Nicaragua is a country located in the middle of Central America, with a population of almost 6 million people. In 2000, God called two missionaries, Jared and Tanya Cox, to serve in Nicaragua and glorify Him through their lives.
God began using Jared in the country with a small group of young leaders and members of local churches and university students with the mission to train and equip those leaders to be more effective in their ministry. This ministry was called Petra. Many of the young people who came to Christ in Petra did not have a biblical church to attend.
It then became evident that a biblical church was needed in Nicaragua, and by 2005, God provided the opportunity to plant its first biblical church and the Petra Bible Church was launched in 2005.
As the church grew in faith, maturity, and numbers, God was being glorified through the preaching of His word, Christ-centered worship, missions teams, and people recognizing their sinful nature by embracing the Gospel message.
Yet one church was not the end of God’s plans for Nicaragua. He has allowed us to plant four additional churches with Christ-centered preaching and worship, while also providing the vision to plant even more churches throughout Nicaragua and in even the US:
2005 – Petra Managua
2012 – Petra Balgüe
2014 – Petra Mérida
2014 – Petra Chinandega
2015 – Petra Matagalpa
2017 – Petra Altagracia
2017 – Petra Jinotega
2017 – The School of Ministry and Church Planting
God called Pastor Jared and Tanya back to the U.S. in order to allow the Nicaraguans to lead their own national churches and also to form The PETRA International School of Ministry under the Petra International Ministries, Inc in Bozeman, Montana. The School of Ministry and Discipleship will be in both Bozeman and Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. The International Discipleship School is to equip and train both U.S. churches, and international workers for missions, cross-cultural discipleship, and short term mission success.
“So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” Luke 17:10