We are back from Nicaragua. It was a very good trip. We were in a new church – Iglesia Bautista Betania (Bethany BC), located in a suburb of Managua called Ciudad Sandino.

We did five programs per day. That’s 2 Children’s Programs of 1 intense hour each – about 300 children total), 2 Teen programs of 2 hours each for about 150 teens, and 1 evening 2.5 hour program for about 120 adults. I want to tell you, we flat worked. That’s the great thing about the Practically Speaking English mission –  it is real work with real engaged and focused relational face time with the people we came to minister to. Every trip we come home with a raft of new international friends.

Here are the numbers, if you’re interested in that kind of thing:

  • About 570 individuals enrolled.
  • We had 198 Surveys completed by the adults and teens.
  • 60 indicated that they were already Christians.
  • Of the remaining 138, 83 indicated that, Yes, they made some kind of commitment to Jesus during the week.

When we had the two big “invite your families and friends” celebrations on Sunday afternoon, we packed the house twice, which amazed the pastor – he invited us to come again in the future. When our mission leader gave the invitation in the adult celebration, at least ten people came forward to receive Christ or make their commitment public.

These folks are people we have good followup info on, and the church is tasked with the job of personally following up on each person who makes a commitment. This particular church even had altar counselors ready and waiting so we’re confident that will happen.

We are still in love with the Nicaraguan people. One of Gail’s Beginning students was so inspired by the week (her words through an interpreter) that she had already signed up to take more English lessons with another local school before the week was up. Her classes at that school started on Monday. She, additionally, made a commitment to Christ and came forward during the invitation.

This ministry just plain ROCKS! Our love remains behind with new friends among the interpreters we worked with all week and especially with our students.