Lepanto church part of mission trip to Nicaragua

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Nikki McManus and Cody Brown pose with several children from Nicaragua. (DT photo/ Marissa Holiman)

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" Colossians 3:16 (New International Version).

This was the Biblical scripture students and adults from Northeast Arkansas used as their incentive recently when they flew to Leon, Nicaragua on a mission trip. Chad Fisher, Andrew Bell, Cody Brown, Josh Goza, Nikki McManus, Makayla Hues and Derick Brickle were part of a medical mission and evangelism team which includes children's camp for the children in the town.

"We were able to take candy and toys for the children," said Cody Brown, of Lepanto. "It is very rare that children in Nicaragua receive new toys or even candy. This brought such joy to their little faces."

Brown said the medical center that was held in the local churches, saw many patients that may have never seen doctors for many years.

"The medical center was very important, however, the most important thing we did was get the gospel of Christ to these people," said Brown.

The team held children's camps similar to vacation bible schools where they were able to witness in the medical clinics, preach revivals and do door-to-door evangelism.

Brown and his team felt Americans take their everyday life for granted.

"I learned many things on this trip," said Brown, "such as how blessed we are to have air conditioning."

He also went on to say that one of the largest lessons he and his team learned was that in Nicaragua, many people basically have nothing. Therefore, their relationship with Christ means everything to them.

"In America, we have everything offered to us," said Brown, "so many times we do not rely on Christ the way we should. In America we have amazing resources of time, money and Christian support."

After experiencing such an amazing mission trip, Brown said he feels a change already since returning to Lepanto.

"I believe after seeing the way the Nicaraguans rely on Christ and spread the gospel with basically no resources and very few Christians," said Brown, "I think it is now time that the Christians in America wake up, and spread the good news of Jesus in a way that this world has never seen. The world needs Jesus but getting the words of Christ to the world starts with one person."

The First Baptist Church of Lepanto and the Trinity Baptist Association made it possible for the mission team to fulfill their purpose in Nicaragua.

"Through their generous contributions we were able to see the joy in the children's faces when they received their gifts, the adults receive the personal care they needed and over 425 salvations," said Brown.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" Colossians 3:16 (New International Version).

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