opportunities for service. Increased government supervision of non profit organizations here in Nicaragua means that we need to be fully complaint here as well. ďGive to Caesar, what is CaesarísĒ
For donors, we ask that all donations now be made to "Harvest Initiative" and mailed to Harvest Initiative, 35 Dauphine Dr., Lake St Louis, MO 63367. Donations can be accepted via Paypal also via our website: www.cosechanic.com Any questions can be directed to me, Marcus Pearson by e mail or by phone to Dennis Dowdall at 636-561-1455
- Two additional building lots were purchased at the Km 34 site for future expansion of the ministry in that settlement area
- Work is begun on a new aluminum boat for the work in the Atlantic Coast. After several years, we have to dust off our boat building skills.
- Work continues on the base site as we get the biogas digester up and running as well as progress on the volunteer housing above the existing storage containers.
- Valeria Lopezís sewing cooperative completed their biggest contract to date, a $10,000 contract with a local hospital for gowns, sheets and sterile drapes, a lot of dignified employment for single mothers on the edge.
Please pray for open doors for ministry in the Atlantic Coast and for Carlos Terceroís ministry in Ciudad Sandino.