October/November 2008 Newsletter
We have been busy this month so far “catching” up it seems like. A large shipment of school furniture, teaching materials etc. was released from customs one week ago and we have been sorting and getting it out to the churches and ministries that can use it. A large quantity of yard goods, sewing machines and sewing supplies are going out to the ladies sewing groups that Valeria is organizing in several of the churches. The hope is that these groups will allow the ladies to make some money taking in sewing. Other supplies go out to ministries that reach out to drug addicts in the city’s infamous east market and an outreach to prostitutes. These last two ministries are run by other missions, but because they reach out to the forgotten in Christ’s name it is a privilege to help them. The shipment was made possible by the Nice Foundation and we are thankful to them and all the volunteers in the USA.
Construction projects are back in high gear both at Tipitapa and Granada. The school in Tipitapa is getting a new roof over the area that will become the library and sciences lab for the High School. The new roof is higher and designed to keep the interior cooler while letting in more light. The building also houses the director’s office and it will benefit too from the improvements.
In Granada we are building a new classroom that will allow for an expansion of the Arco de Bronce school there. Also the new classroom will be used for Sunday school and kids activities with the church. They have a really good children’s outreach on Sunday morning as well as Sunday school in the afternoon and the space is needed. We are very happy to see the initiative of the preacher in Granada, Francisco Garcia in these ministries. This is his second full year as minister and he has matured a lot. The church is still small, 25 adults average attendance. The church in Granada deals with the dynamic that most conservative churches here deal with: we baptize ‘em and then they go the Pentecostal church. The excitement of the charismatic worship style ties in with the culture here. That is one of the “big projects” I see for the upcoming generation of leaders in the churches: how to allow in worship for a healthy expression of emotion without slipping into the excesses of charasmania. I am happy to see that in the church in Granada there is a lot of emphasis on study in small groups and service to the needy. The members have a ministry to homeless men here, most of them alcoholics. I know that these activities will bring a blessing.
Bible Institute classes are going along well. Currently we are serving students in Acoyapa and Granada with 9 and 12 students respectively. We will finish out our year in mid December and resume classes in late January. For now we have been doing Saturday classes held in local churches but for next year we would like to hold at least two week long sessions where we can have the students come into a central location and stay. This will allow us to teach some of the preachers and leaders that live in more inaccessible communities, especially around Nueva Guinea.
Marcus and Ann Pearson