August / September 2021 Ministry Update
Happy Fall! We pray this newsletter finds you all doing well. We know God is intentional to place people in our path and as we establish relationships it is exciting to watch God work! In our last newsletter we shared how we received several pastors and church leaders in our home to discuss specific teaching and discipleship resources we have available to utilize with their churches. Each pastor/leader selected pastoral resources and group Bible study materials. Several scheduled for us to lead training sessions for their groups. We are excited for you to see below how God is using these resources and building our relationships to change lives for His glory!
Pastor German of Iglesia Bautista Fuente de Luz
Pastor German chose two studies for his church, Believe and Fundamentals of the Faith. We met with the group to introduce ourselves, go over the format, and answer any questions. There are 17 people attending each study weekly.
Pastor Melvin and Casa de Bendecion
Pastor Melvin invited us to continue the Exchanged Life training from Grace Fellowship International.
Comunidad de Fe in Jinotega
Church leaders, Isaias and Ariadna, invited us to lead a group from their church on encouragement. Adriana selected and is teaching a study on women in the Bible.
LA EL, Iglesia Perteneciente a Dios - Youth Group
Nelson chose for the youth group to study Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. We attended the first meeting to introduce ourselves and the study, answer any questions, and to get to know the youth. Several of the youth have also begun attending our Sunday Bible study.
Santos is a church member eager to grow deeper in his knowledge of God's Word. He uses the resources we provide for him to teach others in his church and community.
Sunday Bible Study
Since we returned in June, we've had over 40 people attend this Bible study. Many of these people are new relationships to us and to the Christian faith so we've wanted to be intentional to establish a firm foundation through discipleship. During these few months we've been teaching and discussing what we believe and why, what the Bible is and how to study it, how to apply the Bible to our life, and how to reflect it in the way we live. We have enjoyed sweet discussions and strengthened relationships.
Weekly Discipleship Group
We were so excited when these young men asked to come to our home once a week so they could go deeper into God's Word. They chose Max Lucado's study based on his book Unshakable Hope. They all speak English so we've been able to show the videos in English and teach them new vocabulary, as well.
Solingalpa Weekly Bible Study
This faithful group is continuing their study through the Old Testament. They've commented numerous times about how this study has really helped strengthen their understanding and knowledge of God's Word.
Praises and Prayer Requests
Please pray for Nicaragua as it continues to struggle with Covid. Due to the recent increase in cases we've felt the need to scale back in person ministry. Pray with us for wisdom and discernment on how and when to resume normal activities.
Our praise is that despite these necessary restrictions, ministry is still going strong! God has revealed many new ways to connect, teach and grow!
Continue to pray for our residency renewal. After a few additional hurdles, we now believe we will be able to submit our renewal papers to immigration within the next 2 weeks. Please pray for acceptance of these documents and financial provision for accrued late fees caused by changes in requirements and delays in processing.
How You Can Help
We are so thankful for all our family and friends that pray for us and financially support the ministry we have with MVI. If you are interested in partnering with us financially with a one-time donation or monthly giving, please follow the directions below:
1) Go to our website at https://www.inhisstepsnicaragua.org
2) Click on the yellow donate button. This will take you to our missionary giving page on the secure Missionary Ventures International website.
3) Follow the instructions on how you want to give either by credit card or ACH Donation (direct bank debit).
If you desire to mail a check, please make it payable to Missionary Ventures International and mail to MVI at 1017 Maitland Center Commons Boulevard Maitland, Florida 32751-7205. Please include a note on the memo line stating “Preferenced for Eric & Wendy Harbinson”.