God is at work in Central America! The Nicaraguan Free Methodist Church is on the cusp of a great move of God! After nine years of fervent prayer and leadership development, the Nicaraguan church is healthy, thriving, and ready to explode. They have a powerful Holy Spirit-anointed vision to reach their country and a church multiplication strategy to match. Under the leadership of the Latin American Area Director, Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver and the District Leader of Nicaragua, Pastor Hiuberth Zapata, Nicaraguan church leaders are being identified, equipped, and empowered to do the work of ministry.
Recently, Pastor Jada, our children, and I had the tremendous honor to spend a few days in Nicaragua. We were particularly honored to attend a Sunday morning united worship service, where all the Managua Free Methodist churches gathered and worshipped together as one body. During this service, Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver formally appointed four Nicaraguan pastors as Conference Ministerial Candidates (CMCs).
Not only did our family have the opportunity to interact with many pastors and provide some leadership development sessions, Pastor Jada and Dr. Paul Olver led a spiritual renewal retreat for the teachers of the Nicaraguan Free Methodist schools. We are so proud of Pastor Jenny Orozco who not only effectively pastors a church, but also gives leadership to the El Mesías FM School in Rene Polanco. Pastor Jenny oversees 425 students. The El Mesias School graduated their first class of eleventh graders this past year. Many of the graduating students made such high scores on their college entrance exams that university professors wanted to know more about this school (El Mesias) of which they had not previously been aware.
As you can imagine, we came back from Nicaragua thinking a bit differently about life, ministry, and our role in the global world. Personally, I was inspired as a leader by Dr.Hiuberth’s vision for the church in Nicaragua. In addition, I was moved by the deep sense of community among the people and overwhelmed by their generosity. After sharing our experiences with CrossView’s Leadership Board and congregation, as well as spending time in earnest prayer and discussion, we feel led by the Holy Spirit to partner over the next five years with the Nicaraguan Free Methodist Churches.
Do we have it figured out? Nope! But we are committed to the journey. We are committed to send teams, raise church planting funds, and gather support from other churches to fuel an apostolic movement in Nicaragua. What about you? What about Nicaragua? Would you join us? Would you consider coming alongside us? What role might your faith community have in helping Nicaragua become a hub for spiritual renewal and Kingdom outreach that extends throughout Central America? I trust that if you prayerfully ask these questions, God will provide answers. And I would welcome the opportunity to share more with you about how we can collectively work together to encourage and support our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua.
written by Jon Swanson