MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS
FBCC sends several of our members each year on a medical mission trip. This year, we went to Nicaragua. Check out our latest mission update.
2015 Mission Update:
Jinotega, Nicaragua was our destination this summer for our mission trip. Many hours of planning, prayer and preparation preceded our trip that took place from June 27 to July 4. Twelve people volunteered for the adventure which left the Orlando International airport and arrived later that day in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Our goal for the trip was to minister to the people in and around Jinotega by dispensing glasses to anyone who needed them. Jinotega is a two-hour drive north of Managua and is located in the mountains at an elevation of 3000 ft. The days are pleasant and the nights cool, even in the middle of the summer!
Each day we traveled to a location that was arranged by the local missionary team. We set up the clinic in churches, government clinics, or wherever there was space – it really did not matter. Usually when we arrived in the morning to start the clinic there was a line of people waiting to have their eyes checked. The word spreads quickly! In addition to providing glasses, we prayed with each person to let them know that we cared about their spiritual as well as their physical needs.
During the week, we were asked to travel to a small town by the name of Wiwili. It is another three-hour drive north of Jinotega or about 65 miles. Wiwili is on the Rio Coco (river) and about 10 miles south of Honduras. Since it took three hours of driving on mountainous roads to get there, we spent one night in a local hotel so we could maximize our time and see more people. The clinic was set up in the local church. Fernando Castillo, the minister, along with the members were very accommodating to make sure we had enough tables and chairs to use. During our short stay in Wiwili, a total of 394 people came through the clinic.
We use interpreters at the clinic and each one has an interesting story of how God is using them to spread His love. The week passes by very quickly and although the days are sometimes long, it is a very rewarding adventure. The people can see better after visiting the clinic but more importantly they “see” that God cares about them because we shared our time, energy and love.