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Nicaragua 2003-2014

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We have enjoyed 11 years of service in the country of Nicaragua located in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica.  This country of about 6 million people is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti.  

While there Steve had the opportunity to serve in the construction and development of the ABWE Ministry Center located just outside Managua.  This property of 162 acres is used as a place for outreach and evangelism, discipleship, and for training of Nicaraguan men and women who are committed to planting churches.  Additionally, short-term service and learning teams from North America are housed at the Center and hold various ministry events there like camps and vacation Bible school-type programs.  In 2014 over 18,000 people attended events at the Ministry Center.

Steve also had the opportunity to serve as a mentor to young men involved in ABWE's Institute of Church Planting.  Three classes of men have graduated and are now involved in planting 20 churches throughout Nicaragua.  The Institute is under national leadership and has recently started two satellite campuses in Malacatoya and in Sebaco.  

During her tenure in Nicaragua, Terri served on the board of the Association of Nicaragua Christian Academy Schools.  In 2004 the English-speaking campus existed with around 250 students and currently serves more than 300 Nicaraguan, North American, and Asian children.  The first Spanish-speaking campus began in 2005 with 55 students and today has over 450.  The Matagalpa campus, also Spanish-speaking, opened in 2013 with 40 students and served over 140 last year.  God is using these schools in partnership with Christian parents to equip students with academic excellence, moral courage, and spiritual discernment to impact the world for Christ.  More information about ANCA can be found at www.nca.edu.ni.

We thank God for all He allowed us to be a part of in Nicaragua - a great team of ABWE missionaries, the start up and growth of the Ministry Center, a church planting movement, and lives shaped by education with a Christian worldview.  We look forward to all He will continue to do there in the years to come.