Nicaragua is bordered on the north by Honduras, on the south by Costa Rica, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It is a rich green tropical land of mountains, lots of volcanoes, huge lakes, fabulous rivers, magic lagoons, lush rain forests, old colonial towns, archeological treasures, natural wonders, and broad sun swept beaches. Nicaragua, about the size of Iowa, is the largest country in Central America and covers an area of 130,000 sq. km. with a population of 5.1 million. Nicaragua is the most urban country in Central America. Agriculture employs about 45% of the work force and accounts for about one fourth of the gross national product. Lake Nicaragua is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Central America and borders the Pacific Ocean. Low mountains and hills covered with pines separate the populated west from the eastern half of the country. The east is covered with woodlands and tropical rain forest. In fact, one third of the country is forested.
This site will be helping to build and install concrete bio-sand water filters in the communities to help poor families to enjoy the privileges of better health. Many families here have very poor drinking water to consume. Participants will help in training them about their need for good water and at the same time sharing the Good News of living water with them. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Appropriate Technology.
This is a partnership site with First Baptist Church’s school located in Masaya. Participants at this site will be working with children in the school, helping them learn English. Fifty-seven percent of the children are from non church backgrounds. The learning is done in a very interactive way with sharing the Gospel. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Education.
This is a partnership site with First Baptist Church of Masaya's Medical Clinic. The site works with poor, rural people who have medical needs. Some of these people attend the local church and are attended by our local Nicaraguan doctor from the church. Participants will be involved in helping in the Clinic and helping in rural medical outreaches in the communities. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Health Care.
This site helps train under privileged women, teaching them skills, teaching them how to save for the future, and then giving them micro loans to start small businesses, while at all times sharing the Gospel with them in a practical way. Participants will be involved in the training, helping with accounting for loans and being able to build relationships with the women in the community while sharing the Gospel with them. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Microfinance.
The site concentrates on working with at risk or abused women from Masaya. The site uses many different forms to train, equip, support and share the Gospel with these women. Some of the forms they use are doing crafts together, doing home visits, giving cooking classes, and anything else women enjoy doing together. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Social Work.
The Boys Club is a place where young men are mentored, teaching them leadership and good character while sharing the Gospel. Sports and many outdoor activities are a part of this program. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Sports.
Andrew Grigg, Student, James Madison University