Urgent Help Needed in Nicaragua

With our July 4th celebrations in the United States we celebrate freedom and liberty.  But a short flight south of us in Nicaragua the government is delivering a crackdown against the people that is brutal and resulting in massive violence as well as food, water, and supply shortages.

The situation in Nicaragua has steadily deteriorated over the last two months and led to devastation.  The continued fighting and ongoing safety concerns have led to civil unrest which has resulted in:
212 killings
1,337 injured
507 arbitrary detentions
On April 23, 2018 the US government ordered the departure of US government family members and authorized the voluntary departure of US government personnel due to the violence.  The US State Department issued a Level 3 Travel advisory which recommended reconsideration of travel to Nicaragua.   On June 8, 2018 the US government downgraded the travel advisory due to worsening conditions, and on July 6, 2018 the US government downgraded the status again ordering all non-emergency personnel out of the country.

With the threat of violence and inability to travel to most cities, many non-profit organizations have suspended group travel to Nicaragua, and tourism has seen a rapid decline.   This has left many of our Nicaraguan friends without any source of income. 

Road blocks created to defend towns from violent groups have also closed off transportation of goods and services leaving many businesses in distress.  This has left many Nicaraguans without basic supplies and the means to support their families through employment.  Starvation has become a major issue and immediate assistance is needed.

Our God's Footprints in Nicaragua (GFN) Administrator and his family have witnessed violence and been within yards of gunfire, so this unrest is not something distant to GFN's school, the children, and their families - it is amongst them.  School was closed for over a week and the situation is assessed daily to determine if it is safe enough to conduct school for the day.  On most days, even if the GFN school is open, several children do not attend due to their parents' fears about safety in the area.

Please donate whatever you can - $5, $10, $100 - to provide food, supplies, and support to the GFN staff and school.  Every little bit helps, and our US Dollar goes a long way in Nicaragua, and is desparately needed during these challenging times.

Welcome Reception for Alvaro and Indira

You are invited to a welcome reception for our Nicaraguan friends and missionaries on Friday February 9 at 6:30-8:30pm at Mark and Renee Rhodes' house (227 Mill Grove Way, Smyrna, GA).  There will be refreshments and fellowship with Alvaro and Indira.

Alvaro is God's Footprints in Nicaragua's local Administrator in Nicaragua. He and his wife Indira will be in Smyrna, GA for the Global Impact Celebration at Smyrna First United Methodist Church Wednesday February 7 through Sunday February 11.

Please join in the celebration and welcome Alvaro and Indira in person!

Also, please feel free to share with others.

Global Impact Celebration February 7-11, 2018

The Global Impact Celebration will take place at Smyrna First United Methodist Church from Wednesday February 7th through Sunday February 11th.  The highlights will be:

  • Wednesday dinner at 5:30pm with missionaries and the mission display tables setup in the Fellowship Hall
  • Saturday Day of Service with a selection of service opportunities
  • Sunday morning church services at their normal times with missionaries at display tables at 10-10:45am

We are very excited that Alvaro and Indira will be here to represent GFN.  It would be great if as many team members who have been to Nica could be there.

It would be great if you could be at Wednesday Night Live dinner on the 7th.  The missionaries and groups will have display tables around the Fellowship Hall.  It would be good if some of you could be at the GFN table to talk about our mission. It would also be good if some of you could help set up the table Wednesday at 4PM.  I know most of you have items from the trips that you might want to share just for that night.

Saturday is Day of Service and it would be great to have a lot of people there.

Sunday is going to be a wonderful celebration, with music and the introduction of the missionaries.  All of this is followed by the Faith Promise when everyone pledges their donation for the year toward missions.  

For more details on the Global Impact Celebration with a detailed schedule, visit the Smyrna First United Methodist Church website.

Thanks so much and Dios te bendiga!