Westheights Church has for a number of years, been working together with BIC Canada Global in support and partnership with the Nicaragua Brethren in Christ Church. On February 2nd, five persons from Westheights including Chris King, Christina Main, Ryan Terpstra, Alison Wigg and Melanie Wigg are planning to travel to Nicaragua and return on February 10th.
This however is not your typical winter escape to a warm ocean front resort. They will be part of a team which also includes five others from the BIC Canada churches in Welland and Wainfleet. The objectives of the trip include developing relationships as the team visits Nicaragua BIC congregations and partners with them in ministry as friends, brothers and sisters. Also as the team shares and serves, there is opportunity to observe, listen and learn from our Nicaraguan church family. Further, as God is with them and the team shares the love of Christ wherever they go, they can experience a little of what God is doing in Nicaragua.
More specifically it is planned that the team will be part of the Nicaragua BIC church annual meeting and the inauguration of the new National Ministry Centre at San Antonio Sur. Westheights has made a significant investment into this project which was a priority of the Nicaraguan church for many years. Westheights has been partnering financially and on the ground with the Nicaraguan church in construction of this facility which can seat 600 people and will be used for national events like the annual meetings, women’s events, and youth events. It may also be rented out to other churches that need a larger meeting area for their events. A local BIC church that meets in the area will also make use of the facility and is praying they will be used by God to fill it with souls. The inauguration sounds like it will be a unique and exciting milestone.
The team will also be involved in a children’s ministry under the leadership of Melanie Wigg and in ongoing construction at the San Antonio Sur National Church Centre site.
Please remember the team in prayer. In addition to traveling mercies and safety, Trevor Main the team leader, suggested:
“Pray that God will continue to prepare our hearts for all the things He wants to teach us and show us, and will use us as tools in His hands to bring blessing to others as we go. Pray that God will give participants peace as they prepare and leave family at home, that God will open our eyes, ears and hearts to all that He wants to show/teach us through this shared experience.”
“Ask God to use us as we share a children’s program in four different congregations, that the children’s lives will be impacted by the good news about Jesus and that their churches will be encouraged by our visit and partnership with them.”