On Mission in Nicaragua
Followers of Christ often go on short-term mission trips to help with specific projects, like construction, in addition to sharing the Good News with others. Most are first-timers. Isaac Griswold went on his fourth trip in February but is never sure what each day will bring. One day he helps bring a hot meal to a village, another day he plays ball with children.
Serving with Donald and Pam Gillette, Bedrock missionaries living in Nicaragua, Isaac is familiar enough with the routine to know there is no routine. He knows he can be asked to share the Gospel at a moment’s notice, and of course it’s the main reason why he’s there. And it’s why he’ll be going again next year.
Most “trippers” return with the realization that they received so much more than they gave, and Isaac’s reasons for going back are even deeper.
“In this country it’s so easy to get distracted with things to do or all the things we have, all the materialism. There, it’s just the Bible and people and me. It refocuses me on what’s essential, what my purpose is in life, to make disciples. I never stop learning and growing.”
If that sounds like something you want to do — or need to do — a Bedrock team will be serving in Nicaragua in August. Let us know if you want more information.
Please pray for the people of Nicaragua because of the recent civil unrest. Pray for safety for the Gillettes. Above all, pray, not just for an absence of violence, but that the peace that comes from knowing Jesus will capture the hearts of Nicaraguans.
Creating a Culture of Hope in India
Bedrock’s vision is to create a culture that is rooted in the truths found in the Word of God and continue a legacy of lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One example of that is sharing your story with others. All of us can do that right where we live. Others share the gospel with those of other cultures. Teresa is one who did that last month in India.
This was her second trip with a group from World Help, based here in Lynchburg. On her first trip they met a young man, a follower of Christ, who asked the team to speak with his sister. A long-held family tradition in his village is to prepare their girls to become prostitutes. Teresa spoke to Uma, who is 14 and had contracted AIDS. She shared the gospel, and this year she was able to follow up. Uma is now saved and has been rescued from a life of sex-trafficking! She lives with 129 others in a rehab center called House of Palms, a ministry that helps restore lives, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Teresa’s takeaway: Don’t be ashamed of opening your mouth. Too often we think it’s best to just live a Christian life and hope others will notice the difference. But if you talk, people will listen.
If you would like to see more photos or hear more about what God is doing at House of Palms, contact Teresa at email@example.com or 434.238.2770.