For the last couple years of visiting Nicaragua, we have gone to a remote village called “Ten Tall”. However, this trip, we went to a different remote village called Venicia. It’s similar to Ten Tall, in that we took a boat to get to it, it has solar panels for electricity, which is only used sparingly. There is no running water or many people who come from outside to visit it. We were the first group in three years to travel there with mission supplies from Together Works, Nicaragua. We were very happy to be able to share food, clothes and other supplies with them. We also shared the gospel through music and message. Here are a few pics from that day.
The Mother’s Day event for Padre Ramos was a huge blessing this year. With over 150 moms attending and about the 100 children, the camp was packed with people on this day. We served hot dogs, played games and honored the moms in the crowd. A few ladies from the team shared inspiring words and challenges to encourage them to continue striving at being godly women and influencing their families for Christ. Here are a few pics from that day.
A few pics from the beginning of the trip. More to come soon….just busy with travel and can’t get them all loaded. thanks for your patience!
When we visited the area of Venicia, Nicaragua, we were able to share several songs with them in Spanish, along with the gospel of Christ. Here are the links to those videos. Check them out!
This is where I’ll be out of the country this summer. The first two weeks starts on Saturday with a trip to Nicaragua with a team of 23 and then by bus from Nicaragua to meet the team of 13 in Honduras for a week. The trip to South Korea begins June 22-July 9 with a team of 12 traveling to Kumi. The last out of country trip is to El Salvador on July 22-30 with a team of 7 to work in Suchitoto. The “off-weeks” I will be in Ringgold GA doing a work camp, performing and speaking: June 14-21 and then George Camp Miami will be August 3-7. So I will need lots of prayers!!!!! If you would like to donate toward these trip and projects, we still need support. Please donate atwww.vision2hear.com
I am making plans for a return visit to Nicaragua and El Salvador in October/November. The trip will be in conjunction with my church New Vision in Fayetteville, GA. Right now there are 2of us with V2H attending and 3 from New Vision. This trip will consist of several different ministry opportunities. We will plan to travel to a couple of the same places we have been previously like Ten Tall and The Dump in Chinadega. We will also be visiting a nearby orphanage and ministering to about 20 children who live there.
Jorge Campos will travel from El Salvador and meet us in in Padre Ramos to help with translation, as well as, meet with student leaders and help with training and ministry opportunities. We plan to have several teaching and training modules in addition to the usual Bible study times each evening.
Trevor and I will then leave with Jorge on October 27 and travel by bus to San Salvador, where we will be until November 4. During this time, we will have a few training sessions with V2H El Salvador leaders, along with the leadership of the church plant “The Church” under Mario DeValle’s leadership. Mario planted this church about 3 years ago and has been growing much since that time. We are excited about the privilege we have to invest in their leadership and training. We will also work with some other college age Americans who are there for Global Year, through First Baptist Woodstock. We will do some mission training exercises and of course we will perform some sign language and host a couple of events for outreach.
To cover Trevor and my expenses and help cover Jorge’s travel to Nicaragua, we need to raise about $1000 more. Then I am also trying to secure another $2000 to cover a trip to India in late November to work with some church plants and orphanages. The $2000 covers everything from round trip flight to housing etc. This is a very good price for a trip like this. So all told, I need to generate $3000 over the next few weeks. This is an enormous amount of money for the time frame, I understand. With life as it is for many of us, it would simply be unthinkable. However, I do believe in a God who is able and in friends like you who are generous and want to help.
Would you simply consider a gift of $5? Do more if you can but $5 from everyone I know on Social Media could be enough to get me, Trevor, Jorge in all the places I’ve mentioned and then get me to India and back a couple of times easily! Your contribution would be helping us make a significant difference around the world. Please prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible contribution at www.vision2hear.com
While our team was in Nicaragua this year, we ventured out from Padre Ramos to a neighboring village called Los Zorros. The ministry has been expanding over the last several weeks and our team got the privilege of helping share food and the Word of God with some of the local villagers who live in this remote part of Nicaragua.
I am highlighting this woman because of her response to our team as we handed out Spanish Bibles and rice. Even though I was not there with this team, her story has evoked some penetrating thoughts for me to consider. You see, when our team handed her this Bible, she immediately began to cry and then she uttered some powerful words in spanish. When translated we heard that she said: “this is the greatest blessing I have ever received”.
Thinking through that phrase, the setting and the meaning of it all, here are three powerful things this lady has taught me.
1) There are still people in the world today who do not have the Bible in their own language.
As a fairly well-seasoned and well-traveled missionary, I know this but what a powerful reminder that even in a country with a language that has Bibles, there are still countless thousands that do not have their own copy of the Word of God. On that particular day we handed out close to 25 Spanish Bibles to families who did not have a copy of their own. Not one person that we offered a Bible to turned it away! If you would like to donate to provide more Spanish Bibles to Los Zorros or Padre Ramos, please contact us for more details.
2) She was very thankful for the Word Of God.
I know that we are busy and live in a land of plenty thus making us take God’s Word for granted. Most of us have more than a couple copies available in hard text not to mention the innumerable translations available to us online. Not this lady. This was her very fist copy of the Word of God and being given a copy brought her to tears. She was thankful, grateful and honored to have a copy. How do I treat and value God’s Word? Do I view it as a Source of Life and Hope? Or do I take it for granted?
3)She valued God’s Word above everything else.
Our team had been handing out bags of rice that day along with the Bibles but this lady ignored the food and said her greatest blessing she had ever received was this Bible. Sometimes I forget that the Bible is God’s express words to us. It is His very thoughts, stories and account of History from His very own hand. This woman said this was her greatest blessing…not getting food for another day, not being alive and able to walk or have a job, but getting a copy of God’s Word in her own hands! She valued being able to read God’s story, learn about Him and from Him through this spiritual book that is unlike any other. This woman has reminded me that I need to value God’s Word above everything and look to it as my Source to understanding God and His ways. God’s Word gives us hope, understanding, knowledge, wisdom and insight in the mind and heart of God. There is nothing else on this planet that does that and this lady recognized that.
I may never know her name, but hearing her story and sharing her story has been a blessing. I have definitely been challenged to do what I can to get more Bibles to people who need them, to be thankful for the Word of God that I have and to treasure God’s Word above all else. How about making a decision now to spend more time in God’s Word and let it transform you and then invest in getting more Bibles translated to be a blessing to others who are seeking a relationship with Christ?
George Lockhart: seeking to become a wholehearted follower of Jesus