WHY SHOULD I GET FIRED UP ABOUT PLANTING A SEED IN NICARAGUA?
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak, the Lord delivers him in time of trouble.” Psalm 41:1
“He who is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” Proverbs 19:17
“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” Proverbs 28:27
OPEN THE EYES OF YOUR HEART AND PLANT A SEED!
Why Plant in Nicaragua?
According to “The World Factbook” produced by the CIA (www.cia.gov), Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the entire Western Hemisphere. Other references quote Nicaragua as being the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere following Haití. The GDP per capita for 2005 in Nicaragua was $2,900.00 compared to the U.S. per capita GDP of $43,500.00. In other words, the per capita income in the U.S. was approximately fifteen times (15) that of Nicaraguans. This difference is even more significant when we consider that the distribution gap of income between the poor and the wealthy in Nicaragua, is one of the widest in the world. So what does this imply? The results is the near absence of a true middle class and the existence of extensive and extreme poverty. Lester, one of our recently graduated medical students and member of our church, will start out earning about $300.00 a month if he´s fortunate enough to find a job. Daniel, another member of our church, recently graduated as a physics teacher and has been “blessed” with a job at one of the most prestigious private schools in Managua making aproximately $150.00 a month. The basic (and very basic) diet for a nicaraguan family of four is approximately 2,200 córdobas ( that´s about $120.00).
¿WHAT ARE WE DOING TODAY AT LA ROCA EN NICARAGUA TO HELP?
Jesus fed the multitudes before he spoke God´s truth to them. On one occasion there were 5,000, and later another group of 4,000. What are we doing at the Centro Cristiano Estudiantil of la Iglesia La Roca en Nicaragua in the area of helping with the basic needs of those who we want to reach with the gospel? On our farm, Finca La Roca in Masatepe, Departament of Masaya, we are producing various products for sale. This farm was purchased with the donation (a healthy seed plant) from a brother from our church in Miami. Thank you brother; the Lord will not forget what you have done for His work. Many brothers also planted at the start of our mission and their plant has financed the construction of two dorms with bathrooms on the farm for future retreats and conferences and to provide lodging for the manager of our chicken farming project. This early contribution also financed the construction of the first of four chicken fattening coupes. The Roca Farm produces beautiful and healthy plantains, citric fruits, mangoes, papayas, yucas and various other produce. The profits from the sale of this produce will finance a children´s nutrition center and saturday bible school which will operate on the farm property, serving aproximately 25 children between the ages of 3 and 9 years old all of whom live in the rural community adjacent to the farm and whose families live in extreme poverty. In the majority of cases, the problem is not a lack of employment. The true problem is the little pay which they receive for their labor. The minimum monthly salary in Nicaragua is 1,600 córdobas a month which equates to an hourly salary of 55 cents of a dollar(Yes!, you read that right, fifty five cents an hour). La Iglesia La Roca en Nicaragua is the home of El Centro Cristiano Estudiantil (The Christian Student Center) which is a house of praise, worship, prayer, training and teaching for those who live in the Center. At the Center we provide free lodging for 17 students and recent graduates as well as their basic food diet (less meats).
WHAT IS OUR CHURCH´S MISSION? Our principal mission as a local church is to know Christ in order to let others know of Him. We want to reach out to others (evangelize), prepare (disciple and train), and send off (to ministries and service) to all those who the Lord wants to reach. This includes students (who are a majority in our local community) and the community in general.
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THIS MISSION? …in any of these areas:
1. SMALL BUSINESSES: Our goal is that the Student Center (Centro Estudiantil), as a temporary home for students and recent graduates who are active in the mission, be a self-sufficient entity by way of income from investments in small businesses that can generate the necessary funds for the operating costs of the Center itself, and on-going projects. These small businesses include the construction of three additional chicken coupes at the Finca La Roca for fattening chickens (500 chickens per coupe). One coupe has already been built and was put to the test raising and selling 300 chickens (of 307 chickens at the start).
2. CHILDREN´S FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER/BIBLE SCHOOL: We need to build on the farm a cafeteria/auditorium with chairs and the required equipment needed for our children´s nutrition center/bible schoolhouse. The building will also serve as an auditorium for worship services, camps, meetings, and humanitarian projects such as occasional medical brigade visits, food, medicine and clothes distribution.
3. COLLEGE STUDENT SPONSORSHIP (NICARAGUAN COLLEGE STUDENT FUND-NCSF): “God is not unjust, He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 There are many organizations that sponsor children from the time that they are toddlers until they finish high school. Unfortunately, the majority of these organizations do not provide sponsors for college students. Nicaraguan university students require five years (not four years like our American students) in order to receive their undergraduate degree. Additionally, they are required to complete an extensive and detailed investigative thesis similar to that required of a doctorate candidate in the U.S. They then must prepare and present an oral defense of their thesis before a board of strict and often obnoxious professors in order to receive their degree. Although tuition at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) is a mere 250 córdobas ($14) per semester, the expenses for materials, lab fees, academic field trips, transportation for apprenticeships, document copying, books, document bindings, technologies, professional instruments, etc. add up to an average of $35.00 each academic month. In order to help those low income students who have become a part of our local church and have actively demonstrated a desire to serve the Lord with their lives, we want to establish a student sponsorship program to be called The Nicaraguan College Student Fund. The sponsorship would be for the entire time the student remains enrolled in college as a full time (4 classes min.) student.
SO HOW DO I PLANT MY SEED? Send us an email telling us what area you´re interested in planting your seed and we will send you all the details necessary to receive the joy of planting your seed in the land of Ruben Dario, the land of beautiful lakes and volcanoes, for the glory and honor of Our Lord. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:15-16
Plant your seed today and make good of the good He has done for you!