Dear Short Term Missionary,
We are very grateful with the Lord for allowing you to be involved in our Churches’ ministries in Nicaragua. By His infinite grace we are seeing how His word is bearing fruit in Managua, Ometepe Island, Chinandega and Matagalpa.
It is a privilege to serve alongside with you in the building of His Kingdom. I would like to share with you helpful information and a little of our church history in Nicaragua.
The most important things to keep in mind are:
Nicaragua lacks of sound doctrine, as the Reformation never came Latin America.
There is a strong oppression and spiritual warfare in Nicaragua that is not felt in other Latin countries and the U.S.
Therefore we want to equip you with quick information before you come so that your time there is truly used mightly by the Lord to build His kingdom. The work of the Holy Spirit within us is powerful and limitless. We embrace that truth in whatever we do for God’s Glory.
Pastor Jared Cox
President of PETRA ministries
A little bit of Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the least densely populated nation in Central America and became an independent republic in its own right in 1838.
Since the discovery of its lands Nicaragua has spent several periods of War. From the 4 Spaniards Conquistadors in the early 1500 to the Liberal and Conservatives Parties in the period of 1900 – 1933, to the entering of the dictatorship of Somoza’s and in the lates 1970 with the Revolutionary War bringing communism and marxism. Presently Nicaragua entered a new era of Socialism which is continually introducing the people self pity and a false sense of neediness.
From the Conquistadores to the presidents of Nicaragua the people have suffered negligence.
Religion is a significant part of the culture of Nicaragua and forms part of the constitution. Religious freedom, which has been guaranteed since 1939, and religious tolerance is promoted by both the Nicaraguan government and the constitution. The Spanish Catholic reforms prior to 1517, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Spanish Conquistadores immunized the New World, therefore Nicaragua, from the overarching effects of the Reformation. Nicaragua has never experienced the political, social, and most importantly the spiritual transformation of a reformation and therefore has never known what true spiritual revival and renewal is.
Most of the protestants are not really protestants, what most of the protestan churches believe is that you gain salvation through good deeds and if you sin you have to repent over and over again for your salvation sake. It is actually a form of catholicism mixed in with spiritism.
Most localities, from the capital of Managua to small rural communities, honor patron saints, selected from the Roman Catholic calendar, with annual fiestas. The high point of Nicaragua’s religious calendar for the masses is neither Christmas nor Easter, but La Purísima, a week of festivities in early December dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Nicaragua needs true missionaries that carry on the Powerful Word of God to bring down the false teachings in every aspect, social, cultural and religious.
In conclusion, Nicaragua has had decades of war, abuses, natural disasters, and social chaos. Sadly they have never fought for the unique and sole truth never fighting for the Unique and sole truth of the Gospel. There are many people who called themselves christian, but what we have found is that they do not really understand what christianity means. They need the Word of God opened, read, and studied with a correct hermeneutic. Keep in mind that providing for short term physical needs will not make an eternal change. Nicaraguan’s first need is to understand the Word of God so they can be free of self pity that has been transferred from generations to generations and be able to accept all spiritual blessing they need.
We encourage you to prepare spiritually, mentally and physically so you can be a huge instrument of God to bring the truth of the Gospel and at the same time you will be better prepared to preach the gospel to your own family and community. That is the adventure.
Aſter almost 15 years of Ministering in Nicaragua there is a more deeply understanding why there is an strong oppression and warfare in this country. This is a brief story on how God can do the impossible possible.
When God called Pastor Jared to serve the Nicaraguan people, their plan was to work aside churches to equip and to train young leaders. As they saw the immense struggles in the youth God showed them that there was a great need for vertical churches, dedicated completely to teach God’s character and to live by The Word of God, preaching boldly the true gospel of Jesus Christ. And so the Cox Family started working and preaching the message boldly through a biblical church.
In January 15, 2012 the first Petra church in Nicaragua was launched. 320 people attended Petra Bible Church – Managua. That same year in November our second church in Balgue, Ometepe Island launched with an attendance of 52 people.
In 2013 we sent two men to plant other churches, one in Merida, Ometepe Island and the other in Chinandega. In November 2015 Petra Matagalpa launched. Our daughter churches are now working to build core groups in several new towns at this moment.
We are hoping in the Lord that He will continue the work He started in this country.
Our vision is to have humble and broken hearted churches for the glory of Jesus Christ. Our vision is to equip leaders to plant new churches that preach and teach the superiority of Christ in all things.
“… After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldy. ”
We ask you to please do not take this trip lightly. As I am sure that the Lord can use it to change your view and to gain wisdom in every areas. That is why we require that each member of the STMT Group must:
Pack as light as possible, saving space in additional bags for supplies, equipment and others.
Health Information and Vaccinations
It is recommended to be up to date on the following vaccines:
It is recommended to take the vitamins before and aſter the trip: B6, B12, D3 500, garlic pills, Vit. C, 500 mg.
We ask you to please read carefully the following policies which are effective for the use of all short term workers. Please Fill it and stamp your signature and mail it to Gabriela Aguilar (Project Coordinator): [email protected]
1. No monies or gifts are to be given directly to nationals without permission from Gabriela Aguilar. A love gift can be collected at the end of the trip for those who want to give. The team leader can notify Gabriela.
2. Respect cultural differences as safeguards for all involved. Do not visit or stay in a local’s house without consent of leadership. Do not be alone with the opposite sex for any reason or get involved in any intimate conversations.
3. Godly code of conduct is a must for all persons on the mission. The local pastor is responsible for the unity and behavior of the group. Team members who become a detriment to the mission and its members by their actions or attitude will be strongly dealt with by leadership even up to sending home early at their expense.