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CBC Students Share Jesus in Nicaragua

CBC'c team used an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs story in skit format to share the message and love of Jesus.
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Earlier this year, Darey and Karen Jolly, missionaries to Central America and founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, hosted a Charis Bible College (CBC) mission team during a trip to Nicaragua. The team was led by CBC staff members Ashley and Carlie Terradez, and third year apprentice Kim Harrison. The Jollys provided the team with a hands-on ministry journey that touched the hearts of both the natives, and the missionaries.

A Nicaraguan family stands outside their home; a one-room shack without a bathroom or running water.(Click to enlarge)Struck by the conditions in which the people lived, the compassion of Jesus flowed through the students from the moment they arrived in the capital city of Managua. From the beginning of the trip the students were able to minister in many of the same ways exemplified in the Bible; they washed people's feet and gave them new shoes, visited a leper colony, taught the Word in churches, participated in street evangelism, and prayed for the sick and saw them healed. In all, the team ministered to four-thousand people during the six-day trip.

Student, Jim Huthmaker, like many on the trip, was touched by the poverty in which the people of the Nicaraguan villages live. He made mention of the fact that the people, to whom they ministered, were living in tiny shacks with no plumbing.CBC student, Jim Huthmaker hands out candy to a group of children.
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"We wouldn't put horses or dogs in some of these places," Jim said, as he recalled with compassion the living conditions.

While reflecting on the trip, CBC team member Lyndsey-Elizabeth Drummond recalled one opportunity the team had to minister in a medical clinic. After successfully ministering to several people, the doctor brought an elderly woman over to Lyndsey. The doctor explained that the woman had been sickly, suffering from arthritis pain and other ailments for eight years, and that the clinic had been unable to help her. After receiving prayer, the woman was completely healed. The doctor and her assistant, who had been treating the woman for years, stood weeping in amazement as the woman was restored. Lyndsey, not fluent in Spanish, just raised her arms in praise and said, "Yeshua," hoping that they understood it was because of Jesus that the woman was made whole. The elderly woman raised her hands in acknowledgement.

CBC student Lyndsey Drummond and CBC staff member Carlie Terradez ministered healing to a little girl. The power of God flowed as the little girl's shorter leg grew out. (Click to enlarge)Karen Jolly asked the team to minister to a little girl who was suffering with constant pain. One of the girl's legs was shorter than another. As Carlie helped situate the child comfortably in a chair, and Lyndsey lifted the girl's ankles to pray, the two women witnessed the little girl's leg as it grew out, before they had spoken a word.

The team saw numerous healing miracles ranging from stomach issues and lung problems to crippled legs and kidney trouble—God healed them all.

While the team did have the opportunity to teach and share from the pulpit at a pair of minister's conferences, most of the ministry on this trip was accomplished on the ground level with hands-on helps ministry. Whether feeding the hungry by distributing food boxes, or washing feet and providing new shoes or simply giving candy to a child with a smile, lives were touched and changed in Nicaragua.

CBC's mission team traveled as part of a larger group under the direction Darey and Karen Jolly, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations. (Click to enlarge)The team was blessed to serve alongside the Jollys and Ambassadors to the Nations. The CBC students were impressed by the Jolly's love for the Nicaraguan people, their visible compassion and desire to minister the love of Jesus to a poverty stricken people. Uzzi Macy praised the Jollys for their servant's hearts. In the midst of poverty, homelessness and fatherlessness, the Jollys expressed the love of God in a tangible way.

During the post trip presentation to the CBC student body, Kim said, as she glanced back at her team, that they were, "absolutely the hands of Jesus." She commented that the students worked from morning until night, many times without food, in triple digit heat and humidity, with no complaints. "They made a difference in that nation," she said.