Mission trip to Nicaragua
“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one.” This July, four members of First Christian Church in Pittsburg set off to Santa Emilia, Nicaragua, to participate in a mission trip to finish the construction of a pre-school. They were joined by three other volunteers from Iowa and Michigan. Pastor Pat Nixon began traveling to this remote village, in the heart of Nicaragua, eight years ago and has journeyed there at least twice a year ever since. The happiness on the faces of the people of Santa Emilia are testimony to their appreciation of his efforts. His theory behind the mission is simple: you may not be able to change the world, but you can make a difference somewhere. And his vision for helping the little community is equally as simple, yet remarkably effective; develop a viable water source, improve education conditions, and help ensure the village has some form of health care. With that, the group packed items such as sandals, medicines, notebooks, pencils, pens, and other donations; filling 5 very large suitcases. The trip began on July 27th and ended on August 3rd. The next mission trip, which is already planned and scheduled for February 1-8, will include painting the school, building a partition wall, and building desks and chairs for the students.